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

Your Password is Probably Safe, Unless…

If you go to the site, How Secure is My Password?, you can find out how long it would take for your password to be guessed by a computer. Apparently, I have nothing to worry about. Then again, as someone who writes on cybersecurity, I'm unusually careful. I wouldn't even go to this site without … Continue reading Your Password is Probably Safe, Unless…

Algorithms that Detect Insider Attacks before They Occur and the ClearForce Dilemma

Wouldn't it be nice to know if you have an employee who is planning to steal your data or compromise your company in some way? Wouldn't it be nicer if you knew when the employee was planning an attack? Well, wait no more. Algorithms have been developed to stop insider threats before they happen. The … Continue reading Algorithms that Detect Insider Attacks before They Occur and the ClearForce Dilemma

Fake Political Websites, Fake Political Social Media Accounts, Fake PACs, Real Problems

According to the New York Times, the most popular Joe Biden site is a Biden parody site. But, apparently, some are mistaking the site for the actual Joe Biden site. I'm not sure how this is possible. At least to me, the parody element seems pretty obvious from the main page seen below. If this … Continue reading Fake Political Websites, Fake Political Social Media Accounts, Fake PACs, Real Problems

Internet Shutdowns Increasingly Used as a Way to Stop Anti-Government Protests

On behalf of 220 international organizations in 99 countries, internet watchdog groups Access Now and #KeepItOn sent a letter to self-appointed President of Belarus, Alyaksandar Lukashenko, asking him to keep the internet open during the Belarus election period. The letter was written because of Lukashenko's past behavior in this regard. "We write to express serious … Continue reading Internet Shutdowns Increasingly Used as a Way to Stop Anti-Government Protests