Don’t know anyone with COVID-19? I know three.

I live in Atlanta, I know people who have COVID-19

i know three people who have coronavirus

Coronavirus: Outlook not so great..

Don’t panic, Arthur Dent.

Look, I’m not here to fear monger or scare. But, the thing is, we didn’t do very well here, in the United States. My saying so does not make me anti-American either. You can criticize your nation. And, some times you should.

The main thing I have to say, is really the only thing to say: Please follow the guidelines, as best as you can.

It’s great that so many people are asymptomatic or only show few symptoms. That’s really awesome. But, it also means nothing to those at risk or who happen to develop severe symptoms.

If you know anyone who has contracted the novel coronavirus, then you know CoV-SARS-2 is not a joke. COVID-19 makes you sick for a long time, if you develop even just moderate symptoms, not to mention severe ones. It’s also extremely contagious, mostly spreading when you speak, cough, sneeze, etc..

My stepson has coronavirus currently, he seems to be fighting it very well. The brave little guy is only 13 years old and also not considered to be “at risk”. We’re confident he will recover quickly. One of my friends however has caught it, confirmed, twice. Quite a bit apart. He’s reduced immune, due to some injuries, surgeries and complications he’s had prior to the pandemic, but he has survived both of them.

Anyway, please wear your masks, even if it’s not required. I know it’s the hottest part of the year and it sucks. But, you do not want to be wishing you could be by a loved one’s side. My grandmother doesn’t operate video chat very well and it mostly frustrates her. So, we tend to visit in person, to see her at her assisted living facility. Unfortunately, they called recently to tell us that she’s tested positive for COVID-19. It is really, really hard not being able to be beside someone you love, when you know they’re fighting for their life.

I’ll try and catch up on some blog posts I have been promising. I know that I am only distracting myself from some feelings that I will need to be dealing with. But, believe me, I’m pretty exhausted at the moment.

Do not be scared, educate yourself and try to be as smart as possible. Social distancing and wearing a mask is how you show those that you care about that you both love and respect them, right now. So, let’s be strong and be safe.

2020-07-31T02:49:00-04:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Errata|Tags: , , , |

Rising mobile threats – an open letter

The rising mobile threats accelerated again..

The rising mobile threat is bound to surpass traditional

Friends, family, colleagues, clients, associates and the rest of you, this is just an update that the threat landscape has shifted.

There’s been a well documented and growing trend of malicious mobile apps, gaping mobile app vulnerabilities, and etc.. etc..

The reason I write today is to let you know, outside of media hype and free from business interest, to be vigilant. You should have reputable anti-malware, intrusion prevention and detection on your computers and home networks, as you know. And, many of you already have the same protections for your mobile devices. Good.

The threat landscape has become vast, and while mobile platforms *seemed* more secure, the reality is different. Having homagenous targets like android and iOS is a bad thing. As well, keeping the every day user from being able to interact with lower level systems is a mistake.

There are already, at least, 5 pieces of malware for Android and 2 for iOS, that once infected, there’s no reliable way for the user to clean the device. Those unwanted programs simply hack beyond the user’s (or any legitimate app’s) permitted level of access. Which is why I’ve always advocated against such a “security” move in the first place.

I urge you, if you haven’t already, to invest a few bucks in mobile security and try to keep in mind it’s level of connectivity to your work and your private life. While I can help, I won’t advertise my services here, nor would I be upset if you chose not to consult me.

But, it’s going to get worse. The worrisome trend, that’s prompted me to act today, is actually a downward trend in malicious activity targeted at the traditional web browser. Those “advanced persistent threat” actors are shifting attention towards mobile apps (the majority of which are already simply responsive websites bundled into tiny package).

They’re not going to go away and while the security industry has a very large pool of talent, so too does the threat. And, if you haven’t noticed, too often the industry is stuck playing “catch up”.

You’d be prudent to allow new apps to be vetted and check reviews before installing. The official stores try their best to keep us from being exposed. But, that’s just a never ending game of cat and mouse. It’s already a mistake to depend on that filter.

The largest danger is always going to be a user simply being duped into installing something bad. So, like your desktop and laptop, if you did not intend to install or run something and it prompts you, make a habit of saying no. And, I’d urge you to find how that happened and block it.

There’s no reason to panic, but I felt a personal notice could potentially save some of my loved ones some pain. Thanks for your time and enjoy your weekend!

Stuart Gray

“Sniff packets, not glue.. ya bums.” – mootiny #unixpunx @EFnet

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Feel free to contact me, if you have a use for some devsecops work! I’m usually around. Most recently, I’ve been kind of “stuck” in some web development “hell”. Just kidding, it’s been fun to revisit some old skills. Email services have been sending inquerys, as well. Would love to find something with a larger security focus to work on soon. :)

    2020-07-24T18:09:45-04:00July 11th, 2020|Categories: Errata|Tags: , |
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