Weekend Update

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


End of an Era – Microsoft is Ending Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Original release date: October 17, 2019

Personal note:  Windows 7 has been, and may always be, my favorite operating system of all time.  I have come to respect Windows 10, and of course I use it every day, but I have ...

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Weekend Update

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


The Ransomware Victim that Hacked Back and Got the Keys to the Kingdom

The idea of hacking back against those who hack you has been called a lot of things. The terms “goofy idea” and “illegal” are some we’ve heard. But for a ransomware victim in Germany, you can add the words “sweet revenge.” And not just ...

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Weekend Update

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


Shock Treatment: First Disruptive Cyber Attack Hits the U.S. Power Grid 

Firewalls crashing, communications lost, and the realization that this was not a technology failure of the U.S. power grid. It was a first-of-its-kind cyber-attack that reveals the risks of our increasingly connected infrastructure. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) revealed details of the new type ...

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Ransomware Mitigation – Texas Shows How It Is Done

We recently wrote about the upsurge in ransomware attacks, and one of the examples in that article was the recent attack on about two dozen governmental and educational networks in the state of Texas.  Texas was initially tight lipped about what they were doing to mitigate the attack, in an effort to prevent the attackers from learning about their defensive strategies and systems, and adapting their attack ...

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Ransom Variants Target Linux Servers

No one is immune from cyber-attacks anymore, and that includes Apple and Linux systems.  Lately there has been a lot of activity around crypto-ransomware attacks against Linux servers.  When you consider that a very large percentage of servers working on the Internet are running Linux under the hood, this is a critical issue.

February 2019 brought us the ransomware variant B0r0nt0k, which encrypted server contents and then demanded as much as 20 ...

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Weekend Update

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


How to become a cybersecurity pro: A cheat sheet (free PDF)

As cybercriminals grow more sophisticated and news of major breaches reach headlines nearly daily, cybersecurity professionals are in high demand: There are currently nearly 3 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide, ISC(2) found.


Watch Out for North Korean Malicious Cyber Activity

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Ransomware Is Back and Worse Than Ever

A couple years ago, it looked like crypto-ransomware attacks were falling by the wayside.  Business email compromise (email account hijacking) and associated wire transfer fraud were becoming easier and more successful for cyber-criminals than ransomware.  I made some predictions in this blog and in public presentations that ransomware had seen it’s day.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.  In 2018 and ...

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