Cyber 3-2-1: It’s the last newsletter of 2022 so no homework for you this week. Instead, I’ll focus on some of the other things in the cyber world that may impact us in the future. I mentioned some examples of AI earlier in the week (here and here). So, for Cyber 3-2-1, I’ll talk about crypto. Believe it or not, there is evidence that cryptocurrency may not be just a Ponzi scheme, and that it has some real-world uses. But let’s not ignore the scams either.
Cyber 3-2-1: How a 15 year old stole $24m. Don’t worry about deepfakes - Worry about phishing emails. And it’s not impossible to defend against ransomware attacks. This week’s action: Don’t trust your phone company with your house keys.
Cyber 3-2-1: Why browsers are a key part of your security defences, why Uber has done a deal with the US Department of Justice, and why I tend to surround the phrase “crypto investment opportunities” with quotes. This week’s action: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Cyber 3-2-1: This week, $100m of Crypto Craziness, €800k of romance fraud, social engineering lessons, and why your backups may no longer save you. This week’s action: Check your auto-forwarders.
Cyber 3-2-1: Getting a good night’s sleep is now a little harder. The ransom payment is the least of your worries. And what is appropriate security anyway? This week’s action: Check that Windows is being kept up to date.
Cyber 3-2-1: Is the end of passwords in sight? Why is a bank warning us about taxis? Why worry about smart glasses? And why do bad guys love crypto wallets and Android devices? This week’s action: It’s time to do a health check on your Android devices.
Cyber 3-2-1: Insurer says solicitors are driving up the cost of cyber insurance, and the SEC says it wants to know what cyber expertise is in the boardroom. This week’s action: Check your children aren’t roaming the mean streets of the online world.
Cyber 3-2-1: DeFi enabled the perfect crime, CISA discovered cyber sabotage tools aimed at US energy sector, and a reminder that we need to keep all software up to date, not just Windows. This week’s action: Tell your staff about the brands the bad guys love.
Cyber 3-2-1: The Central Bank reminds us that cybersecurity has not gone away. The US Justice Department proves that bitcoin does not necessarily mean anonymous. And a Microsoft study makes me bang my head against a wall. This week’s action: Baseline like it’s 2016.
Cyber 3-2-1: ComReg has a plan to tackle volume of scam calls to Irish mobile users. Google’s trackers are being investigated in the US, while the Austrian Courts have ruled that Google Analytics contravenes GDPR. And the US Federal Reserve starts a discussion about digital currencies. This week’s action: Don’t answer that call