Homeland Security – Phishing Is Biggest Cyberthreat

           Manhattan D.A. Vance Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, and Cyrus Vance, Jr., the Manhattan District Attorney, recently spoke at a security conference in New York City.  Fortune reported on the event. At the event, Secretary Johnson reiterated his long-standing warning about the perils of evil email that appear to come from a trusted source. Secretary Johnson observed, The most devastating attacks by the most sophisticated attackers almost always begin with the simple act of spear-phishing. District Attorney Vance echoed the Secretary's observations, Phishing—mundane as it is—is the biggest threat we face and need to tackle. Bad guys [...]

2017-01-07T17:35:08+00:00November 28th, 2016|Cybersecurity - General, Phishing, SP Guard, spear phishing|

The Hacking of John Podesta

The press is widely reporting the Wikileaks postings of John Podesta's emails.  John Podesta is Hillary Clinton's campaign manager.  How was John Podesta's email account compromised? The Associated Press provides a step-by-step account of how, it appears, Podesta's emails were stolen. Step 1. The hackers sent Podesta an email telling that someone was trying to log into his gmail account and he should reset his password. This is the email that is posted in Wikileaks:   Step 2. Podesta, to his credit, sent this to his IT experts for advice. Step 3. Clinton's campaign help desk staffer Charles Delavan wrote [...]

2017-01-07T17:35:08+00:00November 1st, 2016|Cybersecurity - General, SP Guard, spear phishing|