Monday, September 29, 2014

The Patent that Hacked Wall Street

You've seen the billboard:

Here's an interview with the Christopher himself. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Afternoons With Larry Ellison

Given the publicity surrounding Larry Ellison and Oracle, the introspections of this "old, bold gunslinger" turned into a 4200-word homage to "the smartest man I've ever known" (and the captain of my Cyber Privateering Fantasy League). Read it by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Data Exhaust: Predicting Midterm Election Shenanigans

Here it is, seven or so weeks before the midterm elections, and I was curious what the "twitterverse" shows. Based upon the organization and vitriol of almost every social media pundit besides Sentator Ted Cruz, it would appear that the Democrats are winning the battle of whipping their base into a frenzy to keep the Senate. My prediction, this far out, just looking at the numbers, indicates the Senate will probably be close to a 50-50 split. I figured I'd put this in writing now, and live with the consequences, come what may. Here's my map of the twitterverse:
Certainly, something might happen in the next few weeks to dramatically sway voters one way or the other. Call it gamesmanship, media bias, guerrilla warfare by either the DEMS or the REPS, you name it. But given the element of sheer desperation from the DEMS, I predict some serious pre-election shenanigans. Question is, will they backfire?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hacking Silicon Valley With…A Billboard Near Oracle HQ

Yesterday, the following billboard appeared near the Oracle HQ in Silicon Valley (Northbound, left side of road). It should be self explanatory. On July 31st, I posted a piece on "Hacking Wall Street" (read the article here). That got me thinking, which is why I created this 14-foot by 48-foot billboard for my client.

Go ahead. Check out and see what a "tactical nuke" in the PE/M&A world looks like.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Should Home Depot Contract With Israeli Intelligence?

The real security guru, Brian Krebs, broke the story of Home Depot's being hacked in a bigger heist of credit card info than Target (read the story here). Given the abysmal failure of the FBI, Homeland Security, and those whacky guys at the NSA (who sit on zero-day information for their own use, rather than behave properly and alert software manufacturers), Home Depot may want to send an emissary hat-in-hand to visit Mossad headquarters and contract some serious anti-piracy offensive measures. Per my last posting about Israel being our last great hope for solving cyber misbehavior (see the story here), I don't see that Home Depot has another choice. Well, they don't have a choice as long as U.S. cybercrime law has us playing the game with both hands tied behind our backs. Go Israel!