Digital Identity

Pierluigi Paganini December 09, 2020
The importance of computer identity in network communications: how to protect it and prevent its theft

The importance of computer identity in network communications: how to protect it and prevent threat actors from spying or stealing on online communications When you fill out a registration form to take advantage of a web service, a virtual personal profile is generated, creating your own IT identity characterized by specific attributes. Even those who […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 31, 2017
WeChat is set to become China’s official electronic ID system

China’s largest social media network, WeChat, is set to become an official electronic ID system in the country, an ID pilot program was launched in Guangzhou’s Nansha District. WeChat  (‘Weixin’ in China) is China’s largest social media network, according to Tencent Holdings, the platform had 980 million monthly active users as of late September. A […]

Pierluigi Paganini November 12, 2016
A Facebook glitch declared all its users are dead, including Zuckerberg

Facebook users who logged on to their accounts discovered that their accounts turned to a “memorialized account,” due to their alleged death. Funny as it is disturbing, but the technology can also do this and this time it has happened to Facebook. This night the Tech giant declared everyone dead due to a glitch. The memorial […]

Pierluigi Paganini January 12, 2016
A research team has found two flaws in the OAuth 2.0 protocol

According to a group of researchers from the University of Trier two critical flaw affects the oAuth 2.0 authentication protocol. The OAuth 2.0 authentication protocol is widely used on social networking sites, every day billion of users access their profiles on Facebook and Google+ using it. According to researchers Daniel Fett, Ralf KĂŒsters and Guido […]

Pierluigi Paganini January 09, 2014
LinkedIn – Surge of fake profiles and increment of illicit activities

LinkedIn company filed a complaint in San Francisco against unknown hackers responsible for the creation of an impressive amount of fake profiles. LinkedIn is considered the social network of professionals, its scope is to give the possibility to the users to build their network of business relationship, sharing content of interest and exchanging opinion and […]

Pierluigi Paganini October 29, 2013
Social media and digital identity. Prevention and incident response

The hack of a social media account is a common incident that could have a serious impact of our digital identity. How to prevent it? What to do in case of hack? Social media, cloud computing and mobile are technologies that most of all attract cybercriminals due their high penetration, exploiting this channels attackers could […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 03, 2012
Social Networks Part 3 – Are you exposing yourself unnecessarily to physical threats?

Article published on The Malta Indipendent Ron Kelson, Pierluigi Paganini, Fabian Martin, David Pace, Benjamin Gittins In our first article we talked about the intentional or unintentional disclosure of personal information in social networks that can expose you to logical (computer-based) threats and we gave you some recommendations about how to properly manage this risk of […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 14, 2012
The right to anonymity on Internet and legal implications

The demand of anonymity services is increased in response to the increase network monitoring and censorship,but the anonymity is a concept that induces fear. Everyday, all our web actions leave traces of ourselves and of our way of life through the storing of massive amounts of personal data in databases in the internet, all these information […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 13, 2012
Cyber security during sporting events

Excerpt from the article published on the last edition of PenTest AUDITING & STANDARDS 05 2012.  The article offers an overview on cyber security issues relating to sports events, competitions that are a priority target for terrorists and cyber criminals. What weight has the information security component on the overall organization? An analysis of the main types of computer attacks and possible consequences in a highly critical contest such as a sporting event. Introduction Whenever we see a major sporting event we […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 13, 2012
What is a digital signature? Fundamental principles

Private companies and governments agencies all around the word make huge investments for the automation of their processes and in the management of the electronic documentation. The main requirement in the management of digital documentation is its equivalence, from a legal perspective, to paperwork, affixing a signature on a digital document is the fundamental principle […]