Hospitals and scumbag hackers. There, we said it. (10/31/20 Part 2)

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Scumbag jerky hackers and ransom-ware. We hates them. Hostageware on the rise And yet, they don’t go away! So, what happened this time? https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/10/us-government-warns-of-imminent-ransomware-attacks-against-hospitals/ https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/hospitals-being-hit-in-coordinated-targeted-ransomware-attack-from-russian-speaking-criminals/ar-BB1auEpi?ocid=uxbndlbing https://www.zdnet.com/article/first-death-reported-following-a-ransomware-attack-on-a-german-hospital/ Also, if you saw the lights in the Maui sky the other night but don’t know what they were? https://mauinow.com/2020/10/25/cluster-of-mysterious-lights-observed-across-maui/  

Scram, Scammers! We ain’t talking! (10/10/20 Part 2)

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Scammer season is year around. The tricks they use can vary on time of year, though. SCAMS targeting our Seniors! Pocket featured an article from Kiplinger, and Alert Internet Surfer Hiro thought it was worth sharing with us. We agree! https://getpocket.com/explore/item/6-scams-that-prey-on-the-elderly https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/ https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts/

Tik Tok and you don’t stop… (8/8/20 Part 1)

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President Trump signed an executive order concerning TikTok and its owner ByteDance, plus Wechat and parent company Tencent. But on top of that? Their subsidiaries and companies they have a business interest in might be affected too! TikTok and slippery slopes Join Jonathan, LD, Sam and special guest Danno! https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-addressing-threat-posed-tiktok/ https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-addressing-threat-posed-wechat/ For more reading: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/08/trump-plans-tiktok-wechat-ban-declares-apps-national-emergency/ https://www.pcgamer.com/every-game-company-that-tencent-has-invested-in/ https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/7/21358252/tencent-wechat-ban-trump-executive-order-consequences https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/08/beware-of-find-my-phone-wi-fi-and-bluetooth-nsa-tells-mobile-users/ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/centre-bans-59-mobile-apps-including-tik-tok-uc-browser-others/articleshow/76694828.cms#:~:text=India%20Business%20News%3A%20The%20government%20of%20India%20on,apps%20terming%20them%20to%20be%20prejudicial%20to%20the https://www.zdnet.com/article/pentagon-bans-military-from-using-devices-with-gps/ https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/07/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-mostly-and-love-my-threat-model/

Hacking of the State Sponsored variety! (7/18/20 Part 1)

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Aaaah, hackers. There’s been a bunch of hacking in the news! In this hour we talk about state-sponsored cyber-attacks. Analysis of alleged Russian Cyberatttacks on COVID Vaccine Labs Why do countries do this? Well, reasons vary, but here we go…! If you want some reading on it, here are some for you. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53458122 https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/07/iran-state-hackers-caught-with-their-pants-down-in-intercepted-videos/ https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/07/russia-linked-hackers-accused-of-targeting-covid-19-vaccine-developers/

Hacking for Fun and Profit (7/18/20 Part 2)

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If you want fun and profit, apparently computer system hacking is a promising field! Analysis of the Twitter Bitcoin Hack Jonathan did a bunch of research so you can hear his thoughts this hour! https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/15/21326200/elon-musk-bill-gates-twitter-hack-bitcoin-scam-compromised https://slate.com/technology/2020/07/why-cryptocurrency-advocates-think-the-twitter-hack-could-help-bitcoin.html https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/16/twitter-hackers-made-121000-in-bitcoin-analysis-shows.html https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/07/whos-behind-wednesdays-epic-twitter-hack/

Farewell Flash, we hardly knew thee. (7/11/20 Part 2)

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Macromedia Flash, later Adobe Flash. If you’ve been online since the 90’s, you probably know about Flash. Its being retired this December 2020, and will no longer be supported! We take a look at this iconic part of online history. Flash is done We talk our thoughts and memories, with help from a great article from Arstechnica! https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/07/the-rise-and-fall-of-adobe-flash/ Now, Alert Internet Surfer Dan called in and tickled Jonathan reminding him about the Digicomp Mechanical Computer! Check it out! https://www.retrothing.com/2009/10/build_your_own_.html#:~:text=The%20Digicomp%20is%20a%20plastic%20mechanical%20computer%20from,into%20something%20that%20resembles%20a%20Jetson%27s%20parking%20garage.

Those Darn Bad Guys on Social Media… (6/27/20 Part 2)

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The baddies are really, really pains in the keister. Hijacking Social Media We talk about it today, whether we like it or not, because it is an election year. Additionally, social media seems to be quite divisive, doesn’t it? Its not an accident! https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/03/baloney-detection-kit-carl-sagan/ https://www.bbc.com/news/av/business-38919403/how-do-fake-news-sites-make-money https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/11/18/this-is-how-the-internets-fake-news-writers-make-money/ https://www.snopes.com/news/2020/06/24/how-fake-accounts-constantly-manipulate-what-you-see-on-social-media/ https://www.mcafee.com/blogs/consumer/family-safety/spot-fake-facebook-account/ https://www.wikihow.com/Reveal-a-Fake-Facebook-Account https://opendorse.com/blog/how-to-spot-fake-social-media-followers/