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 analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, Bob also conducts security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. Bob also teaches Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. Bob works as an instruction for CompTIA’s non-profit IT-Ready Program in the Twin Cities. IT-Ready is a tuition free 8-week program designed to teach students of all ages the fundamentals of IT support to prepare them for an entry level position in Information Technology Support. Graduates of the classes take the exams to become CompTIA A+ certified. Bob is a frequent speaker at conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. Bob has been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com
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