Tag Archives: Security


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 …

Tags: crowd crowdsourcing Gabe Newell Hatforce microwork Security testing Sony Steam testing vulnerability Wikileaks

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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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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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Cracking the code: The crowd vs the virus

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of volunteers managed to crack a code created by the world’s most powerful, well-funded state security agency (probably). As well as helping to cure infected computers, the crowd shone a light into one of the darkest corners of international relations. In a world filled with mysterious super-viruses and shadowy government hacking teams, it’s nice to know the crowd’s got your back.

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My advice to Newt: use the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… is important for us, because if Newt is successful, crowdsourcing may soon be a matter of National Security: the new President’s life may just depend on it.

The reason for this is that the White House is not the only place Newt has his eye on. In January Mr. Gingrich said that he would, if elected, create a base on the moon by 2020. Now, I don’t know if Newt has seen the trailers for Apollo 18, but if he has he will know that before he goes anywhere near the moon, he should make sure …

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