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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Security and Medical Devices

Are you using an implantable medical device such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, or infusion pump?  These devices are not as secure as you might expect.  October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and this week’s theme is “Securing Internet connected devices in health care.”   Parts of this article appeared previously in posts from January 16, 2016 and April 11 2016.  We have come ...

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Weekend Update

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


CISA Releases Telework Essentials Toolkit

Original release date: September 30, 2020

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released the Telework Essentials Toolkit, a comprehensive resource of telework best practices. The Toolkit provides three personalized modules for executive leaders, IT professionals, and teleworkers. Each module outlines distinctive security considerations appropriate for their ...

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Weekend Update

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


Who is Tech Investor John Bernard?

John Bernard, the subject of a story here last week about a self-proclaimed millionaire investor who has bilked countless tech startups, appears to be a pseudonym for John Clifton Davies, a U.K. man who absconded from justice before being convicted on multiple counts of fraud in ...

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Weekend Update

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


September Special Events

September is a busy time for me, there are a wedding anniversary, and three birthdays in my family in the first week.  Then there are a panoply of other special events.  At least they are special enough to be recognized in this weblog.  Here they are.  Please celebrate responsibly.  Or not.  But have some fun, we all ...

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Weekend Update

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


Data Breach Cover-Up: Uber’s Former CSO Faces up to 8 Years Behind Bars

The U.S. Department of Justice just filed federal charges against Uber’s former CSO for allegedly covering up a company data breach and bribing hackers to stay silent about the attack. Joseph Sullivan was CSO when the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was investigating ...

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Weekend Update

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


Porn blast disrupts bail hearing of alleged Twitter hacker

An alleged hacker’s bail hearing held online via Zoom with screen sharing enabled… what could possibly go wrong?  Well, damn near everything as it turns out.  Maybe IT needs to help these judges learn how Zoom works?


Top 5 Questions About Ransomware and ...

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Weekend Update

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


AA20-209A: Potential Legacy Risk from Malware Targeting QNAP NAS Devices

Original release date: July 27, 2020

CISA and NCSC are investigating a strain of malware known as QSnatch, which attackers used in late 2019 to target Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices manufactured by the firm QNAP.

All QNAP NAS devices are potentially vulnerable to QSnatch malware if not ...

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