Connecting on-board entertainment network with the flight control system sounds stupid and unreal, but many hacks have been done using mistakes in network and system design, so there is a theoretical possibility of such a hack into flights...
I like this excerpt from Dan Geer's keynote at Black Hat USA 2014:
Our choices are Freedom, Security, Convenience -- Choose Two
The full transcript of the keynote is available here.
I'll be doing two one-hour book signings at Black Hat USA 2014 and DEF CON 22 conferences in Las Vegas:
Black Hat USA 2014:
August 6, 2014, 5:30 pm
Mandalay Bay Conference Center, Tripwire booth 141
(I'll be doing a short presentation before the book signing)
DEF CON 22:
August 8, 2014, 11:00 am
Rio Hotel & Casino, No Starch Press community table in Vendor Area
Most of the trends and predictions in this presentation are intuitively obvious, but it is still interesting to see the real numbers (if they are actually real).
It's interesting to see the current share of daily bitcoin transactions compared to plastic cards:
$58 million of bitcoin vs. $37,114 million of all card brands.
However, the difference between the amount of daily bitcoin and PayPal transactions is not so dramatic already:
$58 million of bitcoin vs. $397 million of PayPal.
It's summer time. Swelter. No outstanding security news. It seems that even hackers are on vacation! Hopefully, there will be some fresh news at upcoming Black Hat and DefCon, in just one month. See you there!
Interesting list of 10 examples of BLE Beacons implementations, including payments (PayPal "hands-free").
The famous German cryptographic machine - Enigma. Thanks NSA for bringing it to the RSA conference.
RSA 2104 - the Cryptographers' panel:
First two of the three RSA "letters" were here -- Ron Rivest and Adi Shamir -- and Whitfield Diffie.
Shamir said that cryptography is not a problem of modern security. There are no breaches associated with the cryptographic algorithms. It's algorithm applications, or implementations that fails.
Google recently acquired 4 (!) robotics companies. Robots aren't really related to payment security (who knows?) but I could not deny myself the pleasure of posting this information.