Extrasignum complexitus! My infosec superpower

Graham Cluley
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The guys at the Tripwire State of Security blogger recently asked a bunch of infosec luminaries (and me) what our infosecurity superpower would be if Grace Hopper waved her magic wand and granted us a wish.

Graham Cluley infosec superpower
Graham Cluley infosec superpower

Here’s what I said:

“Everyone who works in computer security is already a superhero, of course. It’s just that they normally don’t feel brave enough to wear their underpants on the outside.

“My super power would be extrasignum complexitus. Through remote mind mesmerism, I would be able to look at any person about to sign up for a website and inject extended characters and symbols into their fingertips.

“That or hypnotize them into naming their pet cat ‘Rif2caiLd2Or3uG4’.”

Thanks again to the Tripwire guys for asking me to join in the fun.

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Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

One comment on “Extrasignum complexitus! My infosec superpower”

  1. Coyote

    Grace Hopper a sorceress now? That would be something indeed. Of course, one might argue in the non-magical sense she was a sorceress, what with all she accomplished. I think, however, all she did was something we should all be thankful for (even those who don't really know who she is – okay, was – and what she accomplished) – anything else would only be a bonus. And… to those who enjoy history of technology (let's say computers) … and do not know: she is the one credited for having popularised the term debugging, when they (i.e. staff she was part of) removed a bug (moth? I can't remember that specific) from a mainframe so many decades ago… and yes, it was actually causing the problem.

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