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October 30, 2009  12:53 AM

When a “Fix” is Not a Fix – The Fix is In



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, Hardware & InfoSec, information security, Stupid Technology, TCM (Truly Clueless Management), Tearing My Hair Out, Wireless

In my previous post, I discussed the Time Warner/SMC modem enormous security flaw. Lo and behold, I am visited and left a comment by "Adam Wood" defending SMC,...

October 21, 2009  6:52 PM

Using Time-Warner as Your Internet Provider? Check Your Modem QUICKLY



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, data security, information security, Stupid Technology, Tearing My Hair Out, Wireless

As lf 10/20/09, a software maven has written of a major security hole (one you can drive a TRUCK through) in the wifi/cable modem models issued to customers who don't want to use their own equipment. Here's the link, in all its' details, by David Chen,...


September 9, 2009  11:03 AM

New Aircrack Just Released



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
free tools, information security, Tools & Tricks of the Trade, Tools for Auditing and Security, Wireless

If you're like me, you're always hunting for the free tools out there you can add to your arsenal to keep (or in my case, test) the security of your network. Just out, a great addition to my toolset, is a new update to the well-known tool, aircrack-ng...

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August 26, 2009  3:18 PM

Check out this Article on Wireless



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
free tools, information security policy, Wireless

I don't usually promote other articles - it's kind of "cheating," but short of copying and pasting the entire article, I've got to send you in the direction of Lisa Philfer's article on


July 13, 2009  5:27 PM

Adventures in Auditing #1



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Admins and Auditors, Adventures in Auditing, Compliance, Wireless

I'm still amazed that folks are going about their business believing that bad things won't happen. Is it human nature? I thought I'd share with you some of my latest adventures in traveling about and auditing various companies. Just when I think it's strange, it get stranger. I was doing an...


November 12, 2008  12:43 AM

Wireless: Get Ready to Kiss WPA Goodbye



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, Security, Wireless

The word is out in InfoSec circles that a practical attack method against WPA - enabled wireless access points has been announced and is to be presented at PacSec in Tokyo this week. It used to be...


October 21, 2008  1:58 PM

ATMs with Bugs – At the Grocery Store



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Automatic Theft Machines, Data Breaches, Hardware & InfoSec, Security, Wireless

From the Wall Street Journal comes the disturbing news that a high-tech wireless "bug" has been found in hundreds of grocery store ATMs in five different European countries. According to WSJ: Examining...


August 7, 2008  4:39 PM

Kill Your WEP Now



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Compliance, Data Breaches, PCI DSS, Security, Wireless

The announcement on Tuesday that indicted 11 people for "the largest data breach in history" was an interesting read: The indictment returned Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Boston alleges that the suspects hacked into the wireless computer networks of retailers including TJX Cos., BJ's...


April 4, 2008  4:44 PM

There’s a BIG Difference Between Hannaford and TJMaxx



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Admins and Auditors, Compliance, Data Breaches, PCI DSS, Security, Wireless

One of my readers has commented about how badly Hannaford and TJMaxx have been treated by the media and Internet commentary because of their data breaches. From my perspective, concerning the data breaches, I can only speak as an auditor and an engineer, not having been inside either company's...


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