Uber has Privacy data problems

Uber has Privacy data problems that employees are exploiting to track politicians, celebrities, ex spouses, etc.

Threat Intelligence & Ransomware

Ransomware, where attackers encrypt your data and demand a ransom to release it, is starting to become a common threat. Threat intelligence techniques are required to determine if you are susceptible to this type of attack.

Security and feudalism: Own or be pwned

Cory Doctorow explains how the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is battling the perfect storm of bad security, abusive business practices, and threats to the very nature of property itself. In the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) there is a need to take action to avoid a dystopian future. Cory identifies the disastrous consequences of DRM…

Lies vs the Truth

Psychological research has shown that the saying “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”, a law of propaganda often attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels, does have some validity. Of course this does not really make something the truth but people start believing it is and among psychologists something like this is…

Bruce Schneier on DDOS

Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks are a big problem affecting the availability of services on the Internet. Problems with business models in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT) will lead to these devices to be used in botnets since they are largely insecure low hanging fruit. Bruce Schneier provides some context on…

Geek Summer Reading: Encryption!

Mozilla recommends some books about encryption for summer reading.

Requested Security References

Requested Security References The following are some reference links requested from my Information System Security Officer Orientation course. Reference for Urban Legends and Scams Snopes.com Free Windows Malware Protection Applications: Windows Security Utility Software Windows Anti-Virus Software original Windows Anti-Virus Software update Web of Trust Crowdsourced Website Reputation This browser WOT software can provide warnings…

Best Free Anti-Virus Utilities

I was just asked recently what my recommendations are for best free anti-malware software. I checked my previous recommendations and was shocked that they were made 10 years ago. My how time flies but thankfully sometimes recommendations can stand the test of time. PCMag just made a new set of recommendations (March 1 2016) for…

The State of Computer Security

James Mickens explains the dismal state of computer security. It’s complicated.

DocZone Online Scam Investigation

The video is 45 minutes long but it is well worth watching to really increase awareness about the extent of online scams. The highlights for me were: 419 eBook by Will Ferguson (419 is the Nigerian criminal code for the famous “Nigerian” scam) which is based on an ancient scam from English history “Catfish” documentary?…