Ransomware has become a successful criminal business

Ransomware is a form of malicious software designed to restrict users from accessing their computers or files until they pay a ransom to cybercriminals.  Ransomware typically operates through the crypto virology mechanism by using symmetric as well as asymmetric encryption to prevent users from performing managed file transfers or accessing particular files or directories.  The cybercriminals are using ransomware to lock files from being accessed assuming that the locked files ...

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When Encryption Is A Crime Only Criminals Will Have Encryption

As we enter the silly season of another Presidential Election, and possibly because of a psychological condition that I am calling COVID Mania*, the government is once again making boneheaded moves to introduce and pass legislation that would allow the federal government and law enforcement agencies easier access to encrypted messages from criminal sources.  This issue comes up every five to ten years.  It seems that agencies such as the ...

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Weekend Update

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


US Department of Justice reignites the Battle to Break Encryption

Every 5 to 10 years, the government and law enforcement agencies try to pass a law that provides easy access or a “back door” to encryption keys because criminals use encryption and this makes arrest and prosecution harder.  The problem is that anything that weakens encryption for criminals weakens ...

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Weekend Update

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


Maersk, me & notPetya

A great post and a must read by Gavin Ashton.  If you are tasked with Identity and Access Management, you at least have to read the Do the Basics section at the end of the article.

Maersk is the world’s largest integrated shipping and container logistics company. I was ...

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Weekend Update

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


How to Sanitize Electronics During COVID-19 Pandemic

Usually when I am talking about sanitizing a computer, I am talking about irreversibly deleting all the personal data.  If you work on a computer, especially a SHARED COMPUTER, the keyboard and mouse needs to be sanitized periodically.  A keyboard can have more germs than a toilet seat, and ...

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Weekend Update

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


Ransomware attack forces 2-day shutdown of natural gas pipeline

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday said that an infection by an unidentified ransomware strain forced the shutdown of a natural-gas pipeline for two days.


Crypto AG Fallout: Cyber Rivals Call the U.S. ...

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