Archives: 'Electronic Security'

Doug Bedell — December 6, 2017, 4:00 pm

‘Phishers’ and ‘Spear Phishers’ Explained

Phishing and spear-phishing – the difference between these two forms of cyber security attacks is explained in a TechCrunch post. “Spear-phishing, like phishing, involves emailing a malicious link or file. Whereas phishers send mass emails in hopes of stealing credit card information, Social Security numbers and login credentials from as many people as possible,” Tom […]

Doug Bedell — November 29, 2017, 9:39 am

Cybersecurity Tests Looming for Internet Use in 2018

Get ready for cybersecurity challenges to your Internet presence in 2018. That’s the not so surprising warning/invitation from In Homeland Security as the new year approaches. “As the continuing digital transformation of our lives entails the ongoing digital transformation of crime, vandalism and warfare, 2018 could bring a lot of new takes on old vulnerabilities, […]

Doug Bedell — November 24, 2017, 9:46 am

Our Web Tracks Can Be Followed by the Sites We Visit

Referencing security researchers at Princeton University, Bruce Schneier provides information on how websites may be collecting and storing our every move on them for playback to their owners. “The stated purpose of this data collection includes gathering insights into how users interact with websites and discovering broken or confusing pages. However the extent of data […]

Doug Bedell — November 21, 2017, 10:59 am

Network Penetration Testing Well Worth Considering

George Mateaki on the Security Metrics blog explains penetration testing – Network Penetration Testing 101 – and why it’s advisable for businesses to confirm the security of their workaday environments.` “Penetration testing, in general,” Mateaki explains, “is a type of ‘ethical certified hacking’ during which a pen tester will attempt to enter and exploit your […]

Doug Bedell — November 17, 2017, 11:23 am

Watch Out: You’re Not As Secure As You Think You Are

You think you’ve got a reliable home or business security camera or wireless router. Maybe so, maybe not. “Several widely available security cameras and wireless routers can be easily hacked to reveal customers’ video feeds online, InHomeland Security reports, reigniting privacy concerns four years after the Federal Trade Commission filed charges to eliminate similar vulnerabilities.” […]

Doug Bedell — November 14, 2017, 8:41 pm

Cyber Security Alerts from the Dept. of Homeland Security

Connect with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on cyber security alerts, whether it be, in this instance, regarding North Korea, or other mischievous cyber activity. They call them U.S.–CERTs. “The North Korean government malicious cyber activity noted in these alerts is part of a long-term campaign of cyber-enabled operations that impact the U.S. […]

Doug Bedell — November 13, 2017, 11:35 am

A Google Advisory on Internet Account ‘Hi-Jacking’

Allow us to introduce you (perhaps) to the Google Security Blog. It discusses such matters as the ‘hijacking’ of web content, including email and social networking accounts. “More than 15% of Internet users have reported experiencing the takeover of an email or social networking account,” advises this Google post. “However, despite its familiarity, there is […]

Doug Bedell — November 10, 2017, 2:23 pm

‘Contactless Access Control’ Becoming an Industry Priority

At whatever level, from doorways to lengthy perimeters, access control is becoming an ever-more pressing security need for enterprises. That was clear from a recent discussion at a Security Industry Association conference in New York reported on by SecurityInfoWatch. “I don’t think we are just five years away from total contactless entry. I think it […]

Doug Bedell — November 8, 2017, 2:50 pm

Aircraft-Sized Drones Are Flown By ‘Pilots’ Via Computers

Drones used to be little bigger in size than model airplanes. Not any longer. Military surveillance drones like the RQ-4 Global Hawk are unmanned security vehicles about as large as fighter planes. And enlisted airmen, DefenseTech advises, are lining up to fly them via on-the-ground computer controls. “‘This is an opportunity for active-duty airmen in […]

Doug Bedell — November 1, 2017, 11:31 am

DHS Busy With Cybersecurity Concerns, Including Wi-Fi

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had a busy time, among other things, looking out for the security of critical information networks during October, which, as it happened, was National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. “On October 16,” advises Jeanette Manfra of DHS, “our partners at the Software Engineering Institute’s CERT Division reported to DHS that researchers […]