Hutton Hotel removes unwanted malware guest

Hutton Hotel removes unwanted malware guest

The long sorted list of companies that have had their payment systems has added a new victim to it’s ranks. This past Friday the upscale Hutton Hotel, a stones throw from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, disclosed that their...

IP Expo Nordic and getting Popp’d by ransomware

IP Expo Nordic and getting Popp’d by ransomware

Ransomware has become all the rage in the security field these days. Both from the perspective of the writers and the defenders. The media is lousy with these articles and I’m apparently not above writing about it myself. This...

Information security and the flaming sword of justice

Information security and the flaming sword of justice

There have been times in my career where I found it almost necessary for me to breathe into a paper bag after hearing some asinine positions on what security should be. I have encountered what I like to refer as the “flaming...

Meteors, disasters and the diesel generators

Meteors, disasters and the diesel generators

In August of 2003 it was just after 4 pm and I was leaving a vendor event where I was watching a professional tennis match. I was looking forward to the weekend ahead with a light Friday on the schedule. I could not have known how...

Ransomware from Stoned to pwned

Ransomware from Stoned to pwned

When I was in the trenches as a defender I saw all manner of malicious software. The first one I ever encountered back in the late 80s was the Stoned virus. This was a simple program that was lobbying the infected computer...

Who you gonna call when the crisis comes

Who you gonna call when the crisis comes

There will be times in your career when you know that you will face a crisis. These will be times when things will go horribly and irretrievably wrong. The breach news from Yahoo yesterday is a perfect example. One question that...

University of Ottawa gets failing grade in data breach

University of Ottawa gets failing grade in data breach

The University of Ottawa has found itself the subject of an investigation regarding a potential data breach. According to news reports, the information of some 900 students may have been exposed when an external hard drive went...

Sexting, Weiner and other bad ideas

When I was a kid I was always flirting with the edge of trouble. I was really fortunate that I had strong guidance and good friends that helped to keep me from getting into any real sort of trouble. But, not everyone was so lucky....

Backups aren't just for smoking crater scenarios

Backups aren't just for smoking crater scenarios

Every company I had worked for in the past was another piece in my continuing education. Along the way there have been some lessons that were recurring. One of the main ones was around backups. Time and again I would encounter the...

Sour attackers publish health data on Olympic athletes

Sour attackers publish health data on Olympic athletes

There is really no denying it. The Russians are still upset about the decision to ban their athletes from performing in the Olympics this year in Rio. The part that still causes me to scratch my head is that they cheated and they...

IoT and your digital supply chain

IoT and your digital supply chain

“Money, it's a gas. Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash”, Pink Floyd is always near and dear to my heart. No doubt the theme song to a lot of producers of devices that fall into the category of Internet of Things or...

Data breaches move into syndication

Data breaches move into syndication

Data breaches, much like death and taxes, are a fact of life these days. They are getting bigger and uglier with each passing breach. There are massive that occurring on what seems like a daily basis. I read breach reports as a...

Attackers Launch DDoS Attacks And the Kitchen Sink 

Attackers Launch DDoS Attacks And the Kitchen Sink 

First off, full disclosure, I work for Akamai as my day job. I don’t want any illusion on the point as I discuss the latest State of the Internet report that I was fortunate enough to be a part of creating. That being said, it...

Montreal cops hunting data thieves

Montreal cops hunting data thieves

When I was a kid growing up I was always enamored with the old cops and robbers movies. I was always amazed a the criminals terrible OPSEC even at a young age. I could never fathom how they didn’t get pinched with that striped...

If an Infosec policy falls in the forest

If an Infosec policy falls in the forest

When you are building an Information Security practice you need a solid governance structure in place. For those of you who might not be familiar we can look at it a more accessible way. If you are building a house you need a...

White House picks a CISO and, spoiler alert, I didn’t get the job

White House picks a CISO and, spoiler alert, I didn’t get the job

There simply isn’t an emoji to capture my emotion at a moment like this. I didn’t even get a rejection letter. The White House first announced that they were seeking a candidate in February 2016. Yesterday, The White House...

Brazzers gets the shaft in data breach

Brazzers gets the shaft in data breach

Years ago, I remember a time when water was free. You would just drink it from the tap and you had to pay for your ‘dirty magazines’. Times have changed to say the least. I was in the market the other day and they were selling a...

Humpday data breach report

It has been a helluva week to say the least. But, before I get to the cavalcade of compromised companies let’s roll back the clock to July 2012. Back that summer I was simply gobsmacked by the number of breaches that were cropping...

SWIFT kick in the banking

SWIFT kick in the banking

When SWIFT made headlines back in April of 2016, I could not help but wonder how bad things really were. Many people were blissfully unaware as to what SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) even was...

The Good Ole Days Of Hacker Summer Camp

The Good Ole Days Of Hacker Summer Camp

Only now am I starting to recover the feeling in my legs from my adventures in the Vegas desert. Over time my conference going experience has changed for me as it relates to BSides Las Vegas, Black Hat and DEF CON. Much in the...

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