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10816096095?profile=RESIZE_400xSo, I just got back from a trip to Georgia, the one in the US.  I used Uber three times.  Convenient, clean, hassle-free and the drivers were very nice.  An over-all great experience.  Until……Uber has reported this past weekend it is investigating a major cyber security breach that has forced it to take several critical systems offline following an alleged social engineering attack on an employee by an apparent teenage hacktivist.

The incident was exposed last week on 15 September, when an indiv

10803337089?profile=RESIZE_400xHacks tied to Russia and Ukraine war have had minor impact, researchers say.  Although politicians and cybersecurity experts have warned about the potential for widespread hacks in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a new study finds that attacks linked to the conflict have had minor impact and are unlikely to escalate further.[1]  This is some positive news for cyber security.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde exam

10622720663?profile=RESIZE_400xAs witnessed by the violent criminal activity seen during the US 4th of July weekend; criminals appear to flourish on holiday weekends.  No difference with criminal hacking.  Cyber threat professionals and law enforcement officers are constantly reminding the public and private sector organizations to always remain vigilant and take appropriate precautions to reduce their risk of cyberattacks.  Often, malicious threat actors take advantage of holidays and weekends to disrupt the critical network

10560426074?profile=RESIZE_400xThe US State Department said the Conti strain of ransomware was the most-costly in terms of payments made by victims as of January 2022.  Conti, a Ransomware-as-a-Service RaaS program, is one of the most notorious ransomware groups and has been responsible for infecting hundreds of servers with malware to gain corporate data or digital damage systems, essentially spreading misery to individuals and hospitals, businesses, government agencies and more all over the world.

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10466096655?profile=RESIZE_400xJust yesterday, I gave a very brief talk on the ethics and morals of hackers.  My focus was centered on the criminality of hacking, but the same holds true with nation-state level cyber actors.  The Russia Matters publication has provided a series of opinions on why Russia has not initiated a full scale cyber-attack, often called ‘cybergeddon’ upon its adversaries.  Russia’s war in Ukraine, now nearing its 10-week mark, has been devastating, killing thousands of civilians, and forcing millions t

10457049662?profile=RESIZE_400xWith apologies to singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, “The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind.” Hackers do not care if the energy source is renewable or fossil fuel, they will attack it and turn out your lights and everything electric (yes, your network). German wind turbine giant Deutsche Windtechnik https://www.deutsche-windtechnil.com has issued a notification to warn that some of its IT systems were impacted in a targeted professional cyberattack earlier in April 2022.

The incident, which the

10178762480?profile=RESIZE_400xDuring 2022, cyber-attacks are increasing and evolving.  The attacks range from simple to complex and both are used by hackers to gain access, cloak their malware and execute their payload or exfiltrate data.  Like trained invaders, their attack will begin with reconnaissance. Cyber actors will do their best to uncover exposed assets and probe their target's attack surface for gaps that can be used as future entry points.  The first line of defense is to limit the potentially useful information

10107426675?profile=RESIZE_400xThere is a dubious quote that has been allegedly attributed to Joseph Stalin, saying “It doesn’t matter how many people vote, only who counts them.”  Voting integrity is a solemn guarantee in many countries.  The US 2020 Presidential alleged election irregularities, using the Dominion voting machines, has caused serious doubts challenging voting integrity.  A US federal cybersecurity agency is currently reviewing a report that alleges security vulnerabilities in voting machines used by Georgia a

8857017055?profile=RESIZE_400xTechRadar is reporting that the personal data of about 500 million LinkedIn users is being sold on a popular hacking forum.  Cyber security analysts discovered this evidence, which includes LinkedIn IDs, full names, email addresses, phone numbers, genders, links to LinkedIn profiles, links to other social media profiles, and professional titles, and other work-related data.  On a good note, no associated passwords or payment data appear to have been affected.

LinkedIn boasts of nearly 740 millio

8506959690?profile=RESIZE_400xRed Sky Alliance has previously reported on the many cyber perils within critical infrastructure and key resource sectors.  Our worldwide electric grids remain on the top of government concerns.  The New Yorker recently published a very thought-provoking and sobering piece on the same subject(s).  We would like to share with our members.

In the nightmare, sirens caterwaul as ambulances career down ice-slicked, car-crashed streets whose traffic lights flash all three colors at once (they’ve been

8120562100?profile=RESIZE_400xThey say, “Common Sense is Instinct; Enough of it - Genius.”  Let us prove a path toward cyber brilliance.  Cybersecurity hygiene has never been as important as it is today.  At home workers are now doing business remotely, putting in more hours and dealing with new situations they have never experienced.  For many, this change is both stressful and distracting.  These changes have upended the traditional workday and, in many cases, our concentration, which introduces risk.  Even the most securi