November, 2021

The ‘Zelle Fraud’ Scam: How it Works, How to Fight Back

Krebs on Security

One of the more common ways cybercriminals cash out access to bank accounts involves draining the victim’s funds via Zelle , a “peer-to-peer” (P2P) payment service used by many financial institutions that allows customers to quickly send cash to friends and family.

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Will Artificial Intelligence Help or Hurt Cyber Defense?

Lohrman on Security

The world seems focused on new developments in artificial intelligence to help with a wide range of problems, including staffing shortages. But will AI help or harm security teams


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How to Avoid Being Scammed When Giving Charity

Joseph Steinberg

Giving Tuesday has arrived… and, so have many criminals who seek to exploit people’s sense of generosity.

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Why I Hate Password Rules

Schneier on Security

The other day I was creating a new account on the web. It was financial in nature, which means it gets one of my most secure passwords. I used PasswordSafe to generate this 16-character alphanumeric password: :s^Twd.J;3hzg=Q~. 3hzg=Q~.

How Preparation and Strategy Can Be Used to Fight and Defeat Any Ransomware Attack

Speaker: Karl Camilleri, Cloud Services Product Manager at phoenixNAP

Through a detailed analysis of major attacks and their consequences, Karl Camilleri, Cloud Services Product Manager at phoenixNAP, will discuss the state of ransomware and future predictions, as well as provide best practices for attack prevention and recovery.

GUEST ESSAY: Securely managing access controls is vital to preserving the privacy of healthcare data

The Last Watchdog

There’s no doubt, the increasing use of telemedicine, the explosion of health-based cloud apps, and innovative medical IoT devices are improving the patient care experience. Related: Hackers relentlessly target healthcare providers.

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Troy Hunt

I'm outdoors! I've really wanted to get my mobile recording setup slick for some time now and after a bunch of mucking around with various mics (and a bit of "debugging in production" during this video), I'm finally really happy with it.

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Ransomware Attacks and Response: What You Need to Know Now

Lohrman on Security

Not only is ransomware the top cybersecurity story in 2021, but new twists, turns and countermeasures keep coming. Here are the latest headlines and what news you need

Sepio Systems: Cybersecurity Expert Joseph Steinberg Joins Advisory Board

Joseph Steinberg

Rockville, MD – November 17, 2021 – Sepio Systems , the leader in Zero Trust Hardware Access (ZTHA), announced today that cybersecurity expert Joseph Steinberg has joined its advisory board.

Is Microsoft Stealing People’s Bookmarks?

Schneier on Security

I received email from two people who told me that Microsoft Edge enabled synching without warning or consent, which means that Microsoft sucked up all of their bookmarks. Of course they can turn synching off, but it’s too late.

MY TAKE: receives recognition as a Top 10 cybersecurity webzine in 2021

The Last Watchdog

Last Watchdog’s mission is to foster useful understanding about emerging cybersecurity and privacy exposures. Related article: The road to a Pulitzer. While I no longer concern myself with seeking professional recognition for doing this, it’s, of course, always terrific to receive peer validation that we’re steering a good course. That’s why I’m thrilled to point out that Last Watchdog has been recognized, once again, as a trusted source of information on cybersecurity and privacy topics.

Cover Your SaaS: How to Overcome Security Challenges and Risks For Your Organization

Speaker: Ronald Eddings, Cybersecurity Expert and Podcaster

In this webinar, Ronald Eddings, Cybersecurity Expert, will outline the relationship between SaaS apps and IT & security teams, along with several actionable solutions to overcome the new difficulties facing your organization.

Cybersecurity startup ideas

Javvad Malik

I’ve seen VC’s fund many security and tech startups. Lots of the ideas are rubbish, so I’ve come up with my own ideas that aren’t rubbish so VC’s can fund me instead. Don’t steal any of my ideas or I will sue you! Take a human skull and 3D print an eyeball on it, add Linux to the inside where the brain would be. Website uses photo of person looking out from screen with windows environment running, call this cyberSURVIVOR.

SMS About Bank Fraud as a Pretext for Voice Phishing

Krebs on Security

Most of us have probably heard the term “smishing” — which is a portmanteau for traditional ph ishing scams sent through SMS text messages. Smishing messages usually include a link to a site that spoofs a popular bank and tries to siphon personal information.

Holiday Travel Surge Brings Back Vaccine Passports — Or Not

Lohrman on Security

As global travel returns, airline rules, checks and tests are hard to track. But get ready for more as travel returns for the holidays and 2022. Here’s the latest


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Troy Hunt

Where does the time go? The video is an hour and 35 mins today, I suspect in part because I've done it on a Saturday morning with a bit more time to spare and, well, there was just a lot of stuff happening.

How to Avoid the Pain and Cost of PCI Compliance While Optimizing Payments

Speaker: P. Andrew Sjogren, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Very Good Security, Matt Doka, Co-Founder and CTO of Fivestars, and Steve Andrews, President & CEO of the Western Bankers Association 

In this webinar, we have a great set of panelists who will take you through how Zero Data strategies can be used as part of a well-rounded compliance and security approach, and get you to market much sooner by also allowing for payment optimization. They’ll share how to grow your business faster and minimize costs for both security and compliance

“Crypto” Means “Cryptography,” not “Cryptocurrency”

Schneier on Security

I have long been annoyed that the word “crypto” has been co-opted by the blockchain people, and no longer refers to “cryptography.” ” I’m not the only one

GUEST ESSAY: The three horsemen of cyber risks: misinformation, disinformation and fake news

The Last Watchdog

Industry 4.0 has brought about a metamorphosis in the world of business. The new revolution demands the integration of physical, biological and digital systems under one roof. Related: Fake news leveraged in presidential election. Such a transformation however, comes with its own set of risks. Misleading information has emerged as one of the leading cyber risks in our society, affecting political leaders, nations, and people’s lives, with the COVID-19 pandemic having only made it worse.

5 Tips to be an awesome CISO

Javvad Malik

I’m not a CISO, I never have been and hope I never will be. It seems like a lot of hard work and stress, and if you’re the CISO at a company when you suffer a breach it’s difficult to blame the intern without a mob of security professionals criticising you.

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‘Tis the Season for the Wayward Package Phish

Krebs on Security

The holiday shopping season always means big business for phishers, who tend to find increased success this time of year with a lure about a wayward package that needs redelivery.

Back to the Office: Privacy and Security Solutions to Compliance Issues for 2021 and Beyond

Speaker: Mike Cramer, Director of HIPAA & Data Security at The Word & Brown Companies

Now that companies are slowly allowing employees to return to work at the office, it's time to re-evaluate your company’s posture towards privacy and security. Join Mike Cramer, Director of HIPAA & Data Security at The Word & Brown Companies, for a discussion that will focus on compliance and the types of privacy and security measures your company should be aware of, as well as tips and methods for implementing these measures.

Dedicated State and Local Cyber Grants Are Finally Arriving

Lohrman on Security

The newly approved federal infrastructure deal brings with it a great holiday present for state and local governments: dedicated cyber funding. Here’s the history, and the future, of cyber grants

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Troy Hunt

It's been a busy week with lots of little bits and pieces demanding my attention. Coding, IoT'ing, 3D printing and a milestone academic event for Ari: Primary school - done!

Hiding Vulnerabilities in Source Code

Schneier on Security

Really interesting research demonstrating how to hide vulnerabilities in source code by manipulating how Unicode text is displayed. It’s really clever, and not the sort of attack one would normally think about.

We have failed to stop phishing, even after 2 decades. Can we finally agree that emails need digital signatures?

Joseph Steinberg

Email serves as one of the primary mechanisms of communication within the Western world – yet, decades after it first appeared on the scene, email still remains a source of security headaches.

Your polls are bad

Javvad Malik

If you’ve been on LinkedIn recently, you’ve probably seen your feed littered with polling questions.

REvil Ransom Arrest, $6M Seizure, and $10M Reward

Krebs on Security

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced the arrest of Ukrainian man accused of deploying ransomware on behalf of the REvil ransomware gang, a Russian-speaking cybercriminal collective that has extorted hundreds of millions from victim organizations. The DOJ also said it had seized $6.1

GUEST ESSAY: Until we eliminate passwords, follow these 4 sure steps to password hygiene

The Last Watchdog

More Americans than ever are working remotely and seeking out entertainment online, and this increase of internet activity has fueled a dramatic spike in cybercrime. With so much critical data now stored in the cloud, how can people protect their accounts? Related: Training human sensors. Until biometrics or a quantum solution change our everyday approach to encryption, passwords remain our first line of defense against data breaches, hackers, and thieves.

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Troy Hunt

Where does the time go? Feels like not a lot happening then three quarters of an hour later. But there are so many cool, interesting angles to this industry that there's always something or other happening.

Advice for Personal Digital Security

Schneier on Security

ArsTechnica’s Sean Gallagher has a two – part article on “securing your digital life.” ” It’s pretty good. Uncategorized cybersecurity risk assessment security analysis threat models

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Deloitte: How sensitive AI data may become more private and secure in 2022

Tech Republic Security

Technologies are available to better protect the data used in artificial intelligence, but they're not quite ready for prime time, says Deloitte

The Impending Reality of Virtual Reality

Javvad Malik

There’s a concept around finite and infinite games. A finite game is played to win whereas an infinite game is played for the purpose of continuing. I like to think of Monopoly as an infinite game.

Tech CEO Pleads to Wire Fraud in IP Address Scheme

Krebs on Security

The CEO of a South Carolina technology firm has pleaded guilty to 20 counts of wire fraud in connection with an elaborate network of phony companies set up to obtain more than 735,000 Internet Protocol (IP) addresses from the nonprofit organization that leases the digital real estate to entities in North America.

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SHARING INTEL: Here’s why it has become so vital to prioritize the security-proofing of APIs

The Last Watchdog

Application Programming Interface. Where would we be without them? Related: Supply-chain exposures on the rise. APIs are the snippets of code that interconnect the underlying components of all the digital services we can’t seem to live without. Indeed, APIs have opened new horizons of cloud services, mobile computing and IoT infrastructure, with much more to come. Yet, in bringing us here, APIs have also spawned a vast new tier of security holes.

An Open Security Ecosystem with Shared Signals is the Future of Zero Trust

Cisco Retail

Zero Trust : as the name implies, is the strategy by which organizations trust nothing implicitly and verify everything continuously. This industry north star is driving different architectures, frameworks, and solutions to reduce an organization’s risk and improve their security posture.

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Apple Sues NSO Group

Schneier on Security

Piling more on NSO Group’s legal troubles, Apple is suing it : The complaint provides new information on how NSO Group infected victims’ devices with its Pegasus spyware.