Phishing has been around since the dawn of the internet. The term was first
used in an AOL Usenet group back in 1996 but it wasn’t until 2003 when many
baited hooks and lures started dropping. Popular transaction destinations
like PayPal and eBay were some of the early victims of these spoofed sites
asking customers to update their personal and credit card information. By
2004, it was a full-fledged ‘get rich quick scheme’ with many financial
institutions – and their customers – as targets.
Oxford Dictionary defines Phishing as, ‘The fraudulent practice of sending
emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce
individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card
You’ve seen it, the almost perfect looking email with actual logos, images
and links to a reputable company only to have it go to a slick looking
With 2016 crossing the half way point, let’s take a look at some technology
trends thus far.
Breaches: Well, many databases are half empty due to the continued rash of
intrusions while the crooks are half full with our personal information.
According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), there have been 522
breaches thus far in 2016 exposing almost 13,000,000 records. Many are health
care providers as our medical information is becoming the gold mine of stolen
info. Not really surprising since the health care wearable market is set to
explode in the coming years. Many of... (more)
2020 seems to be an important milestone for the Internet of Things. That’s
the year that Cisco says there will be 50 billion connected devices and also
the year Gartner notes that over 50% of major new business processes and
systems will incorporate some element of the Internet of Things.
That’s the good news.
A recent Symantec Internet Security Threat Report says there are 25 connected
devices per 100 inhabitants in the US. Minimum 25 entry points to your
personal information, not counting your front door, personal computers,
compromised ATMs and other data sources. As your con... (more)
Many of you are very familiar with iRules, our Tool Command Language (Tcl)
based scripter. It’s a powerful application delivery tool to have a
programmable proxy that allows you to manipulate – in real time – any
network traffic passing through the BIG-IP. Many BIG-IP fans have used it to
address their specific needs and some iRules have even been productized as
features. For example, the cool ASM Data Mask feature that blocks sensitive
info like SSN or credit card numbers from leaking out was once an iRule. Aw,
our baby made it to the BIGs.
And by now you may have heard the tru... (more)
As the march to connect each and every noun on this planet continues with a
blistering pace, the various ways, contraptions and sensors used to collect
data is greatly expanding. What once was a (relatively) small collection of
fitness trackers, smartwatches, thermostats, automobiles and surveillance
cameras has grown into a an industry where shirts, shoes, sleeping bags and
even liquor bottles want to gather your info. And most of these devices
monitor silently without you even knowing. According to Ryan Matthew Pierson
over at Readwrite.com, ‘The strength of IoT is in its abili... (more)