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The Drone Wars Have Arrived

February 22, 2017

An army of good drones will protect our high-value targets at all times. 

In February 2014 we warned of the impending urban drone wars:
The police department after dealing with this incident is forced to develop a policy which entails the deployment of drones which can’t fire weapons but are capable of interfering with other drones by knocking into them. After all, few municipalities will be like this one in Texas which is OK arming its drones. I predict most police departments will be concerned about lawsuits resulting from drones killing someone inadvertently.

Criminals will soon realize a single flying gadget won’t help them so much and will be drawn into a drone arms race requiring each side to ramp up their drone numbers in order to win any encounter.





How Microsoft Just Scared the IT Community to Death

February 14, 2017



Brad Smith
, the President and Chief Legal Officer at Microsoft spoke recently at a conference and wrote about the need for a Digital Geneva Convention which would do a number of things. For example, it would eliminate targeting of tech companies, assist the private sector in dealing with attacks and restrain cyber-weapon development. “Conflicts between nations are no longer confined to the ground, sea and air, as cyberspace has become a potential new and global battleground,” he said.

The company went on to say it spends a tremendous amount on cybersecurity but it isn't enough... We need to do more, a lot more.

Why should this scare us to death?




Trump, Obama and Other Topics I heard at ITEXPO

February 10, 2017



ITEXPO

is filled with leading-edge tech visionaries and people who travel a great deal so I figured it's worth passing along a few things I learned in Fort Lauderdale this past week.

  1. A few people were denied entry to the country to come to the show and I queried my team if it was related to our new President, Trump. The answer was shocking, the people were from the middle east and the Obama administration was in charge when they were denied entry. No one was denied under Trump, as far as I know. Of course, he hasn't been president for a long time so this could change but...
  2. A few people I spoke with this week, who frequently come to the U.S.


Methbot: These ARE the Russian Cybercriminals We're Looking For

December 20, 2016

We have heard that Russian hacking caused Hillary Clinton the election for the last few weeks. But some surmise that pushing this narrative was done expressly to sway electors. Now that the vote is behind us - perhaps the Russian hacking that really deserves media attention is Methbot - a clever solution where hackers purchased blocks of IP addresses - making them appear to be in the U.S. and using Chrome on Macbooks to watch videos.

Ransomware Fog Rolls over SanFran Muni, SFMTA

November 28, 2016

We’ve known ransomware costs for a small- to medium-sized business can be $99,000, per Kapersky Labs. This includes lost business data, productivity and perhaps trade secrets or proprietary information, as well as increased spending on IT security.

A new Vanson Bourne survey, sponsored by SentinelOne of 500 cybersecurity decision makers reveals that recovery from a ransomware infection takes 33 employee hours. Suffering this potential consequence were the 48% of organizations that reported being subjected to at least one ransomware attack during the last 12 months.

Is Yahoo the Preferred E-Mail of Terrorists?

October 4, 2016

Some weird news is coming out about Yahoo! secretly providing the FBI and NSA with information about users who utilize certain phrases in their emails. This would make a lot of sense from a security standpoint but obviously destroys everyone's privacy as innocent civilians become targets of snooping. This is the case because you need to scan all emails to find the ones which match your criteria.

The news is weird because it doesn't make sense to just have one email provider scan their communications - naturally Microsoft and Google as well as others would have to do the same.

Cybersecurity and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

September 25, 2016

There are perhaps four major cybersecurity incidents in my mind which are world-changing. The first is the OPM data breach which allowed China to get the most intimate secrets of virtually all federal employees – tens of millions of them. As I’ve described – this information, which is super top-secret and consists of sexual history could be used to blackmail U.S. workers.

President Obama, After $400 Million, Where are Those Criminal Iranian Hackers ?

August 5, 2016

Why did we ship a fortune to our mortal enemy and not get the indicted cybercriminals living in Iran who attacked us, in return?

The U.S. is in a cyberwar. It's common knowledge.

The New Threat: Drones Attacking Industrial Systems

August 5, 2016

We’ve discussed how recreational drones can be used as murder weapons in the past but drones can also be used in ways which businesses and governments should find quite disturbing. At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, Yokogawa Senior Principal Tech Specialist Jeff Melrose explained there are numerous drone-related problems to be concerned about:

  1. They can be used to block sensors in factories such as those monitoring temperature.
  2. They can block radio signals using a jammer or similar device making a factory and IoT devices unable to communicate or perhaps communicate erratically.
  3. They can be used to trail a vehicle at up to 25 MPH.
  4. They can infiltrate computer networks – attacking WiFi as well as bluetooth mice and keyboards to get into a network.

 

In addition, the Marines have a drone which can best be described as a mini-tank, capable of firing guns and launching grenades. It comes in two sizes – the large one can potentially fire 3,000 rounds per minute!

The Opportunities of the Dark Web

May 13, 2016

What I learned from the first-ever dark web event.



Yesterday, we held the world’s first Dark Web conference called Inside Dark Web – with partners Bob Miko and Alan Meckler. When we first decided to launch the event we discussed the business opportunities the dark web presents. After the event, there are a few observations I’ve made that I think are worth sharing.

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