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November – December 2016 News Archive

Kid Steals Mom’s Fingerprint for Amazon Shopping Spree

Yahoo News, 27 Dec 2016 – You might believe that the fingerprint reader in your smartphone is a perfect security measure that will keep the wrong kinds of people out of your digital life. Or at least you might before you learned that a 6-year-old may have managed to beat the biometric login on her mother’s phone so that she could buy herself $250 worth of Pokémon toys. [More]

No slowdown in Cerber ransomware activity

Microsoft Technet, 21 Dec 2016 – The cybercriminals behind Cerber are busy ramping up their operations. Following our discovery of a spam campaign that takes advantage of holiday shopping, we found two new campaigns that continue distributing the latest variants of Cerber ransomware. These campaigns are the latest in a series of persistent cybercriminal efforts that keep Cerber constantly active. [More]

Arkansas sheriff’s office hit by ransomware pays hackers

Yahoo News, 13 Dec 2016 – An Arkansas sheriff’s office paid hackers the equivalent of $2,400 to regain access to hijacked computer files. Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Daniel Klatt said the department’s system was infected Dec. 5 with ransomware, which typically works by encrypting computer files to deny its owner access unless they pay a ransom, often in the electronic currency bitcoin, which is hard to trace. [More]

To pay, or not to pay…Should I pay the ransom?

LinkedIn, 9 Dec 2016 – Ransomware has the potential to cripple an organization resulting in material impact to the business. Business leaders need to be proactive in their planning on how to deal with a ransomware event. [More]

NTP: The Most Neglected Core Internet Protocol

CircleID, 5 Dec 2016 – The Internet of today is awash with networking protocols, but at its core lies a handful that fundamentally keep the Internet functioning. From my perspective, there is no modern Internet without DNS, HTTP, SSL, BGP, SMTP, and NTP. Just about all secure communication protocols and server synchronization processes require that they have their internal clocks set the same. NTP is the protocol that allows all this to happen. [More]


Written by Doug Vitale

January 26, 2017 at 6:03 PM

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