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The Security Box preview, podcast 147: Dealing with Ransomware groups and businesses

Hello folks,

Welcome to the preview post on what is coming up this week on the Security Box.

This week, we’re going to cover Ransomware groups in a different light.

This time, the article is titled Unpacking the Structure of Modern Cybercrime Organizations coming from Trend Micro.

Is this something we should be surprised with? Read the article, come and let us know what you think.

We have contact info on our blog pages, my web site and of course on prior podcasts as well.

You can listen via the independent channel on Wednesday at 11 am PT, 1 PM CT.

For other possible networks, please check the TSB page on EMHS for stations and times that we know of as well as times of when it’ll be on. Times given are in the time zone the station told me to use.

It’ll be up via podcast some time afterword.

Hope you enjoy the show and we’ll see you all later!

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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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Bablock, how bad can this be?

On this coming up podcast, we’re going to cover Bablock. According to trend Micro, this looks like its going to be bad. While it may not be targeting us yet here in the states, it may be attacking in other places.

The first paragraph or so indicates that it may be taking from Lock Bit and we know how much of a distruction that is.

The full article can be read, and you’re welcome to join us on Clubhouse. Here is the invite link for Clubhouse and the article is titled An Analysis of the BabLock (aka Rorschach) Ransomware.

We hope to see you on Wednesday, 11 am PT, 1 CT across the Jared Rimer Network!

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What’s been posted for May 17, 2023

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Hello folks,

Here’s what has been posted here to the blog that might be of interest in case you’ve missed something.

I’ve definitely been trying to post more, and there may be stuff that we’ll post that may be a bit outdated but worth reading in the future.

In the following list, i will comment on some, but not all. Everything leads to blog posts here, to outside reading off of the network.

There are other things that I did not blog, as it may be accessibility related or just not putting it here. You can bring it up if you wish. Some had commentary from me here, some did not. I hope that some of these may be of interest to you, and make it a great day!

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an ai case studdy

Hi all.
I usually don’t post this stuff but digitaldarragh has a good case for ai right here.

Chat GPT Saved Me Time and Effort in Building a Dynamic Country Dropdown in Blazor

He doesn’t post much on his blog but when he posts its a good read.
Anyway point is that if used correctly ai is actually fine.
The so called nightmare aint all its fault, and I do think that what the movies, etc don’t really push is that us humans are a rotten race at the best of times.
We are not as stable as we think, from crime to our driving to what we post to what we do to our environment and eachother.
If seen from space, we probably look like children to its inhabitence.
So um children can’t be trusted with ai really but we try.
As you go through your day think about the skynet and realise that at least 50-75% of the issue can be fixed if you think before you leap but we hardly do.
Even so this is a case in point where ai works.

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This week on the Security box

This week, we’re not going to be on one particular topic as we’re going to have an open forum. The show may be shorter than usual, but we’ll see who shows and what types of topics may come about.

As part of the show, we’ll go through some of the blog, we’ll have a portion of an open letter from my provider which might lead to discussion, and we may have some book updates as well.

We’ve got over 30 authors and we continue to look for more titles that may be of value.

This blog post from last week gives the updates to the list we recently added.

If you want to have the complete list, Go on over to our resources page and pick up your copy.

The Independent Channel will have the show on Wednesday at 11 am PT, 1 pm CT. Other networks may play it, please check with your station to see if they’re running it.

Thanks so much for participating on our show and learning with us!

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Here are some of the highlights from the security landscape we’ve posted

Maybe a highlight post from the past week could be of value in case people want to see what I think was big.

In no way does this mean that the rest isn’t, and that stuff we’ve posted to the list that hasn’t made it here isn’t any more important.

These are only some, there may be more. Please feel free to let us know what interested you, and feel free to subscribe to TSB or even donate to our work if you can.

Thanks for reading!

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This week on the Security Box

This week, a very interesting Phishlabs article that asks the question of what is the difference between Phishing an Ransomware. We’ve got at least two morons, and we’ll see what else the group decides to have.

The show will air on Wednesday at 11 am PT, 1 pm CT on the independent channel. It’ll air across the network later on.

We hope to see you there!

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back and processing

Hi all.
This is your friendly co admin here just saying I am back to work.
Still a lot of updates to do, had over 8k messages that I just simply went through, reading the important ones then killing just about everything else.
I will probably post something after I get it down on paper so check my blog.
A reminder that due to keybase all that nice stuff is no go.
Due to things I will post later, health and stuff I am seriously thinking about changing my podcast content, name will continue but I don’t know.
I have put asside the next week or so to get on top of the situation online as I haven’t been in the matrix for ages.
The good news is its not as bad as I thought it would be.
The bad news is there is still a little catching up to do

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Crypto scams hitting Mastodon

Its no surprise that Crypto Scams are now going to Mastodon.

While I’ve been perusing the timeline this morning, I’ve seen notes from administration staff of several servers and even users saying that they were aware of crypto scams with one posting an image of a spam message claiming that they were mastodon and that they had won Crypto Currency.

While the JRN currently does not currently run a server, I want to pass along the note that I’m seeing notices on my own timeline. I think we should al know what’s going on, even though we may not be affected directly, yet.

Check with your administration and report anything suspicioous or block them. While I thought I would never need to block, I had someone I needed to block who has ben known to be a problem and that’s all I’ll say publicly.

Thanks for reading.

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Here’s an interesting twitter development … Twitter restoring API access for verified things including weather, travel and emergency notifications

There’s no article to this, so I’m putting this in general. This was posted on May 2nd, and we have no official word besides this. Here’s the boosted post.

Kay: Boosting BNO News (BNONews): Twitter says it will restore free API access for weather alerts, travel updates and emergency notifications from verified agencies

This is good for them, but they should restore free API access for Apps for the disabled that are used to access Twitter more accessibly like TweeseCake and TW Blue as two examples.

I doubt they’ll do this, but I thought this update would be of value, and we’ll make sure that people are aware of this.

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The Security box, podcast 142 preview: Highlights from the new U.S. Cybersecurity Strategy

Hello folks,

This coming Wednesday, May the 3rd, we’ll be talking about the new U.S. Cyber Security Strategy. Its only popped up once and it was sent to our list 3/2/23 but nothing since.

I don’t think we’ve blogged it, so I’ll include it here.

The article is titled Highlights from the New U.S. Cybersecurity Strategy and is a Krebs article.

He was posting to Mastodon notes about this before he put the article out, and it was interesting.

Besides this, we may be handing out morons, we’ll discuss the landscape, and we’ll see what else guests will have to say while on the show.

How to listen

You can listen through the independent channel Wednesday, May 3 at 1 pm CT, 11 am PT.

The link to the room is found right here. Feel free to

We hope to see you there!

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The Security box, podcast 141: Dark Bit preview

This week on the Security Box, we’re going to talk about another new ransomware group. Although with the fact that we now have this supposed naming group, who knows what they’ll really be called.

Cyberscoop calls this Dark Bit.

The article is titled New cybercrime group calling itself DarkBit attacks Israeli university and this was a very interesting article.

The very first paragraph states:

A previously unknown cybercrime group attacked an Israeli technical university over the weekend, demanding $1.7 million in bitcoin as payment for what the attackers claim are the Israeli government’s “lies and crimes” ranging from occupation to war crimes to tech layoffs.

So this is how you get back at someone by attacking them?

Another paragraph states

DarkBit launched a Telegram channel on Saturday and claimed responsibility for the attack on the school, calling it “the technological core of an apartheid regime,” and threatening more attacks on entities affiliated with Israel.

Please read more on the article or join us on Wednesday.

You can listen through the Independent Channel or come on Clubhouse at 11 am PT, 1 pm CT Wednesday the 26th.

We hope to see you there and thanks for listening!

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This week on the security box

Hello everyone,

This week on the security box, note the day has been changed to Thursday this week.

We have at least two morons, says Nick, my co-host. I’ll be blogging these before show time.

We also have Watchdog warns FDIC fails to test banks’ cyberdefenses effectively as our main topic.

While I’ve not been blogging as much as I have been, I’m blogging more than I used to.

This article definitely is interesting, and I don’t remember if it came out before or after the SVB fiasco or not.

With that said, we’ll see what the landscape holds, and we’ll go from there.

We’ll return to Wednesday next week.

Thanks for reading and make it a great day!

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More outlets leaving or pausing twitter … here we go!

More outlets from outside the United States have now left or suspended their use of Twitter.

Twitter adds more ‘government-funded’ labels to global news outlets was written today and while I’m scaling back on reporting on these Twitter problems, this is one I thought i should because people may be following them.

The JRN still thinks that Twitter will eventually go byebye, and I won’t be saddened to see that. I may tell DLVR at some point to discontinue my twitter, but I havent made my mind up yet. I’m too small to care, and if they label my account, they’d have to prove what they’re labeling me as.

This is going to get very interesting.

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Here’s a twitter API update

I’m writing now to let you kll know that I am reading Mastodon and came across this post from one of the apps that this community use.

Kay: Boosting Manuel cortez (manuelcortez): Hi there, everyone. Today after many months, Twitter has blocked TWBlue from its API. This was a matter of time. From now on, everyone attempting to log-in in twitter using TWblue or adding a new account will get no response from the app, and a 401 error in the logs saying that “We couldn’t authenticate you”. Next is to remove all twitter source code from TWBlue and keep focusing the app in other sites / networks. Thank you for the time!

It will not surprise me to see Tweesecake come next, and this means that we’ll have a harder time on Twitter.

As I’ve written in the past, Twitter’s particular issues go deeper than just an API removal and forcing people to pay for something that is inheriently free.

I guess we’ll see what happens next!

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What has been posted to EMHS? Posting date March 29, 2023

Hello folks,

Welcome to what’s been posted lately.

Some of the articles we’ve covered here on the blog, while others may not.

While I have books I’d love to put up, I just haven’t gotten there yet with my busy schedule.

Since its only articles this week, here’s what’s been posted.

I know there hasn’t been a bunch of stuff, but we’re trying to make it high quality.

I’ll have time to do books this week before I’m out next week again, so we’ll see how things go.

In the meantime, if you have anything that you’d like us to cover, please feel free to let us know and I’ll be sure to take a look.

I’m sure that I’ve not covered a bunch of stuff I’ve seen on the list and I need to get better on that.

Thanks so much for reading!

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The Security box, podcast 137: Russia’s Sandworm is at it again

Hello folks,

This week on the Security Box, we will visit Sandworm.

The article this week is going to be Russia’s Sandworm hackers blamed in fresh Ukraine malware attack which comes from Cyberscoop.

It was a great article which was interesting because we were unclear if this hacking group was done or if they were still around.

We’ve not heard from them in quite awhile from what I can gather, and yes, I still have bunches that are related that we’ve not posted. But the fact is, these guys are still around, and its going to get interesting to hear what else may come out of this.

We also have a moron of the podcast in one company who is very well known too. See this blog post for more details.

How do we listen? This is the link to the Independent artist channel where you can find various options to listen.

Program is at 11 am PT, 1 pm CT. We may start a little bit later, but the room will open then.

If we don’t have a room, we’ll get a room up with this event. Check Clubhouse’s calendar for details. Thanks so much for reading and make it a great day!

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small update to the podcast

Hi all.
Well this is a note to all of you.
I was just informed about the fact keybase shutdown its public service quietly this month.
Blocking access to everyone bar those in the keybase universe.
I never signed up to this and the client is really inaccessible.
As a result, I deleted all files on keybase this morning followed shortly by my account.
I never signed up for another closed cloud systeem and I
‘m not starting now.
Jared when you read this please edit my podcast page on here to remove any keybase link because that no longer works.
Oh well thats a little more space I get back on my hard drive.
If a critical site some of the geek hacker load on a forum use wasn’t hosted by keybase I wouldn’t have known.
Keybase quietly shut down and posted on reddit saying there was no value in the service.
My answer to them would be simply that they never made an effort to make their client work nicely and that included updating the file system drivers.
I liked their public service it was about the only thing that made us tolerate the system at all.
I am wandering now just how many of us users regretably will have to say a big fag you and leave.
I mean there is no point if the web access doesn’t work.
The client has always been a joke to use and lets face it I am not a big user.
If I really need to I’ll pay for google drive storage on the cloud like my dad and mum do and then share links.
One thing is for sure, keybase has just lost a customer and now we know we will tell our friends.
Pritty much think that none of us blink hackers will use this system anymore.
Just happy I was able to get out so easily.

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Podcast 136 of the security box this week: Vice Society

This week, we’re going to be broadcasting our 136th episode on the 22nd. I first thought we were not going to either have it or even change days, but I had scheduling conflicts with other things, so cancelled my day out as requested. I was looking forward to going out for this excursion, but it wasn’t meant to be.

This week, the Trend Micro article Vice Society Ransomware Group Targets Manufacturing Companies.

This was a very interesting article because of the fact that this group seems to be a young group with no hidden feelings. We’ll just have to see what happens, but I don’t think from my memory that they are a threat to the U.S. yet.

How to listen

You may listen through our independent channel or even join us on Clubhouse.

When the clubhouse link opens, it’ll give you the time in your timezone.

I hope to see each and every one of you there, or catch the podcast and even the replay across the JRN and other affiliates.

See you then!

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