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Episode 182: "Good" hack for SolarWinds, "Bad" security for Twitter, and "Sock Puppet" phishing

The Killing IT Podcast

Release Date: 09/20/2022

Episode 192: Federal Communications Commission Draft High-speed Internet Coverage Maps, The Tech Labor Situation, and Fed. Govt Provide Cybersecurity Insurance show art Episode 192: Federal Communications Commission Draft High-speed Internet Coverage Maps, The Tech Labor Situation, and Fed. Govt Provide Cybersecurity Insurance

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Topic 1: The Federal Communications Commission has published the initial draft of its revised high-speed internet coverage maps. The old maps were census-block based. The new maps are based on more detailed information from broadband providers. With the old system, a huge census block would be marked as served even if only one household had broadband. You can examine updated maps from here: For an interactive map, start here and zoom in and out as desired: Want to see how you can make money filling the gaps? Check out:   Topic 2: An Update - The Labor Situation in Technology...

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Episode 191: Lithium Ion Batters Recyclable, 9 in 10 SMBs Fear Ransomware Attack, and Rude Behavior might be Contagious show art Episode 191: Lithium Ion Batters Recyclable, 9 in 10 SMBs Fear Ransomware Attack, and Rude Behavior might be Contagious

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Topic 1: Good News on the EV Front: Lithium Ion Batteries can be Recycled! Yes … we are headed for an EV world. No … there are not nearly enough batteries or charging stations or grid capacity to handle an EV world. But in a positive sign, it turns out that the rare Earth minerals used in LIon batteries do not degrade and can be recycled into new batteries. Increase supply. Reduce pollution. Recycle all those old battery items lying around your house. Win! Topic 2: Nine in Ten SMBs Fear a Ransomware Attack   ...

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Episode 190: Stripe Layoffs, Twitter Melt down, & the Crypto Meltdown show art Episode 190: Stripe Layoffs, Twitter Melt down, & the Crypto Meltdown

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Topic 1: Lessons from the Stripe Layoffs - for tech ITs, vendors, and everyone. Stripe layed off 14% of their workforce, and were very open about the reasons. We all make mistakes in periods of rapid growth and rapid decline. This stuff is hard! Topic 2: Twitter Melting Down Twitter has typically reviewed its products for privacy problems before rolling them out to users, to avoid additional fines from the F.T.C. and remain in compliance with the settlement. But because of a rapid pace of product development under Mr. Musk, engineers could be forced to “self-certify” so that their...

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Episode 189: U.S. drop in productivity, Cloud Computing to grow, US Banks spend $1 Bill on Ransomware show art Episode 189: U.S. drop in productivity, Cloud Computing to grow, US Banks spend $1 Bill on Ransomware

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Topic 1: U.S. workers have gotten way less productive.  No one is sure why. So we get to make up reasons!  Can this be attributed to the Quiet Quitting Phenomon? Maybe. But maybe not. (Again, we get to come up with our own theories today.) Perhaps, complexity is the enemy of productivity; thus, remote working might not give our brains enough buffering time between each tasks than say walking from the meeting hall to your cubicle would. Also, as we settle into a sort of kind not really post-pandemic world, we can surmise that the line between our work lives and home lives has become...

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Episode 188: Japan pushes for digitization, Drone swarms, & Australia increase penalties for data breaches show art Episode 188: Japan pushes for digitization, Drone swarms, & Australia increase penalties for data breaches

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Topic 1: Japan pushes for digitization  Japan has stepped up its push to catch up on digitization by telling a reluctant public they have to sign up for digital IDs or possibly lose access to their public health insurance.  As the naming implies, the initiative is about assigning numbers to people, similar to Social Security numbers in the U.S. Many Japanese worry the information might be misused or that their personal information might be stolen. Some view the My Number effort as a violation of their right to privacy. --- Topic 2: Drone Swarms! No … really.  What has been...

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Episode 187 - Cloud Marketplace, AI to Diagnose Illnesses, Internet Speed Disparity show art Episode 187 - Cloud Marketplace, AI to Diagnose Illnesses, Internet Speed Disparity

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Topic 1: Marketplaces — McBain is big on them, but how well do they scale down? AWS Marketplace makes it so you find everything you need in one spot. As a seller, the appeal is apprent. As a vendor, especially a small to medium business, the playing floor might be a bit crowded. Topic 2: Voice-Scanning AI Aims to Diagnose Respiratory and Mental Illness … What Could Possibly Go Wrong?  Whereas facial recognition software is designed to use AI to recognize your image, voice-scanning AI is designed to evaluate vocal patterns and attributes that can be used in call centers or via...

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Episode 186 - Juicy tech states, Metaverse's standing, and THOR's Day show art Episode 186 - Juicy tech states, Metaverse's standing, and THOR's Day

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Topic 1: Some juicy stats... The U.S. tech market accounts for 35% of the total world market. The U.S. tech industry is expected to grow by 6.7% in 2022. The U.S. tech industry employs roughly 12.2 million workers as of 2020. Check out these stats and let us know what stood out to you.  These stats open up the floor to new approaches to shake up the industry. Those currently in the industry can take these numbers as a driving force to recruit more inclusively. Topic 2: Checking in on the metaverse: Is this a thing yet? Meta hosted a big event to announce … a more expensive VR...

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Episode 185: Dodging an Existential Bullet, Google Shuts Down Stadia, & Ambient Intelligence show art Episode 185: Dodging an Existential Bullet, Google Shuts Down Stadia, & Ambient Intelligence

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Topic 1: The Open Internet as We Know It Dodged an Existential Bullet Last Week In an election for the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), members chose Doreen Bogdan-Martin from the United States – the first-ever woman to hold the post. But that is not the reason this election was monumentally important: it was literally a showdown between an open internet and an authoritarian-controlled internet. And almost every single human on Earth didn’t know it even happened … or what the consequences may have been. Consider us lucky. Topic 2: Google Shuts...

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Episode 184: Public cameras and Privacy Concerns, Machine Translation, and Darth Vader! show art Episode 184: Public cameras and Privacy Concerns, Machine Translation, and Darth Vader!

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Topic 1: Public Cameras, Social Media, Art, and Privacy concerns Great article on how to use publicly-available surveillance systems and open source facial recognition to mash up Instagram selfies with Earthcam video.  Artist shows all the “behind the scenes” activities that go into professional selfies - all while violating copyrights and GDPR on a grand scale. Topic 2: Machine translation - what if the translation misses subtlety?   In our global society, we are starting to lean heavily on these online translating tools. Because of this, we are now at a place where machine...

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Episode 183: ETFs, US Military on social media, & Metaverse as a service, show art Episode 183: ETFs, US Military on social media, & Metaverse as a service,

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Topic 1: NANC and KRUZ ETFs - Outperforming the Market  Now you too can get away with insider trading. These new Exchange Traded Funds track the performance of members of Congress.  Topic 2: US Military on social media to engage in psychological operations.  What's new this time?  Topic 3: Metaverse-as-a-Service Nvidia is counting on metaverse FOMO to drive enterprises to its Omniverse-as-a-service platform. Think subscription-based digital twins. Nvidia brings you a new service category. As the Register reports: You didn’t ask for it, but here it is.  ...

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Topic 1: Could it actually be possible that the SolarWinds hack was “good” for their business?

https://www.scmagazine.com/feature/incident-response/why-solarwinds-just-may-be-one-of-the-most-secure-software-companies-in-the-tech-universe

No one would argue that being the victim of “the largest and most damaging security breach in US history” is a good thing. But as a result of the hack, SolarWinds took unprecedented steps to fundamentally reengineer their approach to security and dev-ops … and they are telling a surprisingly compelling story about how this makes them the most secure system in the industry. What’s more, it seems like customers are listening … and buying. Do you buy it?


Topic 2: Headline: Twitter is bad at data security and privacy.

Conclusion: No duh.

https://www.protocol.com/policy/mudge-twitter-whistleblower-hearing

The Twitter whistleblower testified in congress yesterday … and he made the “shocking” accusation that Twitter doesn’t have (and never has had) sufficient control systems for data protection. Thank you, Captain Obvious. This brings up a few questions: 1) does any social media company have sufficient data controls (no); 2) is there any appetite to make social media companies accountable for actual privacy / security (no); and 3) why does our society accept the presence of a tech platform that is “too big to control” and not simply turn it off if it can’t be made secure?


Topic 3: Because Security needs another piece of jargon: Beware Sock Puppet phishing

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hackers-now-use-sock-puppets-for-more-realistic-phishing-attacks/

Or would you rather call the attack 'multi-persona impersonation' (MPI)? That’s the name used by researchers at Proofpoint.

Basically, this is an orchestrated attack where the bad guys control multiple email accounts and email back and forth with the target in the middle of the cc: string. The idea is to provide (fake) social proof. 


 

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