Weekend Update

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

Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick

[2020.05.29] The 5GBioShield sells for £339.60, and the description sounds like snake oil:

…its website, which describes it as a USB key that “provides protection for your home and family, thanks to the wearable holographic nano-layer catalyser, which can be worn or placed near to a smartphone or any other electrical, radiation or EMF [electromagnetic field] emitting device”.

“Through a process of quantum oscillation, the 5GBioShield USB key balances and re-harmonises the disturbing frequencies arising from the electric fog induced by devices, such as laptops, cordless phones, wi-fi, tablets, et cetera,” it adds.

Turns out that it’s just a regular USB stick.

Fake Contact Tracing App Installs Ransomware

In late May 2020, cybercriminals took advantage of two current events to help fuel a ransomware campaign in Italy. Find out what these events were, how […]

The post Fake Contact Tracing App Installs Ransomware appeared first on CHIPS.

Congress wants to know who is using spyware against the US

A 2021 intelligence funding draft bill mandates a report on surveillance vendors and which countries or other actors are using spyware.

Cybercriminals unleash diverse wave of attacks on COVID-19 vaccine researchers

Governments, companies and educational institutions around the world have banded together to come up with a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. But efforts to collectively come up with a cure have been undermined by a diverse array of cyberattacks from government actors looking to outright steal information about potential vaccines.

Bundlore adware brings a new nest of risks to Mac users

A new SophosLabs report digs into the latest browser-hijacking “bundleware” targeting Mac users

Microsoft promises to fix Windows 10 printer problem

Windows 10 updates released as part of last week’s Patch Tuesday appear to be making life hard for some printer users.  You might get the error message “Windows cannot print due to a problem with the current printer setup.”

Do Not Call 911 for Tech Support

Report cyber crimes to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.  Or FraudSupport.org  Or ScamSpotter.org

Woefully Lax: 10 Unbelievable Ways the CIA Is Failing at Cybersecurity

It was this week’s bombshell cybersecurity news. Some of the most secret parts of the CIA appear to have worse cybersecurity than a typical small or medium-sized business (SMB). U.S. Senator Ron Wyden revealed this has been known within the agency for years and well documented, yet “woefully lax” cybersecurity persists. Many of the revelations became known to the world this week as Wyden, who focuses on security and privacy issues, released a previously unseen cybersecurity report from within the CIA. The report was written by the agency’s WikiLeaks Task Force to investigate how a CIA employee could have exfiltrated at least 180GB of data without anyone noticing. That massive data theft was known as Vault 7… Read more

FBI uses T-shirt, tattoo and Vimeo clips to track down alleged arsonist

Amazing what online search, social media profiles, a DMV database and cameras everywhere can turn up about us.

Ripple20 bugs set off wave of security problems in millions of devices

Security researchers have discovered a handful of game-changing vulnerabilities that spell trouble for dozens of connected device vendors and their customers.



About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 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. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com
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