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Fahmida Y. Rashid

Senior Managing Editor

Fahmida brings over a decade of IT security news reporting along with ten years of network administration and software development to Decipher.

Every security story has a human face, and her goal is to bring those stories to light. As the senior managing editor of Decipher, she will focus on ways security can impact how people live, work, and play. She enjoys working on stories that speak to those outside the security industry, highlighting the intersection of security and other technology areas. Over the years, she has seen enough to make her overzealous about her personal threat-model, but she doesn’t hold it against anyone for having a more relaxed worldview.

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315 articles by Fahmida Y. Rashid

Data Brokers, Social Media, User Privacy

Facebook is severing ties with data brokers, those companies that sit on piles of user data such as voter rolls, property records, purchase histories, and other databases. It's bad news for advertisers, but will it improve user privacy?

Privacy

BranchScope: Another Processor-Based Attack

Much like Spectre, BranchScope is an attack that focuses on the processor's branch prediction system. That doesn't mean the processors are hopelessly vulnerable. It just means that as more researchers start exploring various features in modern CPUs, more issues will be found.

Hardware, Security Research

New DIY Method Lets Researchers Recover Data from Hardware Chips

Many Internet of Things manufacturers handled security by disabling hardware debugging and locking down the firmware. Security researchers need to bypass these barriers so that they can find and help fix the actual security issues. A researcher talks about a technique gets researchers down to the silicon level.

Hardware Hacking, Security Research

GitHub Alerts Help Fix Bugs in Ruby, JavaScript Code

When GitHub unveiled its Security Alerts scanning feature last November, it was betting that if project owners knew which software components they were using had vulnerabilities, they would update them with patched versions. GitHub said that by Dec. 1, 450,000 vulnerabilities had been resolved, either by removing the dependency entirely or swapping out with a more recent, patched version. That's a little over 10 percent of the vulnerabilities addressed, right off the bat.

App Security, Vulnerability, Software Security

Be Careful Using Machine Learning in Security

Recent advances in artificial intelligence, especially in deep learning and other machine learning approaches, are really exciting for the future of security. In the rush to roll out AI in security technology, it is easy to forget that machine learning is just a tool, and that like any tool, is the most effective when used by an expert.

Machine Learning, Ai