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August 14, 2008

I'm back!

It has certainly been an interesting week.  If there is anything else you want to know about me that has not already been posted, please feel free to send me your questions.  As most of you know, on Sunday morning my blog was hijacked/hacked as well as my yahoo mail address and the domain for this blog.  A lot of my personal information from these sources were posted on a public message list, along with some particularly hateful, ignorant, anti-Semitic ranting.  This event while traumatic has also resulted in some positives.

First of all let me say that I cannot go into a lot of the details of how this took place, as I am working with the authorities in this matter.  Secondly, let me say that all of the information exposed was my own personal information.  StillSecure infrastructure was not pierced or exposed at all, though the StillSecure SAT team treated this as a major breach and pulled out all of the stops in investigating and protecting our corporate infrastructure.

All of the above notwithstanding, it was not easy. Of course part of me would like to just be in a room with some of the people  (and I use that term loosely) who committed this crime and take care of this, but that is probably not going to happen (one can hope though).  In some way I feel that in order to make steel, iron has to be put through the fire.  This event has resulted in steel being made. Where before I viewed security as a business that I was in, security from here on in will be a much more passionate endeavor for me.  In many ways this has made me truly a security person.  You will see a much deeper commitment by me in keeping the slime of the world from being successful.  I am going to do everything I can to making myself, my family and all of us more secure.  Security for me has gone from a business to a way of life.

I am also extremely humbled and grateful for all of the help that so many of you have rendered over this week. I never truly felt part of the security "community" until this week. Over the coming days I am going to talk about what you should do if this happens to you.  However, having friends and support in the industry is something that most of us just don't have.  The security community has reached out and picked me up by the bootstraps, performing incredible acts of kindness and generosity in recovering from this. I realize now that in my years in this industry I have made some great friendships. On top of this, the people I have made friends with are just incredible people! I will detail some of these acts and people in days and weeks to come.  For now though know that I will never forget and will do my best to be worthy of your kindness and help. I think some of the other security bloggers in the community are going to speak out on this as well. I will be interested in what they have to say.

In case any of you are wondering, I will not stop blogging and speaking out.  I would never let the likes of these people silence or intimidate me.  In truth the fact that they targeted me tells me that I must have struck a nerve or did some good work, that they would feel it necessary to attack me. In looking at the list of some of the names targeted along with me, I was  almost honored to be included in such a prestigious group. I recognize that my blog and StillSecure is pretty well known and I guess that this shows that I am a target.  For now my blog will remain sparse.  As I continue to build it back up, I want to make sure that everything that is going in is clean of any malicious code. 

Stay tuned for more to come and thanks for sticking with me!


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