Category Archives: Cybercrime

The Massive Shift to Cyber Crime

– There is a cartoon in The New Yorker of March 30, 2020 showing four mobsters, one with a gun, sitting around a table. The caption reads: “For health and safety reasons, we’ll be transitioning to cyber crime.” You can see the cartoon at https://www.newyorker.com/cartoon/a24009 No kidding! The…

Cybercriminals’ Motivations during Catastrophic Times

– Brittany Haynes wrote an article about “How Criminals Are Benefitting From the COVID-19 Crisis” on March 19, 2020, which is available at…

Are Cybersecurity Intelligence and Security Metrics Statistically Significant?

– It is customary to begin an article on cybersecurity with some statement about the exponential growth of threats, attacks, vulnerabilities, etc. I’m no different. It seems like a reasonable, generally accepted thing to do. So, I was somewhat surprised when someone pushed back on such a statement…

Taking the Fifth …

– “The Fifth Domain” is a recent book by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake. It is about cybersecurity and how it has become the fifth military domain following land, sea, air and space. Except that it isn’t really, n’est-ce pas? While intellectually one can imagine a fifth domain, it’s…

Are Ransom Payments Supporting Terrorists?

– Organizations, particularly those that recognize that they don’t have essential security and data recovery measures in place, have taken out cyber insurance, which they are regularly using to pay off ransomware attackers. I find it curious that these insurance companies seem to be willing to pay…