Weekend Update

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


 Falling Chinese Space Station

Sometime around April 3—give or take about a week—China’s 9.5-ton Tiangong-1 space station will fall out of orbit and enter Earth’s atmosphere. While media reports for the last few months have hyped the “uncontrolled” de-orbit as ...

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Weekend Update

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


Happy St Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick  is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.


Critical Flash update. Patch now!

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A History of Cyber Warfare – Part 3

Today we finish our story on the history of cyber warfare.

Edward Snowden (May 2013)

Attributed to Edward Snowden.  The target was the National Security Agency of the United States.  Snowden was a former CIA employee, who, while working for Booz Allen Hamilton as a contractor to the NSA, copied and leaked NSA information, particularly the computer exploits that the NSA used abroad and in ...

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A History of Cyber Warfare – Part 2

Today we continue our report on the history of cyber warfare.

Stuxnet or Olympic Games (2009-2010)

Cyber attack attributed to the United States, Israel, Germany, and possibly Great Britain.  Confirmed by General James Cartwright in November 2012.  Target was Iran, particularly the Nuclear Program facility at Natanz.  The excellent documentary Zero Days covers this operation in detail.

Since the Natanz facility was not connected ...

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A History of Cyber Warfare – Part 1

Cyberwarfare is becoming a more prevalent form of cyber-attack, and one that may be hard for an individual or a small business owner to understand or defend against.  Of Friday we took a look at the definition and practice of cyber war.  This week we will review the history cyberwar incidents, the attackers, the targets, and the outcome of the best known cyberwarfare ...

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When is a Cyber Attack an Act of Cyber War?

What is a cyber warfare attack exactly, and what is it that separates it from a garden variety cyber attack?  When does a cyber attack cross the line into actual warfare?  Is it a cyber attack launched by a nation-state or other political or quasi-political entity against the resources of another nation-state?  What separates cyber war from actual armed conflict?  The answers are surprising.

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Weekend Update

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


Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

File early or an impostor may get your refund.  Especially now that the Equifax credit trove is in the wild.

01/29/2018 08:27 AM EST  Original release date: January 29, 2018

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is January 29 ...

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Congress Acts To Secure Electronic Voting Machines

As long as we are on the subject of election rigging and tampering, it is notable that Congress has finally weighed in on the subject of insecure and hackable electronic voting machines.  According to a recent TechDirt article, “A new bipartisan bill has been introduced, called the Secure Elections Act, that would actually target ...

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Russia Meddles in Another Election – Sweden

I recently caught a story on the BBC World News via PBS.  Anders Thornberg, the director of Swedish Security Services (SAPO) was accusing the Russians of engaging in social media driven misinformation campaign very similar to what happened in recent elections in France and Germany, and in the US during the last Presidential Election.  Evidently Putin is concerned that Sweden may join NATO, and is actively campaigning for candidates who are opposed to NATO.

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Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy – What Countries Are Using Cyber-Espionage Tactics?

The press has been relentless lately in its coverage of Russian cyber-espionage and disinformation campaigns on Facebook and other social networks prior to the last US Presidential campaign.  But is Russia the first to engage in election rigging on this sort?  Hardly.  We thought that looking at the state of cyber-espionage as a tactic in international relations might be interesting, and we were right.  It turns out that cyber-espionage is not ...

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