Remote Command Execution on Google Assistant

Recently, Burger King took out a TV advert and used Google voice assistant's "OK google" command to make devices read out a paragraph on the whopper burger. While most news reports take a rather cavalier attitude, treating it as a prank, this is actually remote command execution. The attacker ...

Is DarkTrace working with the NSA?

DarkTrace is "led by leading government cyber intelligence officials from MI5, NSA and the CIA." Hmm... He also seems to have no idea that he has been trolled.

Replicating UVB-76

For the uninitiated, UVB-76 is a station that broadcasts coded messages over AM radio. It is still active with messages transmitted as recently as Oct 2016 and is speculated to be related to the Russian military. The transmission and tone generation equipment are from the analog era, hence I was ...

IP Hiding and Cloaking for Services

It is relatively easy to hide the IP address of clients through the use of VPNs and proxies. However, it is a challenge for services since they need to be reachable by the clients. Imagine if your phone number changed at the stroke of midnight everyday, it would be very ...

Authenticating with NRIC numbers

I was recently asked to take a survey which authenticated users solely using IC numbers. According to guideline 6 of PDPC's advisory on the use of NRIC numbers, NRIC numbers are widely used for various business purposes and organisations that use NRIC numbers as user names or membership numbers ...

Security Theatre: Samsung Note 7

Go google for photos of 'exploding Note 7' and you will realise that in every single photo, the phone is still intact in a one piece. If the phone really exploded, you would be looking at fragments scattered over an area. The Note 7 caught fire. It didn't explode ...