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Posts by Jean Taggart

Senior Security Researcher at Malwarebytes. Incorrigible technophile who loves to break stuff. Habitually voids warranties on brand new stuff. Custom is the norm, never the exception.

PUPS are Persistent

PUPs are sneakily bundling themselves with legitimate software.

The PirateBox, Revisited

The PirateBox leaning curve was steep but it’s now a lot easier with the project’s recent major update and revamp including new features.

One VPN To Rule Them All!

If you want to anonymize your traffic, one of the cheapest option is to set up your own VPN. Learn how.

Skype Chatbot Scam fails Turing test miserably

Chatbots have been around for ages and some are getting pretty creative when striking up a conversation with you on Skype.

Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System

Tails, a Live CD Linux distribution geared towards preserving privacy, anonymity and circumventing censorship.

What is UEFI and its predecessor the MBR? What challenges are there to get a dual boot environment with an alternative operating system?

A Penguin in XP’s Clothing

Got an aging computer? Still on Windows XP? No problem. Here’s an alternative that still allows you to keep that lovable XP theme.

Be Still My Bleeding Heart! Q&A on the HeartBleed Bug

A quick FAQ on what the Heartbleed bug is and how it affects you.

Open Source Laptop

A completely from scratch, hand built “hacker” laptop.

Growing Onions, TOR Usage Rising in Turkey.

Usage of TOR to circumvent state sponsored censorship is undergoing an explosive growth spurt in Turkey.

Mt. Gox Lost and Found

Lost Mt. Gox Bitcoins found.

CanSecWest: Day 2 Recap

CanSecWest Day 2 recap

Alleged Bitcoin Creator Gets a Free Lunch

Newsweek reporter supposedly found the elusive creator of the famous crypto currency Bitcoin, but did she go overboard in trying to find him?

UART, Root Shell On Commercial Devices

Using UART to find potential vulnerabilities or undiscovered functionality in devices.

Tesla hires renowned security researcher Kristin Paget

Tesla Motors revs up its cars’ security by addressing the potential security risks of their cars early in the game.

Leaked document claims the CSEC used the free Wi-Fi networks at a major Canadian airport to track travelers. Here’s some handy travel tips.

DissidentX a Steganography Tool From Bittorrent Creator

Author of BitTorrent protocol develops new steganographic tool called DissidentX.

Life is a breach, and then you’re pwned

The recent high-profile data breaches are a problem. But there’s a service that let’s you know if your email address was part of a data breach.

Paunch Pinch Confirmed

Russian authorities have arrested and prosecuted 13 people, including “Paunch”, who were responsible for the Blackhole exploit kit.

Snoopy LG, smart TV spies on you.

A blogger reported his LG smart TV spying on him, under the guise of better targeted advertising shown on the dashboard of his LG smart TV.

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