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Ethical hacker is top attraction at IP Expo

Moths are so finely tuned to the ultrasonic calls of predatory bats that the nerve cells in their ears are activated by displacements of the eardrum the size of a small atom, according to new research  from the University of Bristol.

This means that if a moth's eardrum was the thickness of a brick wall, a hair's breadth displacement would alarm the moth.

What does this tell us?

Moths make for sensitive companions? Yes, good point.

But are there wider issues here?

Sensory organs are the brain's window to the world. The small nervous systems of insects shows how we're all coded by neurons.

Mind you, there's an awful lot of morons out there writing code too.

This is something that ethical hacker Ryan Dewhurst is setting out to combat.

Though still a student at Northumbria University, Dewhurst has caught the eye of the security industry with his invention, the Damned Vulnerable Web App (DVWA) which is now by RandomStorm  as part of the RandomStorm Open Source Initiative.

Dewhurst developed the app with his tutor, Dr Christopher Laing  to provide a legal forum where developers could learn about the common hacking vulnerabilities that can be left in web applications.

They promise to be the leading lights IP Expo.

Oh god, IP Expo. I vowed I'd never go back.

Like a moth to the flame...

This was first published in October 2011

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