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NBC severely overhypes Sochi hacking story

Posted on February 6th, 2014 at 5:03 PM EST

On Tuesday night, NBC aired a segment on the nightly news warning about widespread hacking at Sochi. As the story implied, any electronic devices brought to Russia would be hacked immediately, as soon as they are connected to a network. Unfortunately, these implications reached farther than the facts support. NBC’s reporting of the story was extremely misleading.
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Beware of unsolicited tech support

Posted on March 20th, 2013 at 2:43 PM EDT

Two weeks ago, I wrote about trust issues and fake tech support scams. Coincidentally, it would seem, I got a very concerning e-mail message from a friend of mine yesterday relating to exactly those issues. The incident I’m about to relate is, in fact, so concerning that I feel warning people immediately is of utmost importance.
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Beware of fake tech support

Posted on March 7th, 2013 at 8:00 AM EST

Right in line with yesterday’s theme involving trust, I have been reminded of yet another trust issue. When you call tech support for a particular product, your goal is probably to talk to an official representative of the company that makes that product. If you want support for an Apple device, you’re going to call Apple’s tech support, right? Unfortunately, a couple times in the last two weeks, I have seen people fooled into calling a company that is pretending to offer official Apple support.
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Who can you trust?

Posted on March 6th, 2013 at 4:27 PM EST

Recently, a new reader of my blog asked me, “Why should I trust your information?” While this may seem like an impertinent question, in the security world, it’s actually quite an astute one. In fact, it’s one that people need to ask themselves far more often online. Nearly every transaction you perform online, from electronic banking to just fooling around on YouTube, involves trust. Yet few people think about such things. Let’s try to change that!
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