Intel Inside

Intel’s Intel


So as it turns out, Intel has a secret computer inside your computer. At least if you have an Intel Central Processing Unit (CPU) in your computer; you know, Intel Inside™. The marketing slogan turns out to have more than one meaning. It’s called the Intel Management Engine, the IME, and it has been included…

The National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. (Credit: NSA)

Getting Off the NOBUS Bus


The National Security Administration has two cyber missions: attacking foreign cyber systems to gather intelligence and defending U.S. cyber systems from attacks by third parties, both foreign governments and criminals. There’s an inherent conflict of interest in those dual responsibillities when the NSA discovers a critical bug in widely-used software like Microsoft Windows. Does NSA…

This photograph from the May 29, 1919 total solar eclipse shows one of the stars used to confirm Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. The red dot shows where the star would have been without the sun's interference. (Image: © Royal Observatory, Greenwich)

The Centennial of Eddington’s Proof


To those of a geeky persuasion – a group that certainly includes WC – there is an important anniversary approaching. May 29 will be the centennial of Eddington’s confirmation of general relativity. To understand why this is important we have to go back to 1915 or so. Albert Einstein had published his four scientific papers…

Hacking with mXtract, a dark web tool

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…