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August 18, 2022 14:08

Threat Source newsletter (Aug. 18, 2022) — Why aren't Lockdown modes the default setting on phones?

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Threat Source newsletter. As the data privacy landscape gets increasingly murky, app developers and device manufacturers are finding new ways to sure up users’ personal information. Of course, all users have to do is go out of their way to o

August 11, 2022 14:08

Threat Source newsletter (Aug. 11, 2022) — All of the things-as-a-service

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Threat Source newsletter. Everyone seems to want to create the next “Netflix” of something. Xbox’s Game Pass is the “Netflix of video games.” Rent the Runway is a “Netflix of fashion” where customers subscribe to a rotation of fancy clothes.

August 4, 2022 14:08

Threat Source newsletter (Aug. 4, 2022) — BlackHat 2022 preview

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Threat Source newsletter. After what seems like forever and honestly has been a really long time, we’re heading back to BlackHat in-person this year. We’re excited to see a lot of old friends again to commiserate, hang out, trade stories and

July 28, 2022 14:07

Threat Source newsletter (July 28, 2022) — What constitutes an "entry-level" job in cybersecurity?

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Threat Source newsletter. Between the White House’s recent meeting, countless conference talks and report after report warning of cybersecurity burnout, there’s been a ton of talk recently around the cybersecurity skills gap and hiring. Eve

July 21, 2022 14:07

Threat Source newsletter (July 21, 2022) — No topic is safe from being targeted by fake news and disinformation

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Threat Source newsletter. I could spend time in this newsletter every week talking about fake news. There are always so many ridiculous memes, headlines, misleading stories, viral Facebook posts and manipulated media that I see come across m

July 14, 2022 14:07

Threat Source newsletter (July 14, 2022) — Are virtual IDs worth the security risk of saving a few seconds in the TSA line?

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Threat Source newsletter. I’ve started flying again on a somewhat regular basis now that work conferences and out-of-state vacations are becoming a thing again. I took about 18 months or so off flying during the peak of the pandemic, but now

July 7, 2022 14:07

Threat Source newsletter (July 7, 2022) — Teamwork makes the dream work

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Threat Source newsletter. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the pros and cons of the way we publicize our threat research. I had a few conversations at Cisco Live with people — who are more generally IT-focused than hyper-focused on cy

June 30, 2022 14:06

Threat Source newsletter (June 30, 2022) — AI voice cloning is somehow more scary than deepfake videos

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Threat Source newsletter. We took a week off for summer vacation but are back in the thick of security things now. My first exposure to deepfake videos was when Jordan Peele worked with BuzzFeed News to produce this video of former Presiden

June 16, 2022 14:06

Threat Source newsletter (June 16, 2022) — Three top takeaways from Cisco Live

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Threat Source newsletter. I’m still decompressing from Cisco Live and the most human interaction I’ve had in a year and a half. But after spending a few days on the show floor and interacting with everyone, there are a few things that stand