Weekend Update

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

Central bank digital currencies: The fiat future of cryptocurrency?

CBDCs are here, and coming on stronger than ever. Their impact on the world is still unknown, but they could transform finance for good.

Plundered bitcoins recovered by FBI – all 3,879-and-one-sixth of them!

Phew! An audacious crime… that didn’t work out.  But $189 million recovered.

The 10 worst tech stories of 2021

Have fond memories of 2021? They probably don’t include these 10 stories or the products and services surrounding them.

Apple’s AirTags can be as creepy as they are helpful. Finding them with some phones is easier than with others.

Apple’s AirTags are useful and relatively inexpensive, which might make them great stocking stuffers this holiday season. But some people are instead using the $29 Bluetooth trackers as stocking stalkers — tiny homing devices that transmit their location right under people’s noses.  More…

FTC threatens “legal action” over unpatched Log4j and other vulns

Remember the Equifax breach? Remember the $700m penalty? In case you’d forgotten, here’s the FTC to refresh your memory!

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the US consumer rights body, and it has sailed into 2022 with a bang, not a whimper.

Using the infamous Log4Shell vulnerability as what you might call its Exhibit A, the FTC has fired a shot across the bows of companies in US jurisdictions, telling them to get their patching in order, or face the consequences:

Google makes the perfect case for why you shouldn’t use Chrome

Google says Manifest V3 is focused on security, privacy and performance, but it could also break Chrome browser extensions used by millions of people.



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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