Tag Archives: Security testing


Hatforce: your friendly crowd of hackers

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… ruthless cyber-villains out to steal and defraud, or virtual heroes fearlessly battling the security systems of evil corporations ? Love them or hate them, hackers have always been around. They’re an inevitable online hazard – like trolls, 404 pages and inappropriate Nazi analogies.

Take the international “hactivism” group Anonymous (these guys are like WikiLeaks’ crazy kid brother). Back in April, Anonymous successfully obtained the credit card numbers of over 70 …

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Distributed work and data security: can the crowd keep a secret?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… they need to keep secure.

Distributed work platforms face a unique and particularly knotty data security dilemma. If your business model relies on distributing client data among a vast (often anonymous) crowd of strangers, how do you make sure that any confidential information stays on the QT?

Crowd control

Six years after the launch of Mechanical Turk, crowd labor platforms have become pretty good at extracting high-quality, consistent results from workers. But in some ways, …

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Testing Times

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… As every software engineer knows, all programs are supposed to go through “beta” or user testing before they get released. The trouble is that testing is often rushed, done “in house” (rather than by real users) or just ignored. With mobile apps, testing is particularly expensive and time consuming. Companies have to buy hundreds of handsets and then recruit hundreds of testers to get any meaningful results.

The situation clearly has crowdsourcing potential. Using the crowd, …

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Crowdsourcing crime part II: the net has eyes

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… to monitor every feed and, in any case, small businesses struggle to pay for full time security.

See it, report it!

Step forward Internet Eyes (with a name like that it’s like they’re trying to sound creepy). Subscribers pay £13 (around $20) a year and get access to live video feeds from convenience store cameras. Every crime you spot earns points, get enough points and there’s money to be made – up to £1000 for the top spotter each month.

The idea of net-based …

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Adventures in Primetime

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… To make a long story short, both these men were all about primes. Fermat tried to find a way of testing for prime numbers, while Riemann attempted to predict the distribution of primes from zero to infinity. Primes (for those who were skipping classes) are numbers that can be divided only by 1 or themselves. They have no apparent logical order: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17… the list goes on forever.

So what’s so important about a bunch of random numbers?

Well, primes are the basis of all …

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