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26 Jan 2016

In Case You Were Wondering, Here’s How to Store Passwords Correctly

Every article on passwords must start by discussing the same subject, so here it is: You’ve chosen a weak password, and deployed it unwisely. This article, however, doesn’t choose password formation as its primary focus. There has been a flurry of activity in the news lately about users who’ve been

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19 Jan 2016

The Ukrainian Power Outage: Be Very Afraid It Will Happen Here

The story hides in the back pages of the globe’s newspapers. But it must be read. On December 23, large parts of Ukraine – a bitter enemy of Vladimir Putin’s Russia – were plunged into darkness as the electrical grid was hit by a malware attack. Ukraine makes no bones

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05 Jan 2016

Ransomware Gets Real: the 2016 Cyber Fright of the Year

Call this the year of ransomware – and that means cybercrooks have their eyes on your money. Here is what McAfee said in its Threat Predictions Report: “Ransomware will remain a major and rapidly growing threat in 2016. With upcoming new variants and the success of the ‘ransomware-as-a-service’ business model,

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29 Dec 2015

If You Live In the US, Your Vote Is Being Hacked

Politicians, their staff, and those organizations that support their campaigning efforts should be among the last people to get their hands on American data. This, if nothing else, should be your takeaway from the most recent chapter of the 2016 presidential election. No matter who you’re voting for, (Full disclosure:

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22 Dec 2015

The Internet of Hackable Things

There is a smartphone that you can buy for twenty dollars now. You wouldn’t want to buy it — as a phone, it fails horribly in terms of usability and ergonomics — but it embodies the idea of a smartphone in every way. It has a touchscreen, a camera, a

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15 Dec 2015

Bah, Humbug: Just Don’t Open That E-Card

‘Tis the season: e-cards are now beginning to tumble into our boxes and soon will become an avalanche.  Christians have Christmas, Jews have Hanukkah, African Americans have Kwanzaa,  and other groups have other seasonal holidays, and just about all of them seem to trigger an impulse to send friends and

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