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 …

Another Epic Cloud Fail

On June 2nd Google Cloud services experienced a “major outage” of heretofore, unknown origin. The result? People with Nest thermostats couldn’t control the temperature in their houses. Others with “smart locks” or networked garage door openers couldn’t get into their own homes. Social media and other data storage and sharing apps went into lock-down – Read More …

Salesforce: More Reasons to Distrust the “Cloud” aka Someone Else’s Server

Increasing numbers of businesses and individuals are flocking to “turnkey” cloud-based solutions – lured by their rich features, user friendliness, and ease of deployment. But there is a very dark side to abdicating one’s information management and physical hosting to the control of private third party data vendors. Cloud-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) giant Salesforce Read More …

Autonomous Driving Easy Hack

As I’ve written previously, autonomous driving systems are decidedly not ready for prime time, and in fact, represent a clear danger to road safety. While many people have focused on hacks of the onboard infotainment system, the primary hazard is presented by tricking onboard sensors. I’ve talked about GPS spoofing as one technique, but security Read More …

Surprise, Surprise, Facebook Monetizing User Data

U.K. lawmakers released  a trove of documents revealing that Facebook has been monetizing (selling) confidential user data.  This should surprise…..absolutely no one.  The only real question is why is Facebook being targeted alone, and why now? Google is known to have been monetizing user data for years – it’s right there in all of those Read More …

Airport WiFi Putting You at Risk

Israeli cybersecurity company Coronet has released a report on the threat to travelers using WiFi at airports across the United States.  Major airports are ranked by threat level, and recommendations are provided for mitigating malware and eavesdropping risks to personal electronic devices. One item not mentioned in the report – the ease with which a Read More …

Julian Assange Charged: Will likely be extradited to the U.S.

I confess to having varying opinions of Julian Assange. My initial reaction toward his actions several years ago, was that he was an egotist trying to make a name for himself by revealing classified information that was not at all protective of American citizens or the public interest.  His association with Brad/Chelsea Manning wasn’t helpful Read More …