Scott King | Renegade Rambler 2021

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in central Texas. As kids, we were into sports, bikes, and skateboards. The weather is nice in Texas most of the year, so you can be outside a lot.

My parents divorced when I was younger, and then my dad remarried. My step-mom had two sons close in age to my younger brother and me. My stepbrothers changed their last names to mine after combining families, so it was hard to tell we were not…


Companies using DevOps automation are more agile. They meet business objectives more quickly and efficiently by deploying more frequent changes. They innovate faster with smaller iterations between requirements, commitments, and deployments. They have lower failure rates and disruptions since recovery times are shorter than their peers. Iterating in smaller, more frequent steps also instills a collaborative DevOps culture across feedback loops and information silos.

But, a DevOps framework still has too many manual steps. Most of them are people related.

Depending on how you set up your development and operations organizations determines the number of informational silos. You could have four, five, or maybe six different functional DevOps areas. Some of the more common functional areas…


Last weekend I raced in some of the nastiest conditions I have ever experienced. The rain-soaked gravel roads in northeast Texas were already muddy from Friday’s rain. On Saturday, a mist fell until the rain poured for during the race’s third hour, making some sections even worse. This photo was taken near mile 55 three hours into my torture. It was challenging to stay upright in this section since the mud was so slick.

It was miserable. But, at the same time, it was fantastic.

I invest dozens of hours a week reading about marketing, technology, and making applications work…


BlackRock — an advanced Android malware derived from Xeres malware — evades detection and steals login credentials or credit card data from 337 different mobile banking, shopping, lifestyle, and video apps. BlackRock was disclosed in July 2020 by ThreatFabric. The Zimperium z9 engine had begun detecting early variants of BlackRock in the weeks prior to the full public disclosure with our patented on-device engine.

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Originally published at Scott King.


The below timeline includes notable mobile app breaches, failures, and data leaks in 2020. Scroll through the dozens of stories to learn about the more prominent breaches.

The timeline is built using Timeline JS from The Northwestern University Knight Lab.

Originally published at Scott King.


This data visualization is constructed using Google Data Studio using a data set of mobile banking app security risks and vulnerabilities. The data set was formulated using a mobile app scanning and testing platform from Zimperium.

Originally published at Scott King.


This presentation describes the differences between application shielding or hardening technologies and in-app protection.

Application shielding is a set of technologies that modify and obfuscate an application’s binary code. App shielding makes an application more tamper-resistant, protecting against intellectual property theft, piracy, and vulnerability discovery by reverse engineering, and unauthorized access. It creates a more resilient app making it more difficult to reverse engineer by obfuscating and encrypting the binary code.

In-app protection differs from app shielding in that it detects real-time malware, network, and operating system attacks from inside the app. …


This presentation describes the top five ways hackers attack mobile apps looking for secrets. It describes particular attacks, the tools used in the attacks, what specific information the bad actor hopes to obtain, and cites real-world examples of each of the attack methods. The presentation is a collection of dozens of stories and was constructed in collaboration with Zimperium’s zLabs research and development team.

How Hackers Attack Your Mobile Apps:

  1. Authentication Attacks
  2. Authorization Attacks
  3. Spoofing and Tampering Attacks
  4. Racing Resources Attacks
  5. Information Leakage Attacks

Originally published at Scott King.

Scott King

Marketing Strategist and Head of Marketing at Krista Software.

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