Weekend Update

Verizon says data of 6 million customers leaked online

If you are a Verizon customer, you may want to consider updating your user information and account password.

About 6 million Verizon subscribers’ personal data was leaked online thanks to a security lapse from Nice Systems, an Israel-based company that partnered with Verizon to analyze customer service calls. The information stemmed from recorded customer service calls over the past six months.

The leaks included customer names, cell phone numbers and account PINs, which can ...

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Who Is The Real Inventor of Blockchain?

It is widely believed that Satoshi Nakamoto is the inventor of an encryption technique called “blockchain.”  I just read a new book by Sarah Westall titled “FIRST: Meet the Inventor of Blockchain” that credits Dr Kelce Wilson as the true inventor of blockchain, a concept he developed between 2000 and 2001 while serving in ...

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Smartphones Need Security Too

When a smartphone is stolen, it is a disaster.  You have just given the keys to your online life, your email, social media accounts, and credit cards you have synced with an app.  If you have the new smart locks on your home or office, you also gave them literal keys, the ability to open those locks.  If you have live camera feeds ...

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Latvian Cyber Crook Extradited for 2010 Star Tribune Malvertising Exploit

Back in February 2010, the Minneapolis StarTribune website was the victim of a malvertising exploit.  Visitors to the Strib website would download malware that caused the computer to become slow and malfunction.  Then a pop-up window would appear that advised the visitor that their computer was infected with malware, and the purchase of a $49.95 anti-malware product would solve the problem.  I remember working on the computers of several clients who ...

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Weekend Update – Recent Cybersecurity Alerts

Not sure if Weekend Update is going to become a regular feature on Saturdays, but you might keep an eye out for a few more of these.  What follows is a copy and paste from alert emails I receive from the FBI, Department of Justice, FTC, and US-CERT.  Also content from other bloggers, such as Sophos Naked Security block, Brian Krebs, Bruce Schneier, WordFence blog, and others that I read and ...

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Ransomware is not Dead Yet

Toward the end of last year I made a pair of bold predictions.  The first, that ransomware exploits would start declining, because anti-malware software companies were bringing products online that would prevent the encryption from taking place.  The second, there would be an increase in Business Email Compromise (BEC) exploits, as cyber-criminals turned to new income streams.  I was only half right.

BEC exploits have increased, because the potential returns are so ...

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FBI + Geek Squad = Illegal Search

When I was a self-employed computer repair professional, it used to drive me mad when I got called in on a repair AFTER the customer had taken the computer to the Geek Squad.  Their service could be highly variable, and often the original problem was not fixed.

The Geek Squad started as a great little local IT shop founded in Minneapolis by Robert Stephens, ...

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Current Events Round-up

Seems to be a busy summer so far.  Barely finished up with WannaCry and now we are dealing with Petya.  Here are some useful links

About Petya:

I have followed with great interest the ...

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The War for Your Inbox

I recently gave a presentation titled “Email Security – Resist That Click” on May 23 2017 at the Phipps Theatre in Hudson WI.  This event was sponsored by First State Bank and Trust of Bayport MN.  I was also asked to present this topic at the MnCCC Conference (Minnesota Counties Computer Consortium) in Alexandria MN on Wednesday June 7, 2017.  This presentation was titled “The War for Tour Inbox.”

First State Bank and Trust had my presentation video recorded, and it ...

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