As the President pushes dated cybersecurity legislation and Band-Aid solutions, the Department of Defense reminds us that we have much bigger threats to our cybersecurity than shared our HBO Go passwords.
After a year of running dozens of tests and simulations on over 40 military weapons systems, Pentagon Director of Operations Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) Michael Gilmore found that almost all of them have some kind of major cybersecurity weakness.
“Cyber adversaries have become as serious a threat to U.S. military forces as the air, land, sea, and undersea threats represented in operational testing for decades,” Mr. Gilmore wrote in his annual report for 2014. “Any electronic data exchange, however brief, provides an opportunity for a determined and skilled cyber adversary to monitor, interrupt, or damage information and combat systems.”
If you gauged our interest in data security and privacy as a nation by the amount of effort we put into creating secure passwords, you’d think we never kept valuable information on the Internet or do things like send naked pictures of ourselves with our phones.
Data security firm Splashdata released their popular and cringeworthy annual Read More
While the media decides whether they are or are not Charlie Hebdo, hactivist group Anonymous is getting started with their own plans for the extremists who attacked the Paris weekly.
A YouTube video, uploaded by a Belgian arm of Anonymous and spoken entirely in French, claims that the group will begin shutting down social media accounts and websites of extremists who in line with this week’s massacre of at the Charlie Hebdo offices.
Hits and Misses
In our excitement over the prospect that our refrigerators will soon be able to order milk for us as soon as they know we’ve run out, we often forget about the darker side of the Internet of Things. Embedded systems promise convenience, but they can be hacked like any other computer, and though it sounds bad if someone can Read More
Yesterday, a rumor surfaced on deep web blog DeepDotWeb that Comcast was going to start blocking users of Tor, an anonymous web browser. Comcast Vice President Jason Livingood immediately and rightfully called bullshit, because for all of its customer service foibles, Comcast knows that preventing people from browsing the Internet anonymously would be a daring infringement on user privacy.
The confusion came to rest shortly after the posting of a Business Insider story called “Comcast Denies It Will Cut Off Customers Who Use Tor, The Web Browser For Criminals.” Besides reaffirming the simple notion that you shouldn’t just believe something you read on a subreddit, the story — which was viewed over 22,000 times — reaffirms the notion that Tor is a tool for evil.
When the world found out about the Heartbleed bug, cybersecurity specialists called it “catastrophic” in a way the Internet had never seen. Thank god they got that bug patched up in a matter of a day or two. Oh, wait, never mind.
As it turns out, 97 percent of the 2,000 largest publicly traded companies Read More
When cybercriminals started turning up the heat on American banks, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered a full audit of New York’s banks and their cybersecurity. The Department of Financial Services (DFS) released their report yesterday, and the diagnosis is dire.
The biggest problem with financial cybersecurity, the report says, isn’t a lack Read More
As cloud service companies battle it out for supremacy, one file sharing service sets itself apart by skipping the cloud altogether. It’s called BitTorrent Sync, and starting this week, it’s going to be available through Netgear’s native app store.
Sync is like a cloud storage solution, only with no actual cloud storage involved.
Cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive keep your data in a central online database that you can access from any device — for example, you can work with files on your tablet or laptop, and when you switch over to your PC, the files will still be accessible.
Dropbox announced on its blog yesterday that they’re “growing their leadership” by bringing Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State for the Bush Administration, onto their Board of Directors.
Many in the tech world are calling it a serious misstep, and a slew of headlines are quick to remind us that she is a “Read More
Cloud storage services like Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive are a growing part of American business. But these services are like other password-protected accounts you have — for anyone storing something sensitive, they leave your storage as vulnerate to phishers and black hats as your Facebook or Twitter accounts.
Enter Read More