via Threatpost author Lindsey O'Donnell, come this remarkably lucid, well crafted interview piece dissecting the nature of low-hanging fruits, where the fruits under scrutiny are in fact cities themselves, specifically - Atlanta. Ensconced (if you will) in the Peach State... Most certainly Today's Must Read.
Dan Goodin, wielding the proverbial Pen of Truth, whilst writing of-all-things Security at Ars Technica has published a superlative piece on the privacy and security related foibles of Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ.com: AAPL). This time targeting Apple's suspension (whatever that means) of the WatchOS app monikered 'Walkie-Talkie'. Today's Must Read.
via Nicholas Vinocour, reporting at Politico, of the apparent enforcement shortcomings evidenced by the European Union's GDPR Data Protection Commission (in this case, the entity entrusted with the enforcement of the GDPR is the Republic of Ireleand's Data Protection Commission). Today's Must Read! h/t
Read The Telegraph's Robin Pagnamenta's superbly-written piece on TikTok - how the company poses an ostensibly larger and insidious vectored privacy threat as compared to the measly annoyance propagated by Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB); only with a People's Republic of China veneer (and counting amongst it's investors United States based KKR (retired United State Army General David H. Petraeus is a member of the management team at KKR) and Japan - based Softbank Technology Corporation (NASDAQ SFBTF) ). Today's MustRead.
'The Telegraph’s Robin Pagnamenta argues TikTok and its parent company pose a far greater global security concern for Western economies than Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei Technologies. ByteDance’s suite of apps, Pagnamenta warns, “are hoovering up oodles of data on hundreds of millions of foreigners – British, American, Brazilian and Indian – many of them children.' -via Fortune Magazine's Clay Chandler and Eamon Barrett
"Admins, in particular, have had a tough month. April brought widespread breakdowns – bluescreens, hangs, very sluggish behavior – to hundreds of thousands of Win7 and 8.1 machines. This wasn’t a “small percentage” kind of event. For some companies, rebooting overnight on Tuesday brought seas of blue screens on Wednesday morning." Woody Leonhard, reporting at Compterworld, details patch failures in the latest Patch Tuesday event
Quite likely the defining opinion piece, well-crafted by the inimitable Kara Swisher, writing at The New York Times, targeting the the entity known as Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) (of which, in our opinion, is a classically structured and well organized criminal enterprise). Today's Must Read.
"With $23 billion in cash on hand, Facebook will see a $5 billion fine as simply the cost of doing business. Needless to say, this is not how fines are supposed to work." - via Kara Swisher's superb opinion piece at The New York Times
Visit Brian Krebs' always well-researched and fact checked information security blog, and Graham Cluley's Twitter Feed for a superb recording of the WIPRO Earnings Call (the recent victims of a pernicous cyberattack), in which, bizarre answers to questions raised by Mr. Krebs were proffered by WIPRO 'Executives'. Todays' Must Read and Hear.
via Chris Morris' well-crafted reportage at Fortune, comes the story of illegal data sharing engaged in by Motel 6, and the $12,000,000 price tag the company coughed up in settlement fines to the State of Washington. I guess they might not be 'leaving the light on for you' - for a while... Today's Must Read.
"Motel 6 will take a $12 million hit for allegedly sharing the personal information of about 80,000 guests with immigration officials without the knowledge or permission of those customers. The chain has settled a lawsuit brought by the state of Washington over the controversial policy of seven of its hotels in that state between 2015 and 2017. The company has also said it will stop the practice of handing over guest information without a subpoena or warrant, unless it believes someone is in imminent danger." - via Chris Morris', at Fortune
Jason Rivera (a Director at CrowdStrike) and Wanda Archy (a Supervisor in RSM's security practice, targeting the Dark Web), writing at Small Wars Journal, in a remarkable tour de force of darkness - in this case, the darkness relates to the so-called Dark Web, and it's apparent suitability for nation-based and non-nation-actor warfare. I can assurte you, Mr. Rivera's and Ms. Archy's paper (in the form of a post) should be considered as today's Must Read.
"Warfare has always and will always continue to evolve – it is therefore prudent for national security professionals to be aware of this evolution and familiarize themselves with the various technological intricacies that will continue to shape the evolution of warfare. The Dark Web, like other emerging technologies, is one of those technological intricacies. " - Jason Rivera and Wanda Archy writing at Small Wars Journal
via the inimitable Rich Mogull, writing at TidBits, comes this interesting take on newly implemented user-land security operability problems in Apple Inc.'s. (Nasdaq: AAPL) desktop operating variant of Darwin (aka macOS X (10.14 Mojave). Typically, strict utilization of user-land intervention implementing security controls leads to insecure configurations. Today's Must Read (especially considering the mew macOS version is due for general release today!).
Quite likely one of the more entertaining CyberLaw Blog Podcast yet... In this case, the inimitable Bruce Schneier talks with Cyberlaw Blog podcast's eponymous Stewart Baker on the occasion of Bruce's latest publishing tour de force: 'Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-Connected World'. Today's Must Listen and certainly Must Read. Enjoy!