Some National Day Reflections

(This isn’t a cybersecurity blog post. This is just some thoughts of a patriotic citizen on National Day.) I remembered ever writing my thoughts when the late LKY passed away in 2015 in a post as part of being a socio-political writer. Those were times when, as a student, one could flirt with many different…

The “Irrational” Human?: Part 2

“Minimum 8 characters, minimum 1 upper case, 1 lower case, 1 number and 1 special character.” Sounds familiar? Yes, this is a fairly common password policy. Users found the shortest password that could meet these requirements, “P@ssw0rd” and used it so widely that one of the biggest data breaches in Singapore documented how the use…

The “Irrational” Human?: Part 1

Recently, I finished reading a book at the intersection of behavioural economics and psychology, and will be embarking on yet another book on behavioural economics. For someone who graduated from a hard science degree, I think this qualifies as “reading some fluff” to pass time. They make for interesting reads to suggest that humans are…

Building Vulnerable Machines: Part 1 — An Easy OSCP-like Machine

Apologies for the delay; I have been away on a “pseudo-holiday”, or “service break” — I’ve been wanting to write something security-related this month, but found myself a little out of time. This series will be broken into three parts. Part 1: General Design Principles Part 2: Building a Machine (with an example) Part 3:…

Digital Defence

It’s Total Defence Day in Singapore today. And for the first time in thirty-five years, there has been an update to the framework. Introduce Digital Defence. This was probably much called for, considering how the theatre of warfare has transcended physical space into the digital space. The subject of digital warfare is too complicated to…

The Year of the Smartphone

It was Lunar New Year festivities, once again. For Kate and her brother, Charles, it was a festive occasion once again. Kate could return to her grandmother’s home to show her her latest single. Charles wanted to gorge on as much food as possible, and collect as many angpows as he could. The family soon…

What Might the Future Hinterland Be?

On Wednesday, I attended a lecture on Singapore’s development as a port city. It coincided with our bicentennial since the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on Singapore’s shores in 1819. Throughout history, Singapore as a small territory was in search of a hinterland. Most successful cities operate on the premise of having hinterlands that support…