Hospitality Breaches

Author(s):

Josh Henry, ,

Hospitality Breach picture of Courtyard Marriott

Leaving the Light on for Everyone Hospitality breaches are the newest target for bad actors. Data breaches are making headlines more and more. As a result, large corporations in the hospitality industry are acquiring large targets on their back. Of course, this is no surprise. In fact, this problem has escalated since last year. Needed … Read more

ElsaGate: The Problem With Algorithms

Author(s):

Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Elsagate concept, kids on IPads looking shocked and confused

Social Engineering can take many forms. Sometimes it’s a phone call attempting to extrapolate your mother’s maiden name. Other times it is an email attempting to gain rapport and get you to click on a sketchy link.  However, sometimes you get something much more bizarre. Something like Elsagate. In 2017, many news sources started reporting … Read more

Malicious Apps: For Play or Prey?

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Josh Henry, ,

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Malicious Apps Today’s society is adapting to excessive use of cell phones and personal data stored in them. Federal laws have been changed to protect citizens from police authorities rummaging through our cell phones without the proper documentation. Considering that criminals have much less trouble adapting than lawmakers, they are usually one step ahead and … Read more

IOT Devices- Information Outsourcing Terror

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Josh Henry, ,

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IoT Devices are on the Rise A rising trend in consumer markets today are the virtual assistant such as Amazon’s Echo or the Google mini. Juniper Research predicts that 55% of homes in the U.S. will feature an IOT device by 2022. This ushers in a debate regarding the privacy and security of your information. … Read more

Doxing: The Dark Side of OSINT

Author(s):

Patrick Putman, ,

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Exploiting a target is much easier when you know their vulnerabilities. However, learning their vulnerabilities can only come from research. Doxing is a form of Open Source Intelligence. The word originated from an abbreviation of the term “dropping documents.” Doxing is the dark side of OSINT. It is the act of compiling a dossier against … Read more

Card Skimmers: What are you Sliding Yourself Into?

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Josh Henry, ,

Hand typing in ATM passcode on notepad while covering the keys for privacy, abstract for Card Skimmer

What are Card Skimmers? Mechanisms referred to as “card skimmers” have been a major threat to data security in recent years. These devices enable thieves to withdraw information from the magnetic strip of your card when its casually used at an ATM or store. As the trend grows, the devices become more sophisticated.  Banks, law … Read more

Dark Web: Unpacking the Notoriety

Author(s):

Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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If you are internet savvy, or into Creepypastas, you absolutely have heard of the dark web. What started out as a little trivia fact (did you know 99% of the internet is The Deep Web?!) has morphed into something else entirely. The Legend of the Dark Web Because the dark web is non-indexable, Google can … Read more

Password Safety: A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing a Good Password

Author(s):

Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Password guesses on a notepad. First two are bad passwords and the third one is a more complex password.

Password security is the most basic and ubiquitous form of cybersecurity. Every single account created online has a password attached to it. They predate the internet by hundreds of years and to this day, they remain the most reliable form of user authentication. So why does everybody choose such terrible passwords? What Makes a Password … Read more

Blockchain Meets Cybersecurity

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Zehra Ali, ,

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Where Blockchain Meets Cybersecurity Blockchain technology is a powerful public ledger that records every “block” of data as it moves across many computers. Businesses of all types and sizes have to deal with a lot of information on a daily basis. Data is usually an extremely valuable asset for their operations. But keeping it safe … Read more