PODCAST: How ‘DNS’ drives the good, the bad and the nasty on the Internet

By Byron Acohido When the internet was in its infancy, numeric IP addresses were being created and assigned in an increasing frenzy, and a way was needed for humans to make sense of it all. So a University of Southern California researcher named Paul Mockapetris, with help from a colleague, Jon Postel, invented something called […]

Ransomware rampage takes aim at business targets


By Byron Acohido Consumers are no longer the prime target of ransomware campaigns. After years of petty thievery on a global scale – locking up the computer screens of millions of consumers with scams to sell bogus $79 antivirus clean-up services  –  they’ve turned their attention to much bigger fish. The opening quarter of this […]

Anatomy of an attack: Military hacking tactics used against a retailer

By Byron Acohido (This actual snapshot of a cutting edge cyber attack was discovered by analysts at Norse Corp, a security vendor that  has developed an amazing global network of honeypots emulating all sorts of common workplace and home appliances connected to the Internet, with embedded operating systems rife with vulnerabilities. Norse uses this honeypot […]

Boeing told FAA in secret of 737 rudder hazard before 1994 crash

(Editor’s note: The text of this Page 1A news story is being posted here to make it readily available for future reference. The original copy resides in the Seattle Times archives.) Copyright © 2000 The Seattle Times Company Local News : Tuesday, February 22, 2000 by Byron Acohido Seattle Times staff reporter Boeing knew for […]

LastWatchdog moves to ThirdCertainty.com

(Editor’s note: Last Watchdog is on the move. On this site you may continue to access my body of work on security and privacy topics since 2008. I’m not done yet. Going forward, I will continue delivering smart content as Editor-In-Chief for ThirdCertainty, a  new cybersecurity and privacy online publication sponsored by  IDT911. Full disclosure: […]

Why computer failure should be examined in disappearance of Malaysian 777

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog SEATTLE, Wash. — Malaysian officials — and the  global media — have fixated on the  pivotal assumption that someone must have deliberately shut down the Boeing 777 twinjet’s ACARS and transponders just before, or around the time,  the co-pilot said “All right, good night.” But the facts as disclosed  could […]

Last Watchdog’s video commentary from RSA 2014

In the midst of doing video interviews with 10 different tech security vendors, Last Watchdog’s Byron Acohido met with  MSLGROUP’s Tiffany Darmetko at RSA Conference 2014 to discuss the backdrop to the week-long event. RSA was bigger and richer than ever. Big name vendors like Symantec, Fireeye, Microsoft and Kaspersky commanded giant exhibits in the […]