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It’s been almost a year now, since the pandemic seemingly turned our worlds upside-down in what was seemingly an instant.  Many workers who had never worked remotely began doing so on a regular basis.  And while that was immensely helpful in curtailing the spread of the physical virus, e-viruses have flourished, as anyone with even a grain of cybersecurity knowledge accurately predicted. So, while we tried to warn folks, we knew we’d have our work…
Today, Apple offered emergency security patches for the iOS 14.4 and iPad OS 14.4 platforms, warning users that they found three separate security vulnerabilities… Vulnerabilities that hackers might already be in the process of exploiting. READ: DO NOT DELAY UPDATING YOUR iPHONE OR OTHER APPLE DEVICE!!! While Apple declined to provide in-depth vulnerability details, here is what we do know? CVE-2021-1782: Kernel vulnerability Impact: A malicious application may be able to elevate privileges. Apple is…
Waves are everywhere, even if you don’t see them. In fact, you can’t see them until you observe them- hence the very weird “double-slit” experiment. As patterns go, they extend for what appears to be forever. Don’t believe us? Just ask the fractal (rapidly expanding) universe. Talk about a bad case of entropy! Surprisingly, these patterns apply to the stock market as well, which is why, as with everything else, three words apply: data, data,…
It was a dark week in US politics last week, ranging from the storming of the Capitol Building on January 6 to impeachment papers being drafted on the president, for inciting said act. But it’s turning out to be a dark week for others, as well. Take John Matze, for example.  He is the CEO of Parler, which is an alternative social media outlet that prides itself on its “free speech” policies. As you may…
With only 8 days in, 2021 boasts a smorgasbord of choices for “Breaking News” headlines. Our favorite?  Bitcoin. The flagship cryptocurrency has hit record milestones, making believers out of many. From Forbes: “The bitcoin price has added a staggering 400% over the last 12 months, climbing as institutional investors warm to the cryptocurrency and payments giants such as PayPal add their support. Now, with retail investors increasingly eyeing bitcoin in light of its recent…
The breach of the Capitol building this week was both shocking and scary, but what is clear from the pictures that are emerging is that it was not only the physical structure that was violated that day. What we have seen since Wednesday is that the MAGA rioters were able to not only able to break into the offices of congresspeople, but they were able to remain there long enough to snap pictures of themselves…
Critical Threat Discovered A hardcoded, admin-level backdoor vulnerability (CVE-2020-29583) has been found in over 1000,000 Zyxel firewalls, VPN gateways, and access point controllers.  Discovered by Eye Control researchers, these backdoor accounts can allow bad actors to access your information either via the web administration panel or the SSH interface This flaw is so vulnerable, in fact, that it is cited as one of the worst types of vulnerabilities for software or applications to even exist,…
With time going by and no real response from the White House regarding the SolarWinds breach, it can be pretty easy to forget about it and move on to the next media cycle.  Because that’s what we tend to do here in the US. However, doing that is just NOT a good idea in this … SolarWinds Breach: Did We Learn Our Lesson Yet? Read More » The post SolarWinds Breach: Did We Learn Our
It’s true that the current administration does not appear to be reacting to the massive CozyBear cyber breach it fell victim to this year, but fortunately, it appears that somebody is doing something. Who is that somebody? This little company you may have heard of before; it’s called “Microsoft.”  And if there was ever a … New Cyber Superhero? Microsoft Flexes its Cyber Muscles Read More » The post New Cyber Superhero? Microsoft Flexes its
We have been reporting for quite a while now that the cyber security within the US government, in general, is just NOT up to par.  The recent breach we have discussed over the last week or so really highlighted that fact.  It was well-known even before this Russian cyberattack but not much has really been … US Government’s Cyber Security is a Global Embarrassment Read More » The post US Government’s Cyber Security is a