ISIS and the U.S. Government Battle for the Hearts and Minds…Well, at Least the Hearts… of Potential ISIS Recruits

Clearly, ISIS members don’t think of themselves as the fanatical psychopaths that the rest of the world believes they are. Just the opposite. They believe they are the guiding lights of the world. They are convinced that they are doing god’s work, even if their god seems indistinguishable from Satan. I’m not sure what other … Continue reading ISIS and the U.S. Government Battle for the Hearts and Minds…Well, at Least the Hearts… of Potential ISIS Recruits

Stalkerware: “Even your grandad will be monitoring phones in no time!”

85% of women entering domestic violence shelters say their attackers stalked them using GPS. 75% of them said their stalkers used remote surveillance tools. Brian Spitzberg  found, in one of the largest studies on the subject, that “2–13% of males and 8–32% of females are victimized by stalking at some point in their adult lives, … Continue reading Stalkerware: “Even your grandad will be monitoring phones in no time!”

Ransomware: The Malware Increasingly Likely to Bring Down Your Mobile Device

Dr. Joseph Popp was declared unfit for trial after he began wearing a cardboard box over his head. Apparently, his Harvard education was no match for the pressure of being put on trial for producing the first ransomware, the “AIDS” Trojan a.k.a. PC Cyborg. Popp, it seems, suffered a nervous breakdown after being denied a … Continue reading Ransomware: The Malware Increasingly Likely to Bring Down Your Mobile Device

Was Snake Malware Used in the JP Morgan Hack?

This is an important question because it can tell us a lot about who the hackers were and how they breached the bank’s security. The attack certainly bears all the earmarks of Snake. The multi-level infection, its ability to remain undetected, and its method of attack look all too familiar to me (see my discussion … Continue reading Was Snake Malware Used in the JP Morgan Hack?

Should Enterprises be Nervous about Stepping into the Cloud?

I’ve always been suspicious about the cloud idea. After all, do I really want to give some third party my most valuable information with the promise that they will take care of it? Besides, if you read the fine print of some of these public cloud services, you have to wonder how much your information … Continue reading Should Enterprises be Nervous about Stepping into the Cloud?

Will Political Bots Decide the Next Election? Probably.

Can you be manipulated by bots to change your opinion? Well, if your opinions are strong, probably nothing will change them. No advertising, no counter arguments, and probably no logic will change deeply held beliefs and opinions. But what if you are undecided on a candidate or an issue? Couldn’t you be swayed by the … Continue reading Will Political Bots Decide the Next Election? Probably.