Archives: 'Electronic Security'

Doug Bedell — January 13, 2022, 12:23 pm

What a Cyber Attack in a Prison Can be Like

Charlie Osborne on ZDNet writes about what a cyber attack in a prison can be like. “Inmates (in a New Mexico prison) were made to stay in their cells as the ransomware outbreak reportedly not only knocked out the establishment’s internet but also locked staff out of data management servers and security camera networks. “The […]

Doug Bedell — January 11, 2022, 10:20 am

Parking Meters Could Have Bogus Codes Stuck to Them

Graham Cluley advises don’t be in a hurry to use parking meters – they could have bogus QR codes stuck to them. “In a hurry to park your car?,” Cluley writes, “Don’t want to fumble around in your pocket to find cash for the parking meter, and don’t have the correct payment app installed on […]

Doug Bedell — December 8, 2021, 1:43 pm

DHS Continues to Stress ‘Cybersecurity Priorities’

The Department of Homeland Security continued its emphasis on cybersecurity by announcing it met Dec. 6 in San Francisco “with industry leaders in technology, business, and cybersecurity to discuss how the federal government and the private sector can better and more proactively partner to tackle the most pressing cybersecurity challenges”. “Cybersecurity threats impact individuals, communities, […]

Doug Bedell — December 6, 2021, 4:03 pm

‘AirTags’ Become Tools of Automobile Theft

Bruce Schneier passes along a report on “air tags” being used to steal high-end cars: “Since September 2021, officers have investigated five incidents where suspects have placed small tracking devices on high-end vehicles so they can later locate and steal them. Brand name “air tags” are placed in out-of-sight areas of the target vehicles when […]

Doug Bedell — November 24, 2021, 1:41 pm

Radar Might Be Advisable for Secure Perimeter Fencing

For securing critically important areas, a barbed wire-topped fence may not be enough, SecurityInfowatch.com advises. Radar might be added to insure redundancy. Where perimeter protection is essential – as at utilities and airports – “it is imperative to deploy multiple best-in-class sensors to improve detection times and deliver real-time, dynamic situational awareness to security personnel. […]

Doug Bedell — November 8, 2021, 4:57 pm

Combating Cyberattacks at Small to Midsize Businesses

Small to midsize businesses can be especially challenged by cyberattacks. Here are four tips from John Roman on the Dark Reading blog on combatting cyber attacks. 1. Educate Yourself. “Business owners often think, ‘It won’t happen to me,’ when in reality, it’s not a matter of if a cyberattack will happen, but when.” 2. Adopt […]

Doug Bedell — October 25, 2021, 1:11 pm

A Good Place to Begin on Computer Protection

Sean Gallagher on the Ars Technica site discusses “Securing your digital life, part one: The basics”. It’s a good introductory course to computer protection. “The key to protecting your digital life,” he advises, “is to make it as expensive and impractical as possible for someone bent on mischief to steal the things most important to […]

Doug Bedell — October 20, 2021, 12:52 pm

Privacy and License Plates – When Values Clash

Saira Hussain and Adam Schwartz of the Electronic Frontier Foundation report on a controversy in Marin County, California, in which they allege that automated license plate readers (ALPRs) used by the sheriff there violate motorists’ privacy rights “Last week, EFF filed a new lawsuit on behalf of three immigrant rights activists against Sheriff Bob Doyle […]

Doug Bedell — October 13, 2021, 8:03 am

Google to the Rescue: Creates a ‘Cybersecurity Action Team’

Acting against cybersecurity threats, Google has created a Cybersecurity Action Team with “the singular mission of supporting the security and digital transformation of governments, critical infrastructure, enterprises, and small businesses.” “In pursuit of this mission,” Google explains, “the team will provide services in four key areas: strategic advisory, trust and compliance, security customer and solutions […]

Doug Bedell — October 11, 2021, 2:00 pm

Computer Threats Keep Growing in an Internet-Fueled World

Cyber criminals keep upping the stakes in security challenges of businesses that are ill-equipped to contend with them, the ITProPortol site advises. “Modern cybercriminals engage in all sorts of malicious activities, from four-dimensional ransomware attacks (ransomware in the back-end, DDoS in the front-end, data theft and intimidation), to cloud-based cryptomining, business email compromise and various […]