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Robert Vamosi


Robert Vamosi is a CISSP and Head of Corporate Content Strategy at Synopsys. He is the author of When Gadgets Betray Us: The Dark Side of our Infatuation with New Technologies and The Art of Invisibility (with Kevin Mitnick). He is featured in the history-of-hacking documentary, Code2600. As an award-winning journalist, Vamosi has been writing about information security for more than 15 years for sites including, ZDNet, CNET, CBS News, PC World and Security Ledger.

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Mirai IoT Botnet Co-Creators Plead Guilty

For their involvement in creating and distributing the Mirai IoT-based botnet, Paras Jha, Josiah White, and Dalton Norman each admitted on Wednesday to one count of conspiracy in plea agreement in Alaska. A botnet is traditionally defined as a network of compromised computers that can be remotely controlled to mount large-scale attacks such as a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on a website. Mirai was the first botnet to compromise and remotely control internet of things (IoT) devices in a large-scale attack on internet services.

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Posted in Internet of Things, Malware, Security |


Synopsys Surveys Find Agreement in Application Security Across Europe and Asia

Two new surveys from Synopsys find there is general alignment among C-level IT professionals, managers, and executives in Europe and in Asia in terms of application security concerns and mitigations. Although the percentages differ by region, the order in which concerns and solutions ranked generally agreed.

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Posted in Application Security, Security |


A Cure for Medical Device Vulnerabilities May Be Coming

Despite years of evidence from researchers that some medical devices in homes and in healthcare facilities may contain serious vulnerabilities, such has the ability to manipulate insulin pumps and pacemakers wirelessly, there has been little acknowledgement from the industry. Unlike the automotive industry, which addressed a wide variety of cybersecurity issues soon after the infamous Cherokee Jeep Hack in the summer of 2015, medical devices have remained rife with potentially life-threatening vulnerabilities. That is about to change.

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Posted in Automotive, Healthcare, Security |


NIST Validates Synopsys Cryptography IP Software Library

Chip designers can use Synopsys technology to accelerate Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) and Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification for applications requiring high levels of security. FIPS 140-2 validation is only required if a hardware security module is to be sold to the U.S. government and if it uses cryptography in a security system that handles sensitive but unclassified information. However, it can also be a powerful security product differentiator in the commercial market.

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Posted in Cryptography, IP |


White House Updates U.S. Zero Day Software Vulnerability Policy

Zero days are simply software vulnerabilities for which there is no public patch or workaround. They have value because they can allow remote code exploitation or electronic surveillance without detection for long periods of time. On Wednesday, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, Rob Joyce, issued updated guidance how the U.S. handles zero days.

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Posted in Malware, Security |


Challenges Remain for AI

In the movies, artificial intelligence (AI) is often represented as an android, a human-like robot. In reality, AI will be mostly in the background, anticipating our needs based on prior experience in terms of autonomous driving, healthcare, even financial services.

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Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, EDA |


Are We There Yet? Level-Setting Autonomous Vehicles

Automakers are still years away from the ideal of fully autonomous, self-driving vehicles, but significant progress toward that goal is evident today.

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Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Automotive |


Recent Ransomware Attacks Produce Tangible Financial (and Possibly Human) Costs

In recent financial reports, some global organizations are now reporting losses averaging $300 million USD as the result of malicious software first spread in early 2017.

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Posted in Malware |


Intelligent Transit Systems Tops 2017 US-CERT Risk Concerns

In its annual emerging technology domains risk survey, the Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) and the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University identified intelligent transit systems as their top domain for future high-priority analysis. The report also identifies machine learning and smart robotics as related dependencies and areas of interest as well.

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Posted in Automotive, Robotics |


George Bayz Elected Optical Society Fellow Member

The Optical Society (OSA) has elected George Bayz, vice president of the Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys, as a Fellow Member. The OSA Fellows program recognizes members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics. Bayz will formally accept the honor at the Optical Networking and Communication Conference in San Diego, Calif. in March 2018.

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Posted in Optical Design |