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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Weekend Update

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


History of Flying Saucer Sightings

From the Smithsonian:  A look at the history of unexplained flying objects through the lens of human technological change.


FTC Warns of Online Dating Scams

02/01/2018 09:22 PM EST Original release date: February 01, ...

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Crypto-Mining Exploits On The Rise

Fighting cyber-crime is a lot like whack-a-mole.  By the time cyber-defenders come up with countermeasures that work against one exploit, the cyber-criminals have moved on to another different and more profitable exploit.  Old malware is updated with new versions, and the new versions often slide right by the same defenses that stopped the old version.

Cyber-crime has moved from spamming, fake anti-virus, credit card fraud, and “Canadian” pharmaceuticals, to password cracking, phishing, ...

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Turn On Your Router’s Firewall

Your Internet Service Provider has provided you with a free hardware firewall, but often the firewall features are not enabled by default.  This is sort of like having seat belts in your car, but not wearing them.  It is foolish and risky.

On Monday we discussed how to find out of there are unnecessary open ports on your Internet router’s firewall settings.  Today we ...

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SCADA Plus Smartphone Equals Insecure Utilities

What if cyber-criminals or enemy nations could take over the computer control systems that run electric utilities, water systems, or traffic control systems for traffic lights and commuter trains.  The effects could be disastrous.

We have written about these systems before.  These are known as SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) or ICS (industrial control systems).  One of the claims of the industries that use SCADA systems is that they are inherently ...

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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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Do You Accept Credit Cards? How Credit Card Breaches Happen

If your business accepts credit cards for payment, then your a subject to the regulations of the Payment Card Industry.  This is known as PCI-DSS Compliance.  PCI compliance company Security Metrics recently released an infographic that shows the main compliance failures that lead to credit card breaches in 2017.  Here are some of the startling take-aways:

  • Businesses that took credit cards ...
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Phishing Sites Using HTTPS Too

When you see the secure HTTPS protocol at the beginning of a web address, or see the green “secure site” padlock symbol, does this mean that the site is safe?  Unfortunately, the answer is NO.  There is some confusion among computer users about what HTTPS really means.  This confusion is being exploited by cyber-criminals running phishing exploits.

HTTPS or secure hypertext transport ...

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How Email Accounts Are Hijacked

The most devastating exploit that can happen to you is to have your email account hijacked.  We have spilled a lot of pixels on this subject (see below).  The reason we find this so dangerous is that it is that this is the attack most likely to happen to you.

Google recently released a study that analyzed how Gmail accounts are hijacked.  If you have an Android smartphone, you have a Gmail ...

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The End of Passwords?

Every year some pundit declares that the password will soon be dead.  I have been proclaiming for several years now that the password, by itself, is no longer a suitably strong form of security, and have been a champion for two-factor authentication.

Microsoft has recently stated that their Windows Hello facial recognition system is a suitable replacement for passwords.  Windows Hello was ...

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