Aug 4, 2017

HBO Hack: Insiders Fear Leaked Emails as Probe Widens | Hollywood Reporter

HBO is taking a proactive approach. Plepler called for employees to be notified even before news of the hack broke. “It was one of the best examples of how to react to a crisis and communicate to your employees,” says Nigam. “I’ve never seen it happen this fast.” (With Sony, it took then-chairman Michael Lynton 12 days to email employees about the status, though he was in largely unchartered waters at the time.)

Source: HBO Hack: Insiders Fear Leaked Emails as Probe Widens | Hollywood Reporter

Aug 4, 2017

14 million US businesses are at risk of a hacker threat

“Most small-business owners take the attitude of ‘Why would anybody care about me? I’m just the little guy.’ It’s because you’re the little guy that you’re of interest,” says Hemu Nigam, founder of SSP Blue, an internet security consultant business, and the former vice president of internet enforcement at the Motion Picture Association of America. “Hackers love small businesses [because] they don’t have the resources to put in high-end cybersecurity protection and they may not be consciously aware they are

Source: 14 million US businesses are at risk of a hacker threat

Aug 4, 2017

How a fish tank helped hack a casino – The Washington Post

“This one is the most entertaining and clever thinking by hackers I’ve seen,” said Hemu Nigam, a former federal prosecutor for computer crimes and current chief executive of SSP Blue, a cybersecurity company.

Source: How a fish tank helped hack a casino – The Washington Post

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.

May 17, 2017

Watch and Earn: Facebook Seeks Viewers Who Have Critical Eye | Bloomberg BNA

Bottom Line: Human content moderation is a necessity on Facebook and other social media sites.  See my thoughts here..

Source: Watch and Earn: Facebook Seeks Viewers Who Have Critical Eye | Bloomberg BNA

May 11, 2017

10 Ways Hollywood Can Thwart The Next Orange Is The New Black Cyber-Theft | Deadline

10 Ways Hollywood Can Thwart The Next ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Cyber-Theft, by Hemu Nigam, guest column

Bottom Line– Vendors are the last place the Hollywood big guns might think hackers will target, but that is exactly what makes them so much more at risk.

Source: 10 Ways Hollywood Thwart The Next Orange Is The New Black Cyber-Theft | Deadline