Ransomware Risk

It is estimated that every 11 seconds, a ransomware attack occurs (this according to Cybersecurity Ventures).  Over the last 4 years, the FBI reports there have been 4,000 attacks – on private businesses, government agencies and individual computer users.  Covid and the associated increased reliance on computing is cited as another reason for ever-increasing occurrence…

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Predictive Profiling of Mobile Apps

Recently it was reported that a popular and supposedly secure communication app known as “ToTok” had been exposed to be a tool used to spy on its users by the United Arab Emirates Intelligence Service.  It is probably not the first nor the last time a government agency infiltrates or publishes public technologies such as…

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One Phish, Two Phish

While a friend and I were having coffee he took a second to check his office email.  “OH OH,” he said.  “What is it?” I asked.  “Well, it could be a malicious phishing message or … maybe not.”  After thinking a moment about it, he decided not to open the message. He explained that his…

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The Method to the Madness of Criminal Intent

Late in the summer of 2015, open source news reporting indicated that Chinese hackers may have been to blame for the breach of information at USIS, which is the major U.S. contractor for security background investigations for the U.S. Government. Initial estimates indicate that the cyber security hacking included more than 25,000 private records. Investigators…

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Can ICANN?

Last week folks at the office were freaking out because various internet sites were either down, or working sporadically and email was stuck in everyone’s outbox. After a couple hours of troubleshooting and name calling it appeared the problem was due to a DNS (Domain Name Server) DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack on a…

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