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About the Author:

Kim Crawley is currently a security author for InfoSec Institute. She has worked in tech support and as an IT technician for a variety of smaller businesses. She has learned about vulnerabilities in network protocols, operating systems, applications and hardware and uses that knowledge in her everyday work in IT. Learning how malware is developed and how cracking works informs her views on keeping networks secure.

Why You Must Hacker-Proof Your Employees: Creating a Secure Corporate Culture

If you’re a CTO or a network admin, you’ve probably memorized some of the basics of network security. Have lots of well-configured firewalls and IDS/IPS devices. Use switches instead […]


How Can Android Smart Lock Be Attacked?

When official details of the new features in Android 5.0 Lollipop were released last week, Android Smart Lock piqued my interest. It’s a lock screen controlling feature that uses […]


Is Lollipop The Most Secure Android Ever?

Android fans such as myself have been eagerly anticipating the upcoming new stable version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop.

Android 5.0 was introduced with the codename “Android L” at the Google […]


Can Security Vulnerabilities Kill?

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Keeps you alive
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Written by Mick Hucknall
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In the past few years, I’ve written about security […]


A Digital Forensics Approach to the Celebrity Nude Photo Scandal

On August 31, 2014, news broke that nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, and other young female celebrities were being shared on 4chan. Jennifer Lawrence’s representative […]


Are Smart Homes a Dumb Idea?

Now that we’re well into the second decade of the 21st century, mobile computing technology and the increasingly ubiquitous nature of the Internet have been making strides into even […]


Yes Virginia, There Are Chinese Backdoors In Our Telecommunications Infrastructure

But there’s no Santa Claus. I do indeed have a sanity clause, though.

Intelligence agencies and private security researchers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries have […]


Is Apple Pay Safe?

On September 9th, during Apple’s iPhone press event, the corporation announced a few new products, of which you’re probably already aware of. Two new iPhones to catch up with […]


Russia Versus Wall Street: The JPMorgan Attack

JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the United States, with total assets of over $2.5 trillion. They reportedly spend about $250 million per year on technical security, or […]


PGP Alternatives for Email Encryption

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article for 2600 Magazine. (If you’re curious, publication has been confirmed and you’ll probably see it in the Winter 2014-2015 issue.) The […]


America’s and Canada’s Overlooked Threat: Chinese Cyberwarfare

Canadian Chinese Embassy spokesperson Yang Yundong can’t pull the wool over my eyes.

“The Chinese government has always been firmly opposed to and combated cyber attacks in accordance with the […]


Have New Backdoors Been Discovered in iOS? An Interview With iOS Developer and Digital Forensics Expert Jonathan Zdziarski

When the HOPE X (Hackers On Planet Earth) 2014 convention started on July 18th, one particular presentation caught the undivided attention of information security professionals. Ever since, the tech […]


A Bridge Over Troubled Traffic: An Introduction to Transparent Firewalls

The proper implementation of network appliances is vital to designing and maintaining a properly secured network. Modern networking devices usually integrate multiple functions into one box. For example, most […]


What You Must Know About OS Fingerprinting

For those of us in the information technology field, there are two reasons why we should understand operating system fingerprinting.

The first reason is to better design and implement security […]


How to Remote Access the Secure Way

Businesses in all industries often need to provide their employees with a way to access their internal networks when they’re away from the office. Such functionality is especially important […]


A History of Malware: Part Four, 2000-2005

I remember the eager anticipation that led to the turn of century. All throughout 1999, all I ever saw or heard in the media was millenium this, millenium that. […]


A History of Malware: Part Three, 1993-1999

In my previous article, I explained what happened to the evolution of malware when microcomputers started to become a major presence in small offices and households. That coincided with […]


A History of Malware: Part Two, 1989-1992


In my previous article, I told the story of the very first worms and viruses. Interestingly, a groundbreaking mathemetician, John von Neumann, and a science fiction novelist, John Brunner, […]


A History of Malware: Part One, 1949-1988


These days, malware is an everyday concern, even among ordinary end users. A countless amount of money is lost every year worldwide due to malware, possibly in the hundreds […]


Attention Retailers and Restaurants: Three Simple Ways to Avoid What Happened to Michaels, Target and Neiman Marcus

I feel like I’m stuck in Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day. Yet again, it came to my attention that a major American retailer has been hit with POS (point-of-sale) malware. […]