Category Archive for "Internet Security"

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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Kudos to IBM and Security Researcher Maurizio Agazzini

Here’s a story about how IBM apparently asked a security researcher (Maurizio Agazzini) to pull their exploit code after working with that researcher to address vulnerabilities in some IBM software: http://www.zdnet.com/article/ibm-pressures-security-researchers-vulnerability-exploit-code-pulled. As a security researcher myself, I just want to say “good job”

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Rotating Credit Card CVV Product to Help Prevent Fraud

Love innovative products that are simple and elegant. Check out this idea of a rotating CVV code on the back of credit cards called Motion Code: http://www.zdnet.com/article/this-number-changing-credit-card-may-help-eliminate-fraud. Definitely would help with online fraud (where when you purchase something it asks you

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