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...

29 Jun 2017

Mexico Takes Up Cyberarms

The Other White House  There is another White House south of the border and a series of scandals to match.  A $7 million second home, known as “Casa Blanca”, was built for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto by a prominent government contractor. This apparent conflict of interest created a huge scandal. The journalists who investigated the “White House Scandal” along with much more serious crimes, were attacked with government-exclusive... Read more...

03 Aug 2016

Russian Hackers and Pig Latin

With the recent media focus on cybersecurity, whether it is talk of Russian hackers scheming to influence US presidential elections or “Brexit” votes, or the pervasive pressure to comply with 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... Read more...

23 Jun 2016

Online Ads Provide Hacker Entry Point

In the recent Tech Essentials article “Changing Trends in Cyber Security,” we highlighted how hackers are becoming more innovative in their ability to use generally available social media (i.e. LinkedIn recruiter tools) and other business applications to target email recipients with imposter email and lure them into wiring money to hackers. This upfront investment (in social media marketing tools, for example) permits hackers to tailor their message... Read more...

11 May 2016

The Biggest Threat to Your Online Security Could be Your Password

Email security has been a hot topic as of late, with last week’s news of a supposed breach of 272 million email usernames and passwords and recent statements made by a hacker who claims to have accessed Hillary Clinton’s private email server two years before the private server’s existence was first reported by the New York Times. In the latter story, the hacker known as “Guccifer” claims he correctly guessed Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal’s... Read more...