What Volkswagens, Air Gap Messages, and Androids Have in Common

This week I’d like to revisit three topics from previous posts. These are all three cases of “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” or “the more things change, the more they remain the same”. 100 Million Volkswagens Vulnerable to Unlock and Remote Start Hacks I talked about car hacking in February of last […]
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Beware the Trojans

When I taught computer programming classes in the 1980s, many first-time C programmers would write a Trojan login program for fun. They’d simulate the login prompt (no Windows back then). I gave a bit more info about this when I first wrote about Trojans on thus blog. Trojans are a form of social engineering: the […]
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How My Phone Became My Door Key

The Internet of Things trend sees appliances, home entertainment devices, vehicles, and many more things being connected to the Internet. A related trend replaces even more mundane things with Internet connectivity. Keys are a recent addition to the trend. Test-Driving the Hilton Digital Key Test-sleeping? Whatever… A few days before a recent trip in which […]
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Android User Interface Testing on Amazon’s Device Farm Part 2

In part 1 of this post I looked at how to create Robotium instrumentation tests for an Android application so that it could be tested on Amazon’s Device Farm. At the end of that post, we had two apk files: the application and the tests. The process of testing on the AWS device farm is […]
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Android User Interface Testing with AWS Device Farm – Part 1

I often get asked about automated testing of user interfaces of Android applications. Amazon released a service on AWS called Device Farm to support user interface (UI) testing, this seems to be a good time to take a look. UI testing can be immensely frustrating due to it’s inherent fragility. It often seems that as […]
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