ROUNDUP

Cyber and SCRM News from the Interos GTIC™ Team

June 2017

So you Think you are Clickbait Savvy?

Media-savvy folks can see through a clickbait headline on social media pretty easily, especially when they can see through to the source without clicking the link. But even the most media-savvy folks can fall prey to clickbait text messages, especially when they are uniquely targeted to you. Continue Reading...

May 2017

Well, The French Just Earned Some Bragging Rights

Congratulations to the French! They learned something from the 2016 election debacle in the U.S. and actually handled a politically motivated campaign hack for what it was: a political disinformation campaign that deserved no air time. Continue Reading...

Mar 2017

Yes, Virginia, Your TV is Watching You

More than one horror movie and television show has made hay of the idea that something in your television is watching you back. But, in today’s world of Nintendo Wii and voice recognition, that is possible. Continue Reading...

February 2017

Who Had the Worst Year in 2016? Possibly Samsung

Samsung’s troubles in 2016 are widely known. The company recalled 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones following hundreds of reported fires; and while other smartphone users were cheering that they could now keep their devices on during takeoff and landing (in airplane mode), Galaxy Note 7 users were told to leave their phones at home. Continue Reading...

January 2017

2016, One for the Record Books

U.S. politics aside, it’s been a strange year for elections around the world. And it’s gotten stranger, because in Iceland the Pirate Party came in third in October’s spot election and have now been asked to form a government since the other two parties failed to form a coalition. Continue Reading...

October 2016

Cyber Theft More Common Than a Head Cold

With the innumerable reports of cyber incidents the past few years, your personal information has probably been exposed more frequently than you’ve been exposed to flu viruses. The New York Times has produced a handy little tool to let you count up the number of times your information has been exposed from just the most public breaches. Continue Reading...

September 2016

High-Flying Hackers

That cute buzzing drone in the sky? It’s a little less cute when it gets hacked. There has been quite a bit of debate the past two years about how to regulate what once was considered a hobbyist’s toy. Where should they be allowed to fly? Should owners have to prove technical ability? Continue Reading...

August 2016

Going to Rio? Consider Serious Bug Repellang, and not Just for Mosquitos

There has been a lot in the news this past year about Brazil’s readiness for the 2016 games. Concern has mostly focused on water quality and the impact to athletes, the Zika crisis and the lack of physical security thanks to a financial crisis leading to the underpayment of law enforcement. Continue Reading...

March 2016

Wanna Tango? And we Don't Mean Dancing with the Stars...

While the technology is not quite ready for consumer prime time, Google has developers working on an app to allow smart phones to three-dimensionally map the space around them. So if Find My Friends is your thing, Project Tango may be up your alley. Continue Reading...

February 2016

Chipotle: The Poster Child For “Food with Integrity?”

Food manufacturers and food service beware: the U.S. Department of Justice is increasingly investigating and prosecuting firms that are responsible for outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. In the past year, Chipotle, known for its “Food with Integrity”, has been at the center of investigations for e.coli, salmonella and norovirus. Continue Reading...

January 2016

Curiosity-It's not Just for Cats

So you’ve hired the best in IT professionals? You’ve trained your employees about the risks of malware? Well, apparently one in five people will treat a random flash drive like a Schrödinger’s experiment: until it’s opened, the drive both has malware and doesn’t—and they can’t wait to find out if the cat’s dead or alive. Continue Reading...

December 2015

Your Fitbit-Counting Calories and Opening a Backdoor for Hackers

The number of wearable devices is growing rapidly as the Internet of Things (IoT) evolves and is opening an array of potential cybersecurity threats both to consumers and organizations. Continue Reading...

October 2015

Did You Hear that One About China, the U.S. and the Cybersecurity Agreement?

Apparently, there’s no punch line. Last week, President Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping announced that both governments agreed not to conduct or condone economic cyberespionage. Continue Reading...

September 2015

When that Home Security System Is No Longer Secure

When your thermostat jacks up 10 degrees, it may not have been your spouse who decided it was sauna time; you may have been hacked. The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group released a framework for security for IoT connected devices, which calls for IoT manufacturers to patch firmware quickly and reliably via remote updates or other consumer notification. Continue Reading...

August 2015

Hacks, Hacks and More Hacks

Healthcare the new hacking frontier. Officials from the University of California, Los Angeles hospital system reports that they were the victims of a months-long cyberattack, putting personal data of 4.5 million people at risk. Continue Reading...

July 2015

Things that Are Extinct: The Dodo Bird, Cheap Gas Prices, and Privacy

Many companies are pushing the boundaries on privacy with facial recognition techniques. While Congress and the public have been riled up over the NSA data collection programs, little is being done at the federal level to curb companies from collecting, storing and analyzing unlimited data on consumers, including biometric data that is now being collected without permission. Continue Reading...

June 2015

Let’s Hope Fort Knox Is More Secure than the FED

It wasn’t news about interest rates, but the Federal Reserve Bank out of St. Louis was the target of a sophisticated domain name system (DNS) attack diverting visitors to rogue websites where visitors may have been the victims of malware, phishing and other bad cyber behavior. Continue Reading...

March 2015

White Paper: Insider Threat Analysis

Supply chain threats are ever-present for organizations, from unpredictable natural threats to counterfeit products. But what about the insider threat? In our latest white paper, Interos Solutions, Inc. examines both malicious and accidental insider threats. Continue Reading...

February 2015

So Much for the Month of Love!

Super Bowl XLIX kicked off the month of February with a record 114.4 million viewers witnessing Seattle’s goal line disaster. Ahead of the big game, federal cops had their eyes on counterfeiters peddling phony NFL goods to fans. Continue Reading...

January 2015

Cyber Safety and Information Sharing

Welcome to 2015! As we plod through the dark, cold, gray days of winter, our nation’s leaders are pondering new cyber security legislation that promotes better cybersecurity information sharing. Continue Reading...

December 2014

Happy Holidays from the Interos RoundUp Team!

As we approach the end of 2014 it is time to reflect on the significant increase in major cyber-attacks. 2014 has brought the likes of the Target, JP Morgan and Home Depot Breaches, that raises concerns about the overall information security posture for our private sector companies. Continue Reading...

November 2014

Critical Infrastructure Sectors.

In today’s “must have it now” society, the American public takes many things for granted, not the least of which is food, water, electricity and fuel. On Thursday November 20, 2014, ADM Mike Rogers, NSA Chief testified before congress that foreign powers steal data on critical U.S. infrastructure. Continue Reading...

October 2014

Ebola and ISIS Headlines.

In the midst of Ebola and ISIS headlines, data breaches still garner a lot of press across the 24 hour news cycle. JPMorgan leads the way with an attack that dwarfs the Target breach, with an attack that exposed 83 million individuals and small businesses. Continue Reading...

September 2014

Internet ghosts and goblins.

As summer rolls into fall and we prepare for Halloween, our internet ghosts and goblins have been fast at work. We end the summer with a notification that our friends at Home Depot confirmed its payment systems were breached. Continue Reading...

August 2014

Cyber attacks continue to baffle defenders.

If you drive a 2014 Jeep Cherokee, a 2014 Infiniti Q50, or a 2015 Escalade, your car has state-of-the-art-network-connected functions and also is most likely to get hacked. Continue Reading...

July 2014

NEWSFLASH! The semi-conductor industry has been a long time target for counterfeiters.

The proliferation of counterfeit electronic parts into the manufacturing supply chain costs governments and industrial businesses approximately $250 billion US Dollars each year. Continue Reading...

June 2014

Life is too short to drink bad wine - and now we have to worry about counterfeits, too!

Collaboration by wine producers is underway to beat the counterfeit wine momentum. Efforts to combat counterfeiting have been erratic and fragmented — there needs to be greater coordination Continue Reading...

May 2014

Bisceglie Named to the Virginia Cyber Security Commission

Interos is proud to announce that Jennifer Bisceglie, President & CEO, has been named to the Virginia Cyber Security Commission, a group established by executive order of the Governor, Continue Reading...

April 2014

What kind of bug is everyone talking about?

It’s called the Heartbleed bug, the latest in information leaking. Researchers have uncovered a fatal flaw in a key safety feature for keeping your email, banking, and shopping passwords secure while surfing the Web. Continue Reading...

March 2014

Operating Systems and Security upgrades focus on Supply Chain Risk

If the risk is real, why do so many people continue to gamble on Windows XP? Hundreds of millions of people are still using Windows XP, even though Microsoft will stop supporting the 12-year-old OS in less than a month. Continue Reading...

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