Cyber Frontiers

Online Affairs, Female Chatbots, and A Mildly Unrelated DDoS Conversation – CF026

This week on Cyber Frontiers our discussions on hacks and leaks heats up as Christian, Ashton, and Jim weigh in on the Ashley Madison leak. We talk about the data from a high level, and some of the trend analysis that has already been done regarding the data leak. This leads us into a conversation about AI chatbots, and in this case, female bots programmed to lure men to the Ashley Madison website. We speculate a bit on how the leak was conducted, leading us to a mildly (un)related conversation about DDoS attacks and why they are still an issue. Albeit some technical issues and Christian’s attention span issues on the show this week – we came out on the other end with a show not worth missing! Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) – ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at   Listen Mobile: Ashley Madison Leak SC article Female Bots – DDos attacks SC ddos prevention Blackhat presentation on DDoS circumvention   Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: / 
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Windows 10 Privacy Snafus, Cloud Security Dilemmas, and the birth of Mr. Robot – CF025

This week on Cyber Frontiers Christian is joined by Ashton and Jim to discuss the security and privacy of Microsoft’s latest creation – Windows 10. We dive deep into whether the OS is really secure, specifically looking at the new technologies available in the OS, privacy agreements shipped with the product, and whether or not Windows 10 is a product or hybrid cloud service. We even try to decide if Christian believes Microsoft created a Windows 10 privacy snafu versus a fully fledged debacle. Ashton counters the Microsoft storyboard with a review of Apple OS privacy to date, and makes similar comparisons to what has been revealed in Windows 10. Furthermore, we discuss some of the emerging Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attacks taking place on cloud providers, and what this may mean for cloud enabled operating systems like Windows 10. We wrap up on a positive note though, and discuss USA network’s new psychological cyber security thriller Mr. Robot! Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) – ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:     Windows 10 Privacy Debacle — Not just Windows: Yosemite concerns Unsaved documents shared uploaded to apple servers as part of “hand-off” service List of concerns and workarounds for yosemite. Even disabling spotlight searching and using duckduckgo does not save you from having your searches sent to apple. Mr. Robot on USA Network MITM Attack on Cloud providers — Attacks on network instead of computers   Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: / 
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Visualizing Cyberspace, Hacking Cars, and the Takeover of the Internet of Things – CF024

This week on Cyber Frontiers Christian is joined by Ashton and Jim to cover a variety of hot topics on the cyber frontier. Ashton first gives us a deep dive into his technique for visualizing various computer binaries and code using his own Binary Art creation. We quickly bridge the gap to how it relates to reverse engineering, and specifically discuss where reverse engineering is highly applicable in many of today’s security issues. Christian then takes a deep dive into the Jeep and Chrysler car hacks, discussing not only the challenges in security engineering of these devices – but what the implications are for the global Internet of Things (IoT). We get a bit technical, a bit philosophical, and super fun as always! Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) – ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:     Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: / 
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Open Everything: Adopting Cloud in the Enterprise w/ OpenSource, OpenStack, and OpenFlow – CF022

This week on Cyber Frontiers Kevin joins us to bring to a close a fantastic three part series on how cutting edge technologies are being received and adopted in the enterprise. In this segment, we take a look at how current cloud computing solutions are powering the enterprise. We evaluate different solutions, what communities are currently driving the market, and the roadblocks associated with implementing certain architectures. We also tie in key conversations from the previous two episodes to see how other technologies like SDN are playing a major role in re-designing the cloud and the data centers they operate on. We have some good laughs, some tongue twisters, and a lot of great conversation around an expansive topic! Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) – ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:   OpenStack has been getting a lot of grassroots IT support. Will it make it in the long run? What is Next Generation-Agile-Converged-Private Cloud datacenter? Why do I care? What is OpenStack? What HyperVisors are supported? What about storage Block vs Object? Network environment: OpenStack predictions: Their growth reflects a hearty appetite for public cloud computing, while Red Hat peddles private clouds to CIOs that still believe they must run behind their firewalls. It’s a growth business for Red Hat, but given private clouds’ dismal success rate, it’s unclear for how long. Interesting Vendors: Mirantis: ;program=PPC&campaign=Brand&adgroup=mirantis&keyword=mirantis&matchtype=e&network=g&device=c&placement=&placementcategory=&adposition=1t1&gclid=CjwKEAjwhbCrBRCO7-e7vuXqiT4SJAB2B5u7bAlQKSbipHfYcwcJXHgllxF-hG0uEyohFdkUyuCTfhoCSM7w_wcB StrataScale Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: / 
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Where is Big Data Headed Next on the Information Superhighway – CF021

This week on Cyber Frontiers Kevin Schoonover joins us again to cover part two of our series investigating how up and coming technologies are being incorporated into enterprise IT environments. In particular, we look at where we’ve been with data infrastructure in the last five years, and what the future holds in store. With discussions around the rapidly changing infrastructure and hardware design for data analytics, as well as the security and reliability of information that has become an increasingly valuable commodity, we quickly pick up where we left off in episode 20 for a jam packed hour of insight and conversation. Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:   Hadoop has been good, but what is next? What about KROLL E-discovery division? Lexis/Nexis seem to be getting in the game? Are Cloudera, HortonWorks and Pivotal all locked on Hadoop? EMC made a big splash with GreenPlum: We will move from “big data” to firehose-sized signals processing HDFS/GFS had a focus on the JBOD cluster, these types of techniques will still be important for “archival” based big data. Signals processing will most certainly be all in-memory. Other topic, the impact of IoT on Big Data and intern programs for Data Scientists.   Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: / 
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Data & Compute Challenges in Enterprise IT Environments – CF020

This week on Cyber Frontiers the usual crew is joined by Kevin Schoonover, Director of Engineering at Arrow ECS, to discuss how new technologies are (or aren’t) making their way into the enterprise IT spotlight. We talk about differences in relational vs. object oriented data stores, implementations of software-defined-networking, and what driving factors (cost, ease of use, adaptability) are pushing certain technologies to the forefront. We also look at what job roles will become more important as these technologies become mainstream. The talk encompasses the ‘challenges of a real IT department’ – and provides an interesting context to how the enterprise is evolving in response to newer trends in computing. With Kevin’s personality and expertise in the subject area combined with the hosts’ usual candor, it’s a show you won’t want to miss! Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:   Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: / 
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Innovative Hacker Marathons: Bitcamp 2015 – CF019

This week on Cyber Frontiers, Christian is joined by Ashton, Jim, and special guest Jeremy Krach live from the floor of Bitcamp – one of the largest hackathons on college campuses in the USA. Albeit technical difficulties, we get behind the scenes access to Bitcamp and covered the opening of the event. If you’ve never been to a Hackathon before or want to know why they are relevant to solving today’s computing challenges – this is a great show to cover what getting your hack on is all about. Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:   Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: / 
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