About Me

Disclaimer: This is my personal blog. Any views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer(s).

 I am a Manager in the Threat and Vulnerability Management Team at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the San Francisco Bay Area. I focus on advance penetration testing, cyber breach response and emerging technologies including mobile and cloud security.

Before joining PwC, I was a  Software Engineer in the eXtreme Computing Group at Microsoft Research, working on High Assurance Trusted Computing, Virtualization Security and Cloud Computing Futures.

Before joining Microsoft, I was a security researcher in the Information Security Group at the Royal Holloway University of London where I did my Masters in Mathematics (Cryptography). My adviser was Professor Chris J. Mitchell.

During my time in the UK I worked at Sun Microsystems as a Technical Consultant working on SunSPOTs, JavaCards and their applications.

Even before, I was working with NCR Corporation as a Software Design Engineer and ebanking Technical Consultant in the Financial Solutions Division working on PCI, ATMs, POS Terminals, Electronic Cheque processing systems.

I did my Bachelors in Computer Science from National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU) Pakistan.

My interests include:

  • Reverse Engineering, malware, Exploit Development and Honeynets.
  • Operating Systems, Virtualization and Trusted Platforms.
  • Smartcards, financial security and EMV.
  • Mobile Security, NFC and RFID.
  • Privacy, anonymity and traffic analysis.

In my free time I am either practicing Jiu-Jitsu or doing some photography.

Selected Publications and patents:

US Patent: Key Management using Trusted Platform Modules

· Towards a Programmable TPM; Talha Tariq & Paul England, in Trust 2009 Second International Conference on Trusted Computing, Oxford, UK.

· Extending Secure Execution Environments; Talha Tariq, [RHUL-MA-2009-9] Technical Report, Department of Mathematics, University of London.

29 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Wes Miller says:

    Talha – I work for a security software company in Austin, Texas, and I ran across your site earlier today (FWIW, I used to work with Mark Russinovich at Winternals).

    My current company is looking at providing some psexec style techniques in a commercial product that we are building, and since Microsoft no longer licenses the Sysinternals tools for redistribution (let alone providing source code access), RemCom would seem a good substitute for us – the current version provides the functionality that we need.

    That said – what license are you providing the source under, and do you have any redistribution requirements for the binary if we wished to just utilize that as-is?

    Wes Miller (wm@getwired.com)

  2. Paul says:


    Could you please tell me how to capture a screenshot of the login screen. It seems that Windows needs to be launched before I can use either printscreen or the snipping tool. Would appreciate knowing how you captured yours. tn3-2.deviantart.com/fs11/300W/i/2006/206/6/f…
    300 x 225 – 9k.
    thanks, Paul

  3. Ananthakrishnan says:

    Hi Talho tariq,

    I chatted with U via Gtalk. I did not know more about u while chatting. Now only i can understand. Really i am so happy about chatting with U. i take u as my role model in my life. i thing that it is not a easy one. i have to work hard to become like u. I send some mails U. i donot expect u that reply mail because u r so busy in your life. Keep in touch me when u find a time.

  4. Markus says:

    i used your JCDE tool and it was quite handy :-).
    But now the JCDK3.0.1 is out it has even a debugger.
    Is there any chance that you adopt this new technology and create an Plugin for eciplse, which includes the debugger??

  5. Barij Ahmed says:

    Salam Walimum Bhaijaan. Thanks for the support , from your help now I can use the Vmware to make portable appz

    allah hafiz

  6. Kemal says:

    Selam Talha,
    I’m working on smard cards and i would like to benefit by your experiences about smart cards.If you contact with me,i would be so pleased.

  7. Muhammad Adnan Khan says:

    Current I am working as Sys.Eng in Citi Barcelona Spain.

    Happy and proud to see your profile.

    I am from Rawalpindi , Pakistan.

    Keep it up

  8. Edward Pawley says:

    Hi Talha, i was looking at your profile and you seem to be a very talented guy. I would like to ask you if you can help me, or guide me to troubleshoot NCR XFS problems? I can’t seem to find much help on the net and i am stuck. Would really appreciate if you can contact me. Thanks

  9. Randy says:

    Hi Talha, when i read ur profile….i was impressed…how i wish i could have one of those..unfortunately i havent given a chance to work like that….lack of training and opportunity…..anyways, keep it up man…more success!

  10. Roman says:

    Здраствуйте Талха. Мне очень понравилась ваша фотография ночного ванкувера. Я хотел бы сделать фотообои с этой фотографией, не могли бы вы отправить на e-mail в очень большом разрешении, megaone@list.ru. За ранее спасибо.

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  12. Felicia says:

    Hi Talha, I really like your 10 secs of seattle photo. Can I check with you if you can sell me the highest resolution you have for your 10 secs of seattle?

    Thank you.

  13. Hi Talha, I am Edwin Aguilar, from Yucatán México, I’m an artist student and photographer, recently i’ve been working with the urban spaces and the naturally light, i’m so interested in the feelings from these spaces. Spaces of only transit, spaces that the people doesn’t see, doesn’t enjoy it, doesn’t stop and stare. So i really think that your work make the people can see it. I really enjoy watch your images because it make me feel like if i’ve been there. So i think that my interests and your work are relationated, i proposed that these urban spaces without identity can have a personality, can give us feelings, longing, sadness, loneliness, absense, etc.

    In short, what i want to know is your process for take a picture, i never found a statement or some text about your work is that why i sent this message.

    Do you care about feeling of the spaces and the lights? is important the place where you put your camera and take the photo? finally what is your process? that’s all.

    Im sorry about bad english but i only speak a little.

    Well if you taking a little time for answer, thanks advance.

    hug, all the best.


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