Technology Milestones In The News

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.  It is also the 50th anniversary of the Apollo space flight missions to the moon and back.  More recently, the successful unmanned mission by the Space-X Crewed Dragon command module to the International Space Station, we finally see space flight becoming a business as opposed to being strictly a governmental exercise.

The underlying protocol of the web, and really all networking, ...

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Skynet is Closer than Ever

I think we know where this is going.  The Department of Defense is pursuing several initiatives where artificial intelligent and machine learning are being integrated with weapons systems. Remind anyone of the Terminator movies?

The official line from the DoD is: “All development and use of autonomous and semi-autonomous functions in weapon systems, including manned and unmanned platforms, remain subject to the guidelines in the Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 3000.09, which ...

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New WordPress Security Options

I have developed some expertise around the area of WordPress security.  One of my clients has a WordPress site under development, and recently the web designer changed the name of the login URL from https://clientsite.com/wp-admin to https://clientsite.com/A9u3ycGH37.  Basically, the wp-admin page name had been replaced with random characters.  I found out when I tried to log in using the usual URL.  I wondered ...

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Stupid Politicians – Australia Edition

Thank God this hasn’t happened here in the United States (yet).  It is not for lack of trying by US law enforcement agencies, though.  What am I talking about?  Australia recently passed the controversial and totally STUPID anti-encryption law called Telecommunication & Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance & Access) Act of 2018 (TOLA).

TOLA is supposed to ...

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How to Pick a VPN

If you are looking to protect yourself and your computer communications by using a VPN, the hardest part often is knowing where to start.  There are dozens of companies providing VPN services for a fee.  How can you know which one is best for you?

There are a number of features to consider when shopping for a VPN service.  Some of the features to ...

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Global Cyber Threats to the United States

In our last post we singled out North Korea as a key source of cyber-war action against the United States and other countries.  But they are not the only countries that the US is actively engaged with in cyber-space.  On January 29, 2019, Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence, released a report to the Senate, titled Worldwide Threat Assessment of ...

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North Korean Botnet Attacked by FBI

The North Korean Cyberwar Operations group is known variously as Lazarus Group, Guardians of Peace, or Hidden Cobra. A few of their notable achievements include the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures inspired by the satirical Seth Rogan film “The Interview, ” the $81 million cyber bank heist  against Bangladesh’s central bank, and the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack.

In June 2017, US-CERT sent a   Continue Reading →

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