IoT Security

OWASP has a list of the top 10 most commonly found vulnerabilities—the “OWASP Top Ten.” The OWASP site describes this list as representing “a broad consensus about the most critical security risks to web applications.” Number one on the list is Injection, the vulnerability hackers love to exploit. There’s something real cool about pulling off an injection attack. Compromising a database, getting the browser to run commands on your behalf, or gaining god-level privileges on a server. But you know what’s cooler? Getting that god-level access with a lot less work. Let me introduce number six on the top ten list—security misconfiguration. 


A security misconfiguration is exactly what it sounds like. A device that is meant to be …

Independent Contractor - California Proposition 22

I had a nice chat with an Uber driver this week on my way to the airport. What started off as a conversation about the crumbling infrastructure that we were seeing along the I-110 turned into one about the November election. We both wondered how California, which according to Business Insider is the fifth largest economy in the world, looks so sad--the roads we drove under covered in the tents of our homeless. 


Naturally, or at least naturally for me, our convo turned to the economic divide that seems all too visible by the number of people on the streets. From there, we spent the next thirty minutes talking about Proposition 22 (Prop 22)—the ballot initiative that if passed will classify ride-share and delivery drivers as independent contractors. 


Getting Ready to Vote - Senate Bill 10 | Proposition 25

The nonprofit organization Population Reference Bureau (PRB) has a storied history of collecting and supplying statistics for research and/or academic purposes. Check out its site and its Wikipedia page to learn more about what the organization does. According to a 2012 PRB article, “Since 2002, the United States has had the highest incarceration rate in the world. Although prison populations are increasing in some parts of the world, the natural rate of incarceration for countries comparable to the United States tends to stay around 100 prisoners per 100,000 population. The U.S. rate is 500 prisoners per 100,000 residents, or about 1.6 million prisoners in 2010.” 


Worldpopulationreview has the 2020 numbers at 737 prisoners per 100,000 people. 


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