Okay, it's no surprise that this attack begins with a phishing email. And it's certainly not an email that would fool a suspicious viewer, but it might get by a few users who aren't paying much attention. But judge for yourself. Here is what the email looks like on a computer. This copy is from … Continue reading Using Google Translate to Launch Phishing Attacks
This has been an ongoing problem whenever Google attempts to improve its search algorithm, as it just did this month. As always, there are always some winners and some losers. After last year's update, my own website was hit by a perfect storm. If your website has recently seen a fall in traffic, see if … Continue reading Google Core Algorithm Update Slashes Web Traffic on Some Sites and Boosts Others
"It is likely only a matter of time before remote exploitation tools are widely available for this vulnerability." So wrote the normally circumspect NSA in their advisory on the so-called BlueKeep vulnerability. Really? Only a matter of time? Hmm, it seems like the NSA knows something they're not telling us about. Other cybersecurity professionals tend … Continue reading Is the NSA Warning to Microsoft Users Really as Bad as it Sounds?
Here's a surprising statistic. According to a recent Brookings survey, 20% of people claim they read the terms and conditions for online services most of the time. I'm not surprised because this statistic is so low. I'm surprised that it's so high. One firm hired an actor to actually read the Kindle terms of service … Continue reading Do People Really Care About Online Privacy?
It is impossible to explain to the average computer user just how powerful a quantum computer can be. In a proposal to Congress for a national quantum initiative, quantum physicist, Christopher Monroe, stated that "the next few years will see quantum computers with over 100 quantum bits, each of which would eclipse the storage capacity … Continue reading Is This the Year We See Quantum Supremacy?
"At 5am on a Monday morning at the end of September I found myself at the top of a building incoherent with emotion, raging at the universe, and willing myself to jump off." So writes Thom Langford on the growing stress that came with his position of Chief Security Officer. This incident can serve as … Continue reading Burnout Plagues Cybersecurity Professionals
'Exit Scam' is a phrase that will make anyone who sells or purchases illicit products on the deep web break into a cold sweat. Among all the sources of paranoia pervading dark markets, exit scams lead the way. So what exactly is an exit scam? To answer this question you first have to understand how … Continue reading Exit Scams and F.B.I. Raids Close Down Deep Web Markets