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BREAKING NEWS: Net Neutrality Rules Repealed

FCC votes 3-2 in favor of rolling back Net Neutrality laws

  • 14 December 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
  • Number of views: 18

The Net is Neutral No More

                This Thursday, members of the Federal Communications Committee voted in favor of rolling back Obama-era Net Neutrality rules. This decision marks a big-time win for large internet service providers (ISP’s), who will now have much more control over the way Americans use the internet. Net Neutrality was created to ensure a level playing field among content creators, both big and small, by preventing ISP’s from slowing or accelerating connection speed to certain websites. Without Net Neutrality laws in place, ISP’s have the ability to block, throttle or prioritize content based on their choosing.


                The votes came in at 3-2 in favor of scrapping Net Neutrality rules. “Consumers benefit, entrepreneurs benefit. Everybody in the internet economy is better off with a market based approach.” said Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai. He believes that this shift will spur investment and innovation, and give consumers more options when selecting internet plans. While the votes are in, the general public shouldn’t expect to notice any big changes in the short term but over time, ramifications could be drastic. “What this proposal would do is it would give broadband providers the legal right and the power to start blocking websites, or censoring content if they don’t have a commercial relationship with that content.” said Commissioner Rosenworcel, who voted against Net Neutrality rollbacks. “The open internet as we know it could change. Perhaps not immediately, but over time. And I think that’s troubling.”

Mayer and Smith in Senate Hearing

Bitcoin reaches $8,000 milestone

  • 20 November 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
  • Number of views: 106

Equifax and Yahoo! testify in front of the Senate

Earlier this month, two former CEO’s had to testify in front of Congress their accounts of events surrounding two of the largest data breaches in history. Marissa Mayer, former CEO of Yahoo!, and Richard Smith, former CEO of Equifax, sat in front of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and detailed to the best of their ability the nature of these breaches that occurred under their watch; what caused them, who is responsible for them, and how they will be prevented in the future. The Senate committee also doesn’t fail to publicly shame these executives for endangering their customer’s sensitive information for decades to come, while themselves exiting their respective companies with millions of dollars in compensations and bonuses. We’ve summarized the hearing with a few main points you need to know:

Time to Patch Your Device

A new vulnerability affects most Wi-Fi enabled devices

  • 26 October 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
  • Number of views: 135

Fatal WPA2 protocol flaw puts most Wi-Fi enabled devices at risk

                By now, you may have heard of the most recent high-profile security vulnerability to surface in the last couple weeks. You may even know the name attached to it – “KRACK attacks”. This vulnerability mainly exists within WPA2, which is a level of security certification developed by the Wi-FI Alliance, and is the standard protocol for many public and private access points. The vulnerability allows an attacker to intercept, decrypt, manipulate and hijack a victim’s wireless traffic, and doesn’t even need to connect to the network itself. Microsoft, Linux, Cisco, Apple and others have all released or announced patches.

Yahoo Raises Number of Those Affected by 2013 Breach to 3 Billion

Richard Smith, formerly of Equifax, tells us what happened

  • 5 October 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
  • Number of views: 132

Yahoo breach from 2013 affected 3 billion accounts

                This week, former Equifax CEO Richard Smith testified in front of government officials, including the Senate Banking Committee. The discussions worked to unpack exactly how hackers gained access to the sensitive files of a company worth $13 billion, and at the conclusion, many representatives were still scratching their heads. To add to the turmoil, Yahoo revealed this week that a data breach from 2013 affected more accounts than they originally thought-- all of them. That’s right. The hack was originally thought to have compromised about 1 billion accounts, but this week that total is revealed to be closer to 3 billion. This news marks the biggest case of data theft in history. 

New Ransomware "Defray" Broken Down

How are countries ushering in VPN technology?

  • 28 September 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
  • Number of views: 172

Amidst the summer chaos, a sneakier ransomware variant lurks 

There has been a large focus on some high-profile cyberattacks this summer- the Equifax breach, WannaCry and Petya-like Ransomware, and the HBO hack to name a few. If you haven’t yet heard of Defray ransomware, you aren’t alone. This sneaky, less publicized strain has recently garnered attention after Proofprint documented it at the end of August.  The name “defray” is derived from the command and control server hostname from the first observed attack. It is being spread via email attachments that are disguised as Microsoft Word documents. The attack campaigns are very narrow and selective. Each organization is specifically targeted and malicious material is custom crafted and socially engineered to deceive the victims. If you work in Healthcare or Education, you may need to be extra vigilant for signs of Defray ransomware being spread. 


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