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?

Criminals Closing in on the Perfect Fake Resume Scam

Resume/CV scams have been around for a long time. In their primitive form, they operated like any other scattergun email attachment scam. They were randomly sent out to as many email addresses as possible with a simple subject line, a short message, and an attachment generally called 'CV' or 'resume'. By sheer luck, these phishing … Continue reading Criminals Closing in on the Perfect Fake Resume Scam

TikTok Users Target Trump Campaign: What to Expect Next

You've all probably heard the story that Trump's Tulsa rally could have been undermined by trolls who pretended to reserve tickets and then didn't show up. This ploy reportedly resulted in far fewer Trump supporters at the rally than organizers had expected. K-Pop fans, TikTok users and other anti-Trump group members were high-fiving each other … Continue reading TikTok Users Target Trump Campaign: What to Expect Next

Scambaiting as a Hobby: Having Fun by Turning the Tables on Scammers

Scambaiting used to be described as attempting to get revenge on a scammer who has scammed you out of money, stolen your personal information, or ruined your reputation. That definition has changed a little. I'm not saying that there isn't an element of revenge in some of the recent scambaiting episodes, but more and more … Continue reading Scambaiting as a Hobby: Having Fun by Turning the Tables on Scammers

Evil Favicons,  Invisible Icons, and Not-So-Funny GIFs

Evil Favicons What's a favicon? That's the little icon symbol that you see before a website in your browser tabs or before sites in your favorites/bookmarks list. Favicon is short for 'favorite icon'. If this is still confusing, they look like this in your browser and this in your favorite's list. So when you open … Continue reading Evil Favicons,  Invisible Icons, and Not-So-Funny GIFs

No One Cares about Cybersecurity Until They Get Hacked

So, if you're reading this, it's probably because you or your company has suffered some sort of cybersecurity incident. At least that's what Microsoft found in a recent survey. Notice that the statistics also show that an attack on another firm could be the stimulus for increasing a cybersecurity budget, but my guess is that … Continue reading No One Cares about Cybersecurity Until They Get Hacked