Weekend Update

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


Cop awarded $585K after colleagues snooped on her via license database

A local story made the international press.  Why do Twin Cities and Minnesota cops think the driver’s license database is a dating app?  Krekelberg alleged that 58 fellow officers broke a federal privacy law by searching for her driver’s license data without any reason.


VLC media player gets biggest security update ever

Maintainers of the world’s most popular open source media player, VLC, has issued the biggest single set of security fixes in the program’s history.


Top 5 ways robots affect your life

From training doctors to inspecting sewers, more and more jobs are going to robots. Tom Merritt examines five ways robots have a direct effect on your daily life.


FTC crackdown targets operators behind 1 billion robocalls

It’s a drop in the “4.7 billion robocalls placed per month” bucket, but hey, it’s better than nothing!


5 reasons why you should use a password manager

Need a reason to use a password manager? How about five?


Oh Canada: Why half of phishing attacks target the Great White North

Though phishing volume remained relatively stable, attacks against Canadian users dominate, according to an RSA report.


Why are they “smart” locks if more money buys you less security?

Smart locks are cool and useful – but they are also a great reminder that cybersecurity is all about value, not cost.


 

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About the Author:

Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, Bob also conducts security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. Bob also teaches Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. Bob works as an instruction for CompTIA’s non-profit IT-Ready Program in the Twin Cities. IT-Ready is a tuition free 8-week program designed to teach students of all ages the fundamentals of IT support to prepare them for an entry level position in Information Technology Support. Graduates of the classes take the exams to become CompTIA A+ certified. Bob is a frequent speaker at conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. Bob has been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com
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