Archives: September, 2018

Doug Bedell — September 28, 2018, 3:44 pm

Facebook Hit By Another Security Breach

Facebook has been hit with another Internet security breach. Naked Security reports that 50 million Facebook accounts were affected when attackers “exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s ‘View As’ feature to steal access tokens, which are the keys that allow you to stay logged into Facebook so you don’t need to re-enter your password every time […]

Doug Bedell — September 26, 2018, 3:49 pm

A Security Advisory From the Animal Kingdom

Here’s a bit of light relief from our usual security postings, though the animals involved may not see it that way. In July, the Advanced Perimeter Systems (APS) blog had a post, “Security Guards of The Animal Kingdom“. It reports how the elephants at the Blackpool Zoo in England are now protected by an APS […]

Doug Bedell — September 24, 2018, 12:46 pm

‘Red Teams’ and ‘Blue Teams’ For Insuring Digital Security

We haven’t talked much about strategies to defeat computer intruders and strengthen digital security: Here’s a big one: Form a Red Team. A Red Team is defined by Kelly Sheridan on the DarkReading blog as “A group of people within an organization responsible for, well, attacking it. Their goal is to act like the adversary […]

Doug Bedell — September 21, 2018, 3:04 pm

‘Soft’ Communication Skills Seen Lacking In Police Training

What an oversight! With all the adverse attention that police-community relations have been generating, you’d think that police training in the “soft” people skills of interpersonal communication would be high on the security agenda. Not so, advises the In Public Safety site. “Unfortunately, soft skills are largely lacking and overlooked within the criminal justice profession, […]

Doug Bedell — September 19, 2018, 3:08 pm

When Courtesy Conflicts With Security, and Doors Lose Out

A Security Magazine blog makes the appropriate point that “Not every incident of unauthorized access is a criminal break-in – some of the most common types spring from common courtesy, like holding the door for a colleague.” Holding a door open? Yes, it’s called tailgating and occurs “when one or more people follow an authorized […]

Doug Bedell — September 14, 2018, 2:15 pm

U.S. Army Adding ‘Long-Range Cannon’ To Its Capabilities

This post isn’t about “close-in” security, neither is it about missiles fired from familiar sources. It’s about the U.S. Army’s hopes of fielding a “long-range cannon that can shoot out to 1,000 miles”. That’s the Army, not the Air Force or some other missile command. reports that “Gen. John ‘Mike’ Murray testified at a […]

Doug Bedell — September 12, 2018, 2:12 pm

Little Applied From the Equifax Computer Data Breach

Geez, it’s been a year since the huge data breach at Equifax and, Security InfoWatch advises, there’s been little learned and applied from that computer hacking disaster. “More than 147 million people in the U.S. had personal and financial data stolen ranging from Social Security and driver’s license numbers to credit card information and birth […]

Doug Bedell — September 10, 2018, 2:41 pm

Everlasting Chimes In The Wind Become A 9/11 Memorial In Pa.

The 17th anniversary of the September 11th attacks is being observed at the location of one of them – the Flight 93 National Memorial Site at Shanksville, Pa. – with the dedication of a wind chimes tower. It will have 40 aluminum chimes for the 40 people who were killed in the crash of a […]

Doug Bedell — September 7, 2018, 5:55 pm

HP Holds ‘Tech Days’ to Promote PRINTER Security

Yes, desktop printers, too, can be a security risk. Security Weekly notes that Hewlett Packard is concerned enough about the possibility that it held an “HP Print Security ‘Tech Day’” event at its Palo Alto, CA, headquarters last year. “This event,” Security Weekly advises, “was the precursor to a major marketing campaign for HP to […]

Doug Bedell — September 5, 2018, 2:12 pm

DHS Secretary Nielsen: “17 Years After 9/11, the Threat Horizon Darkens”

We are approaching the 17th possibly fateful anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Fateful because as Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen notes in a September 5th address, “We are witnessing historic changes across the entire threat landscape. We can see the winds blowing and hear the thunder drawing closer once again.” She calls for a “Resilience […]