Last week in cybersecurity – Sunday, November 6, 2016

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The increasing threat of cyber attacks

As we wind down ever closer to what is becoming probably the most bizarre U.S. presidential election in modern history, there is huge controversy around cyber-security news and other types of text including the words “Clinton” or “Trump” in the body, let alone the headline. The political circle of the internet was literally exploding in response to a report issued by Slate last week claiming the Trump organization had been using a secret server to establish communication with a Russian bank. However, just as quick came the debunking of the entire matter by the same cyber-security community. Continue reading “Last week in cybersecurity – Sunday, November 6, 2016”

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Can Bodycams Completely Prevent Unjustified Police Killings?

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Technology must be strengthened with the proper rules and regulations

Originally published in The Huffington Post

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In the United States, Ferguson made us realize the importance of transparency and further need to hold police accountable. Charlotte taught us new lessons about how a city police chief should not have the authority to make a decision on whether or not to release bodycam footage. Continue reading “Can Bodycams Completely Prevent Unjustified Police Killings?”

A Lesson About Password Re-Use: Don’t

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Originally posted in Huffington Post

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With more high-profile figures hacked these days, there is a growing concern about such measures against other famous figures, and even ordinary people, who fail to abide by a simple rule: don’t re-use your passwords.

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Last week in cybersecurity – Monday, October 17, 2016

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Reports regarding a nuclear power plant becoming the target of a cyber-attack has raised eyebrows across the board. But of course, with the all the headlines involving the U.S. elections these days, these news briefs may have actually gone unnoticed by many.

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Under surveillance – Should police monitor you on social media?

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Originally posted in netivist.org – October 15, 2016 netivist-logo-large

We address again the privacy vs security dilemma. This time we discuss the new techniques of police surveillance and whether systematic social media monitoring, using software such as Geofeedia, is justified. Are police turning into a Big Brother watching all you do?

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U.S. Democrat HQ computer hacking by Russians raises cybersecurity concern

Originally posted in Independent Australia

This article discusses the recent hacking of Democrat HQ by Russians and the implications of the growing cyber security threat for countries across the globe.

RUSSIAN HACKERS, enjoying support from Moscow, are responsible for a recent breach of the Democratic National Committee servers in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) confirmed in a statement recently. Continue reading “U.S. Democrat HQ computer hacking by Russians raises cybersecurity concern”

Did NYPD go too far in sending a push alert for a manhunt?

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Yet should there be reservations and limitations?

4400415668_54e5353d0f_bAs New Yorkers were heading to work on the morning of Monday, September 19th, they saw their cellphones chiming all at once across the entire city. This was no hack or childish prank. A dissonant siren, repeated six times in total, was sent out along with a short and yet alarming note reading: “WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. See media for pic. Call 9-1-1 if seen.” Continue reading “Did NYPD go too far in sending a push alert for a manhunt?”