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Cyber Security

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The world of cyber space is getting its own police department.

Following the recent hackings into Sony, Anthem, Target and of course the U.S. government the Obama administration is taking action. Earlier this week it announced the creation of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center. Its job will be to connect the dots between various cyber threats to the country so that affected agencies are notified as quickly as possible and can take action.  read more »

Dashlane

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These days everything is online, and the only thing protecting your information from cyberspace is your password.

Emmanuel Schalit is CEO of Dashlane. A company that streamlines the amount of passwords you have to remember. Schalit says these days’ people have multiple passwords on multiple devices for multiple websites. And in most cases they are using the same password for everything which makes the job of hackers that much easier. So to simplify your life dash lane will organize and manage all your password protected accounts. That way you only have to remember one master password for dash lane.  read more »

A Dangerous Habit

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E-cigarettes are supposed to be better for your lungs; but they're not looking so healthy for your hard drive.

Most e-cigarettes are charged with a USB port that can be plugged into a wall socket or a computer. And according to a report by reddit.com that means your nicotine free habit could access all your personal information.

The report found that a high level executive had a malware infection which was finally tracked down to the e-cigarette. The IT team found that the made in China device had malware encoded into the charger. When plugged into the computer's USB port the malware infected the system. And e-cigarettes might not be your only source of trouble.  read more »

Online Privacy

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Looking for a little privacy; keep looking.

“There’s no more privacy. Privacy as we know it is gone the genies out of the bottle so we need to protect our own privacy because no one’s going to do it for us; not the government, not law enforcement, not your mom no one.”

Nick Montano has been a licensed private investigator for the past 33 years. I recently spoke with him about the dangers of the digital world.

“You have to be diligent on your security and your protection and you have to make sure that you don’t put your social security number out there that you don’t put your home address out there, you protect as much as you can.”  read more »

Hacking Into Fast Food

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The battle of the burger joint has gone viral.

On Monday Burger King’s official twitter account was hacked into and changed to look like McDonald’s. The hackers changed the king’s profile image to a photo of the golden arches. They also changed the description of the account to claim Burger King “just got sold to McDonald’s because the whopper flopped." But the fun didn’t end there.

The people responsible for the hack also sent out a number of vulgar tweets before the head honchos at Burger King could freeze the account. And through it all McDonald’s claimed its innocence. Shortly after the incident McDonald’s tweeted that it empathizes with Burger King and that it had nothing to do with the hacking.  read more »

Technological Blunders

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Technology may bring the world to your fingertips, but it can leave dangerous fingerprints behind.

Earlier this week Fabrice Tourre a Bonds Trader for Goldman Sachs testified before Congress on his role in the mortgage meltdown. But it’s his pile of leaked emails that might have him more concerned. Private emails to his French girlfriend and emails where he admitted to not understanding the implications of the trades he was making. But he isn’t the first victim of email blunder and he won’t be the last.  read more »