Category Archives: Information Security News

Crossing Privacy’s Red Line

– Recent revelations about the exfiltration of the personal data of some 50 million Facebook users and the use of the data by Cambridge Analytica to influence the 2016 presidential election have dominated the news. While I did not anticipate the egregiousness of what may have actually been done, I…

The Spectre of Chip Meltdown

– The latest big-time cybersecurity scare is the discovery of vulnerabilities, named Spectre and Meltdown by researchers, in many computer processors from Intel and others, which open affected processors up to exploitation by hackers who can, as I understand the situation, use those vulnerabilities…

Is Secrecy Over?

– Is this not an incredible question? We’ve been bombarded over the past couple of decades with numerous cases of privacy compromise. But secrecy! Is nothing sacred anymore? Not if you read the November 12, 2017 New York Times article “Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A.…

Campaign Lessons Learned—Part 1: Email Security

– Author’s note: This is the first of several columns about lessons that should have been learned from cybersecurity mistakes and nefarious activities that dominated, and likely changed the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign. If there is one outstanding cybersecurity lesson that the U.S.…

Alleged Russian Hacks … Is This Cybersecurity’s Tipping Point?

– The Washington Post, in a December 9, 2016 article “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House” by Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller, leaked a CIA report claiming that the Russians had manipulated the U.S. election by hacking into both Democratic and…