Malware – QBOT Bank Information Theft Trojan evolves in 2016

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The QBOT family is a Bank Information Theft threat that emerged in 2008.  As documented in this excellent TALOS report, this threat has evolved significantly and it is on the rise. http://blog.talosintel.com/2016/04/qbot-on-the-rise.html Qbot, AKA Qakbot, has been around for since at least 2008, but it recently experienced a large surge in development and deployments. Qbot […]

Leadership – Influence is earned through actions over time

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Influence is present as a function of the position itself.  However, great leaders emerge through their actions, relationship, and sincerity over time.  John Maxwell reflects on this as follows: http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/the-key-to-gaining-influence-is-earning-it-not-borrowing-it “Leadership is influence — nothing more, nothing less“ — The more I speak to leaders of all stripes, the more I’m reminded of the truth […]

Android Security – Overlay malware attacks increase in 2016

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Overlay malware allows attackers to create hidden invisible windows that sits top of legitimate Android applications and intercept information which can compromise both security and privacy.  These attacks are growing both in terms of numbers and sophistication. https://threatpost.com/scourge-of-android-overlay-malware-on-rise/117720/ https://securityintelligence.com/mobile-malware-competition-rises-in-underground-markets/ The black market for malicious Android software is heating up thanks to a rise in popularity of overlay […]

Leadership – Three types of mentors for personal growth

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John Maxwell shares an excellent article on the value of mentors in building leadership skills http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/the-three-types-of-mentors-every-person-needs-to-help-them-grow  I’m not a self-made man. It took a lot of people investing in me to get me where I am today. You may wonder: Who helped you, John? Mentors – A mentor is someone who teaches, guides and lifts […]

Malware – Hewlett Packard releases Enterprise Cyber Risk Report 2016

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Hewlett Packard has released their Enterprise Cyber Risk Report for 2016 as shared below.  As key themes, it is noted that older vulnerabilities that are actively circulating are sometimes the most popular means of attack. https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Highlights+from+the+2016+HPE+Annual+Cyber+Threat+Report/20985/ http://techbeacon.com/resources/2016-cyber-risk-report-hpe-security HP released their annual report for 2016 that covers a broad range of information (96 pages) in various […]

Microsoft Security Updates – APRIL 2016

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Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms16-apr.aspx https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Microsoft+Patch+Tuesday+Summary+for+April+2016/20935/ https://isc.sans.edu/mspatchdays.html?viewday=2016-04-12 http://blog.talosintel.com/2016/04/ms-tuesday.html From Talos INTEL OVERVIEW — Patch Tuesday for April has arrived with Microsoft releasing their latest monthly set of security bulletins to address security vulnerabilities in their products. This month’s release contains 13 bulletins relating to 31 vulnerabilities. Six […]

Malware – German nuclear power plant cleans up infections

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By design, the nuclear power controls are isolated from public networks.  A German nuclear power company discovered a number of malware infections on the business side of their network. USB devices pose some risk, as sometimes “targeted attacks” my cross over if plugged into the private side controlling the plant itself. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nuclearpower-cyber-germany-idUSKCN0XN2OS A nuclear power plant […]

Facebook – 21 Highly Advanced User Features

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PC Magazine highlights numerous advanced features that are somewhat hidden to users in 21 slides that illustrate those special techniques http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/324797/21-hidden-facebook-features-only-power-users-know/ Facebook is the principal digital public square of today. Well, it’s the principal digital public square for those of a certain age (i.e. post-college, the young’ns aren’t into it!) But Zuck & Co’s site […]

Apple iPad Pro 9.7 in-depth review

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Another in-depth review of the Apple iPad Pro 9.7 is shared below http://www.slashgear.com/ipad-pro-9-7-review-on-the-road-with-the-laptop-killer-25437649/ I’ve tired of tablets, and I’m not alone. The glorious days of finger-computing arrived, certainly, but it was big-screen smartphones that benefited most from them, and persuading new or existing tablet owners to take the plunge or upgrade has proved harder than […]

Windows 10 – Anniversary edition Build 14328

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Several new improvements & features will be forthcoming in next major build for Windows 10 https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/04/22/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-14328-for-pc-and-mobile/ http://www.pcmag.com/news/343959/microsoft-drops-big-windows-10-update-for-beta-testers Today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328 for both PC and Mobile to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. This build is just one build newer than the Mobile build we released on Wednesday so […]


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