Weekend Update

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

 Famous cryptographer’s tombstone cryptogram decrypted

A paper at Schmoocon DC over the weekend revealed a delightful cryptogram on William and Elizebeth Friedmans’ tombstone.  This is a fun story and will introduce you to the Bacon cypher.

Cryptocurrency as the lure, an ISO as the attachment – why not open it?

Phishers are using the hot topic of cryptocurrency as a means to an end in cybercrime, not merely as the end itself…

Bitcoin Blackmail by Snail Mail Preys on Those with Guilty Conscience

KrebsOnSecurity heard from a reader whose friend recently received a remarkably customized extortion letter via snail mail that threatened to tell the recipient’s wife about his supposed extramarital affairs unless he paid $3,600 in bitcoin.  Read the extortion letter here.

Fun with BitCoin – Website Glitch Let Me Overstock My Coinbase

From Krebs on Security – Coinbase and Overstock.com just fixed a serious glitch that allowed Overstock customers to buy any item at a tiny fraction of the listed price. Potentially more punishing, the flaw let anyone paying with bitcoin reap many times the authorized bitcoin refund amount on any canceled Overstock orders.  A fun read, worth the click.

Net Neutrality Explained by Burger King – Hilarious! Or is it?

From The Verge

Data Privacy Day

01/26/2018 02:49 PM EST Original release date: January 26, 2018

January 28 is Data Privacy Day (DPD), an annual international effort to promote the importance of data privacy. DPD is sponsored in the United States by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) with the theme, Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, and Enabling Trust.

The NCSA Stay Safe Online website features a recording of the Data Privacy Day 2018 – Live From LinkedIn event, which includes presentations on privacy management, location tracking, and business and privacy. NCCIC/US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review basic privacy tips from Stay Safe Online, and related resources from NCCIC/US-CERT:


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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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