Last week in cybersecurity – Sunday, November 13, 2016


The future of cybersecurity is gloomy, to say the least


As the world begins to digest Donald Trump’s shocking victory in the U.S. presidential elections, in this piece I will try to capture the meaning of such a major development for the world of cybersecurity. Continue reading “Last week in cybersecurity – Sunday, November 13, 2016”


Did Yahoo properly report the 500 million account hack?

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer

To simply put it, no.
A major alarm bell was sounded when Yahoo announced 500 million of its user accounts were hacked back in 2014. Describing the act as carried out by a “state-sponsored actor” made everything worse and serious questions have been raised ever since. For example, why did Yahoo fail to inform the general public for the past two years? Continue reading “Did Yahoo properly report the 500 million account hack?”

Breaking down latest DDoS attack compromising Twitter, PayPal and others


Hackers were successful in launching a major and sophisticated cyberattack on the internet using very common devices including webcams and even digital recorders. They were able to cut-off access to some of the world’s leading and best known websites on Friday, October 21st, raising eyebrows across the board and raising even more concern about cybersecurity threats. This feat, if you may, was described by many experts as an alarming breach of worldwide internet stability. Continue reading “Breaking down latest DDoS attack compromising Twitter, PayPal and others”

Last week in cybersecurity – Sunday, October 23, 2016


As WikiLeaks continues to leak extensive and highly damaging e-mails, group leader Julian Assange saw his Internet access cut off by the Ecuadorian embassy in London despite finding refuge there from 2012 onward. Continue reading “Last week in cybersecurity – Sunday, October 23, 2016”

A Lesson About Password Re-Use: Don’t


Originally posted in Huffington Post


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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Connected cars are to-be targets for hackers


Vehicles and transportation systems must undergo major security overhaul before connected cars can enter our daily lives. In the strive for further innovation, there lies a major risk of governments and auto manufacturers neglecting serious security risks

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Under surveillance – Should police monitor you on social media?


Originally posted in – 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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