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We’re hacking ourselves

August 11th, 2020 ∙ Privacy, Technology

As software companies, we think we’re safe by chasing the “security carrot”. In reality, it’s our own tools that are leaving us vulnerable.

July 15th, 2020: The Breach

My co-worker Dan and I were meeting over a FaceTime call. Our discussion items were finished but we were talking about random, off-topic rants that we had on our chest (as our meetings usually go).

Just as we’re about the end the call, I glanced over at my other monitor. Dan was in mid-sentence when I darted through, “Holy crap. What the hell?”

“– What?”, Dan replied.

“Bill Gates just got hacked. Wait… did he? It’s coming from his validated Twitter handle”, I responded. I took a screenshot and sent this over to Dan via instant messaging.

“There’s no way that Bill Gates would tweet this”, I added with a lot of speculation.

Looking at my screen with confusion, I started getting concerned with how fast this tweet was spreading. The numbers of hearts and retweets kept climbing as my screen updated in real-time.

I copied the Bitcoin address and pasted it into Twitter’s search. The entire screen was filled almost the same tweet from various accounts. I then saw Apple’s Twitter account appear and watched many other validated Twitter accounts send out the same thing.

In a serious tone, I said “Dan, there is something very wrong with Twitter. This is not good at all.”

Google just announced “quantum supremacy” and we’re all screwed

October 31st, 2019 ∙ Technology

Today is Halloween and I am terrified. Last week, Google announced they achieved “quantum supremacy”. Google claims their quantum computer can solve the same equation in 200 seconds where today’s world’s fastest supercomputer would take over 10,000 years.