Independent investigative journalist. Writes about cybercrime. Author of 'Spam Nation', a NYT bestseller. Wrote for The Washington Post '95-'09
When you own a short email address at a big mail provider, you are bound to get gobs of spam. But there is also a puzzling side to all this noise: Random people tend to use your account as if it were theirs, often for some fairly sensitive services online.
It appears Merrill Lynch is having some connectivity/login issues for the last couple of hours. Not great news for people spooked by the steep market decline today.
@madracer23 Maybe something about how so much identity fraud right now completely bypasses the bureaus, through neobanks and prepaid networks. Or how the bureaus will remain relevant in 5-10 years.
ICYMI, Equifax forced to pull offline a huge database of consumer data guarded only by credentials "admin/admin"
Fun fact: CIA unit exposed by Wikileaks was tasked w/ crafting cyber response to Russia's alleged election meddling
Sources say Microsoft on Tuesday will fix an extraordinarily scary flaw in all Windows versions, in a core cryptographic component that could be abused to spoof the source of digitally signed software. Apparently DoD & a few others got an advance patch
I never do this, but this is important so please RT if you agree: It's not okay for my mobile provider to sell or give my mobile device location info to a 3rd party without at least a court order/subpoena. Background: and
Bring on the bots and sock puppet accounts. Amazing how a tweet about Putin always engenders defensive responses about Trump.
Exclusive: Facebook stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text for years