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(In)secure websites: all about https (and what can go wrong)

Thomas Boutell

Tom invented PNG files. He currently creates beautiful open source web tools here at P'unk Ave.

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Wed, Mar 11 2015

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Every so often here at P'unk Avenue, we hold a Developer Breakfast. This means bagels, and avocados, and code.

This week I gave a talk on https, aka "Transport Layer Security," formerly known as SSL: the thing that keeps your transactions on Amazon from being snooped on. And prevents Amazon from being impersonated. And so on.

Sadly this week's talk also focused on how things can go very, very wrong, as with Lenovo's recent massive breach of customer trust, or the security lapse that may have allowed Iranian spies to listen in on the gmail accounts of activists during the Green Revolution.

You can check out my slide deck here.

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