Archives: July, 2021

Doug Bedell — July 30, 2021, 12:45 pm

Video Security Surveillance is Headed for a Home in the ‘Cloud’

Johanna Santander on SecurityInfowatch.com is predicting that cloud solutions, a metaphor for the Internet, “will eventually become the default storage method for video surveillance in the professional security industry. What’s more difficult to judge is when this change will take place.” “Accelerating demand for cloud solutions in the professional security market,” Santander explains, “stems from […]

Doug Bedell — July 28, 2021, 12:25 pm

Scaming Terms of Our Times: Phishing, Smishing and Vishing

Danny Randell on the helcim.com site takes on the task of explaining the difference between phishing, smishing and vishing as web actions to watch out for. They’re related to fishing, we presume, because fraudsters applying them are looking for personal information in the web’s swift-flowing currents. “If you haven’t heard of phishing,” Randell explains, “it […]

Doug Bedell — July 26, 2021, 12:06 pm

APIs: A Growing Element in Web Security

As we move deeper into the digital age, it’s advisable, indeed necessary, to become acquainted with new digital security-related concepts, like application programming interfaces, or APIs Liad Bokovsky instructs us on the nature and use of APIs on the HelpNetSecurity.com site. “Application programming interfaces (APIs)” Bokovsky explains, “are at the core of nearly every digital […]

Doug Bedell — July 23, 2021, 9:37 am

Internet Scammers Targeting the Olympics

Watch the Olympic Games on television, but don’t be taken in by a host of computer scams preying on the games. Veronica Combs, writing on TechRepublic, advises that “Kaspersky Lab experts analyzed Olympic-related phishing attacks and found fake pages offering streaming services, tickets to events that won’t have spectators, and even a fake Olympic Games […]

Doug Bedell — July 21, 2021, 11:21 am

Solar Power Buildout, It’s Said, Would Add Energy Security

Solar power is a key to energy security, Audrey Carleton advises on Vice.com. “Making one-in-four American homes use solar energy would generate millions of jobs and billions in utility bill savings, a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) found. “Published last week in collaboration with the Initiative for Energy Justice and the […]

Doug Bedell — July 19, 2021, 1:00 pm

China Accused of Cyber Hacking by U.S. and Its Allies

Hot off the press, via Mashable: “The United States, European Union, UK, and NATO have jointly accused China of malicious cyber activities, including a massive hack involving Microsoft. “In an official statement published Monday (July 19), the U.S. and partners claim that China has used contract hackers to conduct unsanctioned cyber operations globally, including cyber […]

Doug Bedell — July 16, 2021, 9:27 am

Dangers We Face on the Internet

From the CSO website comes an advisory on “The 5 types of cyber attack you’re most likely to face”. Roger A. Grimes, a CSO columnist, lists and discusses them: 1. Socially engineered malware 2. Password phishing attacks 3. Unpatched software 4. Social media threats 5. Advanced persistent threats Grimes discusses each in turn – a […]

Doug Bedell — July 15, 2021, 11:40 am

Wanted: U.S. Offers a Bounty on Hackers

The U.S. State Department “is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of any person who, while acting at the direction or under the control of a foreign government, participates in malicious cyber activities against U.S. critical infrastructure in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse […]

Doug Bedell — July 13, 2021, 4:17 pm

Wildfire Risks in the West Keep Growing

Security has taken on climatic aspects as heat and drought spread fire risks in the western U.S. “Searing heat across the West, paired with extreme drought across much of the region,” The Wall Street Journal reports, “has created conditions ripe for rapid fire spread, with bone-dry vegetation and timber sparking easily. Lower temperatures later this […]

Doug Bedell — July 12, 2021, 10:45 am

Schools, Too, Are Targets of Computer Hackers

Schools, too, are being hit by computer ransomware attacks, “worsening the damage to children’s education brought on by the pandemic and hurting their ability to return to some semblance of normalcy in the fall,” The Washington Post reports. “It’s part of a surge in attacks by hackers demanding ransom payments that has halted operations at […]