Tuesday we get to vote for president again. Worried about the security of electronic voting machines? You are not alone, but you would not find any political or election officials in your group. They think everything is fine! The fact that your next president may be elected by the Russian Cyber Army is OK, I guess. So that means Trump.
Here’s a little humor to make the nightmare seems more acceptable.
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In the last several days, we have seen big distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against DynDNS, an Internet services company that provides domain name services (DNS) to many companies including Twitter and PayPal. DNS is how web sites are found on the web, you enter a web address in your browser, and DNS finds the website you are looking for. When attacked in this ...Continue Reading →
I attended the (ISC)2 Security Congress in September, and one of the featured speakers was well known television journalist Ted Koppel. He gave a presentation about his new book Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath. You are probably wondering, as I was, what would make Ted Koppel an authority on this particular subject? The answer is that ...Continue Reading →
I recently read Dave Eggers book The Circle at the recommendation of a friend in the cybersecurity profession. While I don’t do book reviews in this blog very often, I thought I would throw in my two cents about this book.
I was recommended this book during a cybersecurity training class. I do want to say that this book looks unblinkingly at some ...Continue Reading →
We were interviewed again by Sarah Westall on her web radio show Business Game Changers. Our discussion wove together different threads I have been following about cyber warfare and our lack of national preparedness. Since reading Ted Koppel’s book Lights Out and watching the documentary Zero Days, this has become a bigger issue for me, and maybe it should be for all ...Continue Reading →
We have written about Stuxnet a couple of times. (Here and here) My fascination with this incredible piece of malware writing is that it represents the first documented case of cyber war between nation-states. As we now know, Iran, specifically the nuclear facility at Natanz, was attacked by the United States, and our ally Israel. I recently watched a documentary ...Continue Reading →
Another out of cycle post, this one directed to anyone who is running balloting operations for the upcoming elections. I make jokes all the time about our next president being elected by the Russian Cyber Army, the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Unit 61398, the ISIS Cyber Caliphate, or the Syrian Electronic Army. But this is a ...Continue Reading →
It was 15 years ago that Osama Bin Laden carried out the most dramatic and successful attack against the United States since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. The sacrifices made in New York, the Pentagon, and in the air over Shanksville, PA are not to be forgotten.
Solutions seem to be hard to find. Regardless of what side you find yourself on in the larger picture of the continuing hostilities between ...Continue Reading →
Everybody, it seems, is on Facebook, and the numbers back it up, with over 1 billion members worldwide. So naturally, anytime you get a crowd of people this large, the cyber-criminals are going to be all over it.
Don’t even get me started with the oversharing of personal information. Please stop telling me and the crooks that you will be out of town for a week on a Vegas vacation, and your house ...Continue Reading →