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A.J. Sunday Retreat is now up on the Jared Rimer Network

The RSS feed of the A.J. Sunday retreat is through JaredRimer.net but the show notes aren’t appearing there for some reason. But, the show is up, and the show notes follow. Please be in touch on what you think.


98.6TheMix Presents Week 2 of The A.J. Sunday Retreat with Jared and Mando!
In this show the following topics will be discussed:

  • We will begin with introductions, as well as taking care of any relevant show contact information, followed by a new 3-5 minute prerecorded segment called Things to Ponder, featuring whatever happens to be on your show hosts’ mind throughout the week. In this case, Segment 1 of Things to Ponder will piggyback off of Herbie’s Smart Devices topic, which can be heard at: The A.J. Sunday Retreat, March 18, 2018. An eye-opening situation occurred to one of your show hosts on Monday, March 19, 2018. What happened may you ask? We invite you to take a listen and find out for yourself.
  • Upon Walk of Life by Dyer straights’s song we will then dive into the never-ending topic of Malware and how it’s affecting Android devices. We will be discussing two well-written articles in relation to this. The first article deals with new malware that has the ability to steal data, along with recording phone conversations. This article can be found at: New Android malware steals user data, records audio and incurs phone charges. In addition, what appears to be a legit banking app turns out to be a trogen that spells disaster. this article can be found at: New Variant of BankBot Banking Trojan Ups Ante, Cashes Out on Android Users.
  • Segment 2 of things to Ponder is presented by Jared and its focus is on a homeless hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning. Jared will enlighten us what happened to the homeless hacker, as well as share his comments/thoughts in relation to this. The mentioned article can be found at: Homeless Hacker’ Who Turned in Chelsea Manning, Dead at 37. Moreover, we know how smart our young youth can be since technology has influenced him/her in many ways.
  • Have you ever thought of a teenager who’s 15 actually doing something good when in fact he or she can be viewed as a troublemaker? The article in question talks about a flaw that a fifteen-year-old discovered and what action he took to make those affected aware. The article can be found at: 15-Year-old Finds Flaw in Ledger Crypto Wallet. Read Wikipedia on Adrian.
  • We cover the topic of Facebook and their recent Behavior and questionable issues. Here is the youtube video Here is the CNN article.

We hope you enjoy today’s fun-filled show! This show lasts 112 minutes. Thanks for listening, and please leave that feedback!

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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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