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The Actuator – December 4th

Good morning! By the time you read this post, the first full day of Black Hat in London will be complete. I share this with you because I'm in London! I haven't been here in over three years, but it feels as if I never left. I'm heading to watch Arsenal play tomorrow night, come on you gunners!

 

As always, here's a bunch of links I hope you find interesting. Cheers!

 

Hacker’s paradise: Louisiana’s ransomware disaster far from over

The scary part is that the State of Louisiana was more prepared than 90% of other government agencies (HELLO BALTIMORE!), just something to think about as ransomware intensifies.

 

How to recognize AI snake oil

Slides from a presentation I wish I'd created.

 

Now even the FBI is warning about your smart TV’s security

Better late than never, I suppose. But yeah, your TV is one of many security holes found in your home. Take the time to help family and friends understand the risks.

 

A Billion People’s Data Left Unprotected on Google Cloud Server

To be fair, it was data curated from websites. In other words, no secrets were exposed. It was an aggregated list of information about people. So, the real questions should now focus on who created such a list, and why.

 

Victims lose $4.4B to cryptocurrency crime in first 9 months of 2019

Crypto remains a scam, offering an easy way for you to lose real money.

 

Why “Always use UTC” is bad advice

Time zones remain hard.

 

You Should Know These Industry Secrets

Saw this thread in the past week and many of the answers surprised me. I thought you might enjoy them as well.

 

You never forget your new Jeep's first snow.