When I gave a talk at CCC about harm reduction for hackers, I included information from the only study on hackers and Aspergers that has ever been performed. The report is fascinating and I highly recommend giving it a read. What it found was surprising: Contrary to popular perceptions of […]

Can hackers be emotionally resilient?


Security firm Fortinet recently posted about a nasty little piece of banking malware that I feel hasn’t gotten enough press. It’s more than banking malware, as it nabs creds not just from institutions like Wells Fargo, but also paypal and Coinbase (just to name a few). It steals a credit […]

Check your [Android] phone for new malware affecting bank apps, ...




By: Violet Blue Blink, and you missed it: This week the Justice Department quietly made public its guidelines for prosecutors as to when they should open investigations or press charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is a serious issue and source […]

Under pressure, DoJ finally reveals its CFAA prosecution guidelines



Today I realized it was October 11th – and while many Canadians are returning to work after a long Thanksgiving weekend, quite a few people have taken further time off to be thankful with their friends and families. Yet for others across the globe – Today is known as the […]

Girls, Girls, Girls!



October is “cybersecurity month” (National Cyber Security Awareness Month, aka NCSAM). In the effort to educate people about being afraid of things they really can’t control anyway, and are tired of hearing about, the federal government has a different theme every week for getting people in the, uh, spirit of […]

Security Fatigue Awareness Month



Comments Sought on Draft Guide to Enhance Cybersecurity Framework September 15, 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Commerce Department(link is external)’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released today the draft Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder, a self-assessment tool to help organizations better understand the effectiveness of their cybersecurity risk management […]

NIST Releases Baldrige-Based Tool for Cybersecurity Excellence




Reuters published an article on Monday, July 25, 2015, by Lisa Rapaport, entitled: Two-thirds of Americans OK if doctors ask about guns.  When I first read the headline I seriously thought this must be a joke of some kind.  I couldn’t resist finding out what the gag was, so I […]

Should Doctors Ask About Guns? Well There’s an Odd Question


  Security is essential in any line of work but in certain industries it’s more desirable for your security to come equipped with the skills and knowledge of a concierge. There’s a wide range of businesses that require staff responsible for physical safety, whether it’s on a daily basis in […]

More Than a Friendly Face: The Benefits of Hiring Concierge ...



As the cliche goes, it is smart and heroic if it works, but foolish and dangerous if it fails.  Kara Pendleton writes in the Independent Journal of two unarmed hospital security guards that successfully stopped an armed man from committing further harm after he killed a patient and a hospital […]

Heroic Unarmed Guards Stop Armed Assailant