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100kb of Unusual Code Protecting Nuclear, ATC and United Nations Systems 79

Posted by Soulskill
from the norton-antivirus-from-1991 dept.
An anonymous reader writes: For an ex-academic security company still in the seeding round, startup Abatis has a small but interesting roster of clients, including Lockheed Martin, the Swiss military, the United Nations and customers in the civil nuclear and air traffic control sectors. The company's product, a kernel driver compatible with Windows, Linux and Unix, occupies just 100kb with no dependencies, and reportedly achieves a 100% effectiveness rate against intruders by preventing unauthorized I/O activity. The CEO of Abatis claims, "We can stop zero day malware — the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns." The software requires no use of signature files, white-listing, heuristics or sandboxing, with a separate report from Lockheed Martin confirming very significant potential for energy savings — up to £125,000 per year in a data center with 10,000 servers.

Comment: Re:One port to rule them all... (Score 1) 164

Actually, it is not clear whether this does work at all with a regular USB-C cable. At least 40Gbps needs special active Thunderbolt cables, which I guess will not work as USB cables. For 20Gbps, the article is unclear. Talk about the worst design choice possible....

Comment: Re:Annoying (Score 1) 164

Indeed. And from the article I take that at least 40Gbps needs special cables in addition. Not sure about 20Gbps TB, the article is not clear on that.

The absolute worst design you can have is different, incompatible cables with the same connector. That will confuse not only ordinary users.

Comment: Re:This makes me feel safe (Score 1) 322

Complete and utter bullshit. Terrorism is not a crime of opportunity. Terrorism happens when somebody is indoctrinated enough or pissed off enough to "do something about it". That happens so rarely that it is not a safety or security concern. When it happens, it cannot be stopped either. We now have several examples of terrorist attacks from people that already were (!) under surveillance.

Due to its rarity, terrorism cannot be prevented. However, due to its rarity, terrorism is not actually a problem. What is a problem is that those in power use the "terrorism"-meme to establish laws and measures that have an entirely different purpose, namely keeping the population in check against the day when it finds out how it has been screwed over by them.

A prime target, incidentally, for the next air-travel related attack is the waiting lines before the "security" checkpoints.

Comment: Re:Wait a second guys! (Score 1) 322

Dogs have no useful context awareness for the problem at hand. The problem is that you cannot distinguish somebody that fertilized their plants on the morning from somebody that has handled explosives by residue. It just does not work and hence sniffers are a problem at sensitivity settings where they do not yet detect explosives reliably. That is the reason they are not used at airports anymore.

Make headway at work. Continue to let things deteriorate at home.