Weekend Update

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


Robot Gains Saudi Citizenship

From the Smithsonian.  Last week, Saudi Arabia, became the first in the world to grant citizenship to a robot during a technological summit held in its capital. Sophia, created by Hanson Robotics, is designed to look like Audrey Hepburn and possesses advanced artificial intelligence. She can ...

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Weekend Update

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


Today is Veterans Day – Thanks for Your Service

Veteran’s day is a remembrance of all U.S. military veterans – past and present. It is celebrated every November 11th, and has been a federal holiday since 1926.


Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

10/31/2017 08:14 AM EDT  Original release date: October 31, 2017

Building resilience in critical infrastructure ...

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Details on New Email Exploit – No Attachment Required

People often ask me if it is dangerous to simply open an email, if it is possible to get a malware inflection just by reading an email.  My answer has been a qualified “not at this time.”  Unfortunately, this is no longer true.  It is possible to get a malware installation from the new DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) exploits reveal by Sophos Labs on October 13 2017.  This can be accomplished without an attachment or link if the email is ...

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Scary Kaspersky Stories – Ghost in the Machine

Happy Halloween!  Nothing like a scary story to end the holiday.  The scary story in cybersecurity is that Kaspersky anti-malware and security products are in league with the Putin government and the FSB in Russia.  The FBI is advising government agencies to drop Kaspersky and find a new endpoint security solution.

Kaspersky Lab is a Russian multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider headquartered in Moscow, Russia and operated through a holding company in the United Kingdom. Kaspersky was founded by Eugene ...

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Security Issue With CCleaner

Piriform’s CCleaner is a popular computer cleaning and optimizing product that many people use.  I have my doubts about the real effectiveness of these utilities, but many of my clients swear by it.  I have used CCleaner myself several times as one of the tools I used to clean up a malware infection.

Recently, the CCleaner software code was modified  to include a malicious backdoor.  This warning was published earlier in one ...

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BlueBorne Bluetooth Hijacker – What Do We Know?

Cybersecurity researchers at Armis Labs have released information about a new attack vector called BlueBorne.  This exploit has the potential to put millions of devices running Windows, Linux, Android or iOS operating systems at risk.

This exploit allows attackers to connect over the Bluetooth radio system with having to first pair the two Bluetooth enabled devices.  Once installed, the attacker has full control of ...

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An Interesting New Twist on WordPress Site Hijacking

This story reads like fiction.  OK, not great fiction, but this story illustrates another way that WordPress websites can be hijacked and used to promote a cyber scam.

WordPress websites are often hijacked so a phisher can host their landing page on a site that does not lead back to them.  And WordPress sites can be interesting targets for other cyber-criminals who export the ...

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Weekend Update

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


Talk Like A Pirate Day Coming on September 19

We will start with the good stuff for a change.  Talk Like A Pirate Day is my second favorite unofficial Holiday.  Check out the official website.  Check out the cool pirate swag and order yourself a pirate hoodie or tee shirt.

Arrrgh!


BlueBorne Bluetooth ...

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Will Artificial Intelligence Beat Real Intelligence?

One of the persistent memes that interest me is the impending event sometimes known as “the singularity.”  This is a probable future where our electronic devices become self-aware and fully autonomous.  We see the beginnings of this happening all around us in devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Echo, The Nest and Google communities of smart devices, self-driving vehicles, and all the Internet of Things (IoT) devices that listen to ...

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Malicious Android Apps Steal Text Messages

Sophos Naked Security alerted us to two Android apps that are included in the Google Play Store as legitimate apps.  This makes these apps particularly dangerous, if you are following our advice to only install apps from legitimate sources.  Once installed, they download a plug-in that harvests your text messages and sends them to a web server.  Since the plug-in is downloaded after ...

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