Did the U.S. Bring Down Venezuela’s Power Grid?

It's possible. It may even be likely. However, it would be very difficult to prove U.S. involvement in Venezuela's recent power outages. Yes, U.S. intelligence has the tools to bring down the power grid of any country. (See my article on Nitro Zeus.) Unfortunately, a number of other cyber players have similar technologies. These include … Continue reading Did the U.S. Bring Down Venezuela’s Power Grid?

Would you pay $300 for a chance to buy shoes? The Wacky World of Sneaker Bots

The key word here is, 'chance'. There are people, most of them young people, who are paying up to $300 for the chance to buy sought after tennis shoes or sneakers. Keep in mind that they might not get the shoes at all and the $300 might just as well have been burned, but, at … Continue reading Would you pay $300 for a chance to buy shoes? The Wacky World of Sneaker Bots

Will This Be the Most Serious Cyber Attack of 2019?

To be honest, I'm surprised this story has been so little mentioned by mainstream media. It just may be a case of cybersecurity-breach overload. The average person has simply become immune to stories of breaches exposing the personal information of millions of individuals. Unless they are included in the breach, most people don't see its … Continue reading Will This Be the Most Serious Cyber Attack of 2019?

Hackers Find a New Way to Get Control of Your Bank Account

Nothing can make a hacker happier than gaining control of a bank account, and they will do whatever they can to do so. Most bank account hacks start with a social engineering angle. Hackers usually send the potential victim an email that seems to come from a reliable source. Then, they need to get the … Continue reading Hackers Find a New Way to Get Control of Your Bank Account

When Algorithms Go Bad

We are algorithms with legs. Ok, maybe I should clarify that. Our brains employ self-learning algorithms. Our brains induce patterns on the data that is being input into it. As babies, we may assume that all four-legged creatures are dogs. However, over time, our brains begin to differentiate dogs from cows and dogs from cats. … Continue reading When Algorithms Go Bad

It’s Hacking Season in Tibet

As of this writing, the website for the Tibetan government in exile, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), appears to be under attack. This is nothing unusual. About this time every year the CTA, and other organizations connected to it, endure a variety of cyber attacks. According to Tenzin Dalha, a researcher at the Tibet Policy … Continue reading It’s Hacking Season in Tibet

5 Surprising and mostly Unknown Cyber Security Facts

5. Most Hackers Target Small Businesses Cyber attacks are always in the news, but usually only when they hit large companies or organizations. Yet, how many people know that hackers prefer to target small businesses? According to a recent report from Hiscox, "Forty‑seven percent of small businesses suffered at least one cyber attack in the … Continue reading 5 Surprising and mostly Unknown Cyber Security Facts