Author Archives: Mark Abssy

Ransomware Attacks Now Top Priority at DoJ

Ransomware Attacks Now Top Priority at DoJ

The U.S. Department of Justice recently issued a memo outlining the directive and scope of the newly formed “Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force”, putting response to these types of attacks definitively on the front burner.

Directive comes as ransomware is exposing the fragility of critical supply chains.

Source: Ransomware will now get priority treatment at the Justice Department

Vertical Farming – Will it Take Us into the Next Century?

Vertical Farming – Will it Take Us into the Next Century?

As the Global Food industry continues to evolve is it time for agriculture to embrace this next wave of technology?

Hydroponics, or growing plants in nutrient rich-water without using soil, is a practice that has been around for decades but has only been used in relatively small-scale applications. This is beginning to change.

Source: World Reimagined: Can Hydroponics Become the Next Big Thing in Agriculture?

Facebook users’ data leaked online, again…

Facebook users’ data leaked online, again…

Over 500 Million Facebook user’s data from 2019 has been made publicly and freely available. While not every record is current, this release still affects many users of the social network.

The data includes phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and — in some cases — email addresses.

Source: 533 million Facebook users’ phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online

Cheaters Never Prosper

Cheaters Never Prosper

Video Game publisher Activision recently published a report that outlines how players downloading and installing various cheats for Call of Duty: Warzone are not only gaining an unfair edge over their competitors but are also installing any number of credential stealing, computer compromising, and all-around not good malware as well. Want to get better? Start grinding, or as we like to say, practice makes better!

https://www.activision.com/cdn/research/cheating_cheaters_final.pdf

US Senators Urge White House to Modernize Bandwidth Standards

US Senators Urge White House to Modernize Bandwidth Standards

A bipartisan group of US Senators published a letter yesterday calling for updated minimum standards for broadband access across the United States.  Current Standards dictate a 25Mbps minimum but even by Federal Communications Commission household broadband guidelines, it is clear that a 25Mbps connection is inadequate for most families even prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. This touches on our Digital Lifestyle theme but plays directly to the core premise of our Digital Infrastructure and Connectivity theme and will provide momentum for this industry along the virtuous circle of increased capacity leading to innovation and increased demand leading to…

Today, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Angus King (I-Maine), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wrote to the Biden Administration urging it to update federal standards for high-speed broadband to reflect modern uses and align those standards across the government.

Source: Bennet, King, Portman, Manchin Urge Biden Administration to Create Modern, Unified Federal Broadband Standard | Press Releases | U.S. Senator Michael Bennet

Russian Hacking Collective Sandworm Identified as? Hackers.

Russian Hacking Collective Sandworm Identified as? Hackers.

In an attack reminiscent of the Solarwinds hack, The French National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (ANSSI) recently released a report detailing actions taken by Russian hackers “Sandworm” targeting products offered by IT Monitoring system provider Centreon. The company has since responded stating that effected users were using an unsupported freeware version of their product and that no current paying customers were affected.

Destructively minded group has exploited an IT monitoring tool from Centreon.

Source: France ties Russia’s Sandworm to a multiyear hacking spree

Cybersecurity Advisory for Public Water Suppliers

Cybersecurity Advisory for Public Water Suppliers

In response to recent disclosures of a water treatment  plant cyber attack State of Massachusetts officials have prepared a review of the attack and a list of resources for municipalities to help combat future attacks.

How public water suppliers can guard against cyber-attacks on water supplies.

Source: Cybersecurity Advisory for Public Water Suppliers

Florida Water Treatment Hack Highlights Infrastructure Weaknesses

Florida Water Treatment Hack Highlights Infrastructure Weaknesses

A combination of lax internal security measures and outdated technology left an Oldsmar, FL water treatment plant vulnerable to hackers who attempted to manipulate treatment chemical levels. Luckily, a worker noticed a mouse pointer moving by itself, observed levels of certain chemicals fluctuating beyond safe parameters and was able to take action to stop the attack. The question now is what can municipalities do to secure infrastructure going forward?

Source: Hack exposes vulnerability of cash-strapped US water plants

Qualcomm Announces Readiness for 5G With 10Gb Modem

Qualcomm Announces Readiness for 5G With 10Gb Modem

While providers are still working on upgrading their networks, Qualcomm has moved ahead and developed a next-gen modem capable of 10Gb throughput.

What’s New:  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced the Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System, its fourth-generation 5G modem-to-antenna solution. It is the world’s first 10 Gigabit 5G and the first 3GPP release 16 modem-RF system, which is

Source: Qualcomm Announces World’s First 10 Gigabit 5G Modem-RF System

Hack The Army 3.0 Starts Today (01/06/2021)

Hack The Army 3.0 Starts Today (01/06/2021)

The Defense Digital Service, a self described “SWAT team of nerds” along with service provider HackerOne are conducting another in a series of bug bounty programs to help organizations identify potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Military and civilian hackers invited to discover and disclose vulnerabilities in digital assets affiliated with the largest branch of the U.S. Military

Source: HackerOne