Chatting with a Femme Fatale

“Its depressing how stupid people are and how easily they can be tricked into giving over their CC number or persuading them to join a site you get commission from… lonely guys are stupid and easily swindled out of money.” Quote of a female-chatbot programmer Yes, I agree that men can be easily conned by … Continue reading Chatting with a Femme Fatale

Inception: The Complex Malware that Targets Executives

Back in 2012, Kaspersky Labs released information on a peculiar type of cyber espionage malware that it named Red October. They calculated that, for 5 years, it had been actively gathering information from embassies, scientific institutions, government organizations, oil and energy companies, and aerospace industries. As soon as it was discovered, those operating it shut … Continue reading Inception: The Complex Malware that Targets Executives

Forbes’ ‘Thought of the Day’ Used by Chinese Hackers to Infiltrate US Defense and Financial Institutions

It appears Chinese hackers found a vulnerability in Internet Explorer and Adobe Flash Player and used it to redirect targeted individuals to a site that would install malware on their systems. This zero-day exploit was able to circumvent any pre-existing security to perform the attack undetected. According to Forbes, the malware only existed on its site … Continue reading Forbes’ ‘Thought of the Day’ Used by Chinese Hackers to Infiltrate US Defense and Financial Institutions

Why Malware Attacks Increase During Bad Weather

A colleague sent me an article claiming that the last Blizzard of the Millennium (Juno) was, for some reason, responsible for an increase in hacking in cities which were more or less shut down. The initial explanation for this was that a lot of snowbound workers had too much spare time on their hands and … Continue reading Why Malware Attacks Increase During Bad Weather

Dread Pirate Roberts, Ross Ulbricht, Convicted of Running Silk Road, But It’s Still Business as Usual in the Deep Web

A Manhattan court convicted Ross Ulbricht, the owner and operator of the deep web site, Silk Road, on all seven counts, including drug trafficking, criminal enterprise, aiding and abetting the distribution of drugs over the internet, computer hacking and money laundering. Dread Pirate Roberts, as he was known down under, faces the possibility of life imprisonment. … Continue reading Dread Pirate Roberts, Ross Ulbricht, Convicted of Running Silk Road, But It’s Still Business as Usual in the Deep Web

CAPTCHA Busters: Say Goodbye to CAPTCHAs

Did you ever get caught in a CAPTCHA black hole? No matter how many times you get a new CAPTCHA, there is always one character you’re not sure about. Is that an ‘e’ or a ‘c’ with a line through it? Is that a capital or small ‘v’? Is that a ‘one’ or an ‘l’? … Continue reading CAPTCHA Busters: Say Goodbye to CAPTCHAs