The Future Of Computing: Supercloud And Sky Computing
April 4, 2023 | Bernard Marr, Forbes Contributor

Fundamentally, cloud computing is designed to be a final stepping-stone on the road to the commoditization of computing infrastructure. This objective is set out in a paper published in 2021 by the University of California, Berkeley professors Ion Stoica and Scott Shenker, titled From Cloud Computing to Sky Computing.

Nicholas Weaver, a researcher for the International Computer Science Institute at University of California, Berkeley, suggested another explanation for the recent glut of phony LinkedIn profiles: Someone may be setting up a mass network of accounts in order to more fully scrape profile information from the entire platform. “Even with just a standard LinkedIn account, there’s a pretty good amount of profile information just in the default two-hop networks,” Weaver said. “We don’t know the purpose of these bots, but we know creating bots isn’t free and creating hundreds of thousands of bots would require a lot of resources.”

So far only Google knows what it’s doing with data it may be collecting from Incognito Mode searches and “some of that will come out at trial,” Serge Egelman, research director of the Usable Security and Privacy Group at University of California at Berkeley’s International Computer Science Institute.

The question, as Nova Labs pushes into 5G, is whether the company can pull off an ambitious, new project while its other is mired in turmoil. For critics like Nicholas Weaver, a researcher at Berkeley’s International Computer Science Institute, Helium Mobile isn’t a new attempt to create a decentralized wireless network, but a distraction.

"The industry is heading towards a squeeze. Revenue is declining over time and the cost of exploit is going up until an inflection point is reached at which point the industry is no longer profitable,” said Dr. Bill Marczak, Research Scientist at ICSI and Research Fellow at Citizen Lab.

Crypto’s massive marketing efforts have drawn few new investors
August 24, 2022 | Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post

“That the cryptocurrency space, despite a ton of advertising, has run out of new suckers is not all that surprising to me,” said Nicholas Weaver, a computer-security expert from the University of California at Berkeley who has often raised both a financial and ethical case against crypto investment.

“Words and phrases like ‘government-grade’ and ‘impenetrable’ are rightly mocked online by the computer security community because we know that they’re used to fool people,” says Nicholas Weaver, a cybersecurity researcher at the International Computer Science Institute.

Treasury cracks down on a tool that helped launder billions
August 9, 2022 | Tim Starks with research by Aaron Schaffer, Washington Post

“This is potentially a big deal, as Tornado Cash is the heart of a huge fraction of the crime in the cryptocurrency ecosystem, and this decision makes all that criminal activity explicitly tainted for anyone who touches the U.S. financial system, which is all real-money cryptocurrency exchanges,” Nicholas Weaver, a computer security expert from the University of California at Berkeley, told me via email.

CMA engaged Serge Egelman — research director of Usable Security and Privacy Research at the prestigious University of California, Berkeley — to test the most-popular children's entertainment products over a nine-month period concluding in March this year. Mr Egelman found 59 per cent — or 101 of the 186 tested — contained concerning code.

Experian, You Have Some Explaining to Do
July 11, 2022 | Brian Krebs, Krebs on Security

Nicholas Weaver, a researcher for the International Computer Science Institute at University of California, Berkeley, said Experian has no real incentive to do things right on the consumer side of its business. That is, he said, unless Experian’s customers — banks and other lenders — choose to vote with their feet because too many people with frozen credit files are having to deal with unauthorized applications for new credit.