Tag Archives: security

Free Books for Learning to Code, The Fate of the Galaxy Note 7, and More in Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week

There has never been a better time to learn a programming language. O’Reilly Books now has a section on their website for free ebooks about programming. Samsung’s long battle with the notoriously temperamental Galaxy Note 7 has ended in discontinuation, after reports of replacement phones exploding. Yahoo has filed a patent for posters that will […]

Huge IOT Attack now Publicly Available, A Credit Card That Defends Against Fraud, and More in Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week

The Internet of Things-based botnet attack that silenced security researcher Brian Krebs’ blog for a short period was a chilling reminder of how insecure most IOT devices still are. The source code behind the attack has been released, and that means more hackers can perform similar attacks wherever they choose. The biggest vulnerability in your […]

Exploding Handsets, Internet Under Attack: Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week

Hard drive manufacturer Seagate is in the middle of a lawsuit filed by its own employees for leaking their tax information in a phishing attack. The future of the global economy may look grim from down here, but there could be a bright future for industry in space.  Samsung recently recalled the Galaxy Note 7 […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 09/02/2016

You might have heard about the Dropbox hack – security expert Troy Hunt says it’s worse than originally thought, a lot worse.  Modular smartphones were the big-ticket idea a few years ago, though many everyday consumers didn’t quite get it. Google has announced the suspension of their modular smartphone project, Project Ara. Artificial intelligence is […]

New Phishing Tactic Targets Voicemail Users – Here’s What to Look for

Stop and think before you click on anything. Xavier Mertens of the SANS Internet Storm Center has released information on a clever phishing attack designed to look like a voicemail message from someone at a company the victim is familiar with. Often, phishing attempts will be disguised as documents like bills or reports. The victim […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 08/26/2016

Technology will never stop changing. If you want to get ahead, you need to adopt early and learn fast. What’s 200 times stronger than steel and smaller than 10 nanometers? The incredible graphene bubble! It’s still a little like the wild west, but even in the field of info security the unjust get what’s coming […]

Aging Infrastructure and the Delta Outage

Last week an outage at Delta grounded planes worldwide. There was no devastating hack attempt, and the servers at Delta’s data center weren’t melting in a huge fire. The Week spoke to Delta COO Gil West, who said, “Monday morning a critical power control module at our Technology Command Center malfunctioned, causing a surge to […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 08/12/2016

Facebook recently announced that they would be circumventing ad-blocking browser addons. The Adblock Plus team was quick to find a workaround, but they’ll have to be even quicker to keep up with Facebook’s next move. Researchers have discovered a vulnerability affecting up to 100 million Volkswagens, and it could render the vehicles’ remote locking systems […]

2016 Cisco Midyear Security Report Released, the Key Takeaways

Ransomware is the most profitable malware type in history, and Cisco predicts that ransomware as a whole will become more sophisticated, destructive, and dangerous as time goes on. Attackers continue to innovate, and defenders are struggling to plug the holes in their networks. The 2016 Cisco Midyear Security report was released last week, and Cisco’s […]

Defend Your Network With Cisco Meraki MX, AMP, and Threat Grid

The online threat landscape is constantly evolving, and responsive protection makes all the difference. Last week during Cisco Live it was revealed that Cisco’s world-class Advanced Malware Prevention (AMP) and Threat Grid are coming to the Cisco Meraki MX family of security appliances, and that means your business network will be safer than ever. You […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 07/15/2016

Ransomware is designed to get you to pay for access to your files, but there’s a new ransomware variant that asks for ransom and just deletes your files. Cisco’s Talos has more details in their report.  “Null” is the computer science concept/term used to represent a value of 0. Null Island is a “place” at 0°N […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 07/01/2016

Newfound vulnerabilities in Norton and Symantec security software could allow hackers to infect machines simply by sending emails containing malicious code. A study conducted on 200 resold hard drives concluded that 78% of them contained personally identifiable information or other sensitive data, even when they were supposed to have been wiped totally clean. Tesla teased […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 06/24/2016

“Hospital innovation” is not a phrase you really expect to hear in tech. Hospitals are usually running on outdated technology, or they’re investing in new technology that makes the patient experience unpleasant. Today’s entrepreneurs have a chance to change the way medicine and technology interact, and they might just be able to make it better […]

Hacks Every Week – How to Keep Your Data Safe

Change your passwords. In 2012, the extremely popular professional networking site LinkedIn was hacked. Originally, the estimate on compromised passwords was around 6.5 million. That figure isn’t small, but this May, LinkedIn publicly acknowledged that 117 million passwords were actually compromised in the attack. CNN reports that hackers have been selling the exposed data from […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week, 06/17/2016

The FBI’s new facial recognition tool was built rather quietly, and reports state that it has access to way more photos than originally estimated. Features in cars are coming to depend ever more on connection to the internet, and yet we can’t secure them properly. What can be done to protect our smart vehicles? Earth […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 06/03/2016

Google’s self-driving cars just get more and more sophisticated. Their newest upgrade? They recognize when to honk! Bloatware that comes pre-installed on a computer isn’t just a pain because it takes up space. The preloaded update systems on computers from OEMs like Asus and Dell actually open your computer up to exploits. Elon Musk thinks […]

Android Malware Posing as Legitimate Apps, Stealing Bank Account Info

FireEye reports that they have identified an Android malware family named SlemBunk that is actively phishing for specific financial institutions’ customer login credentials. SlemBunk monitors app activity on the phone, and when a targeted bank app is launched it injects a phishing overlay onto the legitimate login screen – stealing any credentials that the user […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 05/13/2016

Keep your software updated. A huge vulnerability has been discovered in 7-Zip, the popular compression software, that is affecting antivirus and other programs with devastating results. Do you know where your old phones go? Well PBS NewsHour  shipped off some GPS trackers for “recycling” and the results are surprising. Antibiotics often have some noticeable effects […]

Scammers Taking Advantage of Prince’s Death – What to Watch out for

Yesterday, news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead in his home in Minneapolis at age 57. He was found unresponsive in an elevator and was declared dead shortly after. He performed in Atlanta last week as part of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour, a stripped down show that has featured a mix […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 04-15-2016

USB-C is the latest, greatest USB protocol, but it has flaws big enough to convince anyone to be wary of third-party cables (they can fry your equipment or steal your data, if engineered in a certain way) — that’s why the committee behind USB-C is putting a safety net in place to catch bad cables. […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 04/08/2016

  “Sustainability” has become a buzzword so hard-ridden that it barely registers in corporate announcements and ad campaigns anymore. This concrete made from pollution is a material that actually deserves the title. AI tends to talk funny. Computers have trouble expressing concepts with imagery and idioms the way people do. That’s why more wordsmiths are […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 03/18/2016

Tax season is when identity theft pays off for cybercriminals, and it can happen to anyone. Even Lifehacker’s Eric Ravenscraft has been affected by identity theft. Ransomware is scary. Ransomware thwarted by a newbie mistake? Hilarious. One software developer’s example code was used in a real species of ransomware, and he easily unraveled the malicious […]

High-Profile Malvertising Attack Puts Millions of Users at Risk

Malware attacks include more than phishing attempts and spoofed emails. On Sunday, March 13, websites like nfl.com, aol.com, nytimes.com, msn.com, and many other extremely high-traffic sites were serving up ads weaponized with malware. Malvertising is a malware delivery method where the attacker designs a convincing ad to put on an online ad network. Usually, when […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 03/11/2016

It turns out the first ransomware capable of infecting Macs is a retooled Linux trojan. Apple fixed the vulnerability, but how did it happen in the first place? Password strength indicators are part of pretty much every account creation page on the Internet now, but do you know how easy it is to crack your […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 02-26-2016

A hacker doesn’t need to be sophisticated to be effective. Brute force is often the best way to find the most permeable parts of a business network. Educating your employees on social engineering tactics, staying up to date on the latest security news, and learning security best practices for yourself are simple ways to make […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 1/29/2016

  Keeping yourself updated on tech might seem difficult, but it’s all about knowing where to start. Here are a few tech stories to get you thinking in the right direction, these are Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week. A new year begs new predictions, CRN gives us their 10 security predictions for 2016. Cisco […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 12/04/2015

As the weather (finally) gets cooler there’s plenty happening in the world of tech. Porsche’s lineup might be getting an eco-upgrade soon, Mozilla could be saying goodbye to a beloved app, and tolerance for tech crime is being tested. This is Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week. Porsche’s Mission E project has gotten the greenlight, […]

Liberty Technology Back From XChange 2015, and We’ve Got News

From August 9 – 11 The Channel Company was in Washington D.C. to host XChange 2015, their annual conference that brings together influential technology vendors, executives, and IT industry analysts from all over the world. Liberty Technology’s Ben Johnson and Nathan Jones were in attendance, and they weren’t there just for the networking. The XChange […]

Microsoft announces the end of support for Windows Server 2003; how to make your migration even easier.

Microsoft has announced the end of support for Windows Server 2003, and that means some adjustments will need to be made for any business currently using Windows Server 2003 as part of their infrastructure. After July 14, 2015 Microsoft will no longer be pushing out security updates for the 12 year old server environment, so […]