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Not so breaking, better late than never: Breaking: Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act Unanimously Passes House, heads to President for Signature

Hi all,

I’ve not been on blind bargains in some time, so this isn’t so breaking as it was. Breaking: Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act Unanimously Passes House, heads to President for Signature is the article and it talks about the fact that we now in the U.S. will soon be able to get books and other material in accessible formats if not in the states. This is a great step, and I’ve been watching this when I’ve been able to get news on this. This comes from blind bargains, and I’m happy to see it.

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Cooking and technology

Hi all,

Did you ever think you can use technology to cook? Microwave Cooking Just Got Easier with AmazonBasics and Alexa and GE and Alexa Work Together to Create a Voice-Controlled Microwave with Scan to Cook Technology are two articles from Blind Bargains that talk about this possibility. I honestly think that this is going to get rather interesting, and only time will tell what could happen. Since the product won’t ship till mid November, I’m curious on thoughts on what you think whether it could work for us. I have high hopes.

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Aira news of interest

I’m tipped off of some Aira news. Aira is a service provided by a company that allows people with disabilities to get services to assist in navigation, computer help, whatever they may need. I searched for an article, and we’ll have audio coverage in our next podcast. This blindbargains post found at this link will cover it in more detail. A user of the service will talk about the changes and will have more opinions on the change. My goal is to pass this along, and I hope that people find this of value.

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Technology podcast 296: Braille Transcription, and news notes items

The RSS feed located at this link has the file. I still need to get the Mixcloud updated, but the RSS continues to be updated. Here are the show notes.


On this edition of the podcast, braille transcription takes a different turn, where I discuss my struggles and show you what was going on. Talk about work arounds, and other things of interest. One of the things that I talk about is the information about the program I chose, Braille 2000 which is done in such a way, where it could be considered true WYSIWYG. I talk about other programs, but since I don’t know much about one, and have used little of the other, I do mention them by name. I also have news notes items as well. One of the items effects the mac, whereby, you must be using a crypto wallet, and a very specific one. Spam campaign targets Exodus Mac Users is the article referenced in the second news notes file. I hope you enjoy the program as much as I have putting it together for you.

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How do you stop a multibillion dollar problem?

Hi all,

The topic of cyber attacks costing billions of dollars comes across my desk as an article from Trend Micro. Thoughts are in place on how to stop this global problem. Cyber-Attacks: How to Stop a Multibillion-Dollar Problem is the article. I have a thought. I don’t know how successful it’ll be, but if we start by figuring out who the purps are in the particular crime, and we have laws in place that will curtail the continuation of such a crime, we can start with that. It, at least, is a start. Its not going to be perfect, but definitely something that could be interesting. Check out the article, and let me know if something pops at you.

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Which Threats had the Most Impact During the First Half of 2018? –

Hi all, Which Threats had the Most Impact During the First Half of 2018? This is the big question, and there are some big names including the two biggest from this year that may still be becoming a problem, although when discussed at the beginning of the year, the threat was just a concept. We’ve got plenty of gifts that just give, don’t we?

In the ransomware section, I can’t help but quote this section, because we’ve discussed that it is on the decline, but in all actuality, it is just recycling what works, just nothing new.


“Ransomware: No end in sight

For years, ransomware infections have been a formidable threat to organizations within every industry, and the first half of 2018 saw no change in this
trend. Researchers again identified an increase in ransomware infection activity – 3 percent. While this may seem small, the current rate at which ransomware
attacks take place make this rise significant.

At the same time, Trend Micro discovered a 26 percent decrease in new ransomware families. This means that while hackers are continuing to leverage this
attack style to extort money from victims, they are utilizing existing, standby ransomware samples, creating fewer opportunities for zero-day ransomware
threats.”


One of the other big things is megabreaches. This is defined as a breach that is outreached to a million or more effected. We’ve had plenty of these.

Thoughts? Please feel free to contribute.

Read the full article, and let me know what you think.

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Spam campaign targets Exodus Mac Users

Hi all, I don’t come across Mac user news much, and this one caught my attention. Spam campaign targets Exodus Mac Users and it comes from F-Secure. This article is interesting, because it utalizes the same type of method, spam, that Windows threats utalized. If I remember correctly, this particular one has both components, and that makes it quite dangerous. Have you seen this?

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Tech podcast 295: Trick Bot is back, Philmore Productions in the spotlight, and lots more

The RSS feed is processing the show right now, and I hope you enjoy the show.

Below, please find the show notes.


Hello folks, welcome to podcast 295 of the Technology blog and podcast series, I’m Jared Rimer. We’re packed with a wide variety of stuff. We’ve also got several articles that complement the podcast content for you.

  • IOS 12.1 is out. blog post from the tech blog links to the apple vis post where you can read more.
  • What do you get when you update a banking trojan that we’ve not heard from in a long time? The banking trojan is trick bot, and its packed with new features. Trickbot Shows Off New Trick: Password Grabber Module comes from Trend Micro.
  • 30 years ago, someone released a program to do something. It lead to what we now know as Ddos. 30 years ago, the world’s first cyberattack set the stage for modern cybersecurity challenges is the article, and it was quite interesting.
  • This Stuck in traffic video from last month talks about Ransomware. It is back in the news, as I saw an article from Trend Micro that says that we are on the decline, but yet, we could see an increase in Ransomware in the future. This blog post leads to the article from Trend Micro that discusses this.
  • Philmore productions must love the negative press. In podcasts 212 and 213, a big time issue was talked about, and it was downplayed as not a big deal. Instead, the people who talked about the issue were trashed, and one of them was called when they talked to me non the phone. This time, I hear about a story where someone wanted to cancel service, but yet, someone else was braught up in a term the company uses called “dirty pool.” This blog post is an article I pened in regards to that issue.
  • SMS is short for short message service. This is how we send and receive messages via the cellular network. Its now being used for profit in an article Krebs on Security pened entitled SMS Phishing + Cardless ATM = Profit and while it isn’t new, its becoming more prevelant. This is quite interesting.

The podcast lasts you 76 minutes in length. I hope you enjoy the program, and I’ll see you on another edition. Thanks for listening!

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Freshbooks going offline

For those who use Freshbooks, it is going offline for some maintenance. I saw a tweet, and thought I’d pass it along.


FreshBooks, FreshBooks customer reminder: We are making an upgrade to our cloud platform, which means FreshBooks will be offline tomorrow, November 6th from 6-9 am EST. You will not be able to login into your account at this time, but all your information will remain safe and secure. an hour ago, Hootsuite Inc.


I hope that it helps some to know this info.

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Radisson discloses data breach impacting rewards customers

No particular industry is immune to breaches, and this article I found through my reading Radisson discloses data breach impacting rewards customers is no exception. CyberScoop does a great job in detailing what happened, and if you’ve spent time at this hotel, it will be important to check this out if you are effected.

I’ve personally not been to a hotel in awhile, but I always keep up the best I can with things of this nature so I’m aware whats out there.

Have you been effected? How did you find out if you were?

Lets discuss.

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Trickbot Shows Off New Trick: Password Grabber Module

I’m covering this on my podcast, Trickbot Shows Off New Trick: Password Grabber Module and it comes from Trend Micro. I believe I’ve covered this on my podcast when I first heard of this, however, its been quite awhile. While Haloween is over, you can’t be tricked on any of this. This is something that you should need to be aware of. Have you been tricked?

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SMS Phishing + Cardless ATM = Profit

I read this article entitled: SMS Phishing + Cardless ATM = Profit and Brian really has something here. I’ve seem SMS messages saying they are some person wanting me to collect money or some sort. I didn’t respond, and this goes to show what SMS is doing now, becoming a bit of a problem. If you’ve gotten suspicious SMS messages, I’d be curious on the types you’ve gotten and what you did with them. Where you tricked by any of them?

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Equifax Has Chosen Experian. Wait, What?

What? What did this article say? Equifax Has Chosen Experian. Wait, What? is its title and this can’t be funny. I can’t imagine what equifax is doing, giving another company for services, data that may or may not be stolen, I just can’t imagine what they’re doing here. I know I’ve been effected by breaches and have been offered monitoring services, but Equifax, transfering your data to Trans Union? Trans Union, probably has all of the data anyway. Oh boy.

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Philmore Productions continues to trash its customers

Hi all,

The opinions expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of any company in which is represented here.

I’ve been made aware of the continuing assault towards customers by the company Philmore Productions, an Illinois based company which offers voice mail services as well as a declining Internet by Phone service.

Recently, I heard from a user, wjho wanted to cancel voice mail services for one of their boxes. An Email sent by Philmore Productions customer Service, indicates another user did not have authorized access to the box that the box owner explicitly gave access to.

Lets remember something about security. First, if the box owner gives permission to someone to access their account, from what I understand, it is the box owner’s responsibility to have rules of the system followed, or have their account deleted.

Philmore Productions calss this unauthorized access to their systems, “dirty pool.”

Dirty pool: a Philmore Productions term

The problem I have with this tactic, is simple. Philmore Productions has never cared about ones privacy. Philmore Productions has never cared whether the company reputation is held up by negative coverage. As part of this blog and podcast, I’m thinking about both sides. I was once a customer of Philmore Productions, and I’ve covered both sides of this issue.

In this case, Philmore Productions is in the wrong. It is not dirty pool to give someone else access when the box owner explicitly gave that access. It would be dirty pool if the box owner did not know of the access.

He claims that the dirty pool machine is out to prevent unauthorized access from people Philmore Productions does not authorize to access the box.

Philmore productions has never supplied customer service by telephone or any other method unless it is necessary, I.E. credit card issue or another box issue where the company can’t leave you a message.

Philmore productions needs to understand the issues at hand and learn what is unauthorized or authorized access.

I still predict that Philmore productions will be closed for business within the next year, with a big player of Philmore’s business cancelling service very soon because the conference line will not exist.

I can’t say when this will occur, but if the conference line does close, and the people paying for the block of numbers doesn’t need it, Philmore Productions will suffer, and potentially raise prices to compensate for the huge loss of money.

This is only a hunch, and I could be completely wrong, but Philmore Productions staff does not understand the security aspect, and once they do, then they may have a chance. Until then, they’ll continue to suffer negative consequences at their behavior.

I hope they enjoy this, it must feel great.

Comment on your experience with this company.

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30 years ago, the world’s first cyberattack set the stage for modern cybersecurity challenges

I read this article entitled 30 years ago, the world’s first cyberattack set the stage for modern cybersecurity challenges and I definitely found this of interest. One man, program released, getting loose, and him getting in to trouble. Granted, back in the mid 80’s, this was never heard of, but this is something that definitely is now a problem. This is how the Denial of Service attacks started, according to the article. Let me know what you think.

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Accused ‘Vault 7’ leaker to face new charges

In the interesting news aspect of my recent readings, Accused ‘Vault 7’ leaker to face new charges was interesting as we normally don’t see stories of this sort. I’m curious what you think will happen?

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Ransomware Threat Continues: How Infections Take Place

I remember a video that J. Wolfgang G. did that said Ransomware was down. When I heard the video, I said to myself that this wasn’t the case, and this article: Ransomware Threat Continues: How Infections Take Place is something that you should all read. Everyone has their own opinion of whats happening with ransomware, and J did make an interesting case for why he felt that Ransomware was down, but maybe it was for a time. If its coming back, its going to come back hard. This can’t be good.

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Its time to change time

Hi all,

I am just coming in here to let all know that here in the U.S., its time to change time. I’ve gone ahead and done so, and this will be in effect for the next 6 months or so. I hoep you are enjoying the blog, and I hope to try and get back in to it very soon.

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IOS 12.1 has been released, fixing bugs

Hi all,

I’ve decided to take the opportunity to catch myself up with apple vis. Apple Vis, a site designed for the discussion of apple products, posts blog entries, app entries, and discusses accessibility issues in regards to Apple products including the Iphone, Mac, Ipod, and other Apple products and things that connect to them. I’ve decided to see whats new that might interest me, and Apple Releases iOS 12.1 with Group FaceTime, New Emoji, and Some Fixes for VoiceOver and Braille Users is the post I’m bringing to your attention today. We believe three bugs have been fixed that I don’t believe I’ve experienced. One of them is dealing with face ID, one braille, and one notifications.

As usual, Apple Vis stresses that they can’t test every possible issue, so they ask for any updates. I hope that you find this post of value, and we’ll be back really soon.

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Technology podcast 294: Braille Transcription, Yahoo! paying millions, and Rutgers University in the news

The RSS feed is in the processing phase of this packed 60 plus minute episode which is number 294 of the podcast series.

I’ll be uploading to mixcloud podcasts 290-94 later on, I know I’ve been neglecting that for this podcast, and I bet people are wondering if I’m still among the podcasting living over there.

Below, please find the show notes with links to various articles as discussed within this episode.


Hello everyone. Welcome to podcast number 294 of the technology blog and podcast series. We’re packed with two braille transcription segments, one talking about Unified English Braille changes that I’m learning as part of taking the braille transcription course. The 2nd file that talks about the transcription aspect of things talk about my report for lesson 3, something that may actually happen to anything, including some oversite issues.

Between the two files, we’ve got Yahoo! having to pay a large amount of money for dealing with their breach issues, and Rutgers University has an update in regards to a story with an interesting technological aspect. This has nothing to do with the 8 football players that got arrested or suspended by the law or school due to the bitcoin issues with putting money on a school card. Our contact information is at the end of the program.

We’ve got articles to which you may want to read as part of today’s program. They’re linked below.

Thanks so much for listening, and remember to leave that feedback. It is important. I want to know what you think.

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