China is Now Number 1… in APT Attacks

If you are an IT staff member or work in upper management at a large company or organization, no one needs to tell you what an APT attack is. That's because you are likely dealing with them on a daily basis. If you are not dealing with them, it's probably because you simply haven't discovered … Continue reading China is Now Number 1… in APT Attacks

Chinese Government Hackers Target U.S. Utilities by Impersonating Engineer Licensing Agency

Before speculating on why the Chinese government is targeting U.S. utilities, I will give a brief explanation of how this hack is implemented. Basically, it exploits a legitimate licensing agency, the US National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), to penetrate utility companies. We can expect other legitimate organizations to be exploited in … Continue reading Chinese Government Hackers Target U.S. Utilities by Impersonating Engineer Licensing Agency

Facebook Messenger’s “It’s you?” Virus Re-Emerges as a Major Threat

I recently received a notification from a family member through Facebook Messenger. It was a simple message which showed a YouTube logo. The message said, "It's you?", and nothing more. The link, on a PC, went through Facebook to the supposed YouTube video. On my Android device, it just showed a link to garotoo.xyz above … Continue reading Facebook Messenger’s “It’s you?” Virus Re-Emerges as a Major Threat

Russian Intelligence Hacked of 7.5TB of Data: What We Learned of Their Cyber Plans

I'm not sure why this story did not receive more attention than it did. This was a huge hack that gathered data about all the plans that Russia's main intelligence agency, the FSB (the modern version of the KGB), has for the future. On the other hand, BBC Russia, which was the first to break … Continue reading Russian Intelligence Hacked of 7.5TB of Data: What We Learned of Their Cyber Plans

AI Exploits Human Emotions to Dominate Professional Poker and Chess Players

Gary Kasparov called chess "a very brutal form of psychological warfare" and, for him, it was. Kasparov was well known for intimidating his opponents. He had one trademark move in which he would pick up his watch, which he always placed on the table at the beginning of a match, and put it back on … Continue reading AI Exploits Human Emotions to Dominate Professional Poker and Chess Players

Naked Photos Used as Collateral by Chinese Online Moneylenders

China is in the process of changing from a producer-based economy to a consumer-based economy. But, among college-age students, this switch occurred years ago. In an effort to achieve status by possessing high-priced technology or luxury items, Chinese students have been taking out high-interest loans from online lending sites, often, with no intention of repaying … Continue reading Naked Photos Used as Collateral by Chinese Online Moneylenders

Hacking Romance

Think about it. Would you allow a computer geek you don't even know to arrange a blind date for you? Probably not. But that's exactly what you do when you use online dating sites. These sites use mathematics (algorithms) to recommend partners for you. Romance, in their view, is logical. Most dating sites using algorithms … Continue reading Hacking Romance