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Aviel Rubin

AKA Aviel David Rubin

Born: 8-Nov-1967
Birthplace: Manhattan, KS

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Computer Programmer, Scientist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Computer security expert at Johns Hopkins

Aviel "Avi" Rubin is a leading authority on computer security, and led the research team that successfully cracked the security code of Texas Instruments' RFID chip. He has scrutinized the weaknesses in various wireless computer networks, and holds eight patents for computer security-related inventions. He is President of Independent Security Evaluators, a company which provides "unbiased and scientifically motivated approaches to improve security", and garnered some attention in for cracking the new Apple iPhone within days of its introduction. Rubin's team analyzed the US government's planned Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment (SERVE) system, intended to allow military and overseas civilians to vote via the internet in elections, but so many fatal security flaws were found that the system was never implemented. Asked to analyze the coding that runs Diebold's voting machines, he said "it only took us a couple of hours to find very serious problems", and he testified before Congress that the software is "far below even the most minimal security standards applicable in other contexts".

Wife: (m.)

    University: BS Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan (1989)
    University: MS Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan (1991)
    University: PhD Computer Science, University of Michigan (1994)
    Teacher: Computer Science, University of Michigan (1988-93)
    Teacher: Computer Science, New York University (1995-99)
    Teacher: Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University (2003-04)
    Professor: Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University (2004-)
    Administrator: Technical Director of Information Security Institute, Johns Hopkins University (2003-)

    EFF Pioneer Award 2004
    Independent Security Evaluators Co-Founder and President (2005-)
    US Defense Department Information Science & Technology Study Group, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    National Committee for Voting Integrity
    AT&T Principal Researcher, AT&T Labs (1997-2002)
    Telcordia Technologies Cryptography and Network Security Research (1994-96)
    IBM Computer Programmer (1989)
    National Science Foundation Fellowship (1992)

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Author of books:
Web Security Sourcebook (1997, with Dan Geer and Marcus Ranum)
White-Hat Security Arsenal (2001)
Firewalls and Internet Security (2003, with Bill Cheswick and Steve Bellovin)
Brave New Ballot (2006)

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