Entries by Tim Brost

This micro aerial vehicle has a unique way to extend battery life

Robobee is a micro aerial vehicle capable of landing for periods of time to conserve battery life – huge implications for surveillance. If you are interested in micro drones, you’ll want to check out this cool device. It was developed by Moritz Alexander Graule, a PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology while he was […]

Fire Eye Report shows unacceptable breach levels across industries.

In their report titled Maginot Revisited: More Real-World Results from Real-World Tests, FireEye, Inc. brings the reader’s attention to firewall breaches at levels that should concern all of us. New approaches are called for to protect against evermore sophisticated malware and the skills of advanced persistent threat actors. In too many cases business and institutional […]

India’s missile program could nuclearize the Indian Ocean

I wrote a novel many years ago, never totally finished, wherein events here in the US were triggered by conflict between India and Pakistan. I’ve followed developments ever since. At the heart of this new round of contention and potential arms escalation, nuclear powered submarines and the development of tactics nuclear arms. Sartaj Aziz, adviser to […]

Russia strengthens banking system security standards

I read all the time how hackers from former Eastern Block countries and China are raising hell the bane of security systems worldwide. That may be an overstatement. But if it is true, how about the people who live there? Security Magazine – UK reports as follows:  “According to official statistics from the Russian Central Bank, […]

The work of becoming known

A few seconds at the top of the list! The picture below shows the few minutes I was the most recent follower of Michael Connelley, a fantastic and very successful fiction writer. I captured the screen shot for inspiration. At the time I had about 40 followers compared to his 25 thousand followers.

Indonesia’s Muslim Cyber Warriors Take on IS

A trending concept in the fight against global Jihad is counter-extremism messaging. IS sends about 200,000 tweets and other messages into the US on a daily basis. They have a sophisticated online presence and show no sign of diminishing their ideological attacks. Through the lens of their messengers, violent Jihad answers many questions for the disenfranchised. But […]

Nuclear Agency worker busted for attempted hack

From the article ‘Former Nuclear Agency Worker Sentenced to Prison for Attempted Hack’ by Eduard Kovacs published at ‘SecurityWeek.com’ on April 14, 2016 “A former employee of the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for trying to hack into DoE computers in an […]

Can being smarter about Islam help Muslims reject terrorist appeals? Maybe.

The editors at Brookings Institute (C. Christine Fair, Jacob S. Goldstein and Ali Hamza) say: “There is a popular misconception that the serious study of Islam is a step on the road toward radicalization and terrorism. But a heartening finding indicates that knowledge is good, and that those who know more about Islam are more […]

Conflation of cyber threat with nuclear security

During the NIS 2016 nuclear security summit, which took place in DC between March 30 and April 1 (http://nis2016.org), hundreds of CEOs and industry leaders from more than fifty countries and four international organizations, discussed preventing nuclear terrorism. Here are the main topics: Securing the Use, Storage and Transport of Strategic Nuclear and Radiological Materials […]