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The Security box, podcast 162: Second week of open forum

Hello folks,

Just recently, the RSS feed got the podcast, and now its time for the blog to get it. Don’t have RSS? No problem! Here is the 148.3mb copy for you to have.

We hope you enjoy the program as much as we have putting it together for you, and we’ll see you for week 1 of NCSAM!

Here are the show notes.

Welcome to the security box, podcast 162. On this edition of the podcast, we’ll run through the blog and list, anything else on audience insights and more. This is week 2 of the open forum. Hope you enjoy the program!

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News Alert, Senator Diane Feinstein dead at the age of 90: actors will take advantage

While I normally don’t post news items like deaths of people, shootings and the like, we’re going to start NCSAM really soon and this could be something that you might want to talk about as your strategy.

Actors will stop at nothing to get their wares out on the Internet. Twitter, now known as X put multiple items on my phone about this from multiple different accounts. Its now the top story on KNX.


Why am I posting this to the tech blog? Simple. Actors will come out telling you that you could learn about this important figure’s death by clicking on a link. The link could be something like dianefeinsteinexample.click (don’t go there) as an example.

While the page could look like a news site, there’s something you should think about. With the example mentioned above, have you ever been there and have you heard it advertised to learn about the Senator and what might be going on with her?

Here’s what you could do.

  • Check the domain. Each domain has a registration date. Icann whois lookup and whois search are two different sites. If the domain is just days old, just be a little suspicious.
  • Wikipedia might be another good site to check for facts. With people like Diane, there may be a page on her. It might be a little torn up right now as news is just coming out and it will be updated as info is known, but its a start.
  • Searching the person’s name will in most cases come up with the actual page of what she’s done. Look at the URL to make sure you’re where you want to go.

Just searching Diane Feinstein gives twitter results and live news updates. Your search engine may vary.

Use reputable web sites for news like KNX MSNBC CNN and others that you are more familiar with.

Don’t rely on email or text messages to give you your news like this important news that is going to go around the country. Use reputable sites and services you trust.

Thanks so much for reading, do make it a great day! Stay safe out there!

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Amazon to charge for Alexa services one day?

I won’t say one way or another whether Amazon will charge for its services. But I did see this article talking about something I also received by email. That is, Amazon will now discontinue Alexa Guard and charge for emergency services.

But I don’t know if anything will be able to have conversations with us, seeing how Chat GPT apparently get things wrong and has started to get dumber. This is coming from technology expert Kim Komando, this isn’t me saying this about chat gpt.

With that said, I have tried Be My Eyes AI, and I used it for a very specific reason. It recognized that it was the same person and it gave me enough to get what I wanted.

I also saw a doctor about my concerns too, so I just didn’t rely on this alone.

No price is given on Alexa generative AI, and the person mentioned in the article will be leaving Amazon at the end of the year to take another position.

Other executives from the September 20th presentation pretty much said the same thing.

From Ars Technica, the article is titled Amazon wants to charge a subscription fee for Alexa eventually.

I guess we’ll have to see what happens, and whether this eventually comes true. It’ll be interesting to see how this space works out. I guess Siri can already do this with this latest update to 17 if I’m not mistaken, so we’ll see how Amazon will work in the future.

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I’ll be putting this one up … 55 percent of people have been scammed

I spotted this while browsing Kim Komando’s site as the articles section hasn’t been updated as of late. 55% of Americans have been scammed – Keep yourself safe online and offline is the article that I spotted and its quite interesting.

Tell your story, report it if necessary, and be safe.

I think this article has some good things in here. Be aware.

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Do Cars need to know about your sex life? Here’s the podcast

Hello folks,

Earlier, I blogged a post telling car companies they needed to get their act together. For those who need that blog post, here it is. It talked about research that Mozilla did in their “security not included” series.

The gist of this is that car companies are the worst for security, although Tesla does mention that you can opt out although the car won’t work as it supposedly should otherwise.

Two days ago, MalwareBytes released a podcast about this. Its a 43 minute listen and it will be provided to you here. It will probably be talked about in upcoming podcasts along the network, althought this blog post we link to was discussed at the time.

Want to have a 60.1mb file? Here is the 60.12mb file of the podcast from Lock and Code discussing the topic of cars. If you know anyone who drives, pass this blog post along. We need to get the word out on how bad this is.

The file will be available for 20 weeks. Enjoy!

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Here’s news about IOS 17.0.2

On Saturday, I was talking about IOS 17.0.2 to some folks, and at that time, it was only available to IOS 15 phone owners. The JRN’s Terry Ring indicated that someone he knew didn’t have any trouble transferring data from one phone to another.

In the article I’m publishing today, IOS 17.0.2 is available for all phones that have 17 compatibility. I hope that this article is of value to folk.

Its titled Apple releases updated iOS 17.0.2 build for all iPhones to fix data transfer bug and comes to us from 9to5mac.

The Mix’s Tim Appleby boosted this one, thanks Tim!

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Important breach notification, Soni Playstation, 900 colleges and healthcare

This is massive and a large notification. I saw this in a breach notification from Kim Komando, and here’s the article on it titled Data breach warning: Sony, 900 colleges, health care org and more targeted.

We need to do our part as I’ve continually said numerous times through these podcasts.

Its not enough for us to sit back and let the world go by. We must be aware of what is going on with these breaches.

Check out the article for complete details. Its the same info I got in the breaking news newsletter.

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Could Trans Union be in the cross hairs of another potential breach?

I heard this on the Cyber Crime network through their podcast, apparently they’re in the crosshairs of yet another breach. They, in this case, is Trans Union.

Searching this out, I found an article from Security Week, they’re flat out denying it, saying that the formatting is different than their data, and one thing mentioned is that the data goes back to March of 2022.

If this breach is true, and I’m not the expert to say it is, its yet another breach that will go in to the “Why did it take too long” department of us citizens being notified.

The article for this is titled TransUnion Denies Breach After Hacker Publishes Allegedly Stolen Data and was the first article I spotted on the matter.

I don’t know about you guys, but if this breach is true, they should pay a penalty just like L.A. Care Health had to. No company hould be immune for blatent breaches. For their defense, they did say in the article that it didn’t match their database, but who is to say you changed your database from that time to now? Just putting it out there.

If you’re a concerned citizen like I am, we should start asking questions. Serious ones.

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Google maps doesn’t update much?

I had some Kim Komando minutes to catch up on.

Seems like Google hasn’t updated maps in awhile in awhile. I’m not talking about the application itself, I’m talking about the maps themselves.

She tells a story of a guy who used the maps application to get him around town, somewhere he’s never been before.

The road has been reported to Google as it had been washed out and the car went in to a ravine. Google was notified about this road prior to this accident, and the minute indicates that there could be other updates they missed.

One thing to note that I didn’t mention that was in the minute, was that the visibility was poor that particular day.

I don’t think it mentioned a city where this took place.

Be careful folks. Be as aware as you can.

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Mark Cuban lost quite a bit … you can too

With many ways to be threatened, you must be as safe as possible. I’ve talked through the years of tech and the new series TSB about how I’ve been taken advantage of by various things.

If Mark Cuban searched for something and got bitten, you can too. As I said on Saturday, this type of thing can happen to you, me, and our hosts and supporters.

There have been stories out there that indicated that security experts, those who dole out info get hit. Its human nature.

In this three minute read, you’ll learn what happened to Mr. Cuban and ways you can protect yourself if you use crypto currency.

The title of the article is called Steer clear of cryptocurrency recovery phrase scams and if you’re in to Crypto, please read this one.

I’m passing this along to you, so you’re aware of what’s going on. Stay safe!

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Mixin suspends withdrawls and deposits after getting hacked

Bloomberg is reporting a short article about this company titled Mixin. Apparently,, the breach was caused through a third party cloud provider.

You’re welcome to read the article Defi Project Mixin Network Suspends Services After $200 Million Crypto Hack for complete details. If you use this, you should be aware.

Stay safe!

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Podcasts in a different language

Spotify, the rebranded Ancor platform this podcast is using, is looking to use Open AI and other partners to translate podcasts from English in to other languages.

The article, coming from the Verge, indicates that this is in a limited capacity and names are given to whom is given the tech in the beginning.

While I don’t know these folk, this could get interesting when it rolls out, as podcasts like TSB could in theory be translated in to other languages.

I guess we’ll see how it goes. I’d consider this beta for now.

Spotify is going to clone podcasters’ voices — and translate them to other languages/

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X, formerly known as twitter, now is offering the ability to use government identification for paid accounts

According to an article by the Verge, X can now get governmental ID as part of verification. The company, who is based in Israel, can hold on to this data for at least 30 days.

I’m still not convinced about paying for such a service, seeing that we don’t know what real benefit it’ll give us.

X can now ask users for government IDs to verify their paid accounts/ is the article and you can do with it as you wish.

Brian Krebs boosted this one.

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The Security box, podcast 161: Open Forum, Week 1

OK, so … we’re here to present the Security Box. I had to leave gthe day it was out, but we’re going to have the podcast posted now.

I hope you enjoy week 1 as much as I have putting it together for you with our good Friend Nick.

Here is the 148.1mb file for you to have if you don’t have RSS already.

Welcome to the security box, podcast 161. On this podcast, we’re covering a few notations of the recently released IOS 17, tons of articles from the blog, and having ourselves an open forum. We hope that you enjoy the program as much as we did putting it together for you.

Supporting the podcast

If you’d like to support our efforts on what this podcast is doing, you can feel free to donate to the network, subscribing to the security box discussion list or sending us a note through contact information throughout the podcast. You can also find contact details on our blog page found here. Thanks so much for listening, reading and learning! We can’t do this alone.

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Book Selection: Your Face Belongs to us

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another book selection here on the blog. This time, after an absence of reading and or listening to books, I’ve already started this one. Its titled Your Face Belongs to Us: A Secretive Startup’s Quest to End Privacy as We Know It and its author and reader is Kashmir Hill.

As a side note, Terry and I are both reading this one, and I’m in chapter 2 and its a 25 chapter 3 part book. Its reading length is 10 hours and was released on the 19th of this month.

My first thoughts are two words. Holy shit. You’ll have to read the prologue to get an understanding on why these two words describe the book to date.

Now, let’s tell you what the book is about, directly from Amazon.

The story of a small AI company that gave facial recognition to law enforcement, billionaires, and businesses, threatening to end privacy as we know it

“The dystopian future portrayed in some science-fiction movies is already upon us. Kashmir Hill’s fascinating book brings home the scary implications of this new reality.”—John Carreyrou, author of Bad Blood

Longlisted for the Financial Times and Schroders Business Book of the Year Award

New York Times tech reporter Kashmir Hill was skeptical when she got a tip about a mysterious app called Clearview AI that claimed it could, with 99 percent accuracy, identify anyone based on just one snapshot of their face. The app could supposedly scan a face and, in just seconds, surface every detail of a person’s online life: their name, social media profiles, friends and family members, home address, and photos that they might not have even known existed. If it was everything it claimed to be, it would be the ultimate surveillance tool, and it would open the door to everything from stalking to totalitarian state control. Could it be true?

In this riveting account, Hill tracks the improbable rise of Clearview AI, helmed by Hoan Ton-That, an Australian computer engineer, and Richard Schwartz, a former Rudy Giuliani advisor, and its astounding collection of billions of faces from the internet. The company was boosted by a cast of controversial characters, including conservative provocateur Charles C. Johnson and billionaire Donald Trump backer Peter Thiel—who all seemed eager to release this society-altering technology on the public. Google and Facebook decided that a tool to identify strangers was too radical to release, but Clearview forged ahead, sharing the app with private investors, pitching it to businesses, and offeringit to thousands of law enforcement agencies around the world.

Facial recognition technology has been quietly growing more powerful for decades. This technology has already been used in wrongful arrests in the United States. Unregulated, it could expand the reach of policing, as it has in China and Russia, to a terrifying, dystopian level.

Your Face Belongs to Us is a gripping true story about the rise of a technological superpower and an urgent warning that, in the absence of vigilance and government regulation, Clearview AI is one of many new technologies that challenge what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once called “the right to be let alone.”

You can probably see if the book is elsewhere, but per usual, we’re linking to Amazon which has Kindle, hardcover and audio. Enjoy this one!

We’ll have more soon. See you later!

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Musing: This has got to be the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen

There’s no article related to this, but I had to read the following boost twice to hear how stupid this sounds. I’m not blaming the person who boosted this, nor am I blaming the person who posted it. Maybe it is humor, and if it is humor, I didn’t find it funny.

Here is the boost.

Celeste, AKA DJ Celrock!: Boosting Missing The Point (MissingThePt): To combat bots, Elon requires all Twitter users to change their password to their credit card number+expiration date+three digit security code+zip code.

If this is true, Twitter, now known as X, will now have exactly what they need to sign everyone up for their services without their knowledge. If nothing else, if Twitter doesn’t have that access, Criminals could in theory get in to accounts with this knowledge of the fact he is “requiring us” to “change our passwords” in such a way that criminals can just overtake our accounts with nothing more than what we use to purchase things online.

I’ve just got to post this and laugh at this one. Have fun with this musing for today!

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Here is another T-Mobile security problem, … this one seems bad

Like we need more bad news over at T-Mobile, this one looks bad. You’re in your own application on your own account, but you see someone else’s info including credit card number, balences if applicable and purchase history.

Apparent T-Mobile security breach sees personal data revealed to other customers comes to us from 9to5 Mac.

They highlight past breaches going back to the several in 2021 and one this past March which is still really unkown.

If I hear anything else, I’ll be sure to get people notified as quickly as I can get it.

This … can’t be good.

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HHS settles with L.A. Health care over Hippa violations

I’d love to see more of these. I think that if the health care industry as a whole was targeted by the organization that targeted these guys, maybe their security would be more up to par. Then again, maybe not?

“Breaches of protected health information by a HIPAA-regulated entity often reveal systemic, noncompliance with the HIPAA Rules,” said OCR Director Melanie Fontes Rainer.  “HIPAA-regulated entities need to be proactive in ensuring their compliance with the HIPAA Rules, and not wait for OCR to reveal long-standing HIPAA deficiencies.  Entities such as LA Care must protect the health information of its insureds while providing health care for the most vulnerable residents of Los Angeles County through its coverage, which includes Medicaid, Medicare, and Affordable Care Act health plans.”

It shouldn’t stop here with Los Angeles. All of these health care industries Databreaches has posted about whether we have posted about it or not should be targeted by this OCR group to see if there are any compliance issues.

Not all breaches could be targeted by compliance issues, but we have no way to know.

Full article by databreaches: HHS Office for Civil Rights Settles with L.A. Care Health Plan Over Potential HIPAA Security Rule Violations if you’re interested.

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Elon Musk says X will charge users ‘a small monthly payment’ to use its service | TechCrunch

Here’s another article that talks about the fact that Twitter is going possibly completely paid. It has even a bit more than the other, and while I try to only post one article, I think multiple may be necessary here. Let the games begin.

X owner Elon Musk today floated the idea that the social network formerly known as Twitter may no longer be a free site. In a live-streamed conversation

Source: Elon Musk says X will charge users ‘a small monthly payment’ to use its service | TechCrunch

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Here’s something new, charge everyone for twitter … how successful will that be, musk?

I’d honestly like to see how this is going to go with everyone. This network has made it public with those on the podcast that we will not be paying for Twitter, seeing that we can’t use third party apps which are easier to use than the app or site.

Just Recently as an example, I got a direct message. Great! I went on the web, tried to reply to it on the web, found I could not. I don’t know why. Tried pressing enter on the DM, tried to find a reply button, nothing.

So, I had to result in using my phone to reply to the musician who gave me a code of his recent release.

This musician is not going to be named, as many Bandcamp artists are giving codes to users by choice, so I’m not going to say which one.

But now, I can see why in a previous boost, i saw what I saw. It basicly said that they wouldn’t pay for Twitter.

And I know for a fact that I have 4 accounts, one on staff has two, one of which I help maintain as part of my 4.

I wonder if this is going to be the beginning of the end that we’ve been calling for? Some of us have been predicting that within 6 months to a year, Twitter would be pretty much history.

Here’s the latest coming from a site called Variety. ngler
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is the article, and I bet we have no say so now.

Here’s the boost which I saw before the article I am posting about.

Celeste, AKA DJ Celrock!: Boosting JamminJerry (jamminjerry): regarding that last boost I just did about the idiot charging for twitter, I bet you lose a whole bunch of users that way, and you still won’t get rid of bots, like you claim it will fix. I know I won’t be paying for it, so if he does do this, I am deffinitly gone from it.

Jerry, I know we’ve not spoken in quite a number of years, and now i understand your post here. After reading the variety article linked above, this is just going to add to the interesting column over at Twitter.

I honestly don’t call it X, I call it Twixer. I’ll never call the platform X.

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