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Month: October 2017

The inherent Asymmetry of online attacks

Katie Moussouris explains teh Cyber and how it is asymmetric:

»”#Cassandra moment: Explaining that determining “cyber norms” in today’s world order misses emerging capabilities & motivations of new actors.

Forget “attribution”. Not what I mean. Deterrence, state responsibility, etc in existing state context assumes most want to keep stability.

Plenty of non-terrorist smaller states & non-state-non-criminal actors have or can acquire capabilities & would not be sanctionable, for example when we think through deterrence strategies, consider not just world order we have that prefers stability, but those who prefer destability.

We’re erroneously trying to defend against a magnetic power reversal of the N & S poles, but the cyberwar powers are everywhere & unaligned.

We miss the point if we think the answer is to contain those weapons/tools. We hurt defense when we limit their distribution for analysis.”«

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Archon Classic

Archon Classic

So I learned there is a version of Archon Classic available. I have been playing this 25 years ago on the Commodore 64, and it’s available for Steam. A short purchase and test play later: this actually works. Slightly more modernised graphics, if you care (or true old style pixels, if you do not like that), and the dynamics of the gameplay have been preserved. New play modes have been added.

Very worthwhile, even if you do not know the original.

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A (sad) security user story

Here is a user story for implementors of security systems and platform hardening initiatives:

As any user,

I never want to get a “denied” message, but a “in order to do what you want you are missing the X permission” message in order to be able to track down the root cause and request the appropriate permissions more easily.

It’s not that hard, really.

GitLab: You are not allowed to push code to this project.

Well, it’s harder for some, apparently. That’s one hour of my life I am not getting back.

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The missing standard for Datacenter Space…

20th century dross

There is a very nice talk by John Laban on the accumulation of cruft and old style features in how we are currently building data centers. Being an advocate for the Open Compute Foundation, Laban is an advocate for OCP, which at the core has several ideas.

One of them being the vision of a Data Center Room, Rack and Machine as a system that are depending on each other in construction.