Weekend Update

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


Tech Trends in 2019

Information on trends in technology for drones, security robots, artificial intelligence, security smart homes, and securing IoT.


Feds can’t force you to unlock your phone with finger or face, says judge

The landmark decision asserts the same 4th and 5th amendment legal protection for biometrics that we’re given for passcodes.


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Weekend Update

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


Glitter bomb engineer exacts revenge on parcel thieves

Everyone else has reported this Christmas gem, why shouldn’t we? NASA engineer Mark Rober “over-engineered the crap” out of it, including motion detection, geofencing, and 4 cameras to record some priceless reactions.  Here is the YouTube video.


Dark web goldmine busted by Europol

What’s the ...

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30 Percent of the Dark Web Goes Dark – Who Turned Off The Lights?

I recently started spending time in the Dark Web, learning how to use a VPN and the TOR browser to navigate the hidden services to be found there.  I also have been presenting a “Tour of the Dark Web” to the public in a variety of business groups.  I find the Dark Web to be a fascinating place, and so far the response from people attending my seminar indicates that I am not the only one.  One of the problems ...

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Free Dark Web Report from Experian – Part Two

On Monday we started an investigation into the free dark web scan that is being offered by credit agency Experian.  Again, this is NOT Equifax, who breached our information last year.  This is a different credit agency.

When we ran the free scan on Experian, they found three results.  But I knew there was more to find, because I had already ...

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Free Dark Web Report from Experian – Part One

I caught an ad on TV the other night that made me curious.  Experian is offering a “free dark web report,”  ostensibly to see if any of your personal data is for sale on the Dark Web.  Well I don’t really need a test to tell me that.  Since the Equifax breach, I am pretty sure all of us have information for sale ...

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How Hard Is It To Become A Cyber-Criminal?

According to a recent article on Naked Security, not at all hard.  While at Black Hat in Las Vegas, researchers from Sophos gave a presentation that dissected the “Philadelphia” ransom software as a service (SaaS) model.

Anyone can buy the Philadelphia ransomware kit on the Dark Web for $400.  And for this nominal investment, the would-be attacker gets a simple executable file that sets up the whole system automatically. ...

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What Can I Do With A Hijacked Email Account? Part 2

On Monday we opened this discussion about hijacked email accounts, and showed some examples of the phishing tricks that attackers use to get you to reveal your email password.  Today we will explore the many useful and profitable exploits that a compromised email account offers a cyber-criminal or other attacker.

I consider email account compromise to be one of the most personally harmful cyber-exploits.  When another person has access to your email ...

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What Can I Do With A Hijacked Email Account? Part 1

Let’s say I just hijacked your email account.  What can I do with it?

First thing, a hijacker would not announce his or her presence in your account.  Staying undetected is important so you do not change your password.  Depending on what the attacker is doing with your email account, there is a significant probability that you would not know your account was compromised for several days, weeks, or even years!

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