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Nicholas Weaver


Nicholas Weaver is a researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, where he focuses on network security and network measurement, including network intrusion detection, malcode, online criminality, and censorship measurement.

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Analysis and Commentary

Facebook And Discovering Your Sensitive Contacts In Two Easy Steps

by Nicholas Weavervia Lawfare
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Recently, Zeynep Tufekci highlighted an article by Kashmir Hill regarding a particularly severe privacy problem. Facebook, like all social networks, uses a "people you may know" suggestion mechanism in order to grow connections among users. 

Analysis and Commentary

0-days, N-Days, iPhones, And Android

by Nicholas Weavervia Lawfare
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A zero day is a vulnerability unknown to the rest of the world: there is no patch and there is no defense.

Analysis and Commentary

NSA And The No Good, Very Bad Monday

by Nicholas Weavervia Lawfare
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Monday was a tough day for those in the business of computer espionage. Russia, still using the alias Guccifer2.0, dumped even more DNC documents. And on Twitter, Mikko Hypponen noted an announcement on Github that had gone overlooked for two days, a group is hosting an auction for code from the “Equation Group,” which is more commonly known as the NSA.

Analysis and Commentary

How To Destroy Pandora's iPhone

by Nicholas Weavervia Lawfare
Friday, February 26, 2016

Director James Comey claims that the FBI is simply carrying out a diligent investigation in San Bernardino. Put bluntly, I doubt this for two reasons. First, the FBI and public already has enough knowledge to know there is likely no valuable information to be obtained from the phone in question.