Weekend Update

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

Why you may want to update your browser.

Can’t shop online?  Want to keep shopping online? If you’re using an old browser you may find yourself locked out of PCI-compliant (e-commerce) websites.

Nation of shoplifters: the rise of supermarket self-checkout scams

You’re not a thief, are you? Perish the thought. But when it comes to self-checkout tills anyone can make a ‘mistake’

FTC, Partners Help Small Businesses Stop Scams

06/18/2018 05:42 PM EDT  Original release date: June 18, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched Operation Main Street, an effort with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and law enforcement to educate small business owners on how to stop scams targeting their businesses. Accordingly, FTC released Scams and Your Small Business, a guide for businesses detailing how to avoid, identify, and report scams.

NCCIC encourages business owners and other consumers to review the FTC article and NCCIC’s Resources for Small and Midsize Businesses.

The IoT Padlock That Doesn’t

Two articles on this poorly designed and secured “smart” padlock.

The $99 digital padlock that kept crooks out… for 2 whole seconds

Thinking of designing a $99 digital padlock? Here’s how NOT to do it.

The “world’s worst” smart padlock – it’s EVEN WORSE than we thought

Remember last week’s $99 IoT padlock that anyone could unlock in 2 seconds? Turns out you don’t even need that long!

Cyber crime or real crime?

Domain transfer #FAIL – man gets 20 years for gunpoint domain hijack

The owner of doitforstate.com was shot in the leg before shooting his assailant in the chest.

How a Nigerian Prince scam victim got his money back after 10 years

The Nigerian prince never showed up but the victim’s $110,000 did, eventually



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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