Weekend Update

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


Happy Independence Day

This is the day we celebrate our liberation from the King of England and the British Empire.  The United States was founded through civil disobedience and even warfare against a government that some considered oppressive and unfair.  Consider this: if the British crown had won, the “founding fathers” would have been considered terrorists, and hanged.  Your terrorists are ...

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The PC World Meets the PC World

Are some common cybersecurity terms racist?  Is the personal computer world being attacked by the politically correct world?  It seems that’s the accusation being leveled against the terms “blacklist” and “whitelist.”

In a recent post, the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) announced that it is changing the way it talks about the good and the bad in cybersecurity. ...

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“Sandworm” Is The True Story About Russian Cyberwarfare

Last month I read the book Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers, by Andy Greenberg, senior writer for Wired magazine.  If you want to understand how cyber-war has changed the face of military operations in the 21st century, this book explains everything.  This book has put the threat of ...

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With “Friends” Like The Saudis, Who Needs Enemies?

Or The Strange Case of Jeff Bezos’ IPhone and the Saudi Crown Prince

The evidence says that the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman (aka MBS) engineered a way to hack Jeff Bezos’ cell phone.  Just why MBS would be interested in Jeff, Jeff’s phone, or Jeff’s life is an interesting question, with surprising answers.

It seems that MBS invited Jeff Bezos to a private party, and during the course of the ...

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Russia Creates A National Internet

Back on March 1 2019, I reported that Russia was planning to disconnect itself from the Internet.  On November 1, 2019, the Russian Federation decreed that all Russian ISPs are required to route Internet traffic through special gateway routers run by Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzo.

The stated goal is to protect Russia from major cyber-attacks from bad actors or other nation-state run cyber operations.  ...

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Guest Post – The Biggest Ever Cases of Bank Fraud Infographic

A guest post from Josh Wardini

Fintech Adoption: When Will the West Catch Up?

The floodgates of global investment for fintech startups did not open wide until after the 2008 financial crisis. Since then, the level of capital funding for these services has consistently increased.

Our friends at Fortunly attest that venture capitalists have always favored fintech startups in ...

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Is Drug Kingpin Paul Le Roux the Inventor of Bit-Coin?

Paul Calder Le Roux, a brilliant South African software programmer who ran the most successful and largely legal opioid marketing networks called RX Limited, and morphed into running a huge illegal international drugs and arms dealing empire that has ever been seen.  Since his arrest in 2012, he has been spending time in the custody of the DEA, ratting ...

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Beware of Scammers Exploiting Recent Events

It seems that every new event brings out a crop of scammers ready to exploit the gullible.  Several recent scams are using the Equifax breach settlement, and the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton to extract money from or deliver malware to their victims.

First, from KnowBe4, we have the details of several scams taking advantage of people attempting to get the $125 settlement payment they may be owed as a result of the Equifax ...

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ISSA Survey Results – Cybersecurity Burnout

Recently the ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) released the results of a survey they took in December 2018.  There is a shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals; not enough people are entering the field, and those with ten or more years of experience may be leaving the field due to stress, lack of a career path, and ineffective mentoring.

The survey ...

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