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San Francisco

UCSF Taken for $1M by Hacker Group

Remember when I told you that hackers have no shame? The University of California San Francisco (UCSF), a leader in Covid-19 research, has stated that they paid over a million dollars to the hacker gang known as “The Netwalker” at the beginning of this month. The University was far from forthcoming about it, though, and …

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Email

Russia Cyber Spies Actively Exploiting Email Vulnerabilities

You can practically hear the Russian hacking group, Sandworm, aka BlackEnergy, yelling “No mercy!” at their computers as they successfully exploit the vulnerability that exists within the Exim mail servers. According to the NSA, there is a bug (CVE-2019-10149) in the open-source Exim Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) software that allows hackers to not only receive …

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Rescuing My Great Aunt Betty

This weekend, I received a friend request on Facebook from my Great Aunt Betty.*  She looks so strikingly similar to my late grandmother, that I get a flash of bittersweet melancholy whenever I see her.  We had already been friends on Facebook for many years, but she is in her 80’s, so I didn’t think …

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