Weekend Update

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


Windows 10 security can be bypassed by Settings page weakness

The file type used by Windows 10’s settings page can be used to trick Windows into running files it’s supposed to block.


Here are the 4 best ways to train employees for better cybersecurity

87% of companies experienced an ...

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Your Laser Printer/Copier Hides Metadata on Your Document

Some people know that larger laser jet copiers and printers contain a hard drive that stores an image of everything that was printed or copied, and that these images can be used forensically to find the source of a document.  Did you know that color laser printers and copiers print tiny invisible dots of information on each sheet of paper that passes through ...

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Why Do I Need a VPN?

Did you know that most traffic across the Internet travels in an unencrypted state.  And when you make an open wireless connection  in a coffee bar or other public location, the radio connection is unsecured and  unencrypted, too.  This traffic travels as plain text, and can be read by anyone with the skills to intercept the traffic and open the data packets.

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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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Weekend Update

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


 Made a Fortune in BitCoin?  Be careful who you tell.

From Naked Security – Crypto Coins Robbed at Gunpoint.

Good old fashioned stick-ups still a possibility.


Watch out – fake support scams are alive and well this Christmas

Fake support scams – where the crooks help you “remove” malware you don’t have – are still a real ...

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Weekend Update

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


Is Donald Trump Putin’s Revenge?

A two-part Frontline documentary on PBS titled Putin’s Revenge examines the rise to power of an obscure ex-KGB agent named Vladimir Putin and the tactics he used to influence the last U.S. Presidential Election.  Evidence would indicate that Putin prefers Republics to Democrats.  Worth a look.  Live stream them here.


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Hidden Web Cams in Airbnb Rentals and Hotel Rooms?

If you are traveling for the holidays, here is something else to watch for – the hidden web camera.  If you are staying at an Airbnb, or even a traditional hotel or motel over the holidays, be aware that there have been incidents where web cams have been found in the rooms.  Often they are disguised as other devices, such as the “motion ...

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Weekend Update

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


 Over 75% of Android apps are secretly tracking users

Yale Privacy Lab has discovered hidden trackers in hundreds of popular Android apps that send app manufacturers your location, activity, and other personal info.


Cayla doll too eavesdroppy to put under the Christmas tree, says France

That Bluetooth Cayla doll and i-Que surveillance robot can be taken ...

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Merry Christmas -The Internet of Insecure Toys

Are the toys you are buying for your kids hackable?Can anyone listen in or have a conversation with your kids via an Internet connected toy?  Sorry, but the answer is “yes.”

We have been writing for a while about the grievous lack of security on Internet-connected “smart” appliances, web cameras, baby monitors, door locks, thermostats, personal assistants, Wi-Fi, Cable, and DSL routers, and other ...

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