Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


Tax Identity Theft: Protecting Your Credit and Finances

Check this out from the Simple Dollar.  Tax-related identity theft is a growing problem in America, and the more security breaches, information hacks and digital business we do as a society, the more consumers who fall victim to it. In fact, in 2016 alone, thieves stole more than $21 ...

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Most Common Malware of 2019 (So Far)

In 2015 and 2016 the winner was crypto-ransomware exploits.  In 2017 and 2018 the most common exploit was Business Email Compromise, aka Email Account Hijacking (BEC/EAC).  This is year is shaping up to be the year of the crypto-mining exploit.

Here are the crypto-mining malware programs that are the most prevalent:

  • AuthedMine – A variant of Coinhive, AuthedMine ios supposed to require an explicit opt-in ...
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Skynet is Closer than Ever

I think we know where this is going.  The Department of Defense is pursuing several initiatives where artificial intelligent and machine learning are being integrated with weapons systems. Remind anyone of the Terminator movies?

The official line from the DoD is: “All development and use of autonomous and semi-autonomous functions in weapon systems, including manned and unmanned platforms, remain subject to the guidelines in the Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 3000.09, which ...

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New WordPress Security Options

I have developed some expertise around the area of WordPress security.  One of my clients has a WordPress site under development, and recently the web designer changed the name of the login URL from https://clientsite.com/wp-admin to https://clientsite.com/A9u3ycGH37.  Basically, the wp-admin page name had been replaced with random characters.  I found out when I tried to log in using the usual URL.  I wondered ...

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Sunday Funnies – Shipping Options

Wednesday March 20 is the Vernal Equinox, the day  when daylight hours begin to be longer than night.  The first day of Spring!!  Put on some shorts and make a snow angel!

From Pinterest

I’ve had my share of shipping and delivery problems.  For instance I have a sign on my front porch, directing delivery drivers to the back porch for deliveries.  My back porch is weather proof, and not as obvious as the front porch for porch ...

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Computer and Networking Shortcuts Create Vulnerabilities

Most victims of cyber-crime created the vulnerabilities that allowed their computer, network, email account, website, or other service get hijacked.  In many cases, especially in the consumer or small business networking environments, they just don’t know what to do, or what to be looking for.  But even in business network environments where IT professionals have been in charge of operations, decisions ...

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Stupid Politicians – Australia Edition

Thank God this hasn’t happened here in the United States (yet).  It is not for lack of trying by US law enforcement agencies, though.  What am I talking about?  Australia recently passed the controversial and totally STUPID anti-encryption law called Telecommunication & Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance & Access) Act of 2018 (TOLA).

TOLA is supposed to ...

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