Category Archives: Cyber Security

Oracle: Scolding the Customers Who Try to Help Them

Oracle CSO Mary Ann Davidson’s “No, You Really Can’t” blog post provoked a strong and very negative reaction in the security community. The post has been deleted, but it’s available in various archives and was posted to the Information Security News mailing list. In summary, Davidson is complaining that Oracle customers are violating their license agreements […]

“Father of the Internet” wasn’t thinking about attacks

Last Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending a live interview with Vinton Cerf, one of the people credited as the “Father of the Internet” for his part in co-designing the networking protocol TCP/IP and the basic architecture of the Internet. He was speaking at City Arts and Lectures in San Francisco, in conjunction […]

Cloudmark’s 2015 Q1 Global Threat Report

With articles on the rise and fall of a major spammer, the pros and cons of DNSSEC, Canada’s Anti Spam Law, ransoming your data, home router compromises, and casino advertising that went too far, Cloudmark’s Threat Report for 2015 Q1 covers the latest in the cyber threat landscape. We normally imagine that most spam sent […]

Fake Pizza Hut “Free Pizza” Coupons Latest Malware Threat

Starting on October 28, we saw a new hook used to try and trick users into installing a Trojan on their computer – Free Pizza. Fans of Robert Heinlein will be familiar with the acronym TANSTAAFL – There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. In this case TANSTAAFPE – There Ain’t No Such […]

The Impact of Shellshock

Shellshock has been getting a lot of press as the worst security bug ever, but while it is terribly embarrassing for the open source movement, I believe the real world impact will be fairly limited. The bug is a fundamental flaw in bash, the command line interface on most Linux and Mac machines. (For once […]

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