Due to my poor travel timing, I wasn’t able to really engage in conversation when the Virustotal Wired article came out. One of the questions that seemed to float around was who was in the photo behind me? Well, if you haven’t figured it out now, it’s good ol’ Claudio, maker of Cuckoo and friend of mine. And for clarification purposes, that was actually a tablet I setup with his photo and that was not my desk, just an awesome chair. So, why the photo? Honestly, aside from just being good friends with Claudio, I respect him a lot and wanted to show some love.
I am not one to preach charity, but having written tools for a few years now, I think the information security world is in a state of a bubble. There are a bunch of companies sprouting up touting “capabilities” backed with some VC funding and no clue how this research works. Of course, this is not all companies, but you don’t have to look far before finding a bunch of clowns who claim to have solved the advanced threat with big data analytic stream frameworks of machine learning classifiers (…yeah).
Anyway, there are a lot of free tools out there who are ran by some of the smartest people in the industry. You know them, I know them. If you like what these folks are doing, support them. How you ask? It doesn’t have to be some sort of ground breaking donation. You’d be surprised how far a $5 gift card could go in making someone feel like their work is serving a good purpose.
Here’s a list of some of the projects I really enjoy:
In conclusion, Claudio needs us (seriously, the dude survives on hand rolled cigs and barely eats), developers are awesome and food tastes better when it’s free.