Rob Abel, Author at SC Media

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Researchers observe databases being encrypted, websites held for ransom

Theta360 leak exposes 11 million photos, user data

An open database exposed at least 11 million photographs after the Theta360 photo sharing system run by Ricoh was breached. “The data breach exposed thousands of users’ photos, many of whom chose to keep their images private,” according to a blog post from vpnMonitor, whose researchers, Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, discovered the database. “The breach…

VPN Endgame

Choosing a virtual private network (VPN) can be difficult. Besides selecting a VPN provider, users must also choose between a paid VPN or a free VPN, among other factors. Simply picking a seemingly “free” VPN can have consequences ranging from having information logged and sold to advertisers, which may defeat the purpose of using a…

Missing: Qualified cybersecurity pros

People who need people aren’t the luckiest people in the world, at least not in the cybersecurity world where a skills shortage yawns wider each year and the chances of finding qualified job candidates are forcing hiring organizations to take proactive – and creative – approaches and widen their searches, possibly stopping just short of…

Smart cities 2018

Cities keep getting smarter. SC Media examined a few of the top smart cities in 2018 and some of steps they are taking to secure their data. San DiegoSan Diego joined the public-private group focused on cybersecurity awareness, Securing Our eCity, back in 2010 in a cooperative partnership. With more than  200 members, including representatives…

State of security: Missouri

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State John R. Ashcroft Security in action: Missouri recently held a National Election Security Summit in St. Louis to discuss and share best practices as well as usable steps to mitigate threats and vulnerabilities concerning the upcoming election. Missouri was allotted $7.2 million in federal funds for election security to…

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