What is Cyber Warfare?

What with the current news around the events in Iran, the security level has been raised across most of the western world. With the heightened security levels, we can also expect cyber attacks from nation state actors based in Iran and the middle east on western infrastructure. This blog has been in my backlog for... Continue Reading →

A Review of 2019

What a difference 365 days makes. 2019 has been an eventful year for cyber security professionals with a number of new threats emerging as well as an escalation in ransomware and level of data breaches as well as all the normal threat vectors. IoT has also featured heavily in the cyber security landscape. But first... Continue Reading →

Domain Typo Squatting

I would like you to take a look at the following web address: What do you see? Do you see microsoft.com? You would be very wrong if you did. Zoom in on the above picture. This address is actually RNICROSOFT.COM and not the address you first thought of. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES GO TO ANY ON... Continue Reading →

Malware 101 – A Pocket Guide

This post is a general round up of the various types of malware that is in circulation today. Typical types of malware are: BackdoorsFile-less MalwareKey Loggers Ransom Ware Root Kits Trojan HorsesViruses WipersWorms. This can also include social engineering methods, which are often used to get the first foothold in installing some form of malware.... Continue Reading →

Malware as a Service (MaaS)

In the era of cloud computing, where we see all forms of online services provided for a subscription, it is probably not surprising that we see dark net services providing malware as a service. While not necessarily something most of us would want to subscribe to, there are dark web sites that provide forms of... Continue Reading →

RDP Bug on Windows – Patch Now

In the past few weeks a highly dangerous vulnerability has been made public in older (and largely unsupported or near end of support) versions of Windows, namely: Windows Server 2008Windows 7 ProWindows 2003Windows XP Pro. This is being named 'BlueKeep' and has been proven to be remotely exploitable without any authentication. There are currently estimated... Continue Reading →

Precautions to Take with USB Devices

Today we totally rely on USB based devices to run our lives. Our phones charge using a USB cable, we connect flash drives through a USB connection to our PC's and phones. We even attach WiFi dongles and ethernet adaptors using USB. USB is also evolving into faster data transfer speeds to the point now... Continue Reading →

Using Free and Public WiFi Safely

I am guessing everyone at some point has connected their smart phone or laptop to a Free WiFi service in a coffee shop or a hotel and especially when travelling abroad where cellular data is prohibitively expensive? Free WiFi is everywhere these days, and is often a deciding factor whether or not to go into... Continue Reading →

ASUS Updater Issue

It has been broadly reported in the technical press that the ASUS automatic updating software for its PC's has been infiltrated by malware and has been widely distributed to ASUS PC's and Laptops. I personally think this is a storm in a tea cup, as the details of this imply that only 600 PC's would... Continue Reading →

Guidance on Backing up your Data

Let me ask you a simple question. If your primary computer (e.g. Laptop, Tablet, Phone) were irrecoverably lost, could you get back all the data that you consider valuable that is stored on this device? If the answer is either 'I don't know', or 'No', you don't have an adequate disaster recovery and/or backup plan.... Continue Reading →

UPDATE – WinRAR ACE Format Vulnerability

UPDATE 23 March 2019 ... More than 100 exploits have been discovered that are exploiting the WinRAR vulnerability. Two such attacks involve: A bootlegged copy of Ariana Grande’s hit album “Thank U, Next” with a file name of “​Ariana_Grande-thank_u,_next(2019)_[320].rar ​” that is currently only being detected as malware by 11 security products, whereas 53 antivirus... Continue Reading →

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