All posts by patrickdigitalmedia

Girls Inc. in the spotlight: Nonprofit Pitch Fest contest grand prize winner

Read full post Girls Inc. of San Diego County was founded 50 years ago as a local affiliate of the national Girls Inc. The national organization was started as the Girls Club of America more than 150 years ago, to...

/ November 22, 2017

Chromebook exploit earns researcher second $100k bounty

Read full post A year on from Google’s last $100,000 bug bounty payout, the same researcher has found a second critical persistent compromise of Chrome OS.

/ November 22, 2017

Apple served with warrant for Texas mass killer’s iCloud data

Read full post Texas police are looking for any data stored by gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, who was found with an iPhone after he killed himself.

/ November 22, 2017

Uber suffered massive data breach, then paid hackers to keep quiet

Read full post Uber suffered a data breach in 2016, but didn’t tell anyone – instead, it seems the company paid the hackers to help to hush it up.

/ November 21, 2017

New OWASP Top 10 List Includes Three New Web Vulns

Read full post But dropping cross-site request forgeries from list is a mistake, some analysts say.

/ November 21, 2017

Uber concealed hack of 57 million accounts for more than a year

Read full post The company’s former chief security officer kept the hack a secret.

/ November 21, 2017

A Call for Greater Regulation of Digital Currencies

Read full post A new report calls for international collaboration to create more transparency with virtual currencies and track money used for cybercrime.

/ November 21, 2017

Iranian Nation-State Hacker Indicted for HBO Hack, Extortion

Read full post ‘Winter is coming,’ DoJ official says of overseas hackers such as the alleged HBO hacker who steal intellectual property from the US.

/ November 21, 2017

Ex-Facebook privacy manager dishes the dirt on your data

Read full post “Lawmakers shouldn’t allow Facebook to regulate itself. Because it won’t.”

/ November 21, 2017

US Senate takes aim at “warrantless surveillance”

Read full post The proposal would put curbs on Section 702, but will it pass?

/ November 21, 2017

Half of Americans Unsure of Online Shopping Safety

Read full post Consumers struggle to determine the safety of online shopping websites, putting them at risk for holiday hacking.

/ November 21, 2017

GitHub starts scanning millions of projects for insecure components

Read full post The code repository will warn you about insecure dependencies

/ November 21, 2017

6 Real Black Friday Phishing Lures

Read full post As the mega-shopping day approaches, here’s a look at six examples of phishing attacks – and ways to avoid taking the bait.

/ November 21, 2017

Let’s Take a Page from the Credit Card Industry’s Playbook

Read full post Internal security departments would do well to follow the processes of major credit cards.

/ November 21, 2017

6 Real Black Friday Phishing Lures

Read full post As the mega-shopping day approaches, here’s a look at six examples of phishing attacks – and ways to avoid taking the bait.

/ November 21, 2017

New campaigns spread banking malware through Google Play

Read full post For a user, it can be difficult to figure out whether an app is malicious. First off it is always good only to install applications from the Google Play store, since most malware is still mainly spread...

/ November 21, 2017

Germany bans sale, distribution and possession of kids’ smartwatches

Read full post The regulator is telling parents it’s up to them to destroy the things

/ November 21, 2017

Cybersecurity for journalists and the news media

Read full post In journalism, having good contacts is key and this is true when it comes to defending your digital assets. The following are some sources – of information and, possibly, assistance – that you might want to cultivate....

/ November 21, 2017

Cisco, Interpol team up to share cybercriminal threat data

Read full post The tech giant and law enforcement agency will share intelligence on the latest cyberthreats.

/ November 21, 2017

Only…zero days left until the holiday shopping season!

Read full post he holidays are a time when people purchase gifts for their friends, families, and yes, even for themselves. Increasingly, children are using and accessing more and more digital devices — making it important for everyone to work...

/ November 21, 2017

Why You Should Use a VPN on Public WiFi

Read full post Working remotely? It only takes a moment on a free WiFi connection for a hacker to access to your personal accounts. While complimentary WiFi is convenient, protecting your connection with a VPN is the best way stay...

/ November 21, 2017

Researcher Finds Hole in Windows ASLR Security Defense

Read full post A security expert found a way to work around Microsoft’s Address Space Randomization Layer, which protects the OS from memory-based attacks.

/ November 20, 2017

Amazon Echo and Google Home patched against BlueBorne threat

Read full post The attack doesn’t require the targeted to be paired to the attacker’s device, or to be in discoverable mode

/ November 20, 2017

North Korea’s Lazarus Group Evolves Tactics, Goes Mobile

Read full post The group believed to be behind the Sony breach and attacks on the SWIFT network pivots from targeted to mass attacks.

/ November 20, 2017

US intelligence can’t break vulnerability hoarding habit

Read full post Vulnerabilities: keep them secret as a weapon against the bad guys or tell the world so we can all get patched?

/ November 20, 2017

FCC: robocalls can go get BLOCKED

Read full post But, it could come at a price

/ November 20, 2017

DDoS Attack Attempts Doubled in 6 Months

Read full post Organizations face an average of eight attempts a day, up from an average of four per day at the beginning of this year.

/ November 20, 2017

New Guide for Political Campaign Cybersecurity Debuts

Read full post The Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook created by bipartisan Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P) group provides political campaigns with tips for securing data, accounts.

/ November 20, 2017

3 Ways to Retain Security Operations Staff

Read full post Finding skilled security analysts is hard enough. Once you do, you’ll need to fight to keep them working for you. These tips can help.

/ November 20, 2017

Amazon to fix Key home security vulnerability

Read full post The Amazon Key smart-lock vulnerability means you could be opening up your home to random strangers

/ November 20, 2017

Kids’ smartwatches banned in Germany over spying concerns

Read full post German parents are being told to destroy smartwatches they have bought for their children after the country’s telecoms regulator put a blanket ban in place to prevent sale of the devices, amid growing privacy concerns. The post...

/ November 20, 2017

UK’s ICO issues stark reminder of backlash for privacy invasion

Read full post The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the United Kingdom has issued a stark reminder and straight-to-the-point warning for all employees who might be tempted to snoop on others’ personal data. The post UK’s ICO issues stark reminder...

/ November 20, 2017

Monday review – the hot 19 stories of the week

Read full post From hackers spreading ransomware via RDP and how crooks break into Gmail to Facebook’s ex-president admitting they exploited “vulnerability in human psychology”, and more!

/ November 20, 2017

Linus Torvalds: ‘I don’t trust security people to do sane things’

Read full post The prominent Linux engineer has suggested models used to approach kernel security are entirely wrong.

/ November 20, 2017

Is your business ready for the Holiday Season?

Read full post Unfortunately, as with every opportunity, there are people who want to benefit from your success without putting in the hard work. Cybercriminals will view the increase in traffic and spending as opportunities to make extra money. The...

/ November 20, 2017

Skype faces fine after refusing to allow eavesdropping

Read full post The trouble began when authorities came knocking, wanting to listen in on organised crime

/ November 17, 2017

Businesses Can’t Tell Good Bots from Bad Bots: Report

Read full post Bots make up more than 75% of total traffic for some businesses, but one in three can’t distinguish legitimate bots from malicious ones.

/ November 17, 2017

Twitter gets tough on white supremacists with new policy

Read full post Verified user badges are not an endorsement and and you can’t be sure they’ll always be there

/ November 17, 2017

Mobile Malware Incidents Hit 100% of Businesses

Read full post Attempted malware infections against BYOD and corporate mobile devices are expected to continue to grow, new data shows.

/ November 17, 2017

Tips to Protect the DNS from Data Exfiltration

Read full post If hackers break in via the Domain Name System, most business wouldn’t know until it’s too late. These tips can help you prepare.

/ November 17, 2017