Texas Secession Movement was a Vladimir Put-On

27 October 2017 in Digital Download
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There was a Facebook initiative for Texas to secede from the United States which attracted hundreds of thousands of followers in the run-up to last year’s American presidential election. It actually turned out to be a fake campaign created by a Kremlin-linked “troll factory,” according to a report in the Washington Post. Another scheme from Russia was exposed this week that involved another fake activist campaign and Pokemon Go to incite racial tensions. Putin is rapidly becoming the Joker of Global politics to America’s Batman. The scary part is that he’s a cross between the campy Cesar Romero Joker, who had plans like cheating in a surfing contest and the menacing Heath Ledger Joker, who’s plans mostly involved knives and explosions. Read More > 

 

The IRS Finds a Silver Lining

The IRS is looking at the bright side of the current threat landscape as it relates to the Equifax breach. According to Commissioner John Koskinen, there won’t be a significant impact because most taxpayers “already had their information in the hands of criminals.” I’m going to use this argument next April and not pay my taxes. “Look, John – I paid my taxes before and my money is already in the hands of criminals (aka – politicians). I don’t think paying again will make a significant difference.” I’m sure that will work out fine. Read More >

 

All Your Wifi Bases Belong to Us

The security protocol used to protect the vast majority of wifi connections has been broken. This potentially exposes wireless internet traffic to malicious eavesdroppers and attacks, according to the researcher who discovered the weakness. US-CERT has known of the bug for some months and informed vendors ahead of the public disclosure to give them time to prepare patches and prevent the vulnerability from being exploited in the wild. As we found with Equifax, however, there is sometimes a gap between the release of a patch and the implementation. IoT devices may be particularly susceptible, since patches are rarely if ever deployed. The good news is that the crack requires proximity, so while you may want to be careful when using public wifi, you should be safe at home. However, if someone named Dmitry comes to your door and says, “please may I borrow your wifi for to check American baseball scores”, you may want to think twice. I won’t make that mistake again. Read More > 

 

I Know What I Want for Christmas

Researchers have discovered malware crafted to compromise ATMs available for sale on the dark web. In a blog post, Kaspersky researchers said that in May of this year, they discovered a forum post in a darknet market advertising specific vendor ATM malware for $5000. The forum post contained a description of a crimeware kit able to empty ATMs with a vendor-specific API without the need to tamper with ATM users or their data. For this to work, the software needs to be stored on a flash drive and then the attacker must use a drill to open the ATM system. Seems like a lot of work. On second thought, just cut out the middle man and send me money for Christmas. Read More >

 

Pizza Hut Misses its Big Chance

The restaurant chain, Pizza Hut, was breached and waited two weeks before announcing it to its customers via email that it suffered a “temporary security intrusion.” Even before the announcement, users had reported on Twitter numerous fraudulent transactions from their accounts, suspecting a breach. A hacker is reported to have stolen names, billing ZIP codes, delivery addresses, email addresses, and payment card information, like account number, expiration date, and CVV numbers of Pizza Hut customers. While the company assures the public that less than 1 percent of their customers were actually affected. Disappointingly, they didn’t take the opportunity to provide a pizza pie chart to visually reinforce the data. Read More >