Category Archives: General

Will Ransomware Cause the End of the Internet as We Know It?

– Is ransomware a global cyberpandemic? If not, why not? Read on … There is an article by Samuel Greengard in the April 2021 edition of Communications of the ACM with the disturbing title “The Worsening State of Ransomware: Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and…

Will AI Short Circuit Cybersecurity?

– The general tone of Chris Baraniuk’s February 23, 2021 article on the BBC website, “How Google’s hot air balloon surprised its creators,” available at   https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210222-how-googles-hot-air-balloon-surprised-its-creators is one of wonderment, although…

Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic: Hubris

– On Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,”, Kate McKinnon plays Dr. Wayne Wenowdis, the all-knowing physician. In response to COVID-19 and vaccine questions, she says “we know dis,” except when “we don’t know dis.” One of the hilarious Dr. Wenowdis sketches can be viewed at (355)…

Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic: Getting Lucky

– Antonio Regalado’s February 5, 2021 article in the MIT Technology Review, “The next act for messenger RNA could be bigger than covid vaccines,” which is available at The next act for messenger RNA could be bigger than covid vaccines | MIT Technology Review, is a riveting account of how the…

Malicious vs. Malevolent Software Programs

– I was recently criticized—and rightly so—for interpreting malware to mean “malevolent software” when indeed it is commonly used to mean malicious software, whereas malevolent is used to describe programs—malograms?! So, I decided to look up some definitions. Here is what I found.…