December 2020

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You may have noticed that my end of the year posts are all science focused. Today, a set of resources on the COVID vaccines. First, the FDA has authorized two vaccines for emergency use. The review memoranda (Pfizer, Moderna) are all sorts of fascinating. As the kids say, TL;DR: both vaccines are safe and no…

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Congratulations to the Chinese for the success of their Chang’e 5 lunar sample return mission! The complexity of landing a robot on the moon and returning it safely to Earth is enormous. In contrast to the Apollo series of missions, which launched and returned inside of a week, Chang’e took a week to get to…

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As we look at what’s happened with the Russian attack on the US government and others via Solarwinds, I want to shine a spotlight on a lesson we can apply to threat modeling. An example of asset-driven thinking leads the article Hack may have exposed deep US secrets; damage yet unknown. And I don’t want…

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[Update: 3 comments] Fireeye’s announcement of their discovery of a breach is all over the news. The Reuters article quotes a ‘Western security official’ as saying “Plenty of similar companies have also been popped like this.” I have two comments. First, it’s easy for anyone to label attackers “sophisticated.” Fireeye certainly has more data and…

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