Ransomware Successfully Attacking Cities


Ransomware.  It the virus that actually makes money for the attacker.  At first, it was randomly deployed, just like the nuisance viruses of the past, indiscriminately finding victims through phishing and spoofed websites.  But the game is changing, as the Georgia cities of Atlanta and Savanna found out the hard way.  Special Guest, Cybersecurity expert … Continue reading Ransomware Successfully Attacking Cities

What to do NOW to Avoid Massive Ransomware Attack


The biggest, most invasive, ransomware outbreak in history is underway.  It’s called WannaCry, and it has infected computers in at least 74 countries, primarily in Russia.  The Securelist cyber security website reported that there have been more than 45,000 attacks worldwide, but added, “It’s important to note that our visibility may be limited and incomplete and the … Continue reading What to do NOW to Avoid Massive Ransomware Attack

Security Flaw Found in Visa (But Not MasterCard)


A security vulnerability has been found in Visa Cards which does not exist in MasterCard. Basically, it involves the number of times you can try to process a transaction with an incorrect expiration date (or CVV).  Visa allows multiple attempts to process a transaction, and Mastercard allows only 10 attempts before the transaction is blocked … Continue reading Security Flaw Found in Visa (But Not MasterCard)

The Yahoo! Breach – What Happened, What You Can Do, and Why


If you had a Yahoo account in 2014, you should read this to find out what happened, and what you can do about it. The bottom line is, the advice that Yahoo is giving their users is not nearly enough to protect from the scale of this data breach. The timeline seems to suggest that much … Continue reading The Yahoo! Breach – What Happened, What You Can Do, and Why

“Cyberschizophrenia” in the US Government


In the last few days, the US Government both mandated and rejected the same method of cybersecurity. It’s called Second Factor Authentication, specifically a One Time Passcode (OTP) sent by Short Message Service (SMS). So, together, its a “SMS OTP,” which is basically what happens when you receive a 4 to 6-digit security code to … Continue reading “Cyberschizophrenia” in the US Government