SOF on Trial. The Technical and Legal Value of Battlefield Digital Forensics in Court

The book Information Security Systems has been published in late 2017 by Springer as part of the  Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series.

Together with Prof. Luigi Mancini and dr. Agostino Panico of the Information Technology Department of the Sapienza University (Rome) I wrote the chapter titled “SOF on Trial. The Technical and Legal Value of Battlefield Digital Forensics in Court“.

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On Killing (A disturbing attitude on ICT Security)

A lot of ICT security musings don’t take into account that before being “ICT”, security is first “security”. This means that in designing a strategy, the “security architect” should know the basic meaning of the word: preventing threats and, in case the worst happens, terminate the threat as fast and ruthlessly as possible. Continue reading “On Killing (A disturbing attitude on ICT Security)”

The Need for Currency Privacy. An Hard Truth About Bitcoin and Its Siblings

History , (financial) scams and criminal trials teach us a lesson: public institutions, companies and private citizen need cash to enter into “private” transactions.

Be the unofficial payment of a political ransom, the black fund to hide management wrongdoing or an attempt at run from the tax authorities, the assumption remains the same: currency privacy is an asset. Continue reading “The Need for Currency Privacy. An Hard Truth About Bitcoin and Its Siblings”

Apple’s High Sierra, Adobe and Your Hidden Stakeholder – long

After – and I state it again – after the launch of High Sierra, the “new”, i.e. mostly incompatible, Apple operating system, Adobe warns its customers that

has discovered the compatibility issues listed below when running Illustrator CC 2017.1 and earlier on macOS 10.13 (High Sierra). Unexpected behavior may result due to compatibility issues with graphics processing units (GPU) or Apple File System (APFS).

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Apple to move its calves into another barn

A “new” i.e. “incompatible” feature on your brand new Macs: no more physical ESC key on the keyboard, to prevent your perfectly running software to do so. Adieu! VI!

A “new” i.e. “incompatible” power socket for your MacBook Pro, to force you to discharge your old charger.

A “new” i.e. “incompatible” file system on your Macs (APFS), to make your system interacting haphazardly with your files. [1. First hand experience, after having upgraded the laptop]

A “new” i.e. “incompatible” operating system (High Sierra) to not work properly with your currently running software (from Office, to Indesign and Illustrator.)

A “new” – guess what? yes, “incompatible” – HTML 5 API to allow DRMs enforced at user-agent level [2. Apple, together with Microsoft and IBM chairs the HTML W3C Working Group that is going to standardize this “feature”.]

There are now enough calves in the valley, and the time is right to move them to another barn, where they can stay calm and dumb, with nobody but the rancheros from Cupertino telling them what, how and when to do.

They finally got it.