LAS VEGAS: Renowned security researcher Dan Kaminsky is pressing forward with his efforts to secure user systems and root out censorship online.
Kaminsky, who serves as chief scientist for DKH, said that he has been working with anti-censorship groups to improve web-based services and applications designed to trace various forms of site-blocking and web censorship.
The project, said Kaminsky, would combine the researchers code with existing platforms to provide additional information and speed up performance.
"My goal is not to run a censorship detection service," Kaminsky explained. "My goal is to provide the existing detection services a larger data stream."
Kaminsky said that the project was related to last year's announcement of the n00ter platform. He explained that while effective, the appliance was also far too complex for everyday use by most end users. Instead, he has turned his focus to the consumer-oriented web applications.
"Those things have been used by thousands of times more people than n00ter ever would, even if I had dedicated my life to the project," he explained.
"I don't want to be managing the database and datasets, my goal is to say here is the technology, let me integrate it into your solutions."
Kaminsky, who vaulted to fame with his 2008 discovery of critical vulnerabilities in the worldwide DNS system, also remains focused on security. Another of his key projects is an effort to better verify security certificates.
The researcher said that the project is focused on providing better verification for security certificates and ensure that secured connections are in fact being sent to the intended domain, rather than an attack server.
One underlying theme of all the projects, said Kaminsky, was co-operating with developers and providing tools that add security without impeding on the development process.
"People really think that security gets to tell developers what to do, but we don't get to tell anyone want to do," he explained.
"Even with the components and compliance programs, developers are in charge. They do not want to write code in all of these ornate and involved mechanisms."
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