Guest Post – What Map Apps Track (and How to Get Them to Stop) – Part 1

A lot of very specific location information is being collected about you, me, and every other smartphone user.  The image at left shows everywhere I have been in the last four years, courtesy of Google location services.  If you would like to find out what is being collected about you, and how to make it stop, the next two articles will help.  Today ...

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Weekend Update

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


The US is reportedly seeding Russia’s power grid with malware

The US is alleged to have been quietly planting malware throughout Russia’s energy networks in response to years of Russian attacks on its own power grid.

My comment:  Anybody who wonders why the bad guys are always attacking the US, well, it’s because we are doing it to ...

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The Insider Threat – Part 2

The insider threat, the computer or network attack originating from inside our own network, is the hardest to defend.  In our last post we took a look at the disgruntled employee and the embezzler.  Today we will review insider-based sabotage and corporate espionage.

Sabotage – Sometimes a disgruntled employee will take out their frustrations by orchestrating a little sabotage.  Perhaps they have ...

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The Insider Threat – Part 1

Which is a bigger risk to your organization?  A determined outsider trying to break into your network?  Or an insider, an employee or coworker who is already on the network as a credentialed user?  Obviously, it is the insider who represents the greatest threat.

In truth, all successful attacks become insider attacks.  The determined outsider who finds a way into your network is now ...

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New Phishing Scams Look So Real

There has been a stream of email alerts arriving at my inbox lately that warned of a variety of new phishing approaches that are using well-known brands (OneDrive and Office 365, FedEx and UPS), trusted sources (Department of Homeland Security, Gmail, Yahoo Mail), secure services (TLS certificates and HTTPS web sites) and curiosity (you received an encrypted message) to trick recipients into clicking a link that leads to a fake replica ...

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The New War With Iran

If you think that the US government called off the new war with Iran, you are mistaken.  President Trump cancelled the air strikes due to the potential loss of civilian lives, but cyber war options were in play, and is being aggressively waged by both sides.

President Trump called for a cyber attack against Iranian missile control systems on June 20th.  These attacks were ...

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Guest Post – AI: What should we expect?

Here is another intriguing guest post by Melisa Marzett.

This question was raised long time ago in old science-fiction films. Though those depictions were rather primitive, people started asking questions, for example, what else are they capable of, and how long will it take to develop such intelligence. In these films, the only thing these machines want is to extinguish ...

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Guest Post – Don’t Let Your Phone Stalk You

The idea of someone tracking your whereabouts and eavesdropping on your conversations can be unsettling. Yet, more than 58,000 Google Android users had this happen to them. That’s because these individuals had stalkerware installed on their smartphones.  Stalkerware is legal but often considered unethical. Find out what stalkerware is and how it can get on your smartphone.

Stalkerware is not limited to Android phones. It can be installed ...

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