Welcome to this week in NerdNews (TWINN). Your weekly top 5 technical and security issues Nerds should pay attention to:
How Cellphone Data Collected for Advertising Landed at U.S. Government Agencies. For seven years we’ve been on a mission to resist third party advertiser networks from reaching the computers and devices of people we care about and clients we serve. This story illustrates why such efforts are so important..
Zero Trust: An Answer to the Ransomware Menace? An excellent summary of what Zero Trust is. While it is comprehensive, even small businesses and individuals can immediately apply some of these principles.
DuckDuckGo wants to stop apps tracking you on Android. Kudos to Duck on this initiative, as Google would never offer this natively on Android since their own business model depends so much on tracking and advertising via doubleclick. The way this feature works is that’s it’s a VPN for DNS only, so that Duck can use DNS-based blocking of third party trackers.
Six million Sky routers had serious security flaw. Just because you’re not a Sky subscriber, this weakness in consumer grade routers has been known for a long time. DNS reflection attacks continue to be part of cyber crime stories, but there is an easy way to be immune to this, of course with a ZeroTrust approach. Just make sure the default rebinding protection remains enabled.
Debunking worthless “security” practices. In this multi-part series, it is obvious that some of the accepted practices are debunked in favour of more obvious protections. Well worth the read.
Did you know?
Alan Paller, a Mover on Cybersecurity Threat, Is Dead at 76. We honour Allan. He fought a good fight. “He believed that the future of the nation relied on a pipeline of trained professionals who could defend its digital systems from cyberattacks.”
For a video version of this see: https://youtu.be/wi7lwYBBN3M