Dragonfly Wants To Punch Our Lights Out? Round Two

Somebody wants to punch our lights out – literally turn off the electric power grid. Who would want to do this?  Russia?  North Korea?  Cybersecurity firm Symantec has attributed this attack to a group they have identified as the Dragonfly Group, who may have been responsible for the attack on the Ukrainian electric grid in 2015 and 2016.  ...

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Dragonfly Wants To Punch Our Lights Out? Round One

Somebody wants to punch our lights out – literally turn off the electric power grid. Who would want to do this?  Who has the capability?  Is it the Russians, who have already demonstrated this attack two years ago in the Ukraine?  Or the North Koreans, who have both motive and the cyber army to carry it off? Cybersecurity firm Symantec has attributed ...

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MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act to Protect Small Businesses

At the end of September, the Senate passed the MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act for Small Business.  This is an effort to help small businesses deal with the technical aspects and costs associated with creating a cybersecurity program and protecting their digital assets from attack or compromise.  The Act instructs NIST to create a plan for small businesses that is based on the NIST Cybersecurity ...

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Weekend Update

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


70k minimum wage has been a profound success and failure – two years later

Tech company Gravity Payments instituted a $70 K minimum wage two years ago.  It has long been my personal contention that the drop in real starting wages (against inflation) coupled with crushing ...

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Ready, AIM, Fire

AOL Instant Messenger is dead.  Well, not quite yet, but it will be on December 15.   AOL and Yahoo have been merged together as Oath in their respective mega-mergers with Verizon.  As a product offering AIM had to go.

In the 90’s, AOL made the Internet popular and approachable by the masses.  It wasn’t the first public service, but it was everywhere, flooding postal ...

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Weekend Update

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


Apple Releases Security Updates

09/25/2017 08:08 PM EDT Original release date: September 25, 2017

Apple has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Apple security pages for the ...

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Patch Early, Patch Often

Happy Friday the 13th.  October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this week’s theme is Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business.  Often it is the simple things that work the best.  Running automatic Windows and Microsoft updates, and applying updates and patches for Adobe, Apple, Android, and other products often are the best way to close the door on a new exploit or ...

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You Are the Tip of the Spear

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this week’s theme is Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business.

Has anyone from your company’s IT department asked you to join the cybersecurity staff?  No?  Well consider yourself invited.

Cybersecurity has become an critically important part of computer and network operations, but frankly, no company can afford to hire all the information security professionals that it needs.  And that is if they can find anyone to ...

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