How to fool visual recognition tools (and how to foolproof them)

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 15 Aug, 2017

Robots and autonomously operating devices are scary. They’ll probably outsmart us eventually and take over the world. When this happens, mankind is doomed, as you don’t argue with out-of-control monsters with superior reasoning skills. Luckily for us, this is not A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick, but real life. And although future machines will be far superior in many tasks, we’re still a long way from developing such creatures (if we ever will). But that doesn’t mean we don’t have issues. When it comes to device safety, it’s still our fellow human beings that form the biggest threat. People with bad online intentions (A.K.A black hat hackers) keep on finding new ways of sabotaging autonomously operating devices that were developed to make our lives better, easier and safer. How do they do it? And more importantly: can you stop them?

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Topics: IoT, API

3 ways how IT is reshaping the automotive industry

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 8 Aug, 2017

Cars used to be judged by their looks, speed, power, and rims. Slick car salesmen knew exactly how to sell them and made big money by making the headlights shine and remotely opening the sunroof. Those days are long gone. Slick salesmen are out of fashion, and the car dashboard is where the real magic happens. Today, a great car can be recognized by the degree to which it resembles a computer. It’s no coincidence that CES, the global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow in Las Vegas has all major car brands as exhibitors. Great news for drivers, that benefit from cool tools that come with every Tesla or BMW they buy. But what about you? How can your company use the digital storm that rages through the automotive industry? In this blog, we’ll tell you about three interesting options.

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Topics: API

WSO2TORIAL: Creating a custom handler for the WSO2 API Manager 2.1.0

Posted by Rob Blaauboer on 20 Jul, 2017

The WSO2 API Manager is the solution for management, monitoring and monetization of API’s. The current version of the API Manager is a complete solution that consists of a number of components that work seamlessly together.

To give a high-level overview, the API Manager consists of several individual components:

  1. API Publisher
  2. API Store
  3. API Gateway
  4. API Key Manager
  5. Traffic Manager
  6. Analytics
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Topics: WSO2 API, API, Custom Handler

PSD2: the newest game in banking that you’re gonna love

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 18 Jul, 2017

Banking is a game. Obviously it’s a very serious one, as it floats our economy and therefore influences all of our lives. But still, banking is a game, meaning it needs to be played. There is a playing board, there are players, and most important of all: there are rules. Players that don’t obey these rules get excluded from the game (or go to prison, just like in Monopoly) and people that play it smart, take it all. But as is the case with all games, rules change. So, what do you do when the quizmaster forces you to invite 2000 new players and show them your strongest cards? You smash the playing board to pieces and invent your own game.

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Topics: API, APIs, PSD2

WSO2TORIAL: Creating a custom OAUTH2 Grant type

Posted by Rob Blaauboer on 13 Jul, 2017

In a previous blog we looked into the OAUTH2 grant types that are used within the WSO2 API Manager. We only touched on the part on custom OAUTH2 grant types. In this blog we will look in more detail at the custom types, discuss the business case for that and of course look on how you would typically do that.

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Topics: identity server, OAUTH2, API