The Lazy Genius

Security News & Brain Dumps from Xavier Ashe, a Bit9 Client Partner

Michal Zalewski on the Wire

Posted by Xavier Ashe on August 29, 2005

Recently the eccentric security researcher Michal Zalewski published his first book,
entitled Silence on the
Wire: A Field Guide to Passive Reconnaissance and Indirect Attacks
Because the book is everything except a security manual, Federico Biancuzzi
chose to interview Michal and learn more about his curious approach to
information security. Among other things, they discussed the need for
randomness, how a hacker mind works, unconventional uses for search engines
such as Google, and applying AI to security tools.

Great book and a great interview on… And I fell for this one last year too:

Sometime ago you played a joke claiming to have founded a company
called eProvisia LLC that provided a 100 percent guaranteed antispam service. The
very interesting fact was that its antispam technology used human beings who
manually analyzed email.

Yes, of course the company is not real; it was just a silly joke that got
out of hand (and was carried as a true story by ZDNet, Yahoo, Slashdot,
and others).


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