RSA Charge 2017

I haven’t been doing a lot of posting this year, as my involvement at work on keeping many folks abreast on industry news has been waning. I have been focusing a lot more on several other areas within the Governance, Risk, and Compliance space, including building our processes to be used for our Archer platform and keeping those developers on track. A lot of what I’ve been up to, can’t really be shared, but what I can say is that I’ll be going to RSA charge next month. I am looking forward to it. If you are going, let me know!

The Lovely Mia Ash

Have you ever seen that spam on Facebook where someone posts, if you see a friend request from so-and-so, don’t accept it, it’s a hacker! Yeah, this post is ‘kind-of‘ like that.

Well, Mia Ash is a whole online persona that is leveraging catfishing techniques to lure men (or women) in power. She would reach out to the victims via LinkedIn, Facebook, Snapchat, etc, asking a question or two about photography, and would keep talking to them via social networking and email about all sorts of subjects, slowly creating trust. Social engineering them! She had numerous profiles across the social networks that were well aged and used and was entirely personable. It didn’t hurt that she wasn’t bad to look at too…

After working a target, she would ask them if they could open a file for her, in an innocent way, and the file would contain PupyRAT. The Group behind Mia Ash weren’t after credit card numbers, but company secrets.

It just kind of goes to show you, social engineering and going after human vulnerabilities is the best way in!

Net Neutrality

Comcast, Verizon and AT&T want to end net neutrality so they can charge extra fees to control what we see & do online.  Help out by sending a letter to the FCC and Congress

Going here will allow you to send the following to Congress and the FCC.

The FCC’s Open Internet Rules (net neutrality rules) are extremely important to me. I urge you to protect them.

I don’t want ISPs to have the power to block websites, slow them down, give some sites an advantage over others, or split the Internet into “fast lanes” for companies that pay and “slow lanes” for the rest.

Now is not the time to let giant ISPs censor what we see and do online.

Censorship by ISPs is a serious problem. Comcast has throttled Netflix, AT&T blocked FaceTime, Time Warner Cable throttled the popular game League of Legends, and Verizon admitted it will introduce fast lanes for sites that pay-and slow lanes for everyone else-if the FCC lifts the rules. This hurts consumers and businesses large and small.

Courts have made clear that if the FCC ends Title II classification, the FCC must let ISPs offer “fast lanes” to websites for a fee.

Chairman Pai has made clear that he intends to do exactly this.

But if some companies can pay our ISPs to have their content load faster, startups and small businesses that can’t pay those fees won’t be able to compete. You will kill the open marketplace that has enabled millions of small businesses and created the 5 most valuable companies in America-just to further enrich a few much less valuable cable giants famous for sky-high prices and abysmal customer service.

Internet providers will be able to impose a private tax on every sector of the American economy.

Moreover, under Chairman Pai’s plan, ISPs will be able to make it more difficult to access political speech that they don’t like. They’ll be able to charge fees for website delivery that would make it harder for blogs, nonprofits, artists, and others who can’t pay up to have their voices heard.

I’m sending this to the FCC’s open proceeding, but I worry that Chairman Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, has made his plans and will ignore me and millions of other Americans.

So I’m also sending this to my members of Congress. Please publicly support the FCC’s existing net neutrality rules based on Title II, and denounce Chairman Pai’s plans. Do whatever you can to dissuade him.

Thank you!