Was Your Email Password Stolen?

Email_thumb2One of the very worst breaches that can happen to you is for an attacker to be able to access your email account.  If someone else can access your email, and read the messages you send and receive, and access your contact list and calendar, then they can learn many personal details about you that would make it easier to steal your identity, access other web accounts using the password reset process, ...

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Disturbing Uses of Artificial Intellegence

Its been a while since we have written about AI and robotics, but an article in Tech Republic got me inspired to discuss some of the more disturbing uses of autonomous machines, from least to most scary

  • AI Based Medical Treatment  – There are increasing advances in the use of artificial intelligence systems in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
  • Using AI to Predict Future Events – The Nautilus computer system has been able ...
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Now The FBI Can Legally Hack Your Computer

image_thumbA recent rule by the Supreme Court has given the FBI authority to hack your computer if it is inadvertently part of a criminal botnet.  Recent changes to a procedural rule known as Rule 41 allows the FBI to obtain a search warrant to use “network investigative techniques” or NIT (or more commonly called hacking) to search computers engaged in criminal activity anywhere in the world.  This includes innocent computer users ...

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Insecure Windows XP Still Third Most Popular OS

Windows-XPWindows XP was released on August 24, 2001.  It was officially retired by Microsoft two years ago on April 8, 2014.  This makes WinXP almost 15 years old, which in operating system years is about 500 years old.  Sophos reported:

“Windows XP was still running on 10.9% of all desktops as of March 2016, according to stats compiled by Net Applications.

To put that in perspective, according to Net Applications’ figures, Windows XP is still ...

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WhatsApp? What Else?

encryptionHappy Friday the 13th.  In honor of all the governmental and law enforcement agencies that want to deny the privacy and security of encrypted communications to the general public, today we will be looking at encrypted messaging apps for your smart phone.

When the bad guys can break into your digital assets and steal your information with impunity, encryption is a necessity.  Encryption is the lock on your data. I am a proponent ...

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The Aftermath of Apple vs. The FBI

applelogoAs we all know, Apple refused to assist the FBI in cracking the iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino “terrorist” killers. The FBI took Apple to court.  Then the FBI dropped the case after successfully hacking the phone.  Then they successfully hacked another phone in a different case in New York.  Information appeared linking Israeli mobile security firm Cellebrite to the successful breach of ...

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Security Problems with Short URLs

I never liked the shortened URLs provided by services such as TinyURL, Bit.Ly, Google, and Microsoft.  Part of my security mantra in every cybersecurity awareness training session I have given since I started training in 2002 is: never, ever click on a link in an email unless you know where it is going.  Most of the time you can see the actual destination URL of a hyperlink by simply hovering the cursor over the link until the tool ...

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What Happens When Your Website Is Hijacked?

I don’t often re-post other people’s web content, but the video below from Sucuri is worth the look if you are interested in learning why an attacker would want your website, and what they could possibly do with it, how that affects your reputation, and most importantly, what you could do to prevent it in the first place.  If you have the time, take a look.  The running time is 25 minutes.  With the Q&A Session, it goes out to 40 ...

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Tax Dollars At Work – Good News For A Change

scalesThe US House of representatives passed the Email Privacy Act.  Finally the Congress passes a bill that actually protects the public from warrantless search and seizure of email records.   What makes this vote special is that it was unanimous – 419-to 0!  When does that ever happen?  Rarely, but considering this bill would protect our representatives too, maybe not all that surprising.

This bill ...

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