Big Banks To Be Targeted by Black October Cyber Attack

I have to admit that when I heard about the historic (and it was historic) distributive denial of service (DDoS) cyber attack on the DNS provider, Dyn, which brought down Twitter, Amazon, and other major sites, I concluded that some nation state was behind it. It seemed too well thought out to be the work … Continue reading Big Banks To Be Targeted by Black October Cyber Attack

Amazon and Walmart Targeted for Holiday Phishing Scams

The holiday season has officially begun. I know this because I’ve just received my first Amazon gift card scam. This one got into my inbox with the subject line, “Thank you. FW: Congratulations, Get Your $50 AMAZON Gift Card. Details Apply.” It disturbingly followed a recent purchase I made on Amazon, so they must have … Continue reading Amazon and Walmart Targeted for Holiday Phishing Scams

The Cloned CEO Email Scam: The Hack That Could Bankrupt Your Company

Over the past three years, companies have lost well over $3 billion to scammers who use cloned CEO emails to get money wired to them. This number is expected to rise sharply as so-called BEC (Business Email Compromise) scams have increased 1,300% since 2015. In other words, there is something about these scams that makes them … Continue reading The Cloned CEO Email Scam: The Hack That Could Bankrupt Your Company

The NSA Leak, the Fox, and the Hatchet Man

"Your data is our data, your equipment is our equipment - anytime, any place, by any legal means." So reads the motto of the NSA's Office of Tailored Access Operations or TAO. TAO is not interested in your computer but in the network that it may be connected to. Their goal is to breach the … Continue reading The NSA Leak, the Fox, and the Hatchet Man

Cyber-based October Surprises Could Decide the Election

It is a certainty that both political parties will release information in the coming weeks that they hope will influence the outcome of the election in their favor. Much of this information can be termed, cyber-based, but not all of it. The non-cyber-based surprises could include such developments as an all-out attack on Mosul which … Continue reading Cyber-based October Surprises Could Decide the Election