Computers & Mobile
Dan Kaminsky at HacDC tonight! (and a side order of Daemon)
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Dan Kaminsky, the computer consultant who found a fundamental vulnerability in the Web’s DNS, so fundamental, it could have given him theoretical control over every domain on the Web, will be giving a last-minute talk tonight at HacDC. He’ll be talking about this amazing story as well as talking about some current research, to be officially announced on Monday.

Dan Kaminsky at HacDC TONIGHT at 8 PM!

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Over the Christmas holiday, I read Dan Suarez’s book Daemon, a “killer Internet” thriller. It’s Dan’s first novel, and it’s not without its flaws, but it’s pretty gripping and he does a great job of incorporating, and extrapolating upon, current high-tech hardware and network technologies and how these might be used in extraordinarily destructive, evil ways. It’s downright unnerving in sections. One night, reading in bed, unnerved, I got up to… ah… visit a different room of my house. I picked up the latest Wired and began scanning through it. The next thing I knew, I was enthralled by Joshua Davis’ December Wired piece on Kaminsky and the DNS discovery. It was almost as unsettling as my Daemon read, but this was real! It was a bit of a struggle to get back to sleep that night, one of those creepy moments where fantasy leaks into reality.

[Read MAKE Editor and Publisher Dale Dougherty’s review of Daemon on Boing Boing.]

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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