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

Americans Take Note: This is What Happened When TikTok was Banned in India

As a retaliation against China for its troops killing 20 Indian soldiers in a border clash, the Indian government banned the use of TikTok and 58 other Chinese-produced apps. Their basic claim was that these apps threatened India's “sovereignty and security”. Most Indian cybersecurity experts welcomed the ban as it is clear that TikTok collects … Continue reading Americans Take Note: This is What Happened When TikTok was Banned in India

How Phishing Attacks on Election Administrators Could Undermine the 2020 Election

It might be good to begin this post by telling the Tale of John Podesta. Once upon a time, there was a Democratic campaign chairman named, John Podesta. John made one big mistake. He had a Gmail address that was easily found online. One day, John received an email from "googlemail.com". Poor John. He thought … Continue reading How Phishing Attacks on Election Administrators Could Undermine the 2020 Election

World Cyberwar I Begins

In 2019, I wrote a post that asked the question: Did the U.S. Just Declare Cyberwar Against Iran? This question was posed after a U.S. cyberattack on a database maintained by Iran's Revolutionary Guard. The database helped the Guard target shipping in the Persian Gulf. Stealing or destroying this database has since disrupted further attacks. … Continue reading World Cyberwar I Begins

The Twitter Hack: An Inside Job or Just Bad Endpoint Protection?

If you don't already know, high profile Twitter accounts were hacked to give out messages that looked like this one which appeared to come from Joe Biden. Here are some other accounts that were hacked. After initially closing down all of these accounts, Twitter issued the following statement. "We detected what we believe to be … Continue reading The Twitter Hack: An Inside Job or Just Bad Endpoint Protection?