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by Stephen Cobb on May 7, 2016

scobb-profile-200Welcome! I am Stephen Cobb and “I live security!” I write about cybersecurity on We Live Security and the ESET corporate blog. I’m also working on an MSc in Security and Risk Management at the University of Leicester’s Criminology Department. I opine on computer crime and data privacy on scobb’s information security blog. And I try to raise awareness of a genetic killer, hereditary hemochromatosis (see the Celtic Curse blog and Facebook page). Of course, all views expressed here are mine, not my employer’s. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @zcobb. I am also on LinkedIn and SlideShare.

50 Shades of White Privilege: #1 Birth and #2 Education

[Update: I originally published this post in October of 2014 when public discussion of “White Privilege” surfaced in mainstream media and it became clear to me that some white people did not understand the concept. I am republishing this article now because of a tweet about Black Lives Matter that I sent out earlier in […]

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Talking cybersecurity futures at TEDx San Diego

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What can we do to ensure a better future for technology? A future with less cybercrime and more trust in digital technology? I addressed these questions in a TEDx talk in San Diego, titled: Ones and Zeroes: A Tale of Two Futures. I drew on my studies in the Criminology Department at the University of […]

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The ethics of faking it until you make it

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The advice to “fake it until you make it” has popped up several times recently in my online meanderings, raising some interesting questions. I want to ponder them for a moment and present a couple of illustrations, one a video and another a story. I started to think about this when I did some research […]

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How to fix your Google Chrome bookmarks if you can’t stand the new “enhanced design”

Has Google messed up your Chrome bookmarks with its “new, improved” bookmark system? Don’t panic! You can fix it and go back to the way things were, where your bookmarks are organized the way YOU want. The obscure but simple fix is described below (this works as of April 27, 2015). If you want to […]

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Taxes, Lady Godiva, Coventry, privacy, and the first Peeping Tom

Naked Woman on Horseback might sound like a porn video but it’s also a timely topic for the month of April, the month when taxes are front of mind for many Americans: personal income taxes for the previous calendar year must be paid on or before the 15th of the month. For me, the topic of […]

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Complacency is the curse of comfort

A writer once wrote: Complacency is the curse of comfort. I think what he means is that a comfortable life can lead us to become complacent about the world’s problems, which can then turn up on our doorstep to discomfit us. Actually, I know that is what the writer meant, because I am that writer. […]

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Of Spiders and Sin

What follows is the definitive telling of my story about the Australian redback spider and its pedagogical employment in a theological context. This is a tale I have told many times in the company of friends but it has never been recorded for posterity, until now. I have included some notes below the story that […]

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Fighting malware, cybercrime, and hemochromatosis = I’ve been busy

I enjoy reading a wide range of blogs. Recently, I was shocked to visit one of my own blogs — this one — and see that I had not posted anything since February. Surely I had written more than that? In fact, I have been doing a lot of writing, but on other blogs. So […]

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How to find $168 billion in annual spending cuts while saving the world

Allow me to explain where the U.S. federal government can find $168 billion. That could be a $168 billion cut in annual spending from the current budget, or $168 billion of spending shifted to more worthwhile endeavors. It could even end world hunger while giving us all tax rebates. Lately, I’ve been looking at a […]

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Happy Blogging New Year 2014!

Happy New Year! While it took me a few days to get around to this, I did want to mark the beginning of the new year with at least one blog post here on Cobbsblog. In fact, I have been doing quite a bit of blogging around the turn of the year. Over on WeLiveSecurity.com […]

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Free professional security advice for Palestinian hackers

First of all, welcome. I am glad you found this page. Please don’t hack it. Who am I? I am one of many people in the computer security world who have great sympathy for the Palestinian people. We agree with you that the Palestinian people deserve to live in peace. We let our politicians know […]

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Thank you Layla, for all that you gave to us, 2004-2013

A photo snapped in August: Layla Cobb, 2004-2013 This is just a short note to all who knew and loved our Layla. Earlier this week she ended her journey here in San Diego, peacefully and with loving hands upon her. Layla was not only a joy to us and those who met her, she was […]

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Adrenalectomy, from pain to promising signs of progress

This is a short note to record the successful execution of a laproscopic adrenalectomy by Dr. Allan Gamagami at Sharp Memorial Hospital on August 16, namely my left adrenalectomy. I talked about the need for this procedure in Cobb’s Got Conn’s, but not because I enjoy talking about myself. Okay, I do enjoy talking about […]

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Robot or not? Robotic surgery and risk, part one

A security geek goes to see a surgeon about having an operation. The surgeon says, “We may use the robot.” The geek thinks: “Robot! Cool. What OS does it use? Is it on the network? Has anyone hacked this type of robot yet?” I am that geek and I will get to those questions in a […]

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Cobb’s got Conn’s? Probably, but I go through Adrenal Vein Sampling (AVS) to be sure

[Updated 6/11/13: It’s official, I do have Conn syndrome. The nephrologist just called to say my AVS test results were, direct quote: “Stunning!”] This post is about my potential diagnosis of Conn syndrome and how that could lead to a healthier, more energetic life. If you have high blood pressure, dodgy heartbeat, nasty leg cramps, […]

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Sorry I’ve been out of touch (my adrenal adenoma is to blame)

Just a quick post to let folks know that I came through my recent medical procedure unscathed (apart from a small hole below the belt line that is healing nicely). For the sake of other folks out there who may need to undergo adrenal venous sampling I am writing up the procedure, the reason for […]

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