Security Standards for the Internet of (Insecure) Things?

Everything you can think of and many things you have never dreamed of are being manufactured with little Linux operating systems and wireless Internet connections. Or in simpler terms, a brain, storage, and communications ability. This is the Internet of Things (IoT).  Lots and lots of “smart” devices talking to each other and phoning home to some data collection or dissemination point.  If only the people who are designing these devices, ...

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Keeping Your Personal Data Safe – Is It Impossible?

Believe it or not, two out of three people in the United States have had their personal information stolen by cyber-criminals.  The likelihood is that this has already happened to you, and if not, it will happen eventually.  And if it has happened, it will probably happen again.  Why is this?

Even if you never click on a phishing email, and ...

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Web Tracking Via Browser and Device Profiling – No Cookies Needed!

I know many people who are religious about deleting their cookies and browser history in an effort to improve their online privacy.  I know others who have carefully gone through all the security settings on their browsers, and social networking sites for the same reason.  If this sounds like you, I have bad news.

I’ve been using Opera to browse the web, and trying out the ad-blocking feature and the location cloaking “VPN” ...

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US-CERT Releases More About Grizzly Steppe

US-CERT just released more information about the Grizzly Steppe cybercrime group who has been fingered for hacking the DNC and US voter registration databases.  The short  report, titled Enhanced Analysis of GRIZZLY STEPPE Activity, makes interesting reading, especially if you are interested in finding out more about state-sponsored political espionage.  See pages 4-7 for the main story.

The Grizzly Steppe group is certainly ...

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Malware Turns Smartphone Into Eavesdropper

I read an interesting article on Naked Security the other day about how Hamas had used Facebook and social engineering tactics to trick Israeli soldiers into installing surveillance malware.  The malware allowed Hamas to track the soldiers using the phone’s GPS, and to turn on the microphone and video to actually listen in and and watch their targets.  Hamas undoubtedly picked up the malware ...

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More Notes from the Cyber Security Summit 2016

cyber-security-summit-2016On Wednesday we looked at several of the important takeaways from this year’s Cyber Security Summit.  Here are a few more.

  • Small businesses need to stop using public email services such as Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail for their business email.  User credentials for 500,000 Yahoo email accounts have been stolen, and it could happen to the others.  If you have a domain name you are using for a web site, then you should ...
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Use Linux Tails for Privacy

Linux-TailsYou don’t need to be a journalist, freedom fighter, or living under an oppressive political regime to have the desire for some online privacy.  Maybe you are trying to put the contents of your life back into the Pandora’s box you opened when you signed up on Facebook.  Maybe you would like a little privacy in your online life.

Linux Tails is an ...

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100 Things Facebook Knows About You

facebookI read about this on Naked Security, and popped over to the Washington Post to read the full story and list.  I knew this was happening, but it is freaky to see the entire list.  Facebook collects this information to deliver ads that are targeted at your interests and preferences.  If it seems that some of the ads that show up in your feed are weirdly right on ...

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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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