The Circle

the-circleI 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 ...

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Cyber War Interview on Web Radio

business-game-changers-sarah-westallWe 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 ...

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Zero Days – Documentary About Cyber War

zero-daysWe 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 ...

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US-CERT Advises Election Officials To Secure Voter Data

US-CERTAnother 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 ...

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Never Forget

911It 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 ...

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Beware of Facebook Scams

facebookEverybody, 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 ...

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Using Your Phone For Video Surveillance

smartphone-videoI discovered a while ago that my LG smart phone can be used fairly easily to make a surreptitious video of a meeting simply by turning on the video camera and slipping the phone into a shirt pocket.  The camera lens clears the edge of the pocket nicely, and there is no indication, at least on my phone, the the camera is rolling.  This is a great way to keep a record that ...

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Now The FBI Can Legally Hack Your Computer

image_thumbA recent rule by the Supreme Court has given the FBI authority to hack your computer if it is inadvertently part of a criminal botnet.  Recent changes to a procedural rule known as Rule 41 allows the FBI to obtain a search warrant to use “network investigative techniques” or NIT (or more commonly called hacking) to search computers engaged in criminal activity anywhere in the world.  This includes innocent computer users ...

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The Aftermath of Apple vs. The FBI

applelogoAs we all know, Apple refused to assist the FBI in cracking the iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino “terrorist” killers. The FBI took Apple to court.  Then the FBI dropped the case after successfully hacking the phone.  Then they successfully hacked another phone in a different case in New York.  Information appeared linking Israeli mobile security firm Cellebrite to the successful breach of ...

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Tax Dollars At Work – Good News For A Change

scalesThe US House of representatives passed the Email Privacy Act.  Finally the Congress passes a bill that actually protects the public from warrantless search and seizure of email records.   What makes this vote special is that it was unanimous – 419-to 0!  When does that ever happen?  Rarely, but considering this bill would protect our representatives too, maybe not all that surprising.

This bill ...

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