Truth Trumps Trump’s Truth Social

Former president, Donald Trump, has announced the formation of a new social media platform that will support free speech, even speech that may not agree with his views. The impetus for this is the widespread belief that conservative voices are unfairly silenced on social media. Trump, for example, has been banned for life on Twitter … Continue reading Truth Trumps Trump’s Truth Social

Is Your Spouse an Alien? It Could Cost You Thousands of Dollars to Find Out

I've seen a lot of weird scams in my time writing this blog, but this one may take the number one position. When I first saw it reported on the Better Business Bureau website, I thought someone must be messing with them. However, after some investigating, I found that this scam is not only ongoing … Continue reading Is Your Spouse an Alien? It Could Cost You Thousands of Dollars to Find Out

New Cyber Attacks Hit Water and Wastewater Systems

In October, the U.S. government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) put out an alert that went largely unnoticed. The alert was entitled, Ongoing Cyber Threats to U.S. Water and Wastewater Systems. Now, on the surface, this seems like it should have set off some alarms in the mainstream media, but, mostly there was silence. In … Continue reading New Cyber Attacks Hit Water and Wastewater Systems

Customer Threatened with Cyberattack after Posting Negative Amazon Review

Even though product reviews on Amazon and other sites are a minefield, customers continue to use them for guidance. Sellers know this and understand the value of a good, 5-star review. In fact, some of them understand this so much that they are willing to pay for these reviews. Earlier this year, the SafetyDetectives cybersecurity … Continue reading Customer Threatened with Cyberattack after Posting Negative Amazon Review

So You Want to Hire a Hacker? Here’s What You Need to Know

I've written previously on this topic but more in the line of getting involved with ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS). At that time, this was a relatively unknown area. It is now mainstream. Ransomware is everywhere and new variants of it show up every day. If this is what you're interested in, you'll have no problem finding information … Continue reading So You Want to Hire a Hacker? Here’s What You Need to Know

Distributive Spam Distraction Cloaks Serious Attacks

Do you ever wonder why some spam makes it past your spam filter and gets into your inbox? Well, there's a reason for this. The sender basically figured out the spam filter algorithm and was able to bypass it. They may have done it by pure luck but, in most cases, they do this by … Continue reading Distributive Spam Distraction Cloaks Serious Attacks

Phishing with the Mafia

There is a tradition in organized crime that is absent in cybercrime: The threat of physical violence. This threat is largely based on reputation. Once an individual or a group gets a reputation for violence and carrying out threats, they are in a superior bargaining position. There are no physical enforcers in the world of … Continue reading Phishing with the Mafia

Anonymous Releases 180GB of Data to Undermine Right Wing Groups… Maybe

Anonymous is anonymous. If you declare you are affiliated with the hacktivist group, Anonymous, then, you are. There is no main command and control center. There are just people with an axe to grind who band together to organize attacks on sites whose principles they don't agree with. The broadly defined banner is an anarchist … Continue reading Anonymous Releases 180GB of Data to Undermine Right Wing Groups… Maybe

Cobalt Strike: From Pentesting to the Hacker’s Toolkit

To begin this post on the dangers of Cobalt Strike, it is necessary to clarify some terms. First of all, 'pentest' is short for penetration test. It is an authorized, simulated cyberattack on a network for the purpose of finding vulnerabilities that may exist in that network. Those who perform this service are called, 'pentesters'. … Continue reading Cobalt Strike: From Pentesting to the Hacker’s Toolkit

How Much Data Does the Taliban Have on Afghans Who Helped Coalition Forces?

Although the Taliban has tried to re-brand itself as a kinder, gentler organization, no one has really been buying it. The prevailing opinion is that they will wear this disguise until they get money from the West, then, all bets are off. It has already been reported that the Taliban have a "priority list" of … Continue reading How Much Data Does the Taliban Have on Afghans Who Helped Coalition Forces?