Weekend Update

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


Microsoft inches closer to commercially-viable quantum computing

Microsoft’s quest to create a powerful quantum computer comes closer to reality with the help of an elementary particle.


Cobalt/Carbanak bank malware gang’s alleged leader arrested

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Why Would Someone Hijack My Website?

If you own a small business, you have a website.  Would you be surprised to learn that your site is a top target of cyber-criminals?  Most people believe their business is too small and insignificant to be interesting to attackers, but your website is valuable to them precisely because it is small.

What makes a small business website an attractive target?   It is ...

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When Web Bots Attack

When web bots attack, what websites are the most likely to targets?  We discussed automated attacks against websites last month.  Here is some new information from Distil Networks about who the main targets have been in the recent past. If your business is included in the following list, you may want to ramp up the security posture of your website and web hosting account.

The industries targeted ...

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Firefox Users – Upgrade to Firefox 59 for Privacy Improvements

Firefox 59, the latest version of Mozilla’s popular web browser, has several privacy and security improvements that users may be interested in.  Our standard recommendation is always to use the newest browser versions, so upgrading to Firefox 59 should be a no-brainer.

Firefox 59 had added an option to block the most serious privacy concerns in a new Settings menu.  You can find the available options by opening the Settings menu (the “stack of ...

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Weekend Update

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


Photographer Tutorial Company Reacts To Pirates By Screwing With Them Hilariously

Great story about dealing with creative content pirates on the Internet.


What Will an Artificial Intelligence Future Look Like?

Great article from the Smithsonian takes a look ...

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Facebook to Simplify Privacy and Security Dashboard

In the aftermath of the story about Cambridge Analytica violating the privacy of Facebook users, Facebook has announced plans to centralize and streamline the tortuous task of managing your privacy and security settings.

These changes are important, but actually do not solve the root problem, which is Facebook’s rather laissez-faire manner of managing app developers and data integrators who use the Facebook platform.

The promised  improvements are:

  • Creating a simpler centralized ...
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Income Taxes – File Early to Beat the Hacker

The early bird gets the worm.  The second mouse gets the cheese.  The late tax filer gets nothing.  Why?  April is tax fraud time.  The best way to avoid losing your tax refund to a scammer is to file as early as possible, before the tax fraudster can get it done.  Having said that, this information would be more valuable in January than in April.  From US-CERT.

Tax Guidance ...

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Tomorrow is World Backup Day

Which means we all get into our cars and spend the day driving in reverse?  Not quite.  What this means for some of your that today is the day you quit kicking that can down the road and set up a data backup for your systems.  Hardware, software, cloud – pick your poison and set it up.

For those of you who are already using a backup solution, today would be a ...

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Something You Are: Typing Cadence

What would it be like if you could identify yourself and authenticate your account by the way you type?  A Romanian company, TypingDNA, has created a Chrome extension that does just that.

I am a big advocate of two-factor authentication, but there are some problems.  One of the three types of authentication is biometrics, which is “something you are.”  NIST, in SP 800-63B states ...

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