You may know it by one of many names: EMV, Integrated Chip Cards, or more simply Chip & Pin or Smart Cards… but whatever you call it: it is a hot topic for debate on the subject of credit card fraud. In this post we will explain the difference between these and traditional credit cards, and why it is being discussed so heatedly in the wake of the Target breach.
Education? 20 years helping – helping users, analyzing malware, talking with people implementing security technology, and testing security software.
Highlights of your career? Seeing the first few droplets before the Melissa virus storm hit, surviving the Worm Wars of 2004, my first presentation at VB in 2006, and having an article published in USA Today in 2013.
Position and history at ESET? Joined ESET: 2013. Current title: Security Researcher
What malware do you hate the most? The ExploreZip family – it overwrote files, thus destroying the data. Plenty of people lost a lot of work as a result of those outbreaks.
Favorite activities? Adventuring and whimsy-seeking.
What is your golden rule for cyberspace? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? 1981 Commodore VIC-20. And then I continued using a variety of early-80s technology until roughly 1993 (oof!).
Favorite computer game/activity? Checking my Twitter feed.