A Hippocratic Oath for computer security research?

When I was a graduate student at MIT, at some point we discovered that all of our systems had been compromised. I happened to have earlier hacked up a network monitoring tool that was a very graphical version of tcpdump, enabling us to rapidly figure out that the attacker was coming into via a computer … Continue reading A Hippocratic Oath for computer security research?

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Unhackable computers?

Neil deGrasse Tyson received a lot of derision for calling for "unhackable systems" recently. I'm a bit perplexed by this response. On the positive side, it's clear that it is widely understood that current computer systems are very far from unhackable. On the negative, the common understanding (at least among those on Twitter) seems to … Continue reading Unhackable computers?