SXSW 2016 Presentation: World Killers

I was thrilled and honored to be invited to speak at Passcode’s booth at SWSW 2016 last week. My topic was “World Killers: Hackers, Cheaters, and Fraudsters In Online Games”.  Readers of this blog are probably already aware of my very strong feelings about this topic (both as a cybersecurity professional as well as a […]

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In The Press: FRAUD AND THE MACHINES (iGaming Business North America, Issue 23)

An article I helped write just was published in the recent issue of iGaming Business North America titled: “Fraud and The Machines”, which: “…summarizes the observations of more than 50 leading online video game developers and operators gathered from real-world investigations, bans, stings, and interviews. The subjects were executives working at game publishers and operators […]

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Why I Hate The Term “Whac-A-Mole”

I’ve been in the security space for more than 15 years now, and in all that time the one constant in my ever-changing professional universe (other than the unfortunate reality that bad guys always figure out ways to defeat any system they can directly observe) is this: the term “whac-a-mole”. It’s everywhere, and I hate it. […]

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Android GM Bot Malware Source Code Leaked

Bad news for Android users: according to a post yesterday on ZDNet’s Zero Day blog, apparently, not only did someone recently release the full source code belonging to the Android GM Bot malware kit, but to add insult to injury: “…Limor Kessem, a cyber intelligence expert from IBM’s Trusteer group, said this source code not […]

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Why DOES China ‘Hack The World’, Anyway?

The Christian Science Monitor ran an article back on Jan. 31 titled “Why China hacks the world” that I suggest people take a look at. Money quote: “This new age of spying is more than a national security concern. Since much cyber-espionage targets commercial secrets, it poses a persistent threat to America’s economic strength. Many […]

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TechCrunch: There is “Real Fraud” In Underground Video Game Gray Markets

Image courtesy of Wikimedia One of the hardest (and most unexpected) things I have to face at times when talking to video game publishers or developers is their opinion that “fraud just can’t happen in my games because of [insert countermeasure here]”. In the early days of Panopticon Labs (waaaaay back in the middle of 2013), […]

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Bitcoin: RIP?

Someone just sent me a fantastic blog post written by Mike Hern that anyone interested in Bitcoin should check out ASAP. Hern, a 5-year Bitcoin developer, posted his article “The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment” only a day ago, but already it’s been picked up by news sources such as The Guardian, Fortune, and even the […]

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