Monthly Archive: September 2013

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Every day, 22 [US American] veterans take their own …

Every day, 22 [US American] veterans take their own lives. That’s a suicide every 65 minutes. As shocking as the number is, it may actually be higher. The figure, released by the Department of Veterans Affairs in February, is based on the agency’s own data and numbers reported by 21 states from 1999 through 2011. Those states represent about 40% of the U.S. population. The other states, including the two largest (California and Texas) and the fifth-largest (Illinois), did not make data available. CNN: Why suicide rate among veterans may be more than 22 a day (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

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Back in the ancient pre-Tor days, at the height …

Back in the ancient pre-Tor days, at the height of the crypto wars, Ian Goldberg asked me at Financial Crypto in 1998 why we created onion routing. Not entirely facetiously I told him that the fascinating technological problems and the pontential to better protect people and their activities was nice, but the real attraction was to create a context where people who were sure they should hate each other were forced to collaborate. Paul Syverson, ‘Inventor’ of Tor/Onion Routing, 15.9.2013 (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

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In this paper, we investigate a new family of …

In this paper, we investigate a new family of Trojans that do not need any extra logic resources but merely require a change in the dopant polarity of a few transistors. Hence, these Trojans add zero overhead in terms of additional transistors and metal wires. We show that such a change will not be detected by several of the common Trojan testing methods, including optical inspection. A central question that arises is how such minuscule manipulations can result in changes to the target system which are meaningful to an attacker. We address this question using two case studies. First, we...