Weekend Update

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

 Famous cryptographer’s tombstone cryptogram decrypted

A paper at Schmoocon DC over the weekend revealed a delightful cryptogram on William and Elizebeth Friedmans’ tombstone.  This is a fun story and will introduce you to the Bacon cypher.

Cryptocurrency as the lure, an ISO as the attachment – why not open it?

Phishers are using the hot topic of cryptocurrency as a means to an end in cybercrime, not merely as the end itself…

Bitcoin Blackmail by Snail Mail Preys on Those with Guilty Conscience

KrebsOnSecurity heard from a reader whose friend recently received a remarkably customized extortion letter via snail mail that threatened to tell the recipient’s wife about his supposed extramarital affairs unless he paid $3,600 in bitcoin.  Read the extortion letter here.

Fun with BitCoin – Website Glitch Let Me Overstock My Coinbase

From Krebs on Security – Coinbase and Overstock.com just fixed a serious glitch that allowed Overstock customers to buy any item at a tiny fraction of the listed price. Potentially more punishing, the flaw let anyone paying with bitcoin reap many times the authorized bitcoin refund amount on any canceled Overstock orders.  A fun read, worth the click.

Net Neutrality Explained by Burger King – Hilarious! Or is it?

From The Verge

Data Privacy Day

01/26/2018 02:49 PM EST Original release date: January 26, 2018

January 28 is Data Privacy Day (DPD), an annual international effort to promote the importance of data privacy. DPD is sponsored in the United States by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) with the theme, Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, and Enabling Trust.

The NCSA Stay Safe Online website features a recording of the Data Privacy Day 2018 – Live From LinkedIn event, which includes presentations on privacy management, location tracking, and business and privacy. NCCIC/US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review basic privacy tips from Stay Safe Online, and related resources from NCCIC/US-CERT:

Senior Internet Safety


Since June is Internet Safety Month, our team created an educational guide highlighting information on the basics of internet and online safety tips for seniors. I have included it below and thought you may be interested in reading more about it.



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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