Nicholas Weaver

Nicholas Weaver is a senior staff researcher focusing on computer security at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California. All opinions are his own.

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Cybersecurity

A Cyber-Weapon Warhead Test

The CrashOverride program represents the first-in-the-wild case of a generic automated attack: one that is designed to affect all systems of a given family, not just a particular installation. If someone were to couple this warhead to a self-propagating worm for delivery, it could constitute a global threat.

Secrecy & Leaks

Recent NSA Leak Arrest: A Few Observations and a Lesson

Reality Leigh Winner, a recently separated Air Force linguist and a new hire by Pluribus International Corporation as a support contractor with a Top Secret clearance, allegedly searched for and printed out a Top Secret government report, folded it up, and dropped it in the mail to an online news outlet. Yesterday, the U.S. Attorney’s office revealed her arrest in an unsealed indictment.