Data Breach – What To Do Next

Your IT manager comes to you with a look on his or her face that is a combination of panic, shock, and depression.  “We’ve been breached, and it looks like they got into the customer database, but I’m not sure how long they’ve been on our network, and what else they might have done.”  Do you know what you need to do next?

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The Swiss Army Knife of Hacker-ware

Have you ever wondered just what an attacker can do once they gain access to your computer?  A 21 year old software coder is facing prison time for developing the ultimate Swiss Army knife of an “administrators'” tool-kit.  This tool was sold to over 6,000 people through an extensive affiliate marketing network.  Many of his customers were cyber-criminals who used the ...

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Weekend Update

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


Microsoft disrupts Fancy Bear election meddlers

In a new skirmish, Microsoft took control of six internet domains that were about to be used by the group to spoof US political organizations.


SamSam: The (almost) $6 million ransomware

New research reveals that SamSam ransomware has affected far more victims, and raised far more ransom, than previously thought.


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Your Laser Printer/Copier Hides Metadata on Your Document

Some people know that larger laser jet copiers and printers contain a hard drive that stores an image of everything that was printed or copied, and that these images can be used forensically to find the source of a document.  Did you know that color laser printers and copiers print tiny invisible dots of information on each sheet of paper that passes through ...

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Weekend Update

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


“Ghosting” is making the hiring process harder.

You found the perfect candidate and are ready to make an offer, then your “purple unicorn” stops responding to phone calls, texts, and emails.  What gives?  Not a tech issue, but more an HR issue.  Still, if you can’t find qualified technical staff, this might be an issue.


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Is The End Near For Re-Used Passwords

What do you think about a plan that would actually make it impossible for you to use the same password on two or more sites?  Basically, when you set up a new web account, you would be forced to use a password that was truly different from other passwords you use elsewhere?

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The Role of the IC3 in Cybercrime Prosecution

If your business has been the victim of a cybersecurity incident, data breach, or other cybercrime, you may have had to decide whether to keep the incident to yourself, or report the crime to the police.  If you carry cyber insurance, reporting the crime is a requirement to file an insurance claim.  So you called the police and filed a report,  You may have been discouraged by the lack of enthusiasm ...

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The FBI Releases the IC3 2017 Internet Crime Report

On May 7, the FBI announced the release of the 2017 edition of the Internet Crime Report, published by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).   This 29 page report outlines what cyber-crimes are most popular and most profitable for the perpetrators.  Don’t miss the extensive list of cyber-crimes and definitions in Appendix A.  Seriously, I found them kind of interesting.  Anyway, these crimes led to $1.42 billion in losses last ...

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Weekend Update

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


WordPress turns 15 on Sunday May 27

WordPress will be 15 years old this May 27th, 2018!  On Sunday, May 27th, we’re planning a global event celebrating the WordPress 15th Anniversary with WordPress community groups around the world.


Alexa, Siri and Google can be tricked by commands you can’t hear

Researchers have shown how attackers could trick ...

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