Weekend Reads 082721

Since the start of the pandemic, Huang has delivered keynotes from his kitchen. GTC 2021 still featured a kitchen keynote, but a section featured a virtual kitchen made entirely in Omniverse. Even more impressive, the Nvidia team managed to create a CG model of Huang that delivered part of the keynote.

The U.S. is presently combating two pandemics–coronavirus and ransomware attacks. Both have partially shut down parts of the economy. However, in the case of cybersecurity, lax security measures allow hackers to have an easy way to rake in millions.

Microsoft has disclosed details of an evasive year-long social engineering campaign wherein the operators kept changing their obfuscation and encryption mechanisms every 37 days on average, including relying on Morse code, in an attempt to cover their tracks and surreptitiously harvest user credentials.

We at PowerDNS have been getting questions about ‘DNS server cache snooping remote information disclosure’ attacks lately, mostly coming from reports generated by one very popular security scanner:

Researchers have long debated whether it would be worth the effort for scammers to train machine learning algorithms that could then generate compelling phishing messages.

IBM’s Cost of a Data Breach Report 2021 analyzed 537 real breaches and conducted nearly 3,500 interviews to uncover the true cost of a data breach in 2020.

Intel’s CPUs are going to get smaller and smaller, and to help potential buyers understand just what that means, it’s launched a new metric: The angstrom.

Traditional video has a lot of competition. The most obvious are paid online video services like Netflix, YouTube TV, Hulu, sling TV, and others.

With the massive volume of emails sent each day, coupled with the many methods that attackers use to blend in, identifying the unusual and malicious is more challenging than ever.

No discussion on ICS attacks could be complete without talking about what some would call, ‘the elephant in the room.’

Crane Hassold, director of threat intelligence at Abnormal Security, described what happened after he adopted a fake persona and responded to the proposal in the screenshot above. It offered to pay him 40 percent of a million-dollar ransom demand if he agreed to launch their malware inside his employer’s network.

As Joseph Cox at Motherboard reports, the criminal underground has stepped beyond the likes of offering ransomware-as-a-service and DDoS-attacks-for-hire to advertise an easy way for anyone to target an Instagram account and have it banned – for $60 or less.

When the top brass at Intel say that the “Sapphire Rapids” Xeon SP CPUs and “Ponte Vecchio” Xe HPC GPUs that are coming out early next year represent the “largest architectural shift in over a decade,” they ain’t kidding.

In this post, I contrast in-home local propagation with traditional vectors through which a threat (ransomware in particular) spreads throughout an organization.

Quantum computing, together with quantum communication, will have many beneficial applications but will also be capable of breaking many of today’s most popular cryptographic techniques that help ensure data protection—in particular, confidentiality and integrity of sensitive information.