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Safe Chips Anyone?

Last week saw the announcement that chip giant Intel is to procure McAfee in a £5bn deal.  With this came many intriguing comments and questions about how Intel will utilize the deep engineering skills at McAfee as well as the large brand loyalty created by many of the anti-virus and anti-malware products now at their disposal.

Intel have commented that they see the coming months and years as a critical point in the cybersecurity landscape with increasing attention now being placed on protection at the hardware, software and applications level.

Security at the desktop level has primarily been focused on virus and malware protection for the last 12-14 years since the large Windows based virus's from the late 90's.  In addition, firewall protection also became apparent at the desktop level, with many desktop operating systems now providing a basic software based firewall.

However with the increasing focus on Cloud Computing and anything-as-a-service, security at the stack level …

Hacker - hero or villain?

I recently watched a documentary on UK satellite TV that seemingly portrayed the life of a computer hacker as glamorous, edgy and cool.  The hackers interviewed were all American, male, typically geeky with a fake hate of institutionalism and popular culture.


Many argued they 'hacked', or 'cracked' as some term it, simply for the enjoyment and prestige of being able to 'beat' large corporations or public organizations, that have spent vast sums on securing information systems and networks.  The thrill of a one-man-band crusade and coming out on top, spurs many individuals on to continually attempt to break and overcome security controls.  They argued that in fact they were helping the internal security teams by simply identifying where weak controls exist, before 'real' damage could occur.  Who and what caused the 'real' damage still seemed unquantified by the hacker community interviewed by the program maker.


In defense of that argument, the te…