Nik Cubrilovic

Australian-born entrepreneur and hacker. Currently working in advisory and consulting positions, previously at [Techcrunch](, [Omnidrive]( and a number of other startups since 2000.

Nik has over 15 years of experience as a developer, penetration tester and solutions architect in industries ranging from finance, manufacturing and real estate through to consumer web application development. Nik has worked for and continues to consult and advise startups, SMB’s, venture capital firms and large enterprises including a number of Fortune 100 companies. Nik has worked and lived in Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, throughout continental Europe and Asia and is now based in San Francisco, USA.

Nik has contributed to a large number of open-source projects and published a number of security vulnerabilities for various platforms and applications since 1996. Nik is an advocate of consumer privacy and security protection, applying cryptography to all communication, the Tor anonymity network, Bitcoin and a number of other security and privacy related projects and initiatives. In 2007, he was named in The Bulletin magazine as one of Australia’s “”Smart 100″”.

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  • Facebook Connect Coming To iPhone This Fall

    Today at the f8 conference Benjamin Ling revealed that Facebook will be releasing a Cocoa framework for the iPhone that will allow application developers to integrate with Facebook Connect. The framework is expected to be released sometime in the fall, and will take the form of an SDK that can be used by developers of iPhone applications. Facebook Connect allows applications to integrate… Read More

  • New MySQL Fork Turns Back The Clock

    Drizzle is a newly announced fork of the open source MySQL project. The developers of the project are taking MySQL back to its roots as a light-weight web application database by removing many of the features introduced in MySQL 5. The fifth version of MySQL was in development for years as some users demanded features such as views, stored procedures, transaction handling, clustering and more. Read More

  • Kontagent Offers Deep Analytics For Facebook Applications

    Kontagent is an application that integrates tightly with platforms such as Facebook to offer widget and application developers a high level of analytics data. Current analytics packages for social network applications or widgets offer nothing more than pageview stats or simple user numbers (such as what Facebook publishes itself) while Kontagent is able to bury itself deeply into the platform… Read More

  • What Role Did The Web Play In Capturing Karadzic?

    News broke out across the world yesterday that Bosnian Serb war-time leader Radovan Karadzic had been captured after 12 years on the run. Karadzic had adorned the top of the Interpol most wanted list for over a decade, commanding a reward as large as that offered for Al Quaeda terrorists such as Osama Bin Laden. What was most surprising about the arrest was that Karadzic had been living in… Read More

  • Yet Another Open Data Foundation?

    Chris Saad, a co-founder of the Data Portability project has posted that tomorrow at OSCON a new Open Data Web Foundation will be announced by David Recordon and others. The goal of the new foundation is to set out the actual data specifications, legal structures around data portability and in helping to evangelize set formats. Saad says that the initiative is different to the Data… Read More

  • New Open Data Foundation To Set Out Data Formats

    Chris Saad, a co-founder of the Data Portability project has posted that tomorrow at OSCON a new Open Data Web Foundation will be announced by David Recordon and others. The goal of the new foundation is to set out the actual data specifications, legal structures around data portability and in helping to evangelize set formats. Saad says that the initiative is different to the Data… Read More

  • New Mysterious Mac Clone Retailer Takes Over From Psystar

    A week ago we reported that Apple had finally filed suit against Mac clone maker Psystar. Apple claimed that Psystar was trading on the Apple brand and illegally releasing the Mac OS X operating system on clone hardware. Today we have learnt via Macblogs of a new clone maker, Open Tech, who are planning on filling the void that is likely to be soon left by Psystar. Open Tech are taking… Read More

  • Top 10 Best Ever Hackers

    The good computer hackers are similar to war veterans in that they spend hours talking about how great the scene used to be “back in the day”. I first heard similar stories way back in 1995 but today it is actually somewhat true as the final HOPE conference has now been held, Black Hat is now a corporate event, the good e-zines are long gone and hacking is now associated with… Read More

  • Learning The Hard Way That DNS Is Insecure: Attack Details Now Public

    There are times when the full disclosure of a security vulnerability works well for everybody, and there are times when it does not. One such case where it hasn’t worked out well is with the DNS security vulnerabilities recently ‘discovered’ by security researcher Dan Kaminsky. Some weeks ago after he called a press conference with the organizers of the Black Hat… Read More

  • Dot Org First TLD To Implement DNSSEC

    The Public Interest Registry, operators of the .org top-level domain name, was today granted permission from ICANN to implement Domain Name Security Extensions (DNSSEC). DNS is inherently insecure, which has become more apparent recently with security issues found in most server implementations (to do with easily guessing client ports used for responses) and the lack of a trust mechanism… Read More

  • Techcrunch Web Tablet Part #2

    Continue comments here. The discussion has been very interesting, thank you to everybody. We are taking it all in and organizing the new dev site which will be up in the next few hours. Forking comment thread here. Thanks! Read More

  • The Techcrunch Web Tablet Project


    Digg This Today at Techcrunch we announced that we are building our own web tablet hardware device. This all stems back from a conversation a few weeks ago when we were discussing the ultimate web browsing/cloud computing client hardware. The iPhone is nice but too small, and most laptops are over-powered for the task. With applications on… Read More

  • Live Mesh Rolls Out P2P Storage

    The Live Mesh team at Microsoft announced today that P2P storage between Mesh nodes is now available in the latest client update. Previously storage on the Mesh worked by utilizing the 5GB allocated to each user on the central hosting platform at Microsoft. Users are now able to sync their files between connected nodes automatically. The new technology works by synching the files between… Read More

  • Facebook Sues German Social Network StudiVZ

    Facebook is starting to pursue social networks that have copied their design or features by suing German site StudiVZ. The Financial Times has reported that Facebook filed a suit in California against the German company for what it claims is an infringement of Facebook’s “look, feel, features and services”. StudiVZ claims to have 10 million active members, and is the… Read More

  • Android Not Open: No XMPP, No Source, No SDK For Some

    Android is the new highly-anticipated “open source” mobile platform that is currently under development at Google. There are a high expectations of Android as the first viable open source based mobile platform and a viable competitor to the dominance of Symbian, Microsoft and now Apple. Android is based on Linux and developers can write applications in managed code that use the… Read More

  • Battle Over: Twitter Opens Up To Gnip

    Since launching TechcrunchIT we have been pounding away about open standards and data availability. One of the biggest victims of this focus recently has been Twitter, who went from being a leading light in the field, to closing everything up and now finally today have gone back to being open again. Gnip has announced this morning that they now have access to the Twitter XMPP feed, and that… Read More

  • AMD Reports $1.2B Loss For Quarter; CEO Ruiz Out

    The AMD Q2 earnings report today recorded a $1.2B loss for the second quarter, as the company replace CEO Ruiz with Dirk Meyer. The board voted out Ruiz, who has been CEO since moving to the company from Motorola in 2001. Dirk Meyer is taking over as CEO from his current position as both COO and President. Meyer has been with the company for 12 years, and presided over microprocessor design… Read More

  • Microsoft Q4 Results: 32% Increase In Earnings Per Share

    It is definitely a day where attention is reverted back to the old IT giants as Microsoft today announced in their Q4 earnings results that they have seen the biggest earnings-per-share growth since 1999. Revenue reached $60 Billion for the first time, with $15.48 Billion for the quarter, an increase of 18% over last year. Microsoft COO Kevin Turner said: “Delivering $60 billion in… Read More

  • Meanwhile IBM Q2 Beats Expectations: Profits Up 22%

    Moments after the disappointing results from Google, IBM announced their Q2 results and their reported revenue increase beat out analyst expectations. IBM stock is up 0.5% in after-market trading as the company reported second-quarter earnings of $2.8 Billion, up 22% on the same time last year. Revenue rose 13% to $26.8 Billion. IBM have again upgraded their earnings forecast for the year… Read More

  • Google Announces Q2 Earnings And Stock Plummets

    Google announced their Q2 results today after the market had closed. Shares are down by as much as 12% as earnings growth reported was below analysts expectations. Net income for the quarter was $1.25B, up from $925M. The company reported a profit of $4.63 per share, which was slightly below the $4.72 average expectation from Wall Street analysts. Continue reading at TechcrunchIT >>… Read More

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