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May 26, 2017

7 Year Old Code-Execution Bug Found in Samba

It appears Wannacry may have gotten people looking at the SMB functions in Samba on Linux as well.  A code-execution bug was detected in all versions of Samba 3.5.0 (released March 2010) and onwards.  It is CVE-2017-7494 and there is already a Metasploit module available for attacking Linux servers running Samba for file and print […]
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May 16, 2017

Ransoms, Patches & Tears – A Cybersecurity Engineer’s Perspective on WannaCry

When an otherwise routine crypto cash-grab becomes international news, it can make the most seasoned of us pause momentarily in reflection. At its core – WannaCry isn’t anything special. It has your usual components of a ransomware attack – the Bitcoin buy, scary pop-ups and flutter. It has the usual components of a worm – […]
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March 20, 2017

Compliance and security are not the same things

The EU General Data Protection Regulation was approved on April 14, 2016 and will come into enforcement on May 25, 2018.  This timeline leaves little time to perform the work necessary to avoid the stiff 4% penalty (4% of total revenue).  Additionally, New York State has implemented a recent regulatory measure where all relevant financial […]
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February 15, 2017

Artificial Intelligence

“I’ll be back…” A piece of monologue most of us recognize, whether or not we know where it originated. Some of us might even attempt to mimic the hint of a German accent, which graced the original line. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Terminator. 1984. The basic plot of the story: machines become self-aware and initiate a […]
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October 28, 2016

IoT Hack

So…it’s happened… Last year I sat on a panel at our Sayer’s Curio event and was asked about my thoughts on IT security, cloud, and specifically where we were headed with the Internet of Things (IoT).  Admittedly, my response was probably a little over the top, and deserving of the few strange looks I received, […]
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May 27, 2016

Cylance Used to Discover the Largest Government Breach in History

One of the longstanding mysteries about a hack that exposed profiles of 21.5 million national security personnel and their relatives appears to be solved. Contractor CyTech did not, despite claims by company CEO Ben Cotton, discover the attack, during a product demonstration April 21, 2015, a top House Democrat says. Brendan Saulsbury, an OPM contract engineer, and […]
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