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Why hackable industrial controls won’t soon improve

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog  SEATTLE — At the root of concern about cyber attacks against our nation’s critical infrastructure is the profoundly hackable state of industrial controls. Yet, discussion about the abject lack of security in ICS (Industrial Control Systems,)  SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) and PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) systems has taken […]

What IT buyers should know about encryption

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog SEATTLE — Some 44 percent of consumers don’t bother to set a password to restrict access to their home laptop or desktop computers, and only 14 percent use any sort of encyrption service. Those findings from a recent Harris poll of 2,000 U.S. adults, commissioned by encryption vendor WinMagic, aren’t […]

How an ETOPs failure scenario could explain Malaysian 777 disappearance

SEATTLE – Malaysian officials this morning added up the few known facts about the disappearance of Malaysian Flight MH370 to conclude hijacking is involved. A catastrophic systems failure scenario could still be plausible. I’m outlining it below to spark discussion among avionics experts and test pilots familiar with the Boeing 777-200 fly-by-wire systems and flying […]

How massive DDoS attacks leverage the Internet’s DNA

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog The bad guys are taking full advantage of the squishy parts of the Internet’s DNA. The result: massive DDoS attacks are disrupting Internet commerce, and slowing down the speed of the web. Meetup.com, the popular community groups’ hub with 16 million users, was recently destabilized for several days by a […]

Evidence of attacks shifting to mobile devices abounds

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog Security pros fear enterprising cybercriminals much more so than they do NSA spies.  That’s an insight derived from a survey of techies strolling the floors of San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center last week at the RSA Conference, which doubled in size this year. Given the quickening pace of bad guys […]

Why F-Secure’s Mikko Hypponen boycotted RSA 2014

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog LW caught up with F-Secure CTO and rock-star researcher Mikko Hypponen for a cup of coffee just after Hypponen gave his keynote address at the upstart TrustyCon counter-conference a few blocks from San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center last week. Hypponen’s  headlining appearance at the one-day, sold-out TrustyCon event closed the […]

Why, and how, encryption can make the cloud safer

By Jieming Zhu, Special for Last Watchdog (Editor’s note: In this guest Last Watchdog essay,  Jieming Zhu, CEO of AlephCloud, outlines the promise – and pitfalls – a encrypting data to make things safer.  AlephCloud supplies cloud-based security and privacy services.) As commerce, communities, and collaboration move to public clouds, sensitive and private documents should […]