13 May 2019

Pig Latin, Russian Spies and Email Encryption

With the recent media focus on cybersecurity, whether it is talk of Russian hackers scheming to influence US presidential elections, or the pervasive pressure to comply with GDPR or HIPAA (healthcare privacy regulations) or other consumer data privacy requirements, “encryption” is one of the solutions that is often introduced. When sending email, email encryption can indeed protect your strategic dialog from potential exposure, and its mere use... Read more...

06 May 2019

Vacationing in the Bahamas? Leave Your Laptop at Home

The constitution provide certain privacy rights. Attorneys and their clients generally enjoy extra protections on privacy with “privileged” correspondence. But what happens if the information is inadvertently exposed? There are all sorts of pitfalls that can expose your sensitive information. Here are some shocking ones. File sharing services can cause waiver of attorney-client privilege if files are not send with an encrypted link.... Read more...

29 Apr 2019

Caution. What You Might Find When Posting Your DNA Online

More than one in twenty Americans have voluntarily submitted their genetic code – the map of who they are personally and physically – to an Internet company. Most people were lured by cute TV ads creating curiosity about heritage. Your DNA is a genetic code defining your traits. Without boring you on the biological aspects of this, the DNA submission may unknowingly and irrefutably connect you to relatives (newfound siblings, parents, etc.) that... Read more...

22 Apr 2019

Not All Email Tracking is Created Equal

If you are sending a zillion newsletter or marketing emails, sure, email marketing platforms make it easy to manage your email list; and many do provide some basic tracking information. But how reliable is this information? Should it be relied on important business email or important notifications? No. Why not? First, many of these email marketing platforms base their tracking on whether images in the email where displayed or not. If you are sending... Read more...

25 May 2017

Chinese Spy Hunt and the Cryptographic Cliff

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...

20 Apr 2017

United Airlines and David Beckham — When Emails Leak

What do United Airlines and footballer David Beckham have in common? Disastrous leaked emails. In these recent cases, the leaked emails appear to be legitimate, though Beckham claims some of the leaked emails were “doctored.” But how do we know that leaked email messages discussed in news stories and tabloid columns are actually authentic?   United Airlines’ PR Nightmare   United Airlines’ CEO Oscar Munoz appears to have dug himself... Read more...