Skip the hysteria. What you need to know about the big ransomware attack.

Ransomware

Summary:  Let's take a break from the media hysteria about the massive global attack by software built by the NSA. Cybersecurity expert Marcus Ranum explains why hospitals were the focus of the attack, why organizations are so vulnerable after a decade of warnings, and what will create effective defenses. This continues our years of coverage about cybersecurity, one of … Continue reading Skip the hysteria. What you need to know about the big ransomware attack.

After the largest cyberattack ever, here’s how to defend against the next & bigger ones

Cyberdefense

Summary: The breakout year for cybersecurity continues, with a massive global attack -- more than 45,000 attacks in 99 countries by software linked to (built by?) the NSA (source). In this from the archives cybersecurity expert Marcus Ranum explains defense in this new world. Offense gets all the attention, but smart organisations win by defense. See today's second post: … Continue reading After the largest cyberattack ever, here’s how to defend against the next & bigger ones

Stratfor untangles the web of Russia’s cyber operations

Stratfor looks at Russian Hackers

Summary: 2016 was the breakout year for cybercrime, a revolution largely ignored by journalists. Here Stratfor looks at one aspect that has gotten attention lately -- hackers operating from Russia. It is a natural match - a nation with a first class educational system and high rates of poverty. The West can't suppress Russian hackers … Continue reading Stratfor untangles the web of Russia’s cyber operations

Exposing the farcical claims about Russian hacking of the election

Putin - cyberwarrior

Summary: As the hysteria builds about Russia's "hacking" the presidential election by revealing hidden truths, the factual basis of the story continues to erode. The episode displays the symbiotic farce of American politics and journalism, and their decay. Here's another summary of the story, and the overwhelming rebuttal evidence. “Mr. President, if that’s what you … Continue reading Exposing the farcical claims about Russian hacking of the election

We’ve attacked yet another nation. How long until somebody hits back?

Summary: We feel big and bold, waging one-sided cyber attacks on other nations.  Without warning. Shredding US and international law, including UN treaties signed and approved by the Senate. We are creating the precedents for this new form of war. Eventually we will become a target, vulnerable because of our extraordinary reliance on high-tech system. Probably … Continue reading We’ve attacked yet another nation. How long until somebody hits back?