Weekend Update

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


Photographer Tutorial Company Reacts To Pirates By Screwing With Them Hilariously

Great story about dealing with creative content pirates on the Internet.


What Will an Artificial Intelligence Future Look Like?

Great article from the Smithsonian takes a look at 5 different futures for us and our intelligent robots.


PSA: Replace Your SSL/TLS Certs by Symantec, Thawte, VeriSign, Equifax, GeoTrust and RapidSSL

If you are using an SSL or TLS certificate from Symantec or a subsidiary, Google Chrome is ending support for them, due to irregularities and poor security management by Symantec.  This applies to you if your website is an “HTTPS” secured site with a Symantec certificate.


Alert: Malware Being Spread via Hijacked MailChimp Accounts

An increasing number of hijacked MailChimp accounts are being used to distribute spam emails and malware. Since these emails are coming from a trusted source, they are more likely to trick the recipient into opening them.


A Brief History of Surveillance in America

With wiretapping in the headlines and smart speakers in millions of homes, historian Brian Hochman takes us back to the early days of eavesdropping.  From the Smithsonian.


Firefox’s password manager master password is using SHA-1 encryption

A researcher has uncovered a big security weakness in the way Firefox secures browser passwords behind a master password.


150 million MyFitnessPal accounts compromised – here’s what to do

Under Armour’s hugely popular fitness tracker, MyFitnessPal, has been hacked.  Because Under Armor hashed (encrypted) the passwords with bcrypt, it will make it hard to impossible for the attackers to solve for your password.  Change your password, but no worries.


 

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About the Author:

Cybersecurity guru to business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area. Computer security and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. In 2013 I completed a course of study and certification exam to become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). In 2016 I was certified as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of computer security, network security, and web site security. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. 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. The views expressed on this Web site are mine alone and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer.
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