Weekend Update

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

Robotic ‘Monster Wolf’ Protects Japanese Town From Bears

No bear interactions have been recorded in the town since the robots’ installation in September

Don’t let identity thieves take you for a ride

Read a real story of someone who forgot to lock his car one night. A thief took advantage of the unlocked car and stole his work ID.  See what happened

Bzzzzzzt! How safe is that keenly priced digital doorbell?

How on earth are you supposed to figure out whether that home gadget you just ordered is full of security holes or not?

Top 5 business sectors targeted by ransomware

Any business is subject to ransomware attacks, but some are more hit more than others. Tom Merritt lists five business sectors that are targeted by ransomware.

Dox, steal, reveal. Where does your personal data end up?

Doxing is, in a way, a method of cyberbullying. It occurs when a person shares some private information about another person without their consent to embarrass, hurt or otherwise put the target in danger. This can include sharing:

  • embarrassing photos or videos;
  • parts of private correspondence, probably taken out of context;
  • a person’s physical address, phone number, private email address and other private contacts;
  • occupation and job details;
  • medical or financial data, criminal records.

Entire article…

Heightened Awareness for Iranian Cyber Activity

Original release date: December 3, 2020

Iranian cyber threat actors have been continuously improving their offensive cyber capabilities. They continue to engage in more conventional offensive cyber activities ranging from website defacement, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, and theft of personally identifiable information (PII), to more advanced activities—including social media-driven influence operations, destructive malware, and, potentially, cyber-enabled kinetic attacks.



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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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