14 Sep 2017

Russian “Finstas” Inspired by U.S. Teenagers

There is more than “fake news” circulating the Internet to promote propaganda or peddle “influencer” tastes. It’s time to face the potential reality of what you read…“Finstas” are fake Instagram accounts typically set up by US teenagers so that they can expose more “interesting” photos among their close friends and keep their real Instagram account limited to their casual followers (including their parents, their school and... Read more...

12 Sep 2017

Your Face is Your Password

Your Face is Your Password Biometric data may soon be replacing passwords on a large scale. We’re not just talking about fingerprints.  Google, Samsung and Apple, among others, are working to integrate eye scans, face and head shape, voice recognition and even body movement into their security features. The new iPhone 8 will offer some of these features. Source The Samsung Galaxy Note8 also offers facial recognition software, but the security... Read more...

31 Aug 2017

Millenials Bewitched by Email

Millennials are, surprisingly, bewitched by email.  More than half of Millennials ages 18 to 24 check their email while still in bed in the morning, and 43% of Millennials ages 25 to 34 report doing the same thing. We were shocked to learn that Millennials prefer to check their email on a PC rather than their smartphone. (Source.) While many people obsess about social media, and some are communicating more with text messages, email still rules,... Read more...

30 Aug 2017

Has Bitcoin Become Mainstream?

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Zafar Kahn’s article was featured in Equities   The lure of remarketing may kill anonymity in crypto-currency transactions. Online shoppers paying with Bitcoin may have been expecting this crypto-currency to shield their identity. They may be disappointed to learn that merchants are not protecting their identity. In some cases, they are even selling it. A recent Princeton University study revealed that Bitcoin transactions can be tracked... Read more...

25 Aug 2017

Has Bitcoin Become Mainstream?

Has Bitcoin Become Mainstream?  The lure of remarketing may kill anonymity in crypto-currency transactions. Online shoppers paying with Bitcoin may have been expecting this crypto-currency to shield their identity. They may be disappointed to learn that merchants are not protecting their identity. In some cases, they are even selling it. A recent Princeton University study revealed that Bitcoin transactions can be tracked through a combination of... Read more...

21 Aug 2017

HBO’s Game of Threats

HBO’s Game of Threats How did a hacker get his hands on the latest script of Game of Thrones (GoT), episode 5, season 7?  It was an email hack plain and simple. The good news? “We do not believe that our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised,” said HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler in an internal memo to staff. (Source) GoT is not just a show, it’s the crown jewel of HBO programming, and the most popular show in the world.... Read more...

14 Aug 2017

Panama Papers – A Second Look at Human Error

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Panama Papers – A Second Look at Human Error The most consequential type of data leak may be the often openly colorful private correspondence between lawyer and client. This correspondence, if exposed, may be revealing as it contains attorney-client advice, dialog regarding strategies, financial, and legal consideration, as well as documents. Lawyers are afforded a special protection for this sensitive client communications – attorney-client... Read more...

14 Aug 2017

Imposter Email Lures White House Staff

Email Prankster Threatens National Security Why was the newly minted White House communications director, Scaramucci, fired? We don’t know for sure. But an examination of his emails would have shown that he spent the weekend responding to spear phishing emails purported to be sent from Reince Preibus, former White House chief of staff. Politicians in Washington struggle to create their own identities and maintain good relationships with colleagues.... Read more...

25 Jul 2017

Whoops – Wells Fargo Exposes its Wealthiest Clients

Securing the Human Factor: Wells Fargo’s Accidental Data Breach It’s more challenging than ever to secure the human factor in cybersecurity. Here we share two recent examples of how human error directly resulted in large data breaches, corporate liability and damage to corporate reputations. The breaches at Wells Fargo and Verizon were the result of simple errors that anyone could have made. And that’s the point. Earlier this month, Wells... Read more...

20 Jul 2017

$100 Million IT Budget May Not Secure “The Human Factor”

Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman has joined a new club along with the CEOs of Goldman Sachs, Barclays and Citigroup. Each has fallen victim to an email prankster who, posing as a colleague or friend, sent email messages to them and tricked them into responding. Luckily no money or data was stolen. SourceThese banks spend millions on cybersecurity yet the weakest link is still the human factor. It’s easy to push “send” on a reply email, text... Read more...