No, this isn’t a “how-to” instruction manual for breaking into Fort Knox or your kids social media accounts. But tonight’s Perpetual Notion Machine does glimpse into the world of computer hacking. And who knew that it’s not just about illegal and corrupt activities? The “black hat” hackers are out there, but the “white hat” hackers provide the cybersecurity to fight them. PNM’s guest tonight is Jack Koziol, a hacking expert who wrote the book The Shellcoder’s Handbook, and is the co-founder of the Infosec Institute which teaches cybersecurity methods to businesses and individuals.
Jack tells PNM’er Dennis Shaffer that the reasons for hacking are mostly for personal gain, such as money, identity theft, and personal data that can be sold on the black market. Hacking techniques are many, varied, intricate and yet simple. Jack barely scratches the surface on a few of them like viruses, trojans, phishing, and clickjacking. And yet the computer hardware developers and operating system programmers can’t seem to keep up. And the cybersecurity industry, the best option to prevent illegal hacking, has been behind as well, in need of lots of people. That’s where the Infosec Institute can help, and they also provide scholarships.
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