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A Malware Bestiary and Primer


If you own a digital device – a smart phone, a laptop or desktop computer – you need to understand that it is a jungle out there. There are bad guys who want to steal your identity, steal your information and steal your money. There are bad guys who want to steal your computer’s power.…

This view of asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on January 19 was created by combining two images taken by the NavCam 1 imager onboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft: a short exposure image (1.4 ms), which shows the asteroid clearly, and a long exposure image (5 sec), which shows the particles clearly. Other image processing techniques were also applied, such as cropping and adjusting the brightness and contrast of each layer. Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin

Meet Bennu, Who Is a Little Strange


OSIRIS-REx, the very ambitious effort to obtain a sample from an asteroid in space, is a success to this point. The manmade satellite is in orbit around the small asteroid 101955 Bennu. It’s a triumph of celestial navigation and technology. There were serious critics of the OSIRIS-REx’s mission, who asked “What was the point, what…

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WC Gets Sextorted


WC received an email from a sextortionist. Admittedly, not a very sophisticated one, but WC’s experience may be instructive to his readers. What? You don’t know about sextortion? It’s blackmail, in the purest sense. A scumbag extortionist threatens to reveal video captured from your computer’s camera as you viewed pornography. Unless, of course, you send…

"Internet Archive," XKCD, by Randall Munroe

Getting Geeky: Dependencies Can fsck You Up


“If builders built houses the way programmers built programs, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.” — Gerald M. Weinberg, Computer Scientist, 1933-2018 It’s been a while since we wallowed in pure technogeekery here at Wickersham’s Conscience. And it isn’t every day an object lesson like left-pad comes along – in fact, this…