Archive for July, 2017

postheadericon Black Hat: Hacking the firmware, the next frontier

Trick the firmware and you have access to the whole system. Here at Black Hat, there are a lot of people doing just that.

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postheadericon The Tables Turn With A Gun In The Hand; Thug With Box Cutter; 0, Armed Citizen; 1

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI — A man with a (bad) plan ended up in the hospital, because his plan involved being a criminal and going up against an armed citizen. The thug life really is a hard life… we know.

Bad choices, bro. It’s choices like these that land you in the hospital and jail. Oh wait, let’s keep the story going and see what happened to the bad guy…

From local news station kmov.com;

A man who attempted to steal a car on Thursday night is now in the hospital after being shot by the car’s owner.

Police say the incident happened just before 10 p.m. at Lookaway Drive and Shepley Boulevard in St. Louis. According to police, a 56-year-old man discovered a 35-year-old man attempting to steal the victim’s car.

The suspect then lunged at the victim with a box cutter, but the victim shot the suspect in the leg in self-defense. The suspect was taken to a local hospital, and is listed in stable condition. The car’s owner was not hurt.

If there’s one thing that I never want to face, it’s a bad guy with a sharp object. Talk about dangerous. Knife attacks are brutal, and I’d rather face a guy with a gun any day.

I can also be fairly confident that I’d be on the phone with police instead of confronting the guy. Who knows, and I guess I never will unless I’m in the situation. I’m just as tired as the next guy with these criminals, but so many things can happen when you confront a suspect who isn’t posing you any imminent danger.

I’m not saying that this armed citizen did anything wrong at all, rather I find myself contemplating how I feel I would have handled the situation.

What about you? Chime in below in the comments section.

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postheadericon iOS VPN apps removed from Apple’s Chinese App Store

Apple has bowed to pressure from the regime in Beijing, and removed some VPN apps from the Chinese version of its iOS App Store.

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postheadericon #DIGTHERIG – Kevin and his Glock 26 or 19 in a Raven Vanguard Holster

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My carry set up consists of my Glock 26 or Glock 19. My 17 is just a little long in the barrel for me to carry comfortably with the Raven Vanguard Basic Holster. Just don’t have the body type. I carry at the 12:00 to 1:00 position.

I carry the Glocks of course because of the reliability but also the interchangeability of the magazines. I always carry the Glock 17 magazine as a spare in my left front pant pocket so I have an extra 17 rounds….always.

The Vanguard VG2 holster gives me full trigger coverage and also an adjustable ride height and cant. A leather loop attaches to the belt to secure the weapon. Very heavy duty and extreme quality. What I love most about the holster however is that in the summer time I can position the firearm on the outside between the pants and belt to avoid the moisture issue. This is also nice in the winter if you’ve had to lock your weapon in the car because of carry restrictions. I hate ice cold steel against the skin. Just have to wear my shirts out for coverage….which I do anyway.

Like most people I’ve tried 1/2 dozen different holsters for my various (past) carry weapons. This set up is just is my personal preference. I digmyrig.

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postheadericon Are smartphones threatening the security of our IoT devices?

The number of IoT devices is set to surpass 20 billion by 2020. We take a look at how connected things threaten our security as cybercriminals exploit weaknesses in the smartphones that control them.

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postheadericon Homograph attacks: Don’t believe everything you see

A homograph attack is what happens when attackers register domains that are similar to the originals, with valid certificates.

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postheadericon Woman Attacked While Getting Out Of Car, Shoots Suspect After Her Gun Falls Out Of Her Bag

MIDTOWN, TN — A woman was attacked in the middle of the night outside her apartment, and during the course of the scuffle, her firearm fell out of her bag, putting her in real danger.

As The Commercial Appeal reports:

The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of N. McLean near Poplar, police said.

A woman told police that when she got out of her car at her apartment a man ran toward her, grabbed her and tried to steal her laptop bag. The woman and man struggled over the bag and she screamed, waking up a neighbor who ran out to help, police said. The three struggled and fell to the ground. The woman’s gun, a Ruger 9mm, fell out of her bag during the fight and that’s when police said the suspect was shot during the incident.

It was unclear in the police report who fired the gun during the struggle. A third witness told police she heard the suspect say “I’m going to shoot” and saw the muzzle of the gun flash. The witness reported hearing two shots and called police. The man accused in the attempted robbery was identified in a police report as Kerry Petty. He was found on the ground with a gunshot wound when police arrived.

Petty has been charged with aggravated assault and criminal attempted felony, police said.

There are a couple things to discuss, here. First, I, for one, would really like to know exactly which Ruger 9mm we’re talking about here. In news stories, they rarely cover the firearms in play. Such things are good to keep an eye on for other concealed carriers.

I hope it wasn’t a Blackhawk with a conversion cylinder.

But on a much more serious note — it’s extremely important to carry your defensive tool on the body when at all possible for this exact reason. This woman lost control of her gun the same moment the woman lost control of the thing that the robber was going for.

That’s not a good situation.

It’s not always possible, but carry on-body when you can.

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postheadericon Is it safe to store corporate information on Google Drive (or similar services)?

When it comes to protecting corporate information, some doubt whether or not the cloud is the best option. We look at all the security services available.

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postheadericon Social engineering and ransomware

Social engineering may play a vital part in persuading a victim to open a malicious executable or website, says ESET’s David Harley on social engineering and ransomware.

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postheadericon [CCW IN ACTION] Armed Citizen Draws Gun And Fires At Armed Robbery Suspect

COLUMBIA, MO — One armed robbery suspect ended up losing his chance at easy money and entered the fight of his life when the man he chose to rob was a concealed carrier.

Police report that they received calls of people hearing gunshots at about 11:30 p.m. July 8, according to KMIZ.

When they came to investigate, they found a 27-year-old male victim who claimed that he had been approached by a man, armed with a handgun, completely dressed in black.

The robber demanded the victim’s money. The victim responded by producing his own handgun and opening fire.

The robber ran for it.

No injuries were reported, although there was one car that was reportedly damaged by a bullet fired by the victim in self-defense.

The thug was still on the run as of the latest report by KMIZ.

This brings up an interesting point that is often discussed, but not as commonly observed.

When you’re scared, you’re crap at aiming.

I have not been in an altercation wherein I was forced to open fire an another person. At least not yet, and I pray that streak continues.

I have, however, been in a situation where I was forced to draw on an animal threat — a very different situation, but even that is enough to get the heart pumping and make folks shaky.

It’s a reminder to all of us — don’t shoot until you know what you’re going to hit, and try to keep it cool. Staying cool and maintaining good judgment coupled with accurate shooting is the best way to navigated a deadly situation.

How do you give yourself the best odds?

Practice, practice, practice. Go hit the range when you get a chance. It’s a blast (pun not intended) and you just might be thankful you did later.

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