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Breach Fatigue: Don’t Be a Victim
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UPS Hacked!
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The IT Professional vs. The Deadly Data Breach
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You Have a Case of Identity Theft!
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Honesty is the Best Policy: Passwords, IT Security Professionals, and Llamas!
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Ransomed Beauty: Is Your Identity Being Held for Ransom?
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 5
Are You Only a Hacktivists Away from Chaos?
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You Have a Case of Identity Theft!
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Kimberly Johnson
Blog Title PistolStar's Authentication Blog
Blog Description Usability. Security. Auditing. Compliance.
Blog URL http://blog.pistolstar.us/blog
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Location Amherst, NH, USA

Recent Blog Posts
Hello world!
Tue, Sep 22nd 2015 8:25p   admin
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Internet Explorer Exploit
Wed, Oct 23rd 2013 5:18p   admin
“Attack code that exploits an unpatched vulnerability found in all supported versions of Internet Explorer has been released into the wild. This means that cyberattacks could now surge and affect Internet Explorer users.”1 Freelance Journalist, Dara Kerr, has reported through CNET that Rapid7’s latest Metasploit penetration testing tool makes the details of the IE exploit called “CVE-2013-3893” available to the world, especially cybercriminals. It is thought that this exploit has been
Malware + ATM = Free Cash
Tue, Oct 22nd 2013 2:51p   admin
Recently, there have been malware attacks on ATM’s in Mexico. These attacks are not the typical card reader scams, rather they are a piece of malware that can dispense cash on demand. “Plotus” is the name of malware program which currently has to be manually installed on the machine via a CD-ROM drive. That means these money hungry hackers have to physically break into the machines to install the software. Safensoft, a Russian security firm, made the discovery late last month. Stanislav Sh
We’ve been VerAfied! Part Two
Wed, Oct 16th 2013 3:10p   admin
If you have not read part one of this post, read it here. Veracode’s Risk Adjusted Verification Methodology The ‘VerAfied’ standards-based mark of security quality is one established by Veracode to provide a pragmatic approach to measure and compare risk levels related to application security, and is wholly designed with industry standards in mind.  Its basis is the “Security Quality Score”, which is an aggregate of all the security flaws uncovered by the above scans, categorized by
We’ve been VerAfied! Part One
Tue, Oct 15th 2013 4:14p   admin
If you have visited our PortalGuard.com homepage recently, you might have noticed that the PortalGuard product has been officially awarded the ‘VerAfied’ status by Veracode, a leading company in Application Risk Management and analysis.  What this means, is that throughout the scrutiny of Veracode’s series of formal application assessments, the PortalGuard software had either met or exceeded the criteria outlined in their Risk Adjusted Verification Methodology for mission critical applica
Facebook Removes Privacy Feature
Mon, Oct 14th 2013 12:35p   admin
Facebook is undoubtedly one of the largest social networks in the world and is seen as an industry leader.  Last week they announced that they will be removing a feature that, although used by a small percentage of users, allows you to block being searched directly via their search bar. It is important to note that the option to use this feature has been inactive for users that were not using it since last year. Many of their privacy features are still intact and do not look like they will be
Private Sector to Help with Homeland Security
Fri, Oct 11th 2013 11:27a   admin
“The ability for the private sector to invest, co-develop and integrate innovative technologies into the cybersecurity marketplace will significantly impact progress in threat deterrence and mitigation.” The above quote is from an article written by Charles Brooks of SecurityInfoWatch.com that reports an interesting program has been put in place at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate.  The program is called the Transition to Practice Pr
Everyday Cyber Crime
Wed, Oct 9th 2013 12:27p   admin
On our blog we have often discus malware and passwords, but how much information do you actually put into action in your life and workplace? If you have not yet watched the TED Talk by James Lyne: “Everyday cybercrime — and what you can do about it,” you should. Lyne breaks down the threat of your computer being attack to a level that all of us can relate to. He reminds us that even if we are taking all of the necessary precautions, our family members and co-workers could be exposing
Firefox App On Android Has Vulnerability
Thu, Oct 3rd 2013 11:00a   admin
“He responsibly disclosed the details to Mozilla that allows hackers to access both the contents of the SD card and the browser’s private data”.1 Mohit Kumar, from The Hacker News, discusses a topic that is worth your time if you have an Android mobile phone and use the Firefox app on it. “Mobile Browsers are complicated applications and locking them down against threats is extremely difficult. According to a Mobile Security Researcher, Sebastián Guerrero from ‘viaForensics
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 4:05p   admin
“October is National Cyber Security Awareness month. This laudable public awareness initiative was launched 10 years ago by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance.”[1] The topic for the first week of the month is general online security. Recently, our blog has discussed the problems we often come across when it comes to our family in the digital age. It is important to not only discuss the importance of passwords with children, spouse, or co-worker

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