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Security now podcast 655 is up!

I haven’t done this in awhile, but Armando gave me some information that security now is covering. Please go to security Now’s RSS feed to pick up your copy. Please feel free to find the notations from the RSS feed below. More importantly, Armando talked about and braught to my attention the fact that a vehicle that is driverless killed someone. I’m not sure what the story is, however, I’m willing to find out.

This week we discuss the aftermath of CTS Labs’ abrupt disclosure of flaws in AMD’s outsourced chipsets, Intel’s plans for the future and their recent
microcode update news, several of Microsoft’s recent announcements and actions, the importance of testing… in this case VPNs; the first self-driving
automobile pedestrian death, a SQRL update, a bit of closing the loop feedback with our listeners, and a look a the outcome of last week’s annual Pwn2Own
hacking competition.

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The A.J. Sunday retreat, podcast 1

The Talking Tech and Security podcast and show has been discontinued due to the host violating station rules. However, don’t worry because A.J.’s sunday retreat is a combination of that show and even more.

Here is the show description from the mix.

On this show, we’ll focus our efforts on technology, the security landscape, and whatever else might come across our desks as time allows. We’ll also have music from mainstream to independent just to mix it up. There may be some adult content possible.

The RSS feed can be found through the Jared Rimer Network for you to peruse at your convnience.

Here is the show notes for podcast 1 of this new program which can be heard live on Sundays from 4 to 6 pacific time.

98.6TheMix Presents The A.J. Sunday Retreat With Mando and Jared
In this show, we will cover the following topics:

  • Both show hosts will introduce each other and give out necessary station/show contact information.
  • Herbie will present Smart Home upon Kool & the Gang – Celebration song, which is estimated to take at most a half an hour, provided how many pannel members participate with us on the station teamTalk server.
  • The seconde topic will focus on Criminals who are celling legit certificates as though they are the certificate authority. This topic is presented by Jared and Mando. The article can be found at: Criminals sell counterfeit certificates to make malware look legitimate
  • Following any Q&A and whatever song chosen, we will then proceed to discuss the topic involving Equifax. The article we will primarily be talking about can be found at: Equifax says 2.4 million more Americans impacted by 2017 mega-breach.
  • We will end with anything else that may come across our desks and perhaps discuss anything that was not clear during the show.

We hope you enjoy our debut of The A.J Sunday Retreat!

Please feel free to subscribe, and make your voice heard on what you like or don’t like. Thanks for reading and listening!

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Here’s some of what I’ve been reading of late

hi all,

Here’s what I’ve been reading of late that people might find of interest.

  • Financial Cyber Threat Sharing Group Phished (Krebs on Security) This article was of interest because the financial industry has control of our money and allows us to either spend what we have, or go broke, depending on our own financial situation. They don’t have a say so on how we spend our money, but money is printed and the whole bit so we have it available. The fact that anyone in any sector can be phished shows how vulnerable the human mind is. It just takes one mistake to have an issue.
  • Nuance Communications says NotPetya attack has cost it $92 million since June (Cyberscoop) I selected this one for the blog because we all know who Nuance Communications is. They are the ones who gave us some voices for our access technology and other products. The fact they’re in other businessesdoesn’t surprise me. The fact they got hit with ransomware or malware doesn’t necessarily surprise me either, because we just don’t know who will get hit with these things today. What gets me is the amount of money lost by such an attack. 92 million dollars to lose is a big amount for a company and the original story before I read it had a figure of almost 100 million. My only questions is how they come up with these numbers. I’m not saying they’re wrong, but I’m asking how they can figure out that it is 92 million, 98 million, or even 100 million if thats what they could’ve lost. If they spent that much, I could see that in records, but I believe the number was 92 million lost in potential sales, and that, I’m wondering about.
  • Android still has issues, and this Cyberscoop article might be of interest to you. New Android malware steals user data, records audio and incurs phone charges is the article, and is something to be aware of.
  • In the what the hell department, I saw this article from Cyberscoop entitled Big banks want to weaken the internet’s underlying security protocol and I was like what the hell? What are they thinking? Read this and submit your comments.
  • Trust certificates is the way SSL works. In a very shocking article, Cyber Scoop is reporting that 23,000 certs were recently revoked in an article Trustico revokes 23,000 SSL certificates due to compromise and I just had to shake my head.

There’s plenty more on my twitter feed that might catch your attention. Let me know your thoughts.

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