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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IRS Strikes Again – IP PIN Epic Fail

irs-logoWe wrote last year about how the IRS and their Get Transcript service was instrumental in helping identity thieves file fraudulent tax returns for big refunds.  The problem was that the IRS used static user identity information that was available elsewhere online.  They promised to fix this security problem, but have not.  This year, many users of the IP PIN  system that was supposed to harden security ...

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CIT Cybersecurity Featured in New Business Minnesota

We were recently featured in the January edition of New Business Minnesota.  This is a monthly business magazine published by Pat Boulay.  You can download a copy of our featured article, Cyber-criminals Put Every Business At Risk, here.  There are some additional helpful links below the picture.

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Pat also runs a great business networking meeting once a month as well, on ...

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US Gov Ups Its Cybersecurity Game

white-houseI was surprised to discover proof that my business is a target of cyber-criminals.  After installing some security and reporting tools on my websites, I was alerted to the almost constant state of attack that they were under.  And all I am doing is writing a cybersecurity blog.  And you, dear reader, what of your business?  There is a good chance that you are too, but simply don’t know it because ...

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Anonymous Declares War on ISIS

anonymous-isis-550Can we stop calling this terrorism, and call it what it is – warfare!

The day after ISIS claimed responsibility for the acts of war carried out in Paris by trained members of the ISIS military, members of the hacker collective Anonymous declared war on ISIS.

“On Friday 13 November our country France was attacked in Paris for two hours, by multiple terrorist ...

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000Webhost Loses Plaintext Passwords

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This comes under the heading of “know who you are doing business with.”  Web hosting company 000webhost.com was breached this week and over 13 million customer records were stolen and posted for sale on the Internet.  The data includes customer names, emails and passwords in plaintext  (meaning the passwords were unencrypted).  Storing passwords in an unencrypted form should be a criminal act in itself, ...

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Jeb Bush Defends NSA

jeb-bush-550Back on Sept 18 we criticized presidential candidate Jeb Bush, FBI Director James Comey, and other politicians for complaining that encryption was making it too hard to fight the “evil doers” and suggesting that some sort of “master key” or “backdoor” was needed by law enforcement and intelligence services to do their jobs.  We of course disagreed.

Around the same time that ...

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Privacy – Big IT vs. US Government

scalesHere are a couple of recent stories where a large information technology companies refused to turn over information to the government.

The first involves Apple, which was given a wiretap order to turn over certain communications between two alleged drug dealers on the iMessage platform.  Apple wasn’t so much refusing to comply as pointing out that this messaging service is encrypted end to end, ...

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Presidential Candidates Against Encryption

encryptionBack in August, presidential candidate Jeb Bush came out against encryption.  Makes it too hard for law enforcement to figure out what the “evildoers” are up to, he says.  I agree that encryption makes it impossible to figure out what the Wall Street executives who are funding every presidential campaign, by the way, are inventing now to ruin the American economy again and take a third trip into looting the 401K and IRA ...

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