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The Recent Increase in Email-based Blackmail and Extortion Scams

If you get an email that threatens to expose you to colleagues, contacts, or law enforcement agencies, don’t get overly concerned; unless, of course, you’re a criminal. These kinds of emails have been around for a while, but have recently … Continue reading

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Reaper Madness: The Enigmatic and Potentially Deadly Reaper Botnet

We don’t know where or when, but someday the Reaper will come for us all. I mean the Reaper botnet, of course. It is potentially the most dangerous botnet ever created and one of the most inept. It is a … Continue reading

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Can Kaspersky Antivirus Be Trusted? The Case For and Against

This story is complex. That’s why, in this post, I will attempt to make it as simple as possible, but it will still be complex. The goal here is not to delineate the technical details of the specific malware involved. … Continue reading

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Hacker Confessions: What do they think of themselves? What are their favorite targets?

At the recent Black Hat Conference, security firm, Bitglass, surveyed over 100 black hat and white hat hackers to learn what motivated them and what they looked for when attacking a network. Irrespective of their current hat color affiliation, 81% … Continue reading

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Whew! At Least Hackers Didn’t Get My Yahoo Password… Or Did They?

When Yahoo admitted that the 2013 breach of their site exposed the personal information of all 3 billion users of its email service, many people in the cybersecurity community were probably not surprised. Yahoo has been periodically updating the extent … Continue reading

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Recent DHS and FDIC Hacks Indicate the Need for More Innovative Security Solutions

The bigger the organization, the slower it adapts to changes and challenges, and no organization is bigger than the U.S government. So, when I hear news of the DHS or FDIC being hacked through careless or vindictive employees or that … Continue reading

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NFL Controversy Threatens Sponsors and Teams with Fake News and Cyber Attacks

The red line has been drawn. There seems to be no middle ground in the NFL-Anthem  controversy. And where there is controversy, there is Twitter. And where there is Twitter, there are trolls, hackers, and fake news generators. The Washington … Continue reading

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