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Equafaxs personal data on you was hacked 143 million times.

September 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Well not really but it is concerning as you’ve might have heard on one of the news sites. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-07/equifax-says-cyber-intrusion-affected-143-million-customers

We are all pretty fucked if you ask me. Sure not a professional way to answer or reply. Consider this…firms and governments with the computing power have been silently breaching these types of institutions for quite sometime. Knowledge is power and as the computers move worldwide into huge data centers, imagine the complex underpinnings that have open gates, wide open gates, that cause this type of breach. People will eventually suffer due to the breaches taking place but at nation state levels think of the bargaining chip 143 million records has. As of 2016 there were 323.95 million people in the USA alone. Anyone of age who has attempted, tried and received credit in some form that could represent up to 65% of the population. I could speculate that with this breach and the others reported and unreported someone or some persons have a record of every man, women and child in the United States. Ah just some thoughts.

As companies move towards automation, thefts like these will be more common.  Currently there are no true checks and balances for automated processes with AI.

In starts as simple automation.  You make a list for a task you do often. I’m sure eventually your list can be used to order groceries. Wait that’s happening with amazon and those little dots you can buy.

Anything that has definable steps and patterns will eventually be automated by AI or a robot. Or a software bot that handles just items that are on your list.  There will be no hiding as this is already happening.  Alexa, Cortana, Siri, Googles OK google. How lame is that no name or a sexy voice? Come on google get a clue.

Simple examples are. Full service gas stations to self-serve gas stations to now some stations have no attendants except for the many cameras on the premise.  The convenience of ATM machines has replaced tellers and will continue to do so as banks also offer the ability to deposit by taking a photo of a check to deposit. No teller no driving, plain convenience.   As we get use to the simplicities of these features we’ll soon learn to forget many things. Do you have a cell phone? Do you engage with people?  How do you engage via text message or actual voice call? Now lose your phone and try and remember the many numbers that you might have in your contacts.  Lost in digital heaven.

The easier the technology is the more people will adopt it.  Kids that are below the age of 10 at this date 2017 will mostly know technology. So, what do we do.  Kids must learn how to deal with issues that don’t involve technology at the core.  Security should begin at home and taught to all family members.

Breaches are just the tip of the iceberg.

Joseph. #Kravis

The Perfect Storm Is On The Horizon i1 & i2

August 12, 2017 Leave a comment

The perfect storm is coming and no one will be able to stop it.  Today is a day in 2017 and within the next years perhaps within 10 years changes will happen blazingly fast.  The following issues may or may not be politically correct and are partly my observation.  That’s not why I choose to deliver this message like this.  These are points that I think go unnoticed and I’m just putting my spin on them. I will be releasing a couple of points a week. 🙂 Well, that’s if I’m not interrupted and have the time.

Issue 1:

The majority of baby boomers will be retiring.  As retirements start most will not spend as much as they did when working and sadly they’ve not saved much over their lifetimes. This will cause a drain on programs designed to assist those in need and will not put money back into the economy. I did see a Bloomberg report the other day that said retires need to learn how to spend money. WTF. That won’t help. Leave us alone we know how to spend and while our saving habits has a lot to be desired, our spending won’t change nor improve where the economy is headed. Here is the link to that report. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-16/rich-retirees-are-hoarding-cash-out-of-fear

It’s not hording. Does Greece, Argentina, Brazil and other countries not give you pause? Those folks are practically selling body parts to get food for their families.  That could very well happen in the United States. What we will see are people fighting for specials at Walmart’s and others stores around the holidays. And, to think some communities outright ban victory gardens or gardens to help supplement a grocery bill.  We must all learn and relearn how to help our self as no one will be there for you or your family….

Issue 2:

The cost for medical and other benefits will be staggering.  Partly due to our over indulgences and becoming fat. Yes fat and not the politically correct obese. Health issues associated with being fat are diabetes, heart failure and kidney damage.  Medicare is not what it should be and healthcare in this country, seems to be devoted to the insurer’s enabling them to invest money into other things. And when those other things come crashing down. (Housing bubble, stock bubble, TECH BUBBLE! etc. .) HEALTH CARE COSTS WILL INCREASE.  The notion that there is a healthy fat and fit person is a misnomer. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/obesity-healthy-not-possible-fat-fit-study-coronary-heart-disease-stroke-birmingham-university-a7739891.html

Let’s not start talking about the NSAIDS that are freely handed out and taken by all. Even our own government is issuing warnings about NSAIDS. https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm150314.htm

I’ve not seen nor heard ad campaigns announcing this have you??

Issue 3:

 

Next UP…..

 

Poke Poke Poke

July 14, 2017 2 comments

As I work on next post. This off the wall post will have to do.  🙂

I get poked all the time. Men, women, goats. It doesn’t matter. LOL There are the people that poke and when you poke back, like a robot an instant poke back. That’s darn right odd. You have the hokyPoke, Do the HokyPokey ya know the thing with your left and right legs. Pokémon, Gumby and Pokey, Poke Salad, Poke fish, and if you have the off the wall religion. “The Poke” is arriving soon! It was also my understanding that if a stranger pokes you and you answer back they’ll have temporary access to view your profile even if it is listed as private thus finding a living person from the poke. If you poke too many people you could end up with a finger disease@! “Fuck you now becomes Poke You”. Sorry for the bad word. But, it fit and I thought it was funny.

There’s nothing more common than the commonality about commonness and the ability to not read this post. #kravis

Memorial Day

Memorial Day.

 

This day should honor current and past veterans.  As the culture in the United States diversified, so too the meaning of Memorial Day.  It’s not a day that gives everyone a 3 day pass to party.  Although many will party and celebrate, make no bones about it there is no celebration when we still have ongoing conflicts across the globe. Our young men and women are in harm’s way and it seems the carnage from the Civil War hasn’t taught us any lessons. Approximately 620,000 soldiers died from combat, accident, starvation, and disease during the Civil War. Death, conflict and fighting for causes that are still a mystery to many will continue unabated until we truly remember the carnage and disruption that is caused by such acts.

I came across this site and the statistics are staggering.  I’ve looked at and researched some of the links. You should do the same. http://necrometrics.com/warsusa.htm. It’s a worldwide issue let’s hope humanity gets a clue.

War and carnage caused should be everyone’s issue.  We’ve trivialized the meaning and remembrances into what kind of sales, how big the BBQ will be and damn, I’m glad I’m out of school for the summer. I’m not even sure anymore if the wars fought abroad has made us any safer.  NOPE.

This quote talks about taking our fight to the aggressors. But what about the aggressors from home spun terrorism that has overshadowed and darkened many casual events that we’ve all seen in the news.

“What the American people want to do is fight a war without getting hurt. You can’t do that anymore than you can get into a barroom fight without getting hurt… Unless the American people are willing to send their sons out to fight an aggressor, there just isn’t going to be any United States.” Chesty Puller

Once a Marine always a Marine. I was and still am a Marine. I will defend and protect my family as we all should. I will remember my fallen brothers and family with the grace they deserve by keeping alive the also memory of the carnage and destruction caused by everyone’s war.   We’re not playing a game of “Risk”.

SECURITY and PRIVACY :- Twitters Privacy Update Policy

SECURITY and PRIVACY :- Twitters Privacy Update Policy

Security and privacy should be important for everyone.  Just now I noticed that the privacy policy for tacking on twitter has changed.  I would encourage you
to edit your values and turn off all tracking.  When I first looked all values were checked!
Giving up your right to privacy I think is a security risk.  But, discern for yourself what you wish to do. 🙂

What are your thoughts on data tracking?

Joseph

CYBER-ATTACKS :- We’re too late! Engage clocking device then notify the fleet and return to base.

May 17, 2017 2 comments

CYBER-ATTACKS

We’re too late! Engage clocking device then notify the fleet and return to base.

Future cyber-attacks won’t be done by man. Cyber-attacks will be performed by AI.  Various AI trained by machine learning will vulnerability check and then drop helper bots on vulnerable networks and computers along the way.  Undetected, these additional bots will further the attack by increasing the depth and breadth that gives worldwide impact to such attacks. Quite possibly it will run on one of the major cloud platforms where global staging of bits that do the damage are housed and can go undetected for a long time.  Not only are they asking for ransom but the biggest ransomed users will start demanding global ID’s in hopes of stopping these types of attacks. In fact I believe that the attacks will increase until that nefarious plan succeeds.  Granted, personal activities that are initiated by you either via an email link, or some other source of link, or do some kind of application install causes most of the issues.  But not all.  More education in this area would help.

Not only will these attacks continue, but the online games that millions of kids of varying ages use every day, have live chat rooms.

Why is that important? And, how does that relate to cyber-attacks?

Chat rooms are being used in games to organize others as groups in the games and to make trades for items gathered during game play. That’s easy enough. But, with young kids for the thought of getting extra game items or items for free, will click on, download and install some application only to find out their password was stolen, game assets drained and have been locked out of their account. Not quite the same as recent cyber-attacks that have struck around the world, but a personal attack nevertheless and ones that often go unreported. And, just maybe a yet to be detected bot?  (Parental setup and security control of a kid’s computer is another topic)

Most online games and platforms for game play state that those under certain age should not have access unless they have their legal guardian’s permission.  I wonder how many pass up reading the access rules!  Kids seem to have more computer knowledge than parents and many don’t bother following up after setting up a kid on a platform.  A lot use Facebook whom are under the age of 18. The smart kids will gain access quite easily.

This should bother everyone.   Kids really don’t know how old or who the person’s on the other end of the chat are. Their susceptible to screen chatter and are not on the guard when someone might be asking probing questions such as do you have pets. What’s your school’s mascot name? Etc, add your own and it can be scary indeed. The social engineering aspect that kids face can be challenging.  They exist and everyone has vulnerabilities.

Kids are now playing augmented reality games on smart devices and as the games move to 3d glasses, uncontrolled augmented reality games could be a catalyst for cyberattacks.  Couldn’t it? Meet me at the cemetery our job is to grave rob.  The prize is located 6 feet down and looks like a sack of shingles If found will be worth 20,000 bit coins.  Hey we’re having a 100 person march tonight in support of macaroni and cheese school lunch Thursdays. Meet us at the school with a can of orange paint for a chance for a secret Santa surprise.

Perhaps none of this will be like that if we’re aware and teach our kids. But what if things like that have happened and are continuing to happen?

I mean parents can’t sit and watch everything a kid does online or can they?  Are you a parent with school age kids?  Kids that use the internet that play games such as ROBLOX.COM? And, other free online games?  They are fun but I would be very concerned if you did not check into and understand what these online games are.   As mentioned most have chat rooms to communicate with others in a game. But, kids really don’t know how old the persons on the other end of the chat are. Maybe an AI Trained chat bot that we help train!! Nice. And, that has recently happened.

Some possible solutions.

  1. Create automatic sandboxes for running games either on desktop or place browser functionality into a sandbox no matter who the vendor of the browser.
  2. Deliver all email with links and active content turned off by default.
  3. Allow easier access to mail headers and provide mail header tracing for validation and research.
  4. Remove cross site cookie tracking and web beacons. Less tracking would eliminate targeted threats.
  5. Allow 3d glasses to work only within 20 feet of a matched base station.
  6. A drive for personal photos and documents that could never be used or locked by unauthorized sources. Cloud as backup perhaps?
  7. Two factor authentication where the parent receives the code to login. Could be too much but is a good idea if it would work.
  8. And, while not mentioned above fix IoT security. This will help as well.

However, removing tracking will be difficult as it generates millions of dollars for advertisers. Media watching and usage changes are taking the industry by storm. Many have given up cable and are doing so at a rapid pace.  Desktop usage has gone down as users become more mobile.  Advertisers large and small still need a way to push advertisements to consumers.

Just a few years ago bandwidth was more expensive and users did not want all the extra ads being displayed.  Application availability was sparse and not many that good. Bubble popper was my favorite and could be heard in many restrooms.  Now at the speed of thought and light our devices via tracking, application usage, site participation with voice activation and weather are presenting the prepared “Just For You” items that tracks across owned devices.  The metrics!!! Damn, the metrics.

We all need knowledge of how to protect ourselves and our families in the digital age from current and future cyber-attacks.   The rapidly changing false headlines this past year could have been a cyber attack. Couldn’t it?  Makes us all Wanna Cry.

Perspective is what it is.

3D ART :- Porcelain I’m Fragile

3D ART :- Porcelain I’m Fragile

If we’re so fragile we’ll never know or have the opportunity to expand and grow. Using downtime for quite reflection can help
achieve many wondrous things. The ability to understand and work on our frailties is something we all need.  I’m learning
that it’s OK to make mistakes, learn from it and move on. Wishing the same for you as well.

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”
Leonardo da Vinci