Sacrebleu. Those crafty Brits (in reality, London City based Banks) are now planning on hoarding Bitcoins to pay cyberransoms to so-called cybercriminals. Translation: They are currently doing so, so come on guys, make your scurrilous demands, they're ready for you. HatTip
"The virtual currency, which is highly prized by criminal networks because it cannot be traced, is being acquired by blue chip companies in order to pay ransoms..." via The Guardian's Jamie Doward
Behold, the story of Lisa Wiswell, currently Chief of Digital Security [aka Bureaucracy Hacker at the Defense Digital Service organization see here] for the DoD's Defense Digital Service and originator of the Pentagon's Bug Bounty program. Penned by Anna Mulrine Grobe, staff writer practicing her craft at the Christian Science Monitor's Passcode security focused blog; and Deemed this week's MustRead. Note, there is much more of interest with this effort, visible here.
via Memo writer Oliver Smith , comes news of the organization's Puzzle Book published by the United Kingdom's GCHQ, titled, appropriately, The GCHQ Puzzle Book [link is not affiliated with Infosecurity.US]. Further, according to The Memo, proceeds of the Puzzle Book will go to the Duchess of Cambridge’s Heads Together campaign.
"Here are two puzzles from the upcoming book to get you warmed up:
Identify the following:GOCWIKTCEPIPEWNMBCMVFSCFTFLCWPGROCBLCPSMWho am I?My first is in Finland but not in FinnishMy second is in Estonia but not in EstonianMy third is in Albania but not in AlbanianMy fourth is in Sweden but not in SwedishMy fifth is in Germany but not in GermanMy sixth is in Iceland but not in IcelandicMy last is in Wales but not in WelshMy whole is in England but not in EnglishWhere am I?"
via The Memo