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This week was the cybersecurity law “trifecta” … and maybe a little cyber security fatigue

Cyber fatigie


Gregory P. Bufithis, Esq.


19 May 2018 (Athens, Greece) - The start of my conference year is in Lille, France at the International Cybersecurity Forum (for my coverage click here), and that kicks off 30+ technology events I attend each year on artificial intelligence, cyber security and the technology-media-telecommunications ecosystem.

I cannot attend everything ... damn! ... so I rely on my brilliant media team. And this past week we saw three major cybersecurity law events in the U.S. so my team had to be on top of their game: Georgetown Law's Cybersecurity Law Institute the Harvard-MIT Cybersecurity Conference. the Logikcull/ACEDS "Corporate eDiscovery and Cybersecurity User Group"

There was also a... Read more

May 20th, 2017 | Published in Cyber security

The Google iPhone search dilemma. It’s a doozy

Traffic acquisiiton costs  

17 May 2017 - At my readers know, every February I attend the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (run by the GSMA). It is an enormous event: 5 days; 110,000+ visitors: 2,900 exhibitors; 167 educational sessions, etc., etc. It is exceeded only by the "mega" event I attend at the end of the year, the Frankfurt Book fair: 7,300 exhibitors, around 275,000 visitors, more than 4,000 events.

But the GSMA offers a whole range of events around the world beyond just Mobile World Congress. These are set in smaller settings, fostering regional engagement at a strategic level. Subjects are the economics of the mobile industry, privacy and security of mobile devices, "next generation" IoT, etc. These are excellent networking opportunities and an ability to zero in on 1 or 2 subject areas. Oh. Sorry. Did I mention the wine... Read more

May 17th, 2017 | Published in Google and the World

Further thoughts on the “WannaCry” ransomware attack: protecting your digital life


Shields up!!!


16 May 2017 (Brussels, Belgium) - This past weekend I published a post The “WannaCry” ransomware attack, cyber warfare … and the lack of understanding, an attempt to help readers understand the technology behind Friday's attack and the issues involved. Now some further thoughts on blame, protecting yourself ... and the business model we need.

Note: a big hat tip to "Ivan" (my blackhat buddy who helps me navigate the Dark Web) who advised "you don't need me: YouTube provides its own platform for promoting and selling ransomware. Oh, the competition!!" (click here)

Hallelujah! A cyber attack!  Ka-ching!  

I can tell you one thing: the hackers who unleashed this ransomware attack may have made... Read more

May 16th, 2017 | Published in Cyber security

The “WannaCry” ransomware attack, cyber warfare … and the lack of understanding


What these cyber attacks are starting to resemble

14 May 2017 - This past Friday a major ransomware attack affected 100 countries and scores of organizations across the world reportedly including Telefonica in Spain, the National Health Service in the UK, the railway system in Russia, and FedEx in the US.  NOTE:  this threat is still under active investigation, so the situation may change as we learn more. Over the weekend I have been conversing with scores of contacts in my intelligence community and cyber security database and the situation has been "fluid". Several of my contacts allowed me to observe their analysis of the malware via their honeypots. The malware responsible for this attack is a ransomware variant known as "WanaCrypt0r 2.0" or "WannaCry". According to the cybersecurity experts I spoke with the exploit has been widely... Read more
May 14th, 2017 | Published in Cyber security


  [  Part of a continuing series; for Part 1 click here ]       A gentle tiptoe into the Russian hacking of the political process, the Chinese hacking of the commercial process ...    and several aspects of the economics, politics and technology of cyber war       Putin ear cocked       20 April 2017 (Athens, Greece) - Since I wrote Part 1 of this series we've had two notable events:       Massive protests against alleged corruption in the federal Russian government took place simultaneously in many cities across Russia, leading to the jailing of Alexei Navalny, a Russian lawyer, political activist and politician whom many (inside and outside Russia) is deemed to be "the man Vladimir Putin fears most" A bomb blast on a St Petersburg metro train killed 11 people and wounded dozens more, with the Western intelligence community framing the issue in a way... Read more
April 20th, 2017 | Published in Cyber security

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