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Co-founder and CTO, Obsidian Security
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Ben Johnson is CTO and co-founder of Obsidian Security. Prior to founding Obsidian, he co-founded Carbon Black and most recently served as the company's chief security strategist. As the company's original CTO, he led efforts to create the powerful capabilities that helped define the next-generation endpoint security space. Prior to Carbon Black, Ben was an NSA computer scientist and later worked as a cyber engineer in an advanced intrusion operations division for the intelligence community.

Johnson has extensive experience building complex systems for environments where speed and reliability are paramount. His background also includes a great deal of technical "agility," having worked on advanced operational teams supporting US national security missions and writing complex calculation engines for the financial sector.

Johnson earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University. He also taught "Entrepreneurship in Technology" in the Masters Program of Computer Science at the University of Chicago in 2016 and 2017.

Articles by Ben Johnson
Higher Education: 15 Books to Help Cybersecurity Pros Be Better
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  12/12/2018
Worst Password Blunders of 2018 Hit Organizations East and West
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  12/12/2018
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CVE-2018-20168
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-17
Google gVisor before 2018-08-22 reuses a pagetable in a different level with the paging-structure cache intact, which allows attackers to cause a denial of service ("physical address not valid" panic) via a crafted application.
CVE-2018-20167
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-17
Terminology before 1.3.1 allows Remote Code Execution because popmedia is mishandled, as demonstrated by an unsafe "cat README.md" command when \e}pn is used. A popmedia control sequence can allow the malicious execution of executable file formats registered in the X desktop share MIME typ...
CVE-2018-20161
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-15
A design flaw in the BlinkForHome (aka Blink For Home) Sync Module 2.10.4 and earlier allows attackers to disable cameras via Wi-Fi, because incident clips (triggered by the motion sensor) are not saved if the attacker's traffic (such as Dot11Deauth) successfully disconnects the Sync Module from the...
CVE-2018-20159
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-15
i-doit open 1.11.2 allows Remote Code Execution because ZIP archives are mishandled. It has an upload feature that allows an authenticated user with the administrator role to upload arbitrary files to the main website directory. Exploitation involves uploading a ".php" file within a "...
CVE-2018-20157
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-15
The data import functionality in OpenRefine through 3.1 allows an XML External Entity (XXE) attack through a crafted (zip) file, allowing attackers to read arbitrary files.