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Thoughts From Abbott’s Inbox May 12th, 2023

Thoughts from my inbox

May 12th, 2023

The vast majority of firewalls that we set up and deploy for our clients are configured to include country blocking.  Unless there’s a specific business need, we block all traffic to/from Eastern Europe as well as many other locations, since they’re hotbeds for hackers and viruses.  If you scroll down you’ll see two good examples of why this blocking is a standard protocol for Ashton and our clients. Beyond that, I have skydiving without airplanes, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the usual weekly collection of data breaches.  Enjoy!

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No Jail Time

Uber’s CISO avoided jailtime for his role in covering up a data breach.  But the judge’s line of reasoning (“the next time I have a similar case, they’re going to jail. But since yours was a ‘one-off’, I’ll let you slide”) doesn’t really make sense.

Data Breaches

Data breaches announced this week include a Tennessee hospital, a cloud healthcare technology provider and Dallas PD and City Hall. According to one of the articles, healthcare companies accounted for 24% of all data breaches in 2021, the most of any vertical, due to the vast amount of personally identifiable information they keep.   


I’ve never liked snakes, probably because my mom never liked them. CISA has a new report out on Russia’s Snake Malware, deemed ” the most sophisticated cyber espionage tool designed and used by Center 16 of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) for long-term intelligence collection on sensitive targets.”  Honestly, the article was way too technical for me so I decided to see what else I could find online.  Turns out everything else was overly technical, but I did find (since we’re on the topic of government hacking) an article about China’s claims as to the CIA and its hacking activities.  

Chrome Browser

If you’re like the 63.5% of the global web-browsing population who uses Google Chrome as your browser, you should be aware of this new malware which is delivered through a seemingly legitimate update message. Read more about how the hackers get to you, and what can happen if you’re compromised.  

Indoor Skydiving

I’m not sure if I’d really call it “skydiving”, because the participants are neither wearing a parachute nor jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.  That said they still call these the World indoor Skydiving Championships .  I’d say it’s more like indoor mid-air acrobatics with no way of dying when your chute fails.  

Bulgarian Viruses

According to this excerpt from a book about technology, Bulgaria used to be THE hotspot for virus writers. If they’d only known thirty years ago the havoc they would create today…

Frank Lloyd Wright

My wife mentioned the other day that I hadn’t had any good real estate posts for quite some time, and almost immediately, an article about Frank Lloyd Wright homes appeared in my inbox.  I don’t like modern architecture, including Wright.  But she’s a big fan, so I figured I’d share this piece about seven different Wright homes and the people who live in them.  


Friendly reminder that you have one day left to get your Mother’s Day shopping taken care of.  If she’s a foodie, maybe you can buy her some fancy European butter. Not sure how it differs from Land O’Lakes?  Now you can find out.  


That’s all for today.  Have a great weekend!


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