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Barracuda warns of zero-day, issues patches for products

For those who are not aware, Barracuda has advertised on Twit and offers Email gateway products. In a recent article, they warn of a zero day which affects several versions of their products.

Please feel free to check out the article Barracuda Warns of Zero-Day Exploited to Breach Email Security Gateway Appliances if you have their products and need to know.

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TIKTOK and an AI chatbot?

Hello folks,

Maybe it isn’t so bad to be behind, as you get to possibly see articles as rediculous as this.

While the reporting is good, TikTok is already in a heap of trouble and now they want to give users the opportunity to test a chat bot to ask it questions on a video?

I could see people asking it questions that I don’t even know if I would want to know the answer to. This could include all of the supposed challenges that have made Kim Komando’s site and our discussions.

The article is titled TikTok is testing an in-app AI chatbot called ‘Tako’ and it comes from Tech Crunch.

This is just going to get interesting. I am not saying not to innovate, I’d be more worried about what’s going to happen to me if I violated serious laws. So far, nothing serious has happened to them because they continue to be in business with no consequences.

Happy reading.

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A New Operation out there taking Lock Bit

Symantech has an article out talking about a new group that took Lock Bit and turned it in to their own.

The article Buhti: New Ransomware Operation Relies on Repurposed Payloads should be read to get the entire details.

There are SHA 256 things you can skip and is at the end of the article.

Thanks for reading!

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Game pulled, racist in all kinds of ways, people who downloaded can keep it

I know that slavery is long gone, but this world may show some forms of it in certain ways in day to day activities.

The article targets Brazil, which has more of a problem and that is what the article says.

Its titled ‘A crime of hatred’: disgust over Brazilian mobile phone slavery game and its worth the read.

I’m going to be careful on what I say, so I’ll let people read the article. I understand this is still an ongoing problem and I’m well aware of it.

There was an incident I observed on a Metro bus and it continued in to the elevator. wWhile I won’t go in to details, I was also targeted by this person who was disabled in their own way. They claimed in so many words that since I’m blind, I don’t know what’s happening in the world. I do, and I agree with the article linked that games that portray something that has been an issue in this country and other countries for that matter should not be allowed to be played.

To read more including the game title, please read the article.

The comment boards will await you.

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This week on the security box

Hello folks,

This week, on the last day of May, we’re going to uncover a very interesting proxy service called Faceless.

The article title is Giving a Face to the Malware Proxy Service ‘Faceless’ and it comes from Brian Krebs.

The program will air first on the independent channel of 986themix.com’s suite of servers and then across the network. It airs on the independent channel Wednesdays at 11 am PT, 1 pm CT.

Other networks and times can be found on the TSB page of email host security.

This is going to be very interesting. See you on Wednesday!

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Who is Super VPN and why are they supposedly leaking over 360 million customer data?

I have never heard of this company before I came across this article from Hack Read which was linked to by one of my followers.

I almost went current last night and stayed there, but sometimes, being behind is a good thing in this case.

This type of thing needs to be talked about and I think we should talk about it.

The article comes from a site called Hack Read. It is titled Free VPN Service SuperVPN Exposes 360 Million User Records.

This article talks about there either being one agency running multiple apps, or multiple agencies running multiple apps, none of which is confirmed to be the case.

Now class, what type of VPN should you be using? According to the article, one that does not log your activity would be best. Two of them are Express VPN and Nord VPN.

I know, I know, you’re going to tell the teacher that both of these applications cost money and you’re absolutely right.

If you read the article, you’re going to learn why it isn’t necessarily a good idea to use a free option, the fact that at least with Super that they claim they don’t log but the research says otherwise, and a multitude of applicatins being in the app store causing some confusion to boot.

If you read nothing else today, please feel free to read this. I know there are new users out there, and if you don’t know what’s going on, you can’t protect yourself from getting hurt.

Again, the article is titled Free VPN Service SuperVPN Exposes 360 Million User Records and I hope you give it a read.

Have a great day class, and we’ll be back with you again very soon.

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A telephone company getting in trouble by 48 states

Hello folks,

Here’s one for you, maybe it could be a potential moron of the podcast? This comes from Slashdot, a very interesting web site I used to look at for tech news.

The article coming from them is titled 48 States Sue Phone Company That Allegedly Catered To Needs of Robocallers and it is going to get interesting.

My question is, “Does this mean that this alleged telephone company been routing these types of calls around the country to people like you and I?” Is that how I’m understanding this article?

Maybe we will finally get a break, at least as this company goes, if I understand this correctly.

I guess we’ll see what this means if we learn more. Good job, guys! Was that worth it?

10:03 5/29/2023 fixed broken link.

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Capita has issue with Amazon bucket, says files don’t have personal data

Capita is not out of the woods yet. Capita’s “standard industry practice” 633gb open cloud storage was originally written on May 5th and was last updated on the 23rd.

Capita still refused to comment on this or any of their other articles where their supposed breach and other issues were discussed.

We covered Capita Here and they denied stuff there too. Is this company trustworthy?

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Rogue employee goes rogue, tries to get company to pay ransom

A U.K. man goes rogue as he was part of the investigation team. 6 years later, he pleads guilty and will await his sentencing. Blackmail holds a 14 year sentence, while the first charge Unauthorized Access to computers holds a 2-year sentence.

The perp also accessed another board member’s private email.

IT employee impersonates ransomware gang to extort e

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Genesis market having trouble? They’ll definitely be back, others mentioned too

Hello everyone,

Brian Krebs has covered the Underground for quite awhile now, so when I saw this boost, and yes, I’m still behind, I thought it should be blogged.

The boost goes to an article titled Suspicion stalks Genesis Market’s competitors following FBI takedown and I thought it was a good read.

I remember reading about these places, but I don’t remember if it was all krebsonsecurity or not.

Regardless, I want to share the very interesting news with each and every one of you guys. This is definitely going to be interesting, and we’ll see if these types of market places survive.

What do you think might happen?

Sound off in the comments below.

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Twitter now located in a shithole?

I know, I know, I’m still several days behind, but this one has to be the best one yet for this blog.

Elon Musk now says that San Francisco is a “shithole.” He has ordered employees to violate building codes, lease codes and if necessary, the law.

Apparently Elon Doesn’t Think He Needs To Pay Rent Because SF Is A ‘Shithole’; So Why Should We Pay For Twitter? comes to us from Tech Dirt. Its an interesting article and worth the read.

I’m not paying for Twitter, yet Elon is paying for a bunch of people’s Twitter. So, how is space X and Tesla doing with this attitude?

This augh to get interesting.

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Leaked document says that Spain wants to weaken Encryption?

Inmy book Tracers in the dark I’m on the final part. It talks about CSAM as it comes to the underground market when the book was Written.

I bring this up because there’s a wired article that talks about this same topic and how Spain is wanting to pass something to “minimize encryption” or weaken what is now known as “End to End Encryption.”

This wired article is titled Leaked Government Document Shows Spain Wants to Ban End-to-End Encryption.

This reminds me of Sopa and Pipa. A link to Wikipedia is for stop online piracy act, which was not exactly what I was looking for. But Pipa (not sure if I’m having the right acronym) was one that reminds me of those people wanting us to do the same here in the states.

I’ll have to look up more once I get this out. But it seems like they’re using CSAM as a need to “weaken the encryption” so police and other people can read what’s going on and get at that material and the people spreading it.

Child pornography

I sent this to Steve Gibson over at the Gibson Research Corporation

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for his analysis at least. He’ll see it anyhow.

If you can, read this article if you’re in the EU. Make it a great day.

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Throwback Saturday Night: Swatting is becoming a huge problem

With the advant of technology, swatting has become a big problem. Take the Kansas case of 2019 where a Los Angeles man pranked a Kansas home and sent the swat team down there to kill someone. We’ll talk about an article tomorrow that recently passed our desk as well as the landscape.

Here are the notations for tomorow.

Welcome to the podcast. Man charged in 20-plus calls of false threats in US, Canada — including Pa. is the article you’ll want in today’s security hour. Here is the tech blog article on the same story.

Swatting is a big deal and now, technology is a part of the problem. What exactly should we do about this?

Our Listen page on the mix has links for server 2, where the security hour plays as part of Throwback. Program with music starts at 7, and the security hour is at 8.

All times station time which is central.

See you there!

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TSB, podcast 145: Bablock Ransomware

This program may contain some adult language, but it is infrequent. We have the disclaimer in place and we’ll make sure it is there if it is more than one occurrence.

With that said, we put the show on RSS, but it is not up on the blog yet. We’re going to fix that.

Download the 176.6mb file for your enjoyment and thanks for participating and listening!

Below, please find show notes which may include links to things as necessary.

Welcome to the security box, podcast 145. On this podcast, we’re going to talk about anothr Ransomware group that is out there that may be of value because while they may ot be targeting the states yet, they’re attacking and we must be aware of what’s happening.

Besides this, we may have at least one moron, maybe more, we’ll see what others have to say, we’ll talk about the landscape and we’ll also make sure you’re informed the best we can.


Bablock is a very interesting piece of ransomware out there. The ransomware is based off of Lockbit, but may be different. Trend Micro will help us with this one. An Analysis of the BabLock (aka Rorschach) Ransomware is the article title and we hope you enjoy the program!

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Windows 11 is so broken, Microsoft can’t fix it?

So Microsoft can’t fix Windows it seems. It seems like office products interfeer with 11 somehow, preventing the start menu and other parts of Windows from orking.

This is definitely interesting. I have word installed but nothing else. I prefer docs anyway as of late.

Tech Radar’s article: Windows 11 is so broken that even Microsoft can’t fix it

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Twitter sues Microsoft? Oh boy

Here we go. Why would you sue someone for violating developer rules some years after the fact? If Microsoft had developer access and they were supposedly abusing the privelage, than why wait till now to potentially sue them?

While we don’t have any idea what the supposed letter is, I spotted this on Mastodon and it caught my attention.

I highly doubt that this will go anywhere.

To read the full article, Elon Musk’s lawyer accuses Microsoft of abusing its access to Twitter data/ is the title of the article and you’re welcome to make your own opinion.

This is going to get interesting.

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Uber, Doordash and lawsuits

I found a very interesting article that talks about a lawsuit against Doordash when it comes to pricing from IOS VS Android.

The reason why I’m bringing Uber in to this is because Uber also charges a Priority $2 and change, (maybe more) if your wanting priority delivery.

All my orders come to me, all my orders are either left right at my door or handed to me, and sometimes I just don’t get it even though I see the order as delivered.

In my last case, it was left in a different building altogether and I got a phone call about it.

Regardless, I’m more curious about the priority pricing that both of these services offer.

I’m not an Android user, but would it surprise me if Uber does the same thing and we just don’t know it yet?

This 9to5mac article is titled DoorDash charges iPhone users more than Android users, lawsuit alleges and is quite interesting to read.

Maybe you’ll have the same thoughts that I do, but maybe you won’t. Its OK if you do or don’t, feel free to read the article if you use door dash and make yourself aware of what’s going on.

Make it a great day!

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Windows Central says: Windows 21h2 and earlier, you’re getting h2

Spotting something I should blog here about Windows 10. If you’re running H1, you will probably be upgraded soon to H2 with no going back.

While there are no major changes between H1 and H2, the change is to continue to provide you support for the next two years. The article goes on to indicate that Windows 11 will continue to get features as part of its development cycle.

To read more, read the article from them titled <a href=”https://www.windowscentral.com/software-apps/windows-10/microsoft-will-force-all-windows-10-users-to-upgrade-to-version-22h2-next-Microsoft will force all Windows 10 users to upgrade to ‘version 22H2’ next month.

During last week’s reboot, my teamtalk settings were changed to use line 1 on both mike and speakers. Why, I don’t know. This isn’t the first time Windows has changed this, and I don’t know until its too late.

Anyhow, I hope this update doesn’t break that, although I remember it having issues and saying it lost my pin two updates ago and I had to reset my Microsoft account as well as my pin for the computer.

See you all later.

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There is a real chat gpt app, but look for these 6 fake apps

In a recent newsletter, Kim lets her readers know about 6 fake apps and links to the real one.

One of the fake apps will work, doing 4 free searches a day then $7 a week or $70 a year.

The 6 fake apps are:

  • • Chat GBT
  • • GAl Assistant
  • • Al Chat GBT – Open Chatbot App
  • • Al Chat – Chatbot Al Assistant
  • • Genie AI Chatbot
  • • Al Chatbot – Open Chat Writer

ChatGPT apps: The good, the bad and the scammy is the article, and we should be aware of it.

I’ve not used chatgpt yet, but i’ve played with bing. Its definitely going to get interesting.

Stay well!

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18 year old charged with hacking draft kings

Last year,, I posted a Kim Komando article about Draft Kings. Here is the blog post with the news about their hack.

Today, as I continue to catch up on Mastodon and the landscape, we learn that an 18-year-old was recently charged.

The suspect’s name is Joseph Garrison who says that “hacking shit is fun and I won’t get caught.”

He was interviewed last year, and the IP address used was linked to his parent’s home, says the article.

Joseph used a method known in this industry called Credential Stuffing. In short, I could either buy data, or be given data to do a specific job. That data could be a username/password pair in most cases. I could then as an example, try these pairs on other sites to see what I could get in to.

Joseph even had instructions that were made available on how to extract the funds from Draft Kings. That image, for those who can se, are in the article.

The article comes from PC Magaznie. Its titled 18-Year-Old Charged With Hacking 60,000 DraftKings User Accounts and he may in fact be our moron of the podcast. We’ll see.

At the time the notes were done, we didn’t have one, but there could always be a last minute one. As a side note, credential stuffing is linked on our terms section of email host security along with other articles, books, companies and more. This term is one of many actors use to get at your data. There are lots of terms like this one which might need to be familiarized by the reader, so check out the site and see if something peaks your interest.

Happy reading!

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