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Weekly Security Roundup with Clinton Pownall

2021-06-01

“Hackers Hit JBS, the World’s Largest Meat Processor” That’s the headline in The Washington Post, about another crucial supply chain attack, coming just weeks after the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline. JBS announced the attack against its U.S. and Australian operations over the weekend.

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Weekly Security Roundup with Clinton Pownall

2021-05-26

“Vishing Attacks” Beware of Phone Calls Supposedly from Amazon. ZDNet carries the headline “Fraudsters Employ Amazon ‘Vishing’ Attacks in Fake Order Scams,” for an article describing how criminals combine voice with phishing (vishing) to send people fraudulent messages.

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Weekly Security Roundup with Clinton Pownall

2021-05-19

President Biden’s Executive Order to Bolster Cybersecurity “A Great Start.” Following the ransomware attack against Colonial Pipeline, which shut down an estimated 45% of fuel delivery to the East Coast, President Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that placed strict new standards on the cybersecurity…

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Weekly Security Roundup with Clinton Pownall

2021-05-12

“Hacked Pipeline May Stay Shut for Days, Raising Concerns About Fuel Supply.” That’s the headline in The New York Times, which notes: “The shutdown of the 5,500-mile pipeline was a troubling sign that the nation’s energy infrastructure is vulnerable to cyberattacks from criminal groups or nations.”

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Weekly Security Roundup with Clinton Pownall

2021-04-28

“Stop Using Your Work Laptop or Phone for Personal Stuff, Because I Know You Are.” That’s the in-your-face (but too-often true) headline from a recent ZDNet article on the dangers of mixing work and personal computing. The article points to a survey conducted by antivirus vendor Malwarebytes asking about…

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Weekly Security Roundup with Clinton Pownall

2021-04-21

To Russia, with Tough Love. President Biden has announced retaliatory measures against Russia over election interference, the SolarWinds cyberattack and other malign activity. The Wall Street Journal describes the sanctions, diplomatic expulsions and other actions as being…

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Weekly Security Roundup with Clinton Pownall

2021-04-14

Beware of Unsolicited Job Offers—Might be a Golden Chicken. CSO Online reports on criminal groups using LinkedIn profiles to offer people jobs identical to or similar to their current positions. The job offers ask you to click on a zip file to learn more. Don’t do it. As the zip file opens, it unleashes malicious code…

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Weekly Security Roundup with Clinton Pownall

2021-04-07

More than Half a Billion Facebook Users Exposed as Hackers Give Free Access to Personal Data. Over the weekend the news site Insider reported that information for some 533 million Facebook users…

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Weekly Security Roundup with Clinton Pownall

2021-03-31

“NSA Director Says Intelligence Has a Big Blind Spot: Domestic Internet Activity.” That’s the headline in a recent Washington Post report on National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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