Entries by Chelsea Allen

Massive Breach at Healthcare Provider Anthem

The top tech story over the last few days is certainly the announcement that health care provider Anthem, the largest for-profit managed health care company in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, was the target of a massive data breach. All told, personal information on over 80 million customers has been leaked to an […]

Rogue Device Spotlight: MiniPwner

RISK ASSESSMENT RATING: 5.67   Popularity: 7 How often the rogue device is used in the wild to conduct real-world attacks, with 1 being the rarest, 10 being widely used. While not possessing the cachet of the Pineapple, the MiniPwner is still a “brand name device” of the InfoSec world. It is built on fairly […]

Rogue Device Spotlight: WiFi Pineapple

  RISK ASSESSMENT RATING: 7.67   Popularity: 10 How often the rogue device is used in the wild to conduct real-world attacks, with 1 being the rarest, 10 being widely used. The WiFi Pineapple is the rare device that has been commercialized without losing its core base. Used both for rogue activities and for penetration […]

Researcher Develops First Drone Malware

Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), often referred to collectively as “drones” are all the rage right now. From delivering packages for Amazon to crashing on the White House lawn, it seems every week there is some new debate about the usefulness and potential danger of the widespread availability of what was once a technology limited […]

World Leaders Weigh in On Cyber Threats

On January 20th, President Obama delivered his 2015 State of the Union address, an annual speech the President gives to inform both Congress and the American people as to the nation’s current status and goals for the coming year. In this year’s address, President Obama made specific mention about not only the importance of scientific […]

The Risks of Crowdfunding a Gold Rush

While it’s far from perfect, crowdfunding has unquestionably opened the floodgates for all sorts of products and ideas which otherwise probably wouldn’t have seen the light of day. Between sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Crowdsupply, small groups (and even individuals) are able to put projects into motion that the traditional industry players wouldn’t have touched. […]

Happy New Year!

The Pwnie Express team wishes you a Happy New Year, and will be back with our usual content next week.   It’s been a great 2014, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store!

Gifts that Keep on Taking

For many people, the end of the year is filled with celebrations and gift-giving, both at home and at work. While it’s easy to get excited about the new gadgets and gizmos you may find yourself unwrapping, it’s important to remember that danger can be hiding in even the most innocent of devices. From tablets […]

Corporate Sabotage Suspected in Steel Plant Hack

We often talk about the threat of a company hacking a competitor, either to gain some insider knowledge of the competitor’s operations, or to actively sabotage them. It’s easy to throw out hypothetical situations like this, and even easier to dismiss them as classic “Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt” (FUD); which is too often the go-to […]

Sony, the Media, and Cyber Threats

If you haven’t heard about the Sony breach yet, you’re probably living under a rock. Therefore, I’ll spare you the nitty gritty details that have been rehashed (over and over) to get to the meat of it: why wild media speculation is a terrible thing, and why the Sony hack may be the most important […]