Archives: 'Security Threats'

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 — January 3, 2022, 11:18 am

Examples of Insider Security Threats

Examples of insider cybersecurity threats – organizations hampered by their own people – are displayed by the Digital Guardian site. “Insider threats,” the post explains, “are generally more dangerous than outsider threats because these people know the organization pretty well. Plus, they have access to the computers, databases, networks, and other company resources where sensitive […]

Doug Bedell — December 29, 2021, 12:07 pm

Don’t Mingle Luggage and Firearms

Travelers keep forgetting firearms in their luggage, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) advises. “The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on 13 December that security personnel confiscated more than 5,700 firearms at airport security checkpoints in 2021—breaking records for the most firearms detected in a single year, according to Reuters. “The prior yearly record […]

Doug Bedell — December 17, 2021, 5:20 pm

Cybersecurity Becoming a Military Priority

Erica D. Lonergan on the Lawfare site advises: “At the Reagan National Defense Forum on Dec. 4, Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, publicly acknowledged for the first time that the U.S. military has taken measures to ‘impose costs’ against ransomware groups. This acknowledgment reflects a […]

Doug Bedell — December 9, 2021, 3:45 pm

Railroads, Too, Get the Federal Cybersecurity Word

The U.S. government’s stress on cybersecurity precautions extends to rail freight and passenger systems, the Digital Guardian blog advises. The Department of Homeland Security has issued a directive for “all surface transportation owners and operators – namely freight and rail systems – to report all cybersecurity incidents within 24 hours. “Under the new directives, issued […]

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 26, 2021, 1:30 pm

‘Flash Mobs’ Sack Stores in Other Than a Holiday Spirit

Flash mob, flash rob – whatever you call it, it’s astounding how, as Today in Security reports, in Walnut Creek, California, “Approximately 80 people perpetrated a coordinated attack on a Nordstrom department store just before it closed at 9:00 p.m. A reporter from the local NBC affiliate saw dozens of people swarm the store, armed […]

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. […]