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Craig Peterson - America's Leading CyberSecurity Coach Craig Peterson

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America’s Leading Security Coach to Small Business, the FBI, Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, The Whitehouse, all major DoD contractors, including Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed, BAE, and more. Dozens of US State, County, and City governments. School Districts, Hospitals, Doctors, and Clinics. All major financial institutions in the United States, including The Federal Reserve, Fidelity, Bank of America, Visa, M/C, etc. Providing Network Security since 1991.

    Tech Talk with Craig Peterson Podcast: DHS outsourcing the Terrorist and No-Fly Lists to Big Tech and Private Contractors, Apple De-Lists Apps and Misuse your Information, Autonomous Vehicle Safety

    Tech Talk with Craig Peterson Podcast: DHS outsourcing the Terrorist and No-Fly Lists to Big Tech and Private Contractors, Apple De-Lists Apps and Misuse your Information, Autonomous Vehicle Safety

    Welcome!  
    For all of my listeners who purchased my course on Improving Windows Security - THANK YOU!
    We have a whopper of a warning this week about what the Department of Homeland Security is planning under the Biden Administration -- They are going to let Big Tech and Private Companies create the NO-Fly and Terrorist Watch Lists on their behalf -- Scary beyond measure.  Then Apple is doing more to protect your privacy.  We have another hack of a Commercial VPN provider and there is more so be sure to Listen in.
    For more tech tips, news, and updates, visit - CraigPeterson.com.
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    Tech Articles Craig Thinks You Should Read:
    DHS Preparing to Use Private Contractors to “Scour Public Data and Social Media” To Compile Dissident Citizens for Watch List and No-Fly Lists

    Another Reason to hate VPNs -- Feds say hackers are likely exploiting critical Fortinet VPN vulnerabilities
    Mark Zuckerberg's cell phone number is among leaked personal data from 533 MILLION Facebook users, including two other founders that have been released for FREE by hackers
    How scammers siphoned $36B in fraudulent unemployment payments from the US
    Are self-driving cars safe? Will they ever be? Fender bender in Arizona illustrates Waymo’s commercialization challenge
    Apple is enforcing its new privacy standards and rejecting apps - New wave of App Store rejections suggests iOS 14.5, new iPad may be imminent
    My biggest complaint about Android? The lack of security updates. Google is trying to solve it -- What we’re expecting from Google’s custom “Whitechapel” SoC in the Pixel 6
    NFTs Weren’t Supposed to End Like This
    Embracing a Zero Trust Security Model
    Turns out Most Manufacturing, Water Supply, and Power Companies Use Controllers with a Security Severity Score of 10 out of 10
    Chromebooks outsold Macs worldwide in 2020, cutting into Windows market share
    Clubhouse is the New Up-and-Comer but  Security and Privacy Lag Behind Its Explosive Growth
    New York sues to shut down 'fraudulent' Coinseed crypto platform
    Former SolarWinds CEO blames intern for 'solarwinds123' password leak
    WhatsApp will basically stop working if you don't accept the new privacy policy
    TikTok breaching users’ rights “on a massive scale”, says European Consumer Group

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    Automated Machine-Generated Transcript:
    Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] We're going to be talking about a fender bender in Arizona and when will these autonomous cars be safe, at least measured safe. 
    We've got a new wave of app store rejections from Apple. That means a couple of things, including better privacy for all of us.
    Hello, everybody. Craig Peterson here. Thanks for joining us today. 
    This is an interesting question, because we are looking at a future that we assume anyways is going to be full of autonomous vehicles. Why autonomous? What does it mean? There are various levels of autonomous, degrees, if you will. Everything from what we have today in a lot of cars, which is an assist cruise control, that'll keep you a certain distance from the car in front of you.
    We've got assisted braking control, where the car notices, Oh, wait a minute. Someone just hit the brakes right in front of you. I should apply the brakes and it hits the brakes even before your foot is pushing down. 
    Another way to do this is if you slam your foot on the brake, the car assumes you know something that it doesn't, and it increases the force that you're pushing down with. So even though you might just hit the brake fast and not necessarily hard the car will make it hard. 
    If you think about these types of braking, for instance, you can start to realize where we're running into a problem when it comes to defining whether or not autonomous vehicles are safe. 
    Bottom line is autonomous vehicles, which are all the way on the other side of this scale, it started with th

    • 1 hr 22 min
    AS HEARD ON: WGAN Mornings News with Matt Gagnon: What's with All the Internet Outages Lately and Autonomous Cars -- Will they Ever be Safe?

    AS HEARD ON: WGAN Mornings News with Matt Gagnon: What's with All the Internet Outages Lately and Autonomous Cars -- Will they Ever be Safe?

    I was on WGAN this morning with Matt Gagnon. He jumped right in with a question about the problems with the internet and why are there so many outages.  Will they continue?  What can be done? Then we talked about the Facebook hack and release of the personal information of 533 Million users and we wrapped up with a discussion about how long it will be until we have fully autonomous vehicles. Here we go with Matt.
    And more tech tips, news, and updates visit - CraigPeterson.com.
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    Craig Peterson: Good morning, everybody. I was on with Mr. Matt Gagnon this morning and he is in Maine, as you probably know.  I'm carried there through there are stations in Maine and parts of eastern New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Because of an outage, they had on the internet that hit parts of New Hampshire, as well as Maine he asked me about the internet backbone and much of it was kind of surprising to him. Frankly, I don't think it's really good news. 
    [00:00:31]We also talked a bit about what's happening with autonomous vehicles. Why aren't they just everywhere already?  When are we going to consider them safe? So here we go with Mr. Matt. 
    [00:00:44] Matt Gagnon: So Craig, let's get to your topics and what we need to talk about with you here this morning, sir.  Okay. So we had a huge power outage recently. We had a huge internet outage recently. Are we worried about this? Like in the future is this a sign of things to come? What caused it? I mean, what's going on here?
    [00:01:00] Craig Peterson: Yeah. There's well, there's a couple of different reports. One talks about breaks in two different fibers. There's a power problem. Here's, what's really going on behind the scenes. The major internet providers have multiple connections to the internet. Let's explain what the internet is to help really understand it. 
    [00:01:19] The internet is an interconnected network of networks. There is no internet. It doesn't exist as you don't pay your bill to the internet. 
    [00:01:32] Matt Gagnon: A United States Senator once called it a series of tubes as you recall. Right. 
    [00:01:40]Craig Peterson:  What happens is all of these different providers that we get it from, like spectrum, for instance, that had the outage. They all get internet connections to other providers. The idea is that the internet can have thousands of networks that are almost, you might call them backbones, but none of them really are right now.
    [00:02:02] Most of the data on the internet is actually being routed through Amazon who is running these big data centers. Spectrum will have a connection to a network provider over here and another provider over there. There are some major central hubs, if you will, of this internet connectivity.  If you lose one piece of fiber and you are connected to the internet at different points using the other pieces of fiber, you're still okay.
    [00:02:33]If you only have two fiber connections to the internet itself, then you lose both of them. You are off the air. Whether it's because of a break or because of a power failure, it doesn't really matter.  If you're going to be really reliable as an internet provider, you have to remember that upstream from you they could go down.
    [00:02:54] To now the big problem we're seeing now, nowadays. The internet was designed to withstand a nuclear explosion anywhere in the United States. We could lose the entire city of New York and the internet would still run. That's because again, all of these small networks together. 
    [00:03:13] However, as time has gone on, we've seen happen to the internet that's happened in many other industries, there's been consolidation. 
    [00:03:20] I mentioned Amazon handles much of the traffic for the internet, and frankly, Netflix is about half of the internet traffic on any given day. We now have, instead of th

    • 10 min
    AS HEARD ON - The Jim Polito Show - WTAG 580 AM: Google Decides What you Can and Cannot See

    AS HEARD ON - The Jim Polito Show - WTAG 580 AM: Google Decides What you Can and Cannot See

    Good morning, everybody.
    I was on this morning on WTAG with Jim Polito.  Jim had been discussing doing his Show prep and how frustrated he was that he could not find more attributions for a story he wanted to discuss.  I hopped on the phone and explained to him what was happening.  Then when I joined him we continued the conversation about how Google is controlling your searches and what you can do about it. Here we go with Jim.
    For more tech tips, news, and updates, visit - CraigPeterson.com.
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    Automated Machine Generated Transcript:
    Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] Hello everybody. Boy, did I have an object lesson for Mr. Jim Polito this morning! It was actually a whole lot of fun. We talked about Yemeni terrorists. That doesn't sound like much fun, they have snuck across the border. Terrorists on the terror watch list. At least we apprehended these guys.
    Do a Google search and you're getting crickets. So, I explained why. I explained how they are obviously suppressing it. The right search engines to use out there.  We spent the whole time talking about just that. So here we go with Mr. Polito
    Jim Polito: [00:00:38] Tomorrow is national beer day, in the United States, it's not a Canadian holiday. See, it goes back to April 7th, 1933, where President Roosevelt, in turning over prohibition, said people could make and brew their own beer as long as it wasn't more than 4% alcohol.
    How about some of those microbrews out there, Danny, like 10.2%? There's one from the Trappist 10.2%.
    Danny : [00:01:10] I think it was high as 15 now, yeah.
    Jim Polito: [00:01:12] It's crazy. Anyway, speaking of beer, which is the national beverage of Canada, we are joined now by our good friend, tech Talk guru. Craig Peterson. Good morning, sir.
    Craig Peterson: [00:01:26] Hey, good morning. Canada had prohibition too.
    Jim Polito: [00:01:30] Oh, they did? I didn't know that.
    Craig Peterson: [00:01:32] Yeah. A few times that you had these municipal bands in the late 19th century provincial bands in the early 20th and national from 1918 to 1920.
    Jim Polito: [00:01:44] Wow. I learned something. Listen,
    Craig Peterson: [00:01:47] I love those Trappist beers, by the way.
    Jim Polito: [00:01:50] Those Trappist beers are great. The problem is they're made under strict rules and there have to be Trappist monks working in the process and there aren't enough Trappist monks to produce the beer for the demand. It's a great beer.  I just want you to know that every July 1st I do have a Molson on Canada day.
    Craig Peterson: [00:02:10] All right. Labatts is acceptable.
    Jim Polito: [00:02:14] Yeah, Labatts. I used to like Moosehead was a  good beer too. Moose. Head was a good beer.
    Craig Peterson: [00:02:20] Yeah.
    Jim Polito: [00:02:20] All right. Let's get to this. We're joined now by Craig Peterson and all kidding aside. Craig Peterson, our tech talk guru helped us earlier in the show. We're going to talk about Facebook and the hacking of personal data.
    But let's get to something that just came up. I'm talking on the show about two Yemenis who are on the terror watch list. It's not getting a lot of attention. They walked across the border, they entered the country illegally and they're on a terror watch list. One of them had a SIM card hidden in his shoe. Some AP reported on it, but you try to find this story through Google and actually social media. It's not there. Craig, could you please explain to me why it's not there?
    Craig Peterson: [00:03:08] It's very simple. If you do a Google search and there's no real results, it's obviously fake news.
    Jim Polito: [00:03:19] Folks are mice. Danny's having trouble getting the actual document. That was the release. The folks from the border patrol said Monday, two men who were on the US government watch list for terrorism and also on the no-fly list. They walked across the border. They're Yemeni

    • 12 min
    AS HEARD ON NH Today WGIR-AM 610:Leaked personal Facebook data and What is DHS thinking by Having Private Contractors to Compile Watch Lists

    AS HEARD ON NH Today WGIR-AM 610:Leaked personal Facebook data and What is DHS thinking by Having Private Contractors to Compile Watch Lists

    Welcome,
    Craig Peterson here.  This morning I was on with Chris Ryan on NH Today. We discussed first the big data dump of 533 Million Facebook user accounts available now for free online. Then he hit out of the park with this new news from the DHS who are now going to contract BIG TECH data and private contractors to compile lists of dissidents and create watch lists -- OMG what could possibly go wrong with this?  It is outright dumb! Here we go with Chris. 
    These and more tech tips, news, and updates visit.
    - CraigPeterson.com
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    Automated Machine Generated Transcript:
    Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] Well, there's another animated Monday morning with Christopher Ryan. We had a chat let's say, you can tone it down a little bit here, about two different things. One, the hackers that leaked the 533 million Facebook users online just posted it up there. We talk about why? What happened? Why aren't they selling it? We talked about, as well as I think Chris understood what I meant when I sent him this article. He hit it out of the park Homeland security. They're going to be using private contractors, big tech, it appears here to help them track down citizens that they feel might be dangerous. What are the repercussions of that? 
    We're getting into it all here with Mr. Chris Ryan.
    Chris Ryan: [00:00:54] It's right now Craig Peterson. He is the host of Tech Talk, which comes up at 11:30 AM on Saturday. So, I am the opening act for Craig Peterson. 
    Craig Peterson: [00:01:05] Wow. I've got to follow you. 
    Chris Ryan: [00:01:08] Yeah. Me and Gucci. Yeah. Good luck, pal. 
    So let's start with this, Mark Zuckerberg's cell phone number was among leaked personal data for 533 million Facebook users. Hackers were able to get into Facebook and get a hold of Zuckerberg's cell phone, along with personal data from 553 million users. Quite a story there. 
    Craig Peterson: [00:01:35] You heard about that? Yeah. Did you see the response from this Facebook spokesman? He said this is old data, we fixed it in 2019, in August 2019?
    Yeah. I think is a very, very big deal. It has been sold and resold amongst cybercriminals for quite a while. It's a lot of data. Saturday's leak that happened makes it all essentially free now. That's probably because the hackers just can't sell it anymore. Anybody that wanted your personal information already has it. Right.? 
    Chris Ryan: [00:02:13] It also shows the lack of transparency from Facebook. Right? I mean, that answer is wanting to make it seem like, Oh yeah, everything's fixed now. That was two years ago. But they In my view and to my knowledge did not release that they had been hacked in this substantive way in 2019. If memory serves and now it's like, Oh yeah, this has happened a long time ago. Now that the information has been released because of the lack of ability to sell it. Only now, are they making a public correct? 
    Craig Peterson: [00:02:42] Yeah. That's exactly right. This is information from people, Facebook users in 106 countries. It includes their phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, that's addresses, by the way, birthdate, and email addresses. 
    What this data's been used for, are these phishing scams that we've talked about so many times where people are getting an email, it looks legitimate and it sounds legitimate and it might even be happy birthday from Facebook.  In reality, it's a Nigerian Prince that's behind that kid. 
    Chris Ryan: [00:03:17] What do you do if you feel like you've been hacked? You're getting these types of emails. We all get phone calls or text messages, at times, from scammers. What do you do in those circumstances where you feel like you are in jeopardy, but you don't feel like there's a recourse. You call the FBI and you'll be like on hold for eight years and then no one ever gets anything. Local police don't have jurisdiction. Is

    • 12 min
    Tech Talk with Craig Peterson Podcast: What really happened in TX, New MAC malware, Apples Electric Vehicles and More

    Tech Talk with Craig Peterson Podcast: What really happened in TX, New MAC malware, Apples Electric Vehicles and More

    Welcome!  We have had a very busy week this week so this is a reply of the show aired the end of February.  I'll be back next week.
    It was also another busy week on the technology front and we are going to delve into what actually caused the energy problems in Texas.  There is a new type of malware that is affecting Macs and it is has a different MO.  Then we are going to discuss Apple and their ventures into automated electric cars and what we can expect. Why are states having issues making appointments for vaccines? In a word, it is bureaucratic incompetence. Then we have a new type of hack out there.  It is called Buy-to-Infect and there is more so be sure to Listen in.
    For more tech tips, news, and updates, visit - CraigPeterson.com.
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    Tech Articles Craig Thinks You Should Read:
    This Basic Math Shows How Wind Energy Failures Contributed To Texas’s Deadly Power Loss
    An Insider Explains Why Texans Lost Their Power
    New malware found on 30,000 Macs has security pros stumped
    Report: Nissan shot down Apple deal to avoid becoming Foxconn of cars
    N.Y.’s Vaccine Websites Weren’t Working
    Apple is already working on developing 6G wireless technology
    Owner of an app that hijacked millions of devices with one update exposes the buy-to-infect scam
    Mount Sinai study finds Apple Watch can predict COVID-19 diagnosis up to a week before testing
    Malware Exploits Security Teams' Greatest Weakness: Poor Relationships With Employees

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    Automated Machine-Generated Transcript:
    Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] You probably know I've been doing cybersecurity now for 30 years in the online world. Yeah, that long. I'm afraid I have some confessions to make about our relationships here, cybersecurity people, and employees.
    Hi everybody. Craig Peterson here. I'm so glad to be here. I'm happy you're here as well. There are so many ways to listen.
    I got pulled into this whole business of cybersecurity quite literally, kicking and screaming. I had been already involved in the development of the internet and internet protocols for a decade before. In fact, one of the contracts that I had was with a major manufacturer of computer systems.
    What I did there was design for Unix systems a way to check for malware, a way to manage them remotely. Yes indeed, I made one of the first RMM systems, as we call them nowadays. We also tied that RMM system, of course, into Windows and a few other operating systems. Unix was where I was working at the time.
     I am what they called an OG in the industry. My gosh, my first job with computer networks was back in 75. Believe it or not a long time ago. Back then, of course, it was mainframe to mainframe basically and some of the basic protocols, the RJE, and stuff. I know I've got a lot of older people who are listening who are saying, yeah, I remember that. It brings back memories. 
    In fact, I got a note just this week from a listener who was saying his first computer was a Sinclair. Do you remember those things? Oh my gosh. It brought back so many memories for us older guys. But it was just such a cool little device with the keys and much different than I'd ever seen before. The XZ81. I just looked it up online so I can remember what the model number was. That was made by Timex. If you can believe that too. It's just. Wow. It had a Z 80 CPU, which of course was like an 8080, which was Intel's, big chip at the time, running at 3.25 megahertz. Yes, indeed. Very cool. I love that computer anyways. I digress. 
    The whole industry at the time was non-existent, yeah. You had antivirus software. We started seeing that in the eighties and we had some terrible operating systems that many people were running like Windows, just absolutely horrific.
    Remember windows three-point 11 and XP and the millennial edition just some of the most terrible software ever. That's what happens when you h

    • 1 hr 19 min
    AS HEARD ON: WGAN Mornings News with Matt Gagnon: What actually runs the Suez Canal?, Twitter Hacking Conviction and Scams People Fall For, Bitcoin Not Just for Ransoms Now,

    AS HEARD ON: WGAN Mornings News with Matt Gagnon: What actually runs the Suez Canal?, Twitter Hacking Conviction and Scams People Fall For, Bitcoin Not Just for Ransoms Now,

    Good morning everybody! 
    I was on WGAN this morning with Matt Gagnon. I talked about the Suez Canal blockage by the M/V Ever Given and what really runs the Suez Canal.  Then we got into Scams that people fall for and the conviction of the Celebrity Twitter Hacker.  Then we talked about Bitcoin and its meteoric rise in price and who now will take Bitcoin as payment in a commercial transaction. Here we go with Matt.
    And more tech tips, news, and updates visit - CraigPeterson.com.
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    Automated Machine Generated Transcript:
    Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] Fun with Mr. Matt Gagnon this morning is we talked a little bit about Tesla. Again. I had to bring up this whole thing with the Suez canal and of course, wedging that cargo ship. We also talked a little bit about this teen who hacked some blue check Twitter accounts and is now serving time.
    So here we go. 
    Matt Gagnon: [00:00:24] We are back again, at seven 36 on Wednesday morning, which is a great time to talk to Craig Peterson, our tech guru. He joins us at this time every week, Craig, how are you? 
    Good morning, sir. 
    Craig Peterson: [00:00:34] It is a great time. I'm doing well. 
    Matt Gagnon: [00:00:37] Well, Craig, let's be honest. Is it ever a bad time to talk to Craig Peterson?
    Craig Peterson: [00:00:43] Probably not. You know, I have three kids in the maritime industry and you probably heard about the Suez cargo ship and what is going on. 
    Matt Gagnon: [00:00:52] I don't know. I must've missed it. Didn't I don't know. I do know that I ordered something from Amazon, which was delayed and I'm guessing maybe it was on the boat.
    Craig Peterson: [00:01:00] Maybe it's fascinating too, to talk to my kids about this because one of my daughters was in fact, commanding a ship going through the Suez canal five years ago on the very day that ship managed to get stuck. Interesting conversations with her not just about the whole idea of saving all of that money from fuel. The way it works is they charge a million-plus bucks to go through a canal, either the one here in America or the one over there. It costs more than that in fuel to go around the Horn or the Cape, depending on which you're in. These ships go through and just like any Harbor in the world, they have pilots.
     These pilots are well-trained. We got a lot of them, Mariners, here in Maine, listening to the show. I got an email from one this week. 
    In fact, my daughter and I were talking, to her and her friends and they were saying, I'm not sure that any of these pilots that run the ships through the Suez canal could actually get a Maine boating license. 
     It doesn't matter what you're hauling. There's two things you have to haul on your ship if you want to make it through the Suez canal. And that is cartons of Marlboro Reds and bags of M&Ms because you have to bribe these guys in order to take you through the canal.  I was not surprised. When I saw this massive ship having run aground right there in the canal. 
    Matt Gagnon: [00:02:29] See, I was making lots of jokes about teenagers, parallel parking. To me, that's what it kind of looked like, right? Like, Oh no, I gotta get outta here. Oh no, now I'm stuck right here. 
    Craig Peterson: [00:02:38] Exactly. 
    Matt Gagnon: [00:02:40] Well, Craig Peterson can be heard on this very station on Saturdays at one o'clock. If you want to hear any of this stuff in more depth and detail, and we have a few things to get to Craig, so let's move on.
    Look. Not that this was ever something that I thought was a good idea, but I think we now have ample evidence that hacking into famous people's Twitter accounts is probably not going to give you a good time, right?  Some prison for the hackers that got into a couple of really prominent accounts.
    Tell me about the story. 
    Craig Peterson: [00:03:05] Yeah, this was a big deal. What happened is this guy managed to

    • 10 min

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