Weekend Update

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


End of an Era – Microsoft is Ending Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Original release date: October 17, 2019

Personal note:  Windows 7 has been, and may always be, my favorite operating system of all time.  I have come to respect Windows 10, and of course I use it every day, but I have ...

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Guest Post – 5 Important Artificial Intelligence Predictions

A guest post from Himanshu at EdunBox.com

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are topics that I have been following for a few years now. AI supports the growth of enhanced technology that has the potential to have abilities like a human has.

AI has can have impacts on local, national, and international politics.  AI enable systems will replace humans at many jobs, but will create more new obs that the old jobs it ...

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What The Heck Is A Zero-Day?

What is a “zero-day,” exactly?   In information security, occasionally there is a brand new cybersecurity vulnerability or exploit in the news, and the reporter calls it a “zero-day” exploit.  What are they talking about.  This is a concept similar to “patient zero” in medical epidemiology. This is where the bad thing started to happen.

A zero-day vulnerability is a flaw ...

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Top Phishing Emails

Phishing continues to be the number one method that over 90% of cybersecurity incidents and breaches happen.  Cybersecurity Awareness Training and Phishing Simulation company KnowBe4 recently posted an article on their blog about the Top-Clicked Phishing Email Subjects.  Sharing this information with your staff is one way to limit the impact of these email exploits.

Here are the top subject lines used in emails by actual cyber-attackers.

Most Common ...

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The Increasing Use of Mobile Spyware Apps

Never in human history has there been a platform for tracking, eavesdropping, reconnaissance, and surveillance like the smartphone.  With the right malware or phone store app, a marketing company, suspicious spouse, parent, nation-state cyber-spy, or your own government or law enforcement agency can easily spy on anyone carrying a smartphone.  Mobile devices often provide a bridge between a target’s personal life and professional ...

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Guest Post – Can Crime Really Affect a Business’ Long-Term Growth Projections?

A guest post by Maxwell Donovan

Editor’s comment: I spend a lot of time writing about cyber-crime.  This article reminds us that there are other very physical and personal crimes that we need to guard against as well.

They say that crime doesn’t pay, but in the end, does it? You are at risk from crime when you’re running a business. This could include an ...

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