Amazon Ring and the Cops

In another example of why you shouldn’t trust mega-tech “cloud” companies with your home security, Vice News and GovTech have reported that Amazon is now coaching police how to obtain users’ Ring camera footage without a warrant. If that fails, the cops go directly to Amazon, and the company is more than likely to cooperate. Read More …

Morons: Florida City Pays $600K in Ransomware Extortion

The City of Riviera Beach, Florida’s computer systems were hijacked in a ransomware attack, resulting in the encryption of all of the city’s records. City Council voted unanimously to pay the ransom of $600,000, as it would seem to be the only way they can get their information back. How did the attackers gain access? Read More …

Another Microsoft Cloud Server Compromised

A vpnMentor research team discovered a massive data breach of a Microsoft Cloud Server, potentially impacting 65% of all U.S. households. The database contained information on household member names, ages, income levels, and marital status. Although Microsoft has purportedly shutdown the server and notified their client, it has declined to notify the public of the Read More …

Let’s Encrypt – Updated Release

Back in December 2014, I wrote a post on Let’s Encrypt – a TLS Certificate startup that plans to offer free 3rd-party certificates to anyone that owns a domain name. At that time Let’s Encrypt had set a target release date of “Summer 2015”. Let’s Encrypt recently moved their launch back with the following tentative Read More …

On Vendor Bloatware and Superfish

I’ve noticed that the bloatware installed by vendors on new computers (primarily windows machines) goes well beyond additional sales opportunities or application “fluff”. Increasingly, these vendor installed applications are slowing down user’s systems, and often times replicate functionality already provided ably by the operating system. Recently, a user brought me her slow Sony laptop that Read More …