In the wake of the recent presidential election in the United States, there are a lot of questions concerning how the next four years will look—for the United States as a nation and for the world. One aspect we at FixMeStick are interested in is cyber security.
In the summer of 2001, the US government and White House were hacked from an unknown source. A worm called “Code Red” was once claimed by the FBI to be so dangerous, it had the potential to bring down the entire Internet.…
Also named Sapphire Worm, the Slammer Worm was the fastest spreading worm in history. It spread in less than 10 minutes, infecting over 75, 000 PCs and greatly slowing or shutting down business. The worm caused $1.2 billion dollars in damage, but compared to theILOVEYOU virus, it’s not so bad.…
Ben Affleck produces outstanding heist movies: Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Argo (well, it’s a type of a heist…). We’re unlikely to ever see an online heist movie out of Affleck though. The same three factors that make Internet security so difficult are what make it so unexciting.
The principles underlying the FixMeStick are tried and true, and are no surprise to anyone in Internet security. The engineering challenge is to get the principles to work on a mass scale for non-technical consumers. What we’ve done with the FixMeStick is implemented these principles (separate clean device, multiple scanners, no dependency on untrusted code) on a consumer device that anyone can use.
We tend to get one of two responses from security and IT Pros that learn about the FixMeStick:
1 – I can build that myself for free using an ISO from an anti-virus company.
2 – I love it, a solution I can send to my friends and family that won’t come back on me.