Category Archive for "Internet Security"

The importance of keeping up to date with patches

Here’s a story about what caused hackers to be able to compromise the Equifax hack which eventually led to 143 million accounts to be accessed: http://www.zdnet.com/article/equifax-confirms-apache-struts-flaw-it-failed-to-patch-was-to-blame-for-data-breach The cause was a series of patches that were available since March that slipped

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Equifax Hack and Strings Attached If You Get Help From Them

You probably have heard of Equifax getting hacked and some 143 million records stolen, tons of articles everywhere about that. Here’s one you probably didn’t read and it’s about how if you receive help from Equifax on this data breach,

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Hackers Using Hotel Wi-Fi Networks for Attacks, and What You Can Do Right Now

Here’s a story about how hackers are using hotel wi-fi networks to attack users, corporate espionage and for political targets: http://www.zdnet.com/article/hackers-are-using-hotel-wi-fi-to-spy-on-guests-steal-data Attacks come in various flavors (social engineering, network based and malware). For social engineering that’s on the user to be

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Verizon Hack, Millions of User Accounts Exposed

Several millions of Verizon customer data was exposed on an Amazon cloud storage endpoint that was incorrectly configured by a vendor. It allowed anyone with that link to access the information. More about the hack can be found at this

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EU Seeking to be Able to Obtain Data from US Tech Companies

Check out this article: http://www.zdnet.com/article/eu-seeks-to-make-it-easier-for-police-to-grab-data-from-us-tech-firms. Summary: Due to all the recent attacks, the EU is looking to increase their ability to access data on servers stored on their continent (even by US tech companies). I get, and I understand why they

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Goodbye Old IronBox Logo!

  It’s time for a new logo. Back in 2010, when I founded IronBox (it was called LockBox), I had a very specific vision for the company. Between 2012-2014 the company strayed away from that vision. Mistakes were made, but valuable

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Spell Checker Anyone?

Seems like everyone but identity thieves have heard about spell checkers. Check out this suspicious text message I received apparently from Wells Fargo. Silly identity thief, spelling errors are a dead giveaway. Always be cautious of any text message asking you

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St. Jude Medical releases security patches for its devices, but that’s not it …

St. Jude Medical released security patches for one of the medical devices it produces according to ZDNet’s article at http://www.zdnet.com/article/st-jude-releases-security-patches-for-vulnerable-cardiac-devices. Another medical device hack, yawn and boring right? Not so fast, well the security firm that found the vulnerability, MedSec, was apparently

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The BEST iPhone Security and Privacy Checklist I’ve Seen

Okay, I’ve seen a bunch of these, but this one from ZDNet is probably the best I’ve seen. Up-to-date and relevant for today’s threat landscape: http://www.zdnet.com/pictures/ios-10-iphone-ipad-privacy-security-settings –Kevin

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Credit Card Skimming Over the Holidays

Credit card skimming attacks are picking up this 2016 holiday. Here’s a quick video about how criminals are stealing credit card information, especially at places like gas pumps and ATMs. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/09/20/how-to-avoid-becoming-victim-of-credit-card-skimming –Kevin

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