Dealing with social engineering at times of uncertainty

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Human failure is the single biggest contributing factor to security incidents, hacks and data breaches. Social engineers, cybercriminals that invest in human errors rather than technical vulnerabilities, are always on the lookout for exclusive opportunities to incite strong feelings in their targets and prod them to make a fatal mistake.

The anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the immigration ban in the U.S. provides the perfect climate for social engineering attacks, a fact that is largely ignored while the political aspects of the ban are being highlighted and fanned with ample frequency by the media. Continue reading

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Zeltser: How to meet future cybersecurity challenges

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Cybersecurity is one of the most fluid and changing fields of the tech industry. Every year, new threats and challenges emerge, outpacing past records and expectations. In this respect 2016 was no different. But as online services become more and more prominent and critical to our daily lives and businesses, being able to respond to threats before they deal their damage becomes more critical.

Case in point: The October 21 DDoS attack against Dyn cut millions of users from popular services such as Twitter and Netflix. That is something that most people can shrug off. But what happens when our cars, homes, hospitals and power grids depend on the correct functionality of our digital and online systems?

Cybersecurity expert Lenny Zeltser believes that new approaches to fighting malware can give a leg up in fighting cyberattacks and help organizations stay ahead of cybercriminals. Continue reading

This is how you encrypt your entire life

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Man in the middle attacks. Social engineering. Large scale data breaches. Government surveillance. Device theft. Those are just some of the threats standing in your way as you try to carry on a safe digital life.

APTs. Three letter agencies. Script kiddies. State-sponsored hackers. Cybercrime rings. Data-hungry corporations. Jealous coworkers. Disgruntled employees.

And those are just some of the sources that those threats might come from.

The point is, as more of our lives become digitized and stored on computers and online servers, our data becomes more valuable and makes us more vulnerable to cyberattacks. Continue reading

What is Full-Disk Encryption (FDE)?

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If you think someone without your desktop login won’t be able to access your computer’s files, think again. Anyone with mediocre IT skills can take your your hard disk, plug it as a secondary drive to another computer, and extract your files.

So how can you protect your files from hackers?

One option would be to encrypt your sensitive files manually or avoid storing them on your computer altogether and lock them away in a safe cloud. An alternative is to use Full-Disk Encryption (FDE), a technique that scrambles everything stored on your computer and makes it only accessible to the person with the decryption key. Continue reading

Blockchain’s promise for the gaming industry

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Over the past decade, the gaming industry has gone through immense revolutions and transformations. The old model of paying once with cash and buying games of the shelf is slowly giving way to platforms such as Steam and app stores where you buy games online or pay as you play.

Games have now become full-fledged commerce platforms and markets, where players spend money to pay for services, access expansion packs and extra levels, or buy and exchange in-game assets and resources with other players. Continue reading

These hacks and data breaches broke records in 2016

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We’ve been saying this for many years: This year’s cyberattacks dwarfed last year’s. And in this regard, 2016 was no exception. From online fraud to account takeovers and data breaches, and everything else, attacks were dished out in bigger sizes and higher frequencies than before.

Some trends such as ransomware and DDoS attacks dominated the headlines, but that was not all 2016 had in stock. While experts might differ on which were the biggest hacks of the year, there’s no denying that the following four cases were really unprecedented in their own kind. Continue reading

Why I’m giving up on Twitter conversations

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I love Twitter, have been using it for years, and my Twitter account is much more active than my LinkedIn or Facebook. I use it regularly to share my latest articles with my followers, share links to other scoops and articles that are worth reading, post amusing comments on others’ posts, or simply vent my frustration when a particularly complicated article is giving me a hard time.

But Twitter gets frustrating as soon as exchanges start to get technical and lengthy in nature. And my latest episode happened yesterday, after VentureBeat ran my latest article, which explored the intersection of blockchain and cybersecurity. Continue reading