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Phishing Alert: Ashley Madison Scams Quickly Spreading

This week 36 million names, addresses, and phone numbers of registered users of the Ashley Madison website (which makes it easy to cheat on your spouse) were posted on the Internet.  All these records are now out in the open, exposing highly sensitive and personal information. Internet criminals are wasting no time exploiting this in many ways, sending spam, phishing and possibly blackmail messages. There have already been reports of social engineering tactics which try to convince people to click on links [...]

Could IPv6 Be A Boon For DDoS Attackers?

In my eyes, IPv6 is today what VoIP was in the early 2000's-that is, a protocol which, while it carries great promise, takes forever to gain critical mass. I recall many years where vendors would declare that "this was the year VoIP breaks out", only to hear it again from them a year later. IPv6 has been around for quite some time-I myself worked on government agency projects to make them IPv6 compliant back in 2009, and even today, IPv6 [...]

Internet of Things presents new challenges

It is, without a doubt, one of the hottest topics in IT. The Internet of Things, or how data networking is going to effectively connect everything to everyone, has been discussed for quite some time, but it was not until recently where current technology was able to catch up to the theoretical ideas that have been out there. Now, we are seeing an explosion in embedded devices-things we would not have previously expected to have connectivity do. And this can [...]

IoT can help manufacturing, but does it make you less secure?

When companies began to embrace the idea and the tech behind the Internet of Things (IoT), one area that stood to benefit the most was, and is, the world of manufacturing. Anyplace that relies on efficient operations to keep things flowing, and does so using a litany of systems, lends itself well to the burgeoning world of IoT. Imagine if all of your numerous systems are becoming much more easy to network and thus control online-it would be a godsend [...]