Sophisticated Cyberattacks – NotPetya and Solorigate

Hacking

The biggest story in the world of digital security this year (2020) has been the one that broke a few weeks ago. It was the Solorigate aka Solarwinds cyberattack that affected hundreds of corporations and the highest corridors of US Government. Over 18,000 locations and several thousand endpoints have been affected by this sophisticated attack, which was presumably by a state-sponsored hacker. The attackers have infiltrated, maybe through espionage, the source code repository of a popular IT management suite called Orion from SolarWinds. After infiltrating the bad guys were able…

Holidays and backup

Backup

I used to be an obsessive ‘backup’ person. Decades ago, when I started coding in GW Basic and then Clipper, I always had backups in multiple floppies, and programs that I considered my masterpieces I even took printouts. With my laptops I even had disk images done with ghosting software. In the last few years, after cloud storages like DropBox and OneDrive came up, I have almost forgotten about manual backup and take it for granted. Still, every year, in the holiday season I try to take an offline backup…

Impunity of online data breaches

Hacking

This is a follow-up to my earlier post “Be aware of online data breaches” written on 5th June 2019. Five years ago, in 2014 when two major cybercrimes happened, the stealing of 100 million credit card data at Target and about 100 terabytes of data of unreleased movies & more from Sony getting leaked, it shook the world and got everyone’s attention towards online data breaches. It felt like the awareness of being secure online was growing at every level of organizations, in the corner offices. Then in 2018, Facebook-Cambridge…

Are we dumb (or) passwords are dumb?

iPad Pro 2018 - Forgot Passcode

Am I dumb (or) is the process we are using to secure our devices is dumb – you be the judge! I am in the process of (regretfully) resetting my iPad Pro 2018 11″ to factory settings, as I couldn’t remember the passcode. As per Apple, if you forget the passcode for an iOS device like an iPad, the only way to use it again will be to reset it to factory settings, this will erase all the contents in the device. Normally, I have a mature process to handle…

Phishing messages can make you feel good!

Phishing Message

If only this was real, my world will be so much better. A “Bank” addressing me with love as “Dear”! Making me the owner of a card I don’t even have! I am worth for not more than 1 credit report, but giving me 780 credit reports, wow! At this rate, I am just a few steps away from being the Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) of The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Jokes aside, please treat these messages with great care, block the sender and delete the message immediately. Don’t…