Is the NSA Warning to Microsoft Users Really as Bad as it Sounds?

"It is likely only a matter of time before remote exploitation tools are widely available for this vulnerability." So wrote the normally circumspect NSA in their advisory on the so-called BlueKeep vulnerability. Really? Only a matter of time? Hmm, it seems like the NSA knows something they're not telling us about. Other cybersecurity professionals tend … Continue reading Is the NSA Warning to Microsoft Users Really as Bad as it Sounds?

Hacking Romance

Think about it. Would you allow a computer geek you don't even know to arrange a blind date for you? Probably not. But that's exactly what you do when you use online dating sites. These sites use mathematics (algorithms) to recommend partners for you. Romance, in their view, is logical. Most dating sites using algorithms … Continue reading Hacking Romance

Make Millions Hacking. No Experience Necessary: The Emergence of Ransomware-as-a-Service

There's a sale going on that you probably haven't heard about. A hire-a-hacker site is offering a special low price for hacking any Facebook account you may want hacked. Yes, if you act now, this group of hackers will hack the Facebook account of your choice for a mere $600. (I will not give the … Continue reading Make Millions Hacking. No Experience Necessary: The Emergence of Ransomware-as-a-Service

Using Google Translate to Launch Phishing Attacks

Okay, it's no surprise that this attack begins with a phishing email. And it's certainly not an email that would fool a suspicious viewer, but it might get by a few users who aren't paying much attention. But judge for yourself. Here is what the email looks like on a computer. This copy is from … Continue reading Using Google Translate to Launch Phishing Attacks

Google Core Algorithm Update Slashes Web Traffic on Some Sites and Boosts Others

This has been an ongoing problem whenever Google attempts to improve its search algorithm, as it just did this month. As always, there are always some winners and some losers. After last year's update, my own website was hit by a perfect storm. If your website has recently seen a fall in traffic, see if … Continue reading Google Core Algorithm Update Slashes Web Traffic on Some Sites and Boosts Others

Do People Really Care About Online Privacy?

Here's a surprising statistic. According to a recent Brookings survey, 20% of people claim they read the terms and conditions for online services most of the time. I'm not surprised because this statistic is so low. I'm surprised that it's so high. One firm hired an actor to actually read the Kindle terms of service … Continue reading Do People Really Care About Online Privacy?

Is This the Year We See Quantum Supremacy?

It is impossible to explain to the average computer user just how powerful a quantum computer can be. In a proposal to Congress for a national quantum initiative, quantum physicist, Christopher Monroe, stated that "the next few years will see quantum computers with over 100 quantum bits, each of which would eclipse the storage capacity … Continue reading Is This the Year We See Quantum Supremacy?