Tags: Cryptography

Ransomware Defenses

I just stumbled across an article talking about a new variant of ransomware called CryptoWall 3.0.  The fact that there are multiple strains and versions of ransomware suggest to me that they provide a lucrative revenue stream for the Bad Guys.  That got me thinking about the problem more broadly and how we can defend ourselves […]

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The Week That Was – 2013.11.25

I’m trying a slightly different format this week.  The article titles I’m discussing are hyperlinked titles introducing the commentary.  I think this breaks it up a little better and lets you pick and choose more easily.  Let me know if you have an opinion one way or the other. This week we discuss Cryptolocker and […]

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The Week That Was – 2013.11.15

This week we have a wide spectrum of topics.  Facebook subtly calls out Adobe.  We discuss the nuance of malicious code on the International Space Station (ISS), which includes our first ever Bonus Link at no additional cost!  We briefly mention some new published research papers and take a trip in the Way Back Machine […]

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The Week That Was – 2013-11-05

I’ll get this regular publication thing down yet.  I’m shooting for every Friday.  One of you data nerds out there find a good over/under number for the days past Friday I post a Week That Was article. Now for the content. Last week I talked about the fact that LinkedIn’s new application called “Intro” included […]

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The Week that Was – 10/28/2013

Last week had a number of interesting developments.  Two of them involved the law, privacy, and security implications. First, the Third Circuit Court ruled that GPS tracking devices attached to vehicles require a probable cause warrant. [9]   I think this is an important ruling for privacy and the 4th Amendment.  I’m a proponent for […]

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The Week That Was – 10/18/2013

I’m getting back in the saddle this week.  Sorry for the long break. I have a bit of a mix this week.  Some are security-related and others aren’t, but they are still worth looking at.  Here are some items of note: There is big news from Oracle. The have issued a Patch-a-lanche™ for Java.  [8]  […]

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How to React to the NSA Attack on Standard Cryptosystems

I found an article asking With crypto being insecure, whom do you trust? while reading through the news this morning.  It referenced the joint article from The New York Times and Pro Publica, Revealed: The NSA’s Secret Campaign to Crack, Undermine Internet Security.  The question is a good one: Who can you trust?  I have […]

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The Week That Was – 2013-05-13

I have a decent sized batch of links for you all this week.  As a warning, I’ll occasionally wander out of the purely INFOSEC or risk realms.  There are a couple of those items thrown in this week.  It’s important to look around at other subjects to give us perspective and insight.  Part of that […]

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The Week that Was – 2013.05.07

These links are a little stale so my apologies.  However, there are still some interesting tidbits in here.  Read on to hear some interesting stories about good data for risk assessments, data breaches, would be spies, and adventures in hardware decommissioning.

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The Week that Was – 2013.04.01

I was on vacation last week so the news this week is a bit stale, but there are still some good items in here.  For instance: A federal judge found National Security Letters (NSL) unconstitutional.  [7]  It appears the numbers of NSLs have been decreasing over the years, but violations of the Constitution are never […]

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