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Security, IoT, 3GPP, Programming, Finance, Economics, and Rants


  1. The Bank Job

    I've held an account in one of the largest public sector banks in India since early 2007. Public Sector Banks (Govt. run Banks) in India are at least a decade old when it comes to implementing cutting edge technology. In late 2015, my bank in collaboration with a vendor, released a Mobile Banking application for Android, and iOS platforms. It was a typical Swedish Winter weekend with no signs of sunshine. So I decided to stay indoors, and poke around this App. …


  2. Private Disclosure #4: Stealing from the Netflix of South India

    Sometime during August 2015, I signed up for an account with a service which is very similar to Netflix, but for South Indian movies (predominantly Tamizh). The Interface felt fluid much like Netflix, and I could spot at least 5 nice UX things that I learnt from Rochelle King’s talk at Spotify HQ few years ago. I decided to poke around the backend to see what sort of security mechanisms they have got, to prevent users from Downloading or Hotlinking movies from the CDN. …


  3. The Free Basics Debate

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India banned Free Basics in India on the 8th of February. Free Basics is a service which facebook setup in partnership with Reliance Communications to provide Free Mobile “Internet” in India, to those who cannot afford a basic data plan. There was a heated debate throughout the Internet for several months on how Free Basics violates the principle of Net Neutrality. So many of my friends, family, and mentors, stood against Freebasics. Several massive online campaigns organized by the Indian Internet Community led TRAI to submit itself to Mob Justice. I was one among the very few who were in support of Free Basics. …


  4. Hello Again!

    Hello Again! I was randomly visiting my old wordpress blog archives few days ago, and realized it has been about 2 years and 3 months since I blogged anything. Part of it has to do with the wordpress migration. I’ve grown impatient with dynamic blogging software. It’s just too hard to use those without any additional plugins, plus the cost of keeping an eye on them for exploits, it’s just not worth it. Hence the decision to move to static blogging engine. Jekyll was the frontrunner, I experimented a bit with Cactus though. Finally decided to go with Jekyll. …