25 May 2017

Chinese Spy Hunt and the Cryptographic Cliff

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The recently publicized Chinese spy hunt success in netting or killing at least 12 CIA spies may have been the result of the Chinese cracking the CIA’s secure communications methods (source). The insights the Chinese gained from eavesdropping on CIA electronic (secure) communications in China may have provided the roadmap to eliminate these CIA spies. One would assume that the CIA’s secure communications use the highest levels of encryption, far... Read more...

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18 May 2017

The Death of Ransomware?

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(WCry) was successful in infecting over 300,000 computers in 150 countries. It is likely the worst ransomware attack to date. WCry works by locking the files with encryption on each device. Victims are promised a decryption key to unlock their files once they pay a ransom of $300 in Bitcoin. But incredibly, as pervasive as the WannaCry attack has been, it’s creators have only collected about $80,000 in Bitcoin ransom. Less than 0.1% of the victims... Read more...

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16 May 2017

Cyber Pirates Find Silver in Real Estate and Gold in Tech Invoicing

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Cyber pirates have found easy prey in real estate brokers, title agents and estate attorneys. Their emails are a treasure trove of information about pending transactions involving large wire transfers. Real estate buyers, eager to close the deal, blindly trust the email they receive and the advisors with whom they correspond. There are countless reports of home buyers who have wired their downpayment funds to cybercriminals posing as settlement... Read more...

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04 May 2017

File Sharing Service Causes Waiver of Attorney Client Privilege – Harleysville Insurance Company

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It seems innocent enough. Your attorney shares a few files by sending a link from their unprotected cloud storage account. They expect that you’ll only see the files that they intended to send. But there are huge risks to this approach. This behavior can result in the waiver of attorney client privilege. In a recent case in Virginia, a judge ruled that Harleysville Insurance Company had waived its right to attorney client privilege when it made... Read more...

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01 May 2017

EU’s GDPR: Bigger than Macron or Le Pen

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The biggest unifying force in Europe may be cybersecurity regulation. Despite Brexit and the wavering EU support in France, all 28 EU member states are implementing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which goes into effect in May, 2018.  GDPR will standardize cybersecurity across all 28 member states, including the UK, Brexit or not. GDPR aims to protect the rights and data of any EU citizen or resident by requiring those companies who... Read more...

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