Archives: 'IT Security'

Doug Bedell — January 17, 2020, 1:28 pm

Not Much Chance of a Draft Again – Ever

Wes O’Donnell on the In Homeland Security blog ponders the chances of a military draft being reinstated someday and considers them virtually non-existent. “WW3Draft” became a top social media trending item after President Trump directed the killing of Qasem Solemani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. And the website of the Selective […]

Doug Bedell — January 13, 2020, 1:25 pm

Holy Hackers, Looks Like They’re Having Fun!

Here, on Securityweekly.com, is a nifty profile of computer hackers. Looks like a jolly bunch of folks, no? Call that a definition of hacking instead. Hacking is… Paul Asadoorian of Security Weekly lists 14 elements in a definition of hackers. We might as well quit commenting on this subject. There’s nothing more to be said […]

Doug Bedell — January 10, 2020, 12:52 pm

Iran Suspected of a Hacking Surge

Alertness remains a necessity in protecting websites from hackers, Silviu Stahie advises on the Hot for Security website. “If the latest reports are to be believed,” he warns, “Iran-backed hackers are probing U.S. critical infrastructure by using password-spraying attacks, looking for weakness and human laziness.” He continues: “It’s no surprise, that, following the conflict between […]

Doug Bedell — January 3, 2020, 1:16 pm

Focused on the Web, Don’t Overlook Physical Access Control

With a growing focus on cyber, or computer, security in 2020, don’t overlook the risks of physical security as well, Vidya Muthukrishnan advises on The Last Watchdog blog. (We’d include the control of vehicle access to sensitive locations too_) “Traditional examples of physical security,” Ms. Muthukrishnan notes, “include junction boxes, feeder pillars, and CCTV security […]

Doug Bedell — December 30, 2019, 4:52 pm

A Dire Web Security Outlook for 2020

SecurityInformationWatch.com provides predictions of what security on the Internet will be like in 2020 – worse than ever. “We will see an increase in attacks on IoT devices, including smart home devices, home automation systems and more. We might see new forms of IoT financial cybercrime, building on first-generation IoT attacks on ATMs and their […]

Doug Bedell — December 18, 2019, 10:37 am

2019 Was a Record Year for Security Hacking on the Web

It’s been an unrelentingly seedy year on the Internet in terms of the total number of security breaches of resident websites, the DarkReading blog advises. “Over 7.9 billion (with a “b”) data records were exposed in the first nine months of this year alone from a total of 5,183 breaches, according to Risk Based Security […]

Doug Bedell — December 4, 2019, 11:38 am

Hackers Getting a ‘Second Wind’…

Computer hackers have been on a roll, so successful in 2019 that, Security Infowatch reports, they’ll “look to build on the success they’ve reaped thus far from ransomware, phishing and other schemes with new and varied approaches to cyber fraud in 2020.” So the digital new year may not be such a happy one. Infowatch […]

Doug Bedell — November 29, 2019, 1:53 pm

Scammers Introducing a Web ‘Netflix’ Ploy

Here’s how scammers of Netflix and other sites can make your financial life miserable, as explained by the NakedSecurity blog. “For the most part, this email is disarmingly simple, and therefore surprisingly believable, for all that it’s given away by typos, grammatical mistakes and orthographic errors. “It’s not overly dramatic, it’s not threatening, and it’s […]

Doug Bedell — November 25, 2019, 4:57 pm

Can Russia Be Forsaking the Internet?

Russia is apparently challenging the concept that the internet is a worldwide, freely accessible, computer communication network. John E. Dunn on the Naked Security blog reports that “Earlier this month, the country (Russia) passed a controversial new ‘sovereign internet’ law that requires the country’s ISPs (internet service providers) to set up deep packet inspection of […]

Doug Bedell — November 22, 2019, 2:45 pm

‘Converged’ Security is the Ticket Now

Think it’s enough to focus on cybersecurity, or physical security or operational security alone? Not so, says Will Wise Security blog. “As threats evolve and bad actors become more intelligent, and with the goal of being proactive vs. reactive, the need for a robust, comprehensive, converged security strategy is paramount.” One-person shops probably knew this […]