Research, Tips

Importing OVA into Amazon AWS

While working on a project, I needed to be able to import OVAs into my Amazon AWS account for use in various ways. What I discovered is that Amazon's documentation on this process is rather... dense and confusing. I spent a good amount of time trying to decipher what the documentation was actually telling me… Continue reading Importing OVA into Amazon AWS

Analysis, Tips

How to “hack the vote” – Georgia style

The upcoming election has already garnered a lot of attention. People are concerned about the voting process and ensuring their vote gets counted. Below are my steps for voters to "hack the vote" and verify that their vote was received and counted, following the ballot management process every step along the way. Following these steps… Continue reading How to “hack the vote” – Georgia style

Analysis, Organization behavior, Privacy, Tips

The State of Georgia DHS breach, and the bigger picture

Late in the afternoon on Friday, October 9th, the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) announced a data breach of personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI). You can read their public statement at I was contacted by Matt Johnson at WSB TV to talk about the breach. You can view the… Continue reading The State of Georgia DHS breach, and the bigger picture

Analysis, Media, Research, Tips

No, Michigan voter registration data wasn’t “hacked”

Earlier today, I started seeing social media posts about voter data from multiple states being located on a so-called "dark web" website. The general picture being painted was that this data had been obtained through improper means and made available for sale. From there, the "story" picked up steam, and Russian and American news outlets… Continue reading No, Michigan voter registration data wasn’t “hacked”