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I’m Feeling Insecure; Thank Goodness for ESC!

My chum Aubrey Kagan (a.k.a. Antedeluvian) just sent me a link to this amazing video of a guy called Tom Thum who — in his own words — says “I use my mouth in strange ways in exchange for cash.” Yes, of course, you've got it in one; Tom pushes the limits of the human voice to create impossible beats and phenomenal sounds.

This is actually a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk, and these are invariably interesting. Anyway, I left this running in the background while I was writing this column pondering the pros and cons of performing experiments on family members.

The problem with YouTube is that — much like munching on a crisp rasher of bacon — it's hard to stop at just one. A few seconds after the first video had run its course, YouTube automatically started to roll this video. As soon as I heard the word “Hacker” my ears pricked up. Do you think your wireless systems and other technologies are safe? Well, in this video, a hacker shows how nearly every “secure system” is actually riddled with security holes.

The more I learn about this stuff, the more insecure I feel. Thank goodness we have the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) to teach us all about this stuff, because “forewarned is forearmed,” as they say. For example, we have three hot security-related sessions planned for ESC Boston, which will take place May 6-7, 2015:

But wait, there's more, because we're going to have all sorts of security-related “stuff” at ESC Silicon Valley, which is coming our way July 20-22, 2015. In fact, we have an entire Embedded Security Summit, and I'm particularly looking forward to seeing a live onstage hack of an embedded system.

Hopefully I'll see you at one or both of the Boston and Silicon Valley ESC events — and/or at ESC Minneapolis in November — always assuming that we are all still masters of our own identities and we still control all of our data by then (cue ominous music).


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4 thoughts on “I’m Feeling Insecure; Thank Goodness for ESC!

  1. “Max: I started to connect equipment to monitoring bases some 20 years ago via modems and I do not think the problem has changed. Most monitoring systems can be hacked if you have a copy of the monitoring software. I think the only way to make sure that th

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  2. “Re upgrading the firmware via the Internet connection — this is one of the benefits of modern technology, but it also opens up another vector for attack. The way around this is for the upgrade to be encrypted and for the receiving system to decrypt it an

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  3. “@Max: Which brings us back to how secure is your master source or master control center. The other thing that now begins to worry the control center is are my communication lines compromised. Which takes us into the realms of quantum entanglement? “

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  4. “Don't talk to me about quantum entanglement — I had a nasty experience just the other day — there's no surprise that I haven't been able to get my time machine running.”

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