Weekend Update

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

How Many Top Level Domains Are There?

Here’s chart of the top-level DNS domain names.  Originally there were only COM, ORG, GOV, MIL and NET.   Check out this comprehensive article on TLDs in Wikipedia

There are also 308 delegated ccTLDs.  These are assigned to countries by IANA, the Internet Assigned Number Authority.  There is are great article on ccTLDs in Wikipedia.

There are currently 223 TLDs and they are shown below.  Who knew?

Google unveils advanced AI model to beef up Bard, Search, Maps and more

With its new PaLM 2 large language model, Google said its key products and services will be simpler and smarter thanks to a huge dose of AI.

RIP World Password Day

Google, Apple, Microsoft and other tech giants, as well as the FIDO Alliance, password managers and identity management vendors are all moving to passkeys, thanks to FIDO2.

Whodunnit? Cybercrook gets 6 years for ransoming his own employer

Not just an active adversary, but a two-faced one, too.  Insider threats and exploits can be the most damaging to an organization

AI belongs in cybersecurity’s authentication toolkit

In his article Credential Hacking: The Dark Side of Artificial Intelligence, Steven Sim Kok Leong looks at artificial intelligence’s ability to crack passwords and makes a case for passwordless security. AI can also be used to counter credential hacking with zero trust’s assumed breach in the automation of detection, containment and response to cyberthreats, he writes.

US offers $10m bounty for Russian ransomware suspect outed in indictment

“Up to $10 million for information that leads to the arrest and/or conviction of this defendant.”

6 Google Bard enhancements worth exploring

Now more widely available, Bard can not only help with programming and Google Sheets functions but also make it easy to move a response into Gmail or a Google Doc.

PaperCut vulnerability abused by several threat actors could impact 70,000 organizations

Several ransomware groups and state-sponsored cyberespionage threat actors are exploiting a vulnerability affecting printing software tools PaperCut MF and PaperCut NG to compromise their targets.



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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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