Jul 13, 2017

Why you should change your Verizon PIN right now – The Washington Post

Although Verizon said that the PINs alone can’t help access online accounts, Hemu Nigam, a cybersecurity analyst at SSP Blue, said he would still advise customers to change their PINs because they could give people access to other accounts they use. “The unfortunate part is if you use that PIN, you’re probably using a similar PIN for other situations, so once I have that I can test that PIN on other things,” he said. “Verizon’s relationship with the customer is not at risk, but the customer is now at risk

Source: Why you should change your Verizon PIN right now – The Washington Post

Jun 26, 2017

Medical records will no longer appear in Google search results – The Washington Post

“In the medical space, though, there is nothing more invasive towards one’s privacy than having a medical record indexed in a Google search that millions of people can see,” said Hemu Nigam, the chief executive of SSP Blue, a company that specializes in cybersecurity affairs. “This is a great move, but why did it take so long?”

Source: Medical records will no longer appear in Google search results – The Washington Post

Jun 8, 2017

Netflix, ABC Hacker Promises More Leaks: “Hollywood Is Under Attack” | Hollywood Reporter

TheDarkOverlord hacking collective claims to have studio films: “We’re in the business of earning vast amounts of internet money.”

Source: Netflix, ABC Hacker Promises More Leaks: “Hollywood Is Under Attack” | Hollywood Reporter

“Hackers are playing reality games of the worst kind — causing real damage after making real threats,” says Hemanshu Nigam, a former federal prosecutor of online crime in Los Angeles and onetime chief security officer for News Corp. “These leaks can directly limit how many viewers will actually watch because the leak spoils the ending.”

But for those viewing pirated goods, nothing comes free. Nigam says hackers often put ransomware into leaked pirated content in an effort to attack the fan base.

“Hackers have paired up with pirates to inject anyone searching or downloading leaked content with malware of all kinds to steal info, spy on you or destroy your computer with ransomware,” says Nigam.