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The FTC, my favorite federal agency, is continuing its push for greater consumer cybersecurity, and I am happy to help.
Steps you should take to fix a Java SE security risk on your computer, a message from Oracle, broadcast by ESET, as requested by the FTC.
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Can a radical new approach to encryption can actually speed data operations while making them more secure? Yes, I think it can. Check out the white paper and see if you agree with me (and my brother).
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Right now, there is a critical shortage of people with the skills and training required to defend our computer systems. And not just against bugs and spam, but the growing ranks of criminals intent on stealing data, and/or organizing terrorist plots — to say nothing of the complex mix of state and non-state players involved. In fact, a report released at this year’s RSA Security Conference predicted a global shortfall of 1.5 million qualified inf...
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Have you got what it takes to do InfoWarCon? A bit of dosh, a few days you can free up in early April, and a unique perspective on cyber stuff. Registration limited so don't delay. See you there!
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13% of Americans say they have withheld information from their healthcare provider due to privacy and security concerns, potentially undermining diagnosis and treatment. That's twice as many as in some pre-2015 studies.
New survey suggests medical data breaches increase the number of patients who hold back information from doctors due to concerns about the security or privacy of medical records, undermining treatment.
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Featuring my old Jeep (and inside info on how warranty repairs are handled, from my favorite accountant).
As the cost of fixing security mistakes in Jeep Chrysler Dodge vehicles mounts, so does the need for manufacturers to weigh cybersecurity risks in the product development process, alongside features and benefits.
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In which I ask the ACMG why the only people who can get tested for the HFE mutation that causes iron overload are those who are already suffering from it or know that their relatives suffered and/or died from it.
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Help people get the most out of technology
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  • ESET
    Security Evangelist, 2011 - present
  • NCSA, InfoSec Labs, Rainbow, ePrivacy Group, STSN/iBAHN, Monetate
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Upstate New York - Florida - Scotland - San Francisco - North Dakota - Ontario - Coventry, England
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Cybersecurity research
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I'm a cybersecurity researcher dedicated to helping people get the most out of their IT investments by minimizing the downsides, like security breaches and fraud. These days I work for ESET, an international company on the forefront of information security innovation and the fight against cybercrime. In past lives I've been a best-selling author and cofounder of several successful security companies. I've been a CISSP since 1996 and was producer on an award-winning documentary about the civil rights struggle in America. In my spare time I try to raise awareness of hemochromatosis, the most common genetic killer in America.
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CISSP since 1996. Sold over 1 million books. Had a brief niche bestseller. US citizen longer than Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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  • University of Leicester
    Criminology, 2014 - present
    MSc in Security and Risk Management
  • King Henry VIII School, Coventry
    Economics and English, 1964 - 1970
  • University of Leeds
    English and Religion, 1971 - 1974
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Security Bulletin: Steps you should take to fix a Java SE security risk ...
www.welivesecurity.com

Steps you should take to fix a Java SE security risk on your computer, a message from Oracle, broadcast by ESET, as requested by the FTC.

Healthcare data breaches lead more patients to withhold information from...
www.welivesecurity.com

New survey suggests medical data breaches increase the number of patients who hold back information from doctors due to concerns about the s

Hemochromatosis (excess iron) raises risk of heart arrhythmia, cirrhosis
www.belmarrahealth.com

Hemochromatosis (excess iron) raises the risk of heart arrhythmia and cirrhosis of the liver.

Cybersecurity and manufacturers: what the costly Chrysler Jeep hack reveals
www.welivesecurity.com

As the cost of fixing security mistakes in Jeep Chrysler Dodge vehicles mounts, so does the need for manufacturers to weigh cybersecurity ri

HFE testing: an open letter to the American College of Medical Genetics ...
celticcurse.org

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) wants to limit your access to your genes, like whether or not you carry the pot

Whistleblower claims cybersecurity firm hacked clients
www.welivesecurity.com

A cybersecurity firm is accused of hacking into potential clients in order to extort potential customers, according to Engadget.

ESET Research: Operation Buhtrap
www.welivesecurity.com

Operation Buhtrap is a mix of two words: “Buhgalter” and “trap”. “Buhgalter” means “accountant” in Russian.

Casper Malware: After Babar and Bunny, Another Espionage Cartoon
www.welivesecurity.com

In this post, we lift the veil on Casper - another piece of software that we believe to have been created by the same organization that is b

Say What? Required contents of notice in data breach notifications
www.welivesecurity.com

With so many data breaches happening these days, Americans are getting a lot of breach notification letters and emails, but do they deliver

Electronic health records and data abuse: it's about more than medical info
www.welivesecurity.com

After the Anthem mega-breach, questions abound about possible abuses of medical data. Here is a breakdown that offers some context.

The Sony Pictures Hack: 5 short sharp lessons we all can learn
www.welivesecurity.com

The recent hacking of Sony Pictures offers valuable lessons in cybersecurity from which every company and consumer can learn.

Why the #SonyHack is not cyberwar
scobbs.blogspot.com

Here are two links that are essential reading for anyone tempted to invoke the term "cyberwar" to describe the hacking of Sony Pictures and

Dear George Clooney - A word about cybersecurity
scobbs.blogspot.com

The following letter was written in response to remarks made by the actor and activist, George Clooney, in this article: Hollywood Cowardice

Cobb’s First Law of Digital Comms | The Stephen Cobb Blog
cobbsblog.com

Cobb’s first law of digital communications states: You should never say anything in a digital communication that you wouldn’t want your moth

Korplug military targeted attacks: Afghanistan & Tajikistan
www.welivesecurity.com

After taking a look at recent Korplug (PlugX) detections, we identified two larger scale campaigns employing this well-known Remote Access T

Of Spiders and Sin | The Stephen Cobb Blog
cobbsblog.com

What follows is the definitive telling of my story about the Australian redback spider and its pedagogical employment in a theological conte

Top 5 Scariest Zombie Botnets
www.welivesecurity.com

Zombie botnets, wreaking havoc on the Internet – it is a nightmare scenario that has played out time and again as more people have gotten co

CVE-2014-4114: Details on August BlackEnergy PowerPoint Campaigns
www.welivesecurity.com

In this post we provide additional information on how a specially crafted PowerPoint slideshow file (.PPSX) led to the execution of a BlackE

Cyber Security Awareness Month: It's on!
www.welivesecurity.com

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month in America and each year this program brings more and more attention to issues that shoul

What to do about Shellshock bash bug on Mac OS X, web servers, routers, ...
www.welivesecurity.com

The "Bash Bug" or "Shellshock" vulnerability means a wide range of devices, servers and computers, including Mac OS X, will need to be patch

Thanks to the new management of the awesome building in which I work (the ESET building) we were treated to a generous sampling of Donut Bar delights. They are the best donuts I've had, by far, in as long as I can remember. That includes my first - Tim Horton's in Canada in the mid-1970s - and the place I ate the most, on the ground floor of the office my wife and I rented on Polk St. in San Francisco in the 1980s. I think the donut has, in general, declined in the decades since. But these, these are worth the walk from Little Italy. Most notable are the maple/bourbon, the crème brûlée, the caramel latté, and of course the maple bacon (yes, with actual bacon, and actually a great pairing).
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In my opinion Dr. Gamagami is everything you need in a surgeon. He has experience, confidence, and commitment to excellence. I'm not a medical professional, but as far as I can tell Dr. Gamagami did a fine job of removing my left adrenal gland after my primary (Dr. Adam Pacal) and my nefrologist (Dr. Jadwiga Alexiewicz) had determined (with help from Dr. James Lyon's venous sampling) that I had primary aldosteronism caused by an adenoma on my left adrenal. Both Dr. Pacal and Dr. Alexiewicz recommended Dr. Gamagami as "the" surgeon for this operation and I can see why. I am over 60 and this was the first operation I had ever had, in fact the first time I had spent the night in a hospital bed. Dr. Gamagami answered all of my questions before the operation and afterwards. I felt I was in good hands throughout.
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