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Thoughts From Abbott’s Inbox May 24th, 2024

Based on the way I played golf at the Laurel School athletic boosters event on Monday, you’d think I’d never swung a club before.  And what a bad way (aside from being on the golf course, rather than in the office) to start the week.  On a brighter note, the week is ending on a high note- we just closed the largest new client in Ashton’s 30 year history. We’ll need to hire two or three new engineers in Columbus (where new client is based), and may look to open an office down there.  If you know of anybody in Central Ohio who is having technology or cybersecurity issues, feel free to send them my way.  


In the meantime, read on to learn about YouTube hackers, green thumbs, assumed breaches, bad travel slogans, and more!

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New research shows that YouTube is a major source of phishing scams, deepfakes, and malicious software. Researchers highlighted five different methods for hackers to work their magic, including targeting content creators and by inserting bad links into video descriptions.  To all the wanna-be “influencers” in the crowd; you’ve been warned. 

Lions and Tigers...

If you’re looking for a good reason to visit the Cleveland Zoo, support a great cause, and get a little exercise, the annual Hattie Larlham “ThriveK” 5k run/walk and one mile “stroll and roll” take place a week from Sunday (June 2nd).  And if you’re closer to Columbus than you are to Cleveland, they’ll be doing the same event at the Columbus zoo on Sunday June 30.  

Assumed Breaches

You know what happens when you assume, right?  In this case, it’s all about the idea of when, not if, a data breach will happen.  Our friends at Trusted Sec (they offer solutions like penetration testing and incident response) are hosting a webinar next Tuesday (the 29th) on assumed breaches.  Trusted Sec is a global provider, based here in Northeastern Ohio, and this is sure to be an informative conversation on security.  

Travel Slogans

That State Up North” as legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes used to refer to it, uses the travel slogan “Pure Michigan”. If you don’t like it there, you can take your ass to Minnesota. 

AI in Google Search

I saw a piece earlier this week about Google search results now including AI results. I left the tab open and figured I’d read more about it this morning, while putting this together.  Then two nights ago, as I was searching for something (I don’t even recall what), I had funny looking results.  Ahhh….  it’s the AI trying to help me out.  It didn’t give me what I was looking for, so I quickly scrolled down to the real results.  

The Power Grid

I’ve shared various articles over the past years about the cyber threat to our power grid.  As you’ll see by looking at Google results, there’s risk to the solar power infrastructure, the electrical grid, threats increasing due to November’s elections, threats on utilities, and more.  But who knew that snakes could be a threat to the power grid?  

Nancy's Nuggets

Evidently, the USDA has recently updated its ‘gardening zones’.  This is scale that is based on the coldest winter temperature in a specific area, and helps gardeners (not me) determine what plants (specifically, perennials) are appropriate for certain areas of the country.  All you’ll need to do is enter your city and state to determine what zone you’re in, and what plants work best. 

That’s it for this week.  Weather this weekend is supposed to be up and down… so I hope you have a good cookout planned with friends and family, but a backup plan in case it rains.  If you need something to watch, NHL conference championship series are both going to game two (go Oilers!) and NCAA lacrosse championships are on ESPN all weekend mens and womens, D1 and D3.  

I’ll leave you with a random Wheel of Fortune clip that hit my inbox two minutes ago, and a Memorial Day post that one of our high school classmates sends out every year.  

Have a great weekend.


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