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The Security Box, podcast 11 for September 23, 2020

This podcast was a little shorter than usual. That’s OK, we did cover everything I wanted to cover. Its the way it goes. Here are the show notes. A link to the RSS and a link to download follow the notes.

Welcome to podcast 11 of the Security Box.


  • Ransomware is everywhere. Last week, Michael in Tennessee sent this article during the show, and I finally got a chance to read it. This time, Newhall schools are effected, and while the advice given in the article is sound, we can officially say that nothing is predictable in this strange year. ABC7 in Los Angeles gives us: Ransomware attack shuts down remote classes in Newhall which has some good points. The article talks about what is being done which includes getting ferenzic folks in there, law enforcement, and other people who may be needed to restore data. The article didn’t talk about training. Question, where is the training so people in the district know what to look for when something like this happens again? Ransomware starts with an email in most cases.
  • TikTok is back in the news, and this can’t be good news anyhow. The article Lame-duck versions of TikTok and WeChat are definitely a problem, security experts say is what we’re going to talk about, and we’ll play this CNET video: TikTok, WeChat ban explained. I didn’t know WEChat was a problem, but then again, I’ve not used that app at all. From what I’ve heard, its similar to apps for communication like Whats app, and other messaging apps. To top this all off, Michael in Tennessee recently sent me an article in regards to the TikTok Sale to Oracle. The TikTok deal solves quite literally nothing is the article, and it is quite interesting. This whole story aught to get interesting now, but suffice it to say, TikTok is saved, for now.
  • Open forum: what do you want to talk about? This is your time to shine.

News Notes and things

  • The biggest topic right now is TikTok and their very interesting developing story as it continues to unfold. Besides that, we’ve got some recent arrest news and other items in this blog post which has been cut short because of the fact I haden’t felt well. The news also covers a Chinese firm who is supposed to do antivirus work being part of apt41. This is going to be interesting.
  • For the first time to our knowledge, ransomware may have lead to a death for a critically ill patient. The attack was an apparent accident, as the actors gave the hospital the key after it was determined they made a mistake on their target. Hospitals have never really fixed their security problems, mainly because of the lack of funding. This could hurt them now that they know that someone died. Ransomware may have led to the death of a German hospital patientRansomware may have led to the death of a German hospital patient is the article that talks more about this very interesting story.

Want a copy but don’t want to go to the RSS feed? No problem! Use this link to download the file (136.2mb) It’;ll be available for week. Enjoy!

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The Security Box, podcast 11 for September 23, 2020 was released on September 23, 2020 at 3:30 pm by tech in article commentary.
Last modified: September 23, 2020.

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