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 problem. Take care over the holidays!

5 Romanian ransomware distributors arrested after police raid

I often am asked why these crooks aren’t arrested.  Well, they are, and here’s another account.  Five suspects; two ransomware strains; victims identified in both Europe and the US – cops swoop!

GPS is off so you can’t be tracked, right? Wrong

It’s not just your GPS that gives away your location, researchers have discovered

 Simple research tool detects 19 unknown data breaches

A security insight so simple you wonder why nobody has noticed it before.

Starbucks Wi-Fi hijacked customers’ laptops to mine cryptocoins

A 10-second delay when customers connected to the “free” Wi-Fi was harnessed for secret cryptocoin mining

What’s in your Android’s December security update?

Android has released two security bulletins for December containing mitigations and fixes for 47 vulnerabilities for all devices.



About the Author:

Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.
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