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EBay’s Critics Faced an Extreme Case of an Old Silicon Valley Habit

By Nisos on Jul 1, 2020 10:23:33 AM

Justin Zeefe, a former intelligence officer who is now the president of Nisos, a security firm in Virginia, said his company has worked for tech companies on a wide range of cases. On one occasion, they learned that a company’s overseas suppliers had ties to foreign intelligence agencies.

Another client asked his firm to determine whether an acquisition target had been infiltrated by foreign hackers. Yet another hired Nisos to determine the source of multiple cyberattacks. It turned out to be the work of a competitor that had intercepted the company’s Wi-Fi from an apartment rented across the street.

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Analyzing Analytics (Featuring: The FBI)

By Michael Eller on Jun 8, 2020 11:27:16 AM

Recently while conducting some research, I found myself down the path of Google Analytics ID’s as well as other analytics services. I was investigating ways to not only identify varying analytics code in sites, but to correlate them with other sites that may be linked to the same owner. Please note before further reading: I make some guesses about what I find, though that’s contrary to the concept of analysis, and I am not presuming to know definitively why I am seeing what I am seeing in this specific case study. It’s all just very curious to me. Dive in and take a look for yourself!

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The Curious Case of Vincent Briatore

By Michael Eller on Jun 8, 2020 11:23:51 AM

Many of you know that I use Brave as my daily browser. One of the features I love is that I can elect to see pop up ads (infrequently) in exchange for BAT– a utility token with some value similar to cryptocurrency yet distinct. Recently I was served up an ad for a site called VidLeap with some pretty outrageous claims. It’s a teaching course led by a man named Vincent Briatore that claims he can walk you through setting up a Youtube channel and brand that may earn you up to 1 million followers, 100 million views, and $100k a month in revenue in only 4 weeks.

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How a Russian disinfo op got Trump impeached

By Natasha Bertrand on May 18, 2020 9:49:00 PM

Three weeks after Election Day 2016, the Kremlin officially floated a theory that would ultimately lead to only the third presidential impeachment in U.S. history.

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Americans Steal Kremlin’s Playbook, for Clicks and Profit

By Cindy Otis on May 18, 2020 11:55:00 AM

An investigation found that a former Fox News executive hired Macedonians to write culturally and politically divisive content for his websites.

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Short And Distort: How Companies Are ‘Bearing’ Down On Market-Shifting Disinformation

By Jennifer DeTrani, General Counsel of Nisos on Feb 6, 2020 9:40:00 PM

It's pump and dump in a bull market, short and distort in a bear one.

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Why Clark Howard Wants You to Set Up a ‘Financial Chromebook’

By Nisos on Jan 28, 2020 5:00:00 PM

Security expert Willis McDonald of Nisos talked with Clark.com and told us there’s no way to stay completely safe from criminals looking to compromise your financial accounts. But Chromebooks come pretty darn close.

“A Chromebook is not inherently more secure than other devices, but you are less likely to get infected using the Chromebook than you would, say, a Windows machine,” McDonald says. “Criminals don’t target Chromebooks as much because they’re not running on a popular operating system.”

Meanwhile, USA Today notes the Chromebook’s operating system also mitigates virus risk by disallowing the installation of traditional program or applications. And during each reboot, the Chromebook ensures software integrity and repairs any intrusions if necessary.

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When Trademarks Attack: How To Detect And Disarm Doppelgänger Domains

By Jennifer DeTrani, General Counsel of Nisos on Jan 23, 2020 9:42:00 PM

Typosquatting remains a vulnerability for phishing attacks against companies.

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Americans could be a bigger fake news threat than Russians in the 2020 presidential campaign

By External Author on Nov 20, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Russians and others won't stay out of 2020. But they'll be able to amplify US-created disinformation and have more time to disrupt 2020 in other ways.

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Getting Ahead Of Insider Threats

By External Author on Nov 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

We live in an age of heightened interpersonal conflict, stress and anxiety in the workplace. One of the fallouts of all of this is data theft. According to Verizon's 2019 Insider Threat Report, insider threat actors are prevalent in many industries, and the causes range from personal gain (such as selling sensitive data on the black market) to a disgruntled employee who lashes out in retaliation for a perceived slight. An employee may also unknowingly become a pawn in an external actor’s game of gaining access or, more likely, they may be simply careless in their use of technology.

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