Scambaiting as a Hobby: Having Fun by Turning the Tables on Scammers

Scambaiting used to be described as attempting to get revenge on a scammer who has scammed you out of money, stolen your personal information, or ruined your reputation. That definition has changed a little. I'm not saying that there isn't an element of revenge in some of the recent scambaiting episodes, but more and more … Continue reading Scambaiting as a Hobby: Having Fun by Turning the Tables on Scammers

Evil Favicons,  Invisible Icons, and Not-So-Funny GIFs

Evil Favicons What's a favicon? That's the little icon symbol that you see before a website in your browser tabs or before sites in your favorites/bookmarks list. Favicon is short for 'favorite icon'. If this is still confusing, they look like this in your browser and this in your favorite's list. So when you open … Continue reading Evil Favicons,  Invisible Icons, and Not-So-Funny GIFs

No One Cares about Cybersecurity Until They Get Hacked

So, if you're reading this, it's probably because you or your company has suffered some sort of cybersecurity incident. At least that's what Microsoft found in a recent survey. Notice that the statistics also show that an attack on another firm could be the stimulus for increasing a cybersecurity budget, but my guess is that … Continue reading No One Cares about Cybersecurity Until They Get Hacked

Russia Meddling and the 2020 Election: Which Party Benefits?

Russian election meddling comes in two basic forms: trolls and government-sponsored hacking groups. Trolls have the job of spreading general discord and no clear evidence exists that they favor one political party more than another. Government hacking groups have more devious goals in mind. They have the capability to maneuver themselves into a position from … Continue reading Russia Meddling and the 2020 Election: Which Party Benefits?

COVID-19 + Excel Attachment = Lost Data

The latest warning from Microsoft unveils a widespread attack that attempts to download a remote access Trojan (RAT) onto infected machines. So what's new about that? Nothing really, except for the way the criminals have organized the attack. To no one's surprise, the attack begins with a phishing email. At this stage, these emails don't … Continue reading COVID-19 + Excel Attachment = Lost Data