Double-tap Scammers: The Lowest of the Low

Scammers take advantage of human frailty. Difficult circumstances can plunge anyone into a troubled state of mind, and, in such a state, people can make bad decisions. Financial problems may make people take chances that they may not normally take, like believing in a get-rich-quick proposition in an email. Suffering from a romantic breakup may … Continue reading Double-tap Scammers: The Lowest of the Low

The Depression Pandemic Meets a Brain Stimulation Headset

If you haven't yet heard, there's a depression pandemic sweeping the globe. According to a study done by the Boston University School of Public Health, depression has increased by 300% (3 times) when compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. It is not simply the life-threatening aspect of this virus that has caused this increase. … Continue reading The Depression Pandemic Meets a Brain Stimulation Headset

Zero-Click Hacks: The Holy Grail of Hacking

When, back in 2018, Australian National University (ANU) announced that it was hacked when an employee simply previewed a phishing email in the preview panel, few in the cybersecurity community believed it. They cynically remarked that this was probably a story concocted by an employee who actually clicked on a link or opened an attachment … Continue reading Zero-Click Hacks: The Holy Grail of Hacking

Russian Hackers Position Themselves for Election Day Tampering

Last week, the F.B.I. and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reported that state-sponsored Russian hackers succeeded in breaching a number of government networks and have "exfiltrated data from at least two victim servers." Admittedly, this whole scenario is a little confusing because these agencies claim that SLTT network members are specifically being targeted. … Continue reading Russian Hackers Position Themselves for Election Day Tampering

Is Russia Behind the Release of the Hunter Biden Emails?

Back in August, William Evanina, the Director of the NCSC (National Cyber Security Center) warned that "Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia 'establishment.'" Although President Trump has not been particularly kind to Russia, they still feel they would have a … Continue reading Is Russia Behind the Release of the Hunter Biden Emails?

Election Scams: The Unsurprising October Surprises

There seem to be three main types of election meddling making the rounds. These take the forms of phishing scams, disinformation scams, and direct meddling . Here is some information on each of these. Election-themed Phishing Scams All phishing scams need a victim's attention. They get this by piggybacking their malware on recent events or … Continue reading Election Scams: The Unsurprising October Surprises

Alien Invades Android Phones

Calm down. I'm not suggesting that an intergalactic visitor is taking over your phones. I'm suggesting something far worse. Alien is a new banking Trojan that can, among other things, bypass two-factor authentication (2fa) to get control of your bank account. Not only that, but any would-be hacker can rent this malware to use as … Continue reading Alien Invades Android Phones

Operation DisrupTor Does Not Disrupt Tor

On September 22nd, the United States Department of Justice announced the results of an international anti-opioid operation targeting deep web buyers and sellers. The operation was named Operation DisrupTor. Here is a graphic released by the DOJ which gives the results of the operation as well as the countries that participated. Now, I'm not saying … Continue reading Operation DisrupTor Does Not Disrupt Tor

Historically Dangerous Bug Goes Mostly Unnoticed: Corporations and Government Agencies Prepare for Attacks

Last month, Microsoft announced that it had patched one of the most dangerous bugs ever discovered. On the ten point bug severity scale, this bug attained a 10. However, unless you work in cybersecurity, you probably never heard of Zerologon. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, most people don't worry about … Continue reading Historically Dangerous Bug Goes Mostly Unnoticed: Corporations and Government Agencies Prepare for Attacks

Excel Maldocs Avoid Spam Filters and Antivirus Software

Everyone receives phishing emails with shady attachments, but most people never see them because they are shunted into the spam folder. Even if you go to the spam folder, it is unlikely you'll ever see the attachments themselves. Yahoo won't allow you to download any attachment found in the spam folder. Gmail gives you the … Continue reading Excel Maldocs Avoid Spam Filters and Antivirus Software