Author archives

Pete Weiss, formerly a Systems Engineer in Teleprocessing at The Pennsylvania State University

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 16, 2022

Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: You can actually make that old laptop last longer; Law Enforcement and Technology: Using Social Media; Google Drive accounted for the most malware downloads from cloud storage sites in 2021; and The Spine Collector: Man arrested for using fake email addresses to steal hundreds of unpublished manuscripts.

Subjects: Big Data, Competitive Intelligence, CRS Reports, Cybersecurity, Email Security, Government Resources, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 9, 2022

Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: The Internet is Held Together With Spit & Baling Wire; To catch an insurrectionist: Facebook and Google are helping the FBI find January 6 rioters; China harvests masses of data on Western targets, documents show; and 6 Ways to Delete Yourself From the Internet.

Subjects: Big Data, Civil Liberties, Criminal Law, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Data Mining, Financial System, Human Rights, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 2, 2022

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: The dangers of dark data: How to manage it and mitigate the risks; US Still Lacks Federal Cyber Strategy After Decades of Attempts; The Worst Scams of 2021; and Tips for providing digital security benefits to employees.

Subjects: Comparative/Foreign Law, Congress, Copyright, Cybercrime, Cyberlaw, Cybersecurity, KM, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media, Spyware, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 26, 2021

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: These 6 tips will help you spot misinformation online; Synthetic identity fraud: What is it, and why is it harmful?; Trafficking and Money Laundering: Strategies Used by Criminal Groups and Terrorists and Federal Efforts to Combat Them; Cyber insurance trends; and Verizon wants your browsing history so bad, it created a new program and opted you in.

Subjects: Big Data, Business Research, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Data Mining, Economy, Email Security, Financial System, Healthcare, Privacy, Spyware, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 19, 2021

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: A Proposal to Block Companies From Using Biased Algorithms; The best way to protect personal biomedical data from hackers could be to treat the problem like a game; SEC gives JPMorgan Chase record fine for using WhatsApp, other unapproved methods to conduct business; and Facebook bans seven companies accused of surveillance for hire.

Subjects: AI, Big Data, Cybersecurity, Financial System, Legal Research, Open Source, Privacy, Social Media, Spyware, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 11, 2021

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Convincing Microsoft phishing uses fake Office 365 spam alert; Consumer Reports conducted an in-depth test of 16 well-known VPNs; How and why people use password managers; and Senator Doubles Down On Data Privacy, Sends Letter to CFPB.

Subjects: Big Data, Business Research, Competitive Intelligence, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Financial System, Privacy, Social Media, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 4, 2021

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: You Should Opt-Out of Verizon’s Data-Collection Scheme Right Now; Crowd-Sourced Suspicion Apps Are Out of Control; Who owns our health data — and why we should care; and the White House Readies Plan to Boost Cybersecurity of Water Supply.

Subjects: Courts & Technology, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Email Security, Privacy, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 28, 2021

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Five highlights from this week: An introduction to U.S. data compliance laws; Companies ditching VPNs for zero trust architectures to secure hybrid workplaces; Research finds US adults have context-specific views on biometric technology use; Apple iOS privacy settings to change now; and Mozilla has released a new platform for privacy-focused email communications.

Subjects: Criminal Law, Cybercrime, Cyberlaw, Cybersecurity, E-Commerce, Economy, Email Security, Healthcare, Information Architecture, Information Management, Privacy, Securities Law, Shopping, Social Media, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 22, 2021

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: You Are the Object of a Secret Extraction Operation; Privacy experts say to choose vaccination apps wisely; Analyzing News Manipulation by State Actors; and New Federal Government Cybersecurity Incident and Vulnerability Response Playbooks.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Government Resources, Healthcare

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 14, 2021

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Report: 51% of IT leaders don’t think they could mitigate a data breach; US Education Dept urged to boost K-12 schools’ ransomware defenses; Digital driver’s licenses: Are they secure enough for us to trust?; and Allow App To Track On Your iPhone—Here’s What It Means.

Subjects: Congress, Cybercrime, Cyberlaw, Cybersecurity, Education, Privacy, Social Media