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. an ...

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Why the Bruhaha over the Corp.com Domain?

The Corp.com domain is for sale, and depending on who ends up owning it, this could be catastrophic for companies that use Windows domains and Active Directory.  It basically is Microsoft’s fault (of course), except it is not.  The problem is that many admins who were setting up Active Directory domains for their company followed the directions a little too exactly.  In Microsoft’s ...

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Who Guards the Guardians?

Insider threats, the risks and dangers caused by malicious or careless acts performed by your own employees, contractors, and trusted vendors is perhaps the most difficult cyber attack to detect and defend.  What happens when a member of your own IT department turns to the dark side?

Between 2015 and 2019, IT executive Hicham Kabbaj scammed his employer out of $6 million dollars for servers, other products, and installation services by fictitious ...

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Weekend Update

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


Hidden Cobra:  North Korean Malicious Cyber Activity

Original release date: February 14, 2020

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Defense (DoD) have identified the following malware variants used by the North Korean government. The U.S. Government refers to malicious cyber activity by the North Korean government as ...

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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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