Scary Kaspersky Stories – Ghost in the Machine

Happy Halloween!  Nothing like a scary story to end the holiday.  The scary story in cybersecurity is that Kaspersky anti-malware and security products are in league with the Putin government and the FSB in Russia.  The FBI is advising government agencies to drop Kaspersky and find a new endpoint security solution.

Kaspersky Lab is a Russian multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider headquartered in Moscow, Russia and operated through a holding company in the United Kingdom. Kaspersky was founded by Eugene ...

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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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Autonomous Robotic Weapons

We already have some highly sophisticated weapons systems that use computer technology and electronics to do things on a battlefield undreamed of even a few decades ago.  This does include robotic weapons systems.  The important ingredient in all this tech is the presence of human control.  At this point in time it still takes a human to drive these war machines.

But we are not the far from being able to create ...

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Is Phone Phreaking Still A Thing? Recent FBI Arrest Says Yes

Phone phreaking refers to the exploration of phone systems and networks to discover how they work.  It also refers to the exploitation of telephone lines and systems in order to make free long distance calls.   Like the term “hacking,” it can refer to both the curious and the criminal.

Time to climb into Mr Peabody’s WABAC Machine for our history lesson.  Phone phreaking got its start in the ...

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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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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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Another Lottery Scammer Nabbed by the Feds

We have reported previously about Operation Hard Copy.  This is from the US Department of Justice: The US Marshall’s Service arrested another member of the North Dakota lottery scam in Jamaica recently.

“United States Attorney Chris Myers announced today, that the U.S. Marshals Service, working with Jamaican law enforcement, has located and apprehended another man charged with participating in an international organized crime advance fee “lottery scam” which defrauded at least 90 mostly ...

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