Mark Rasch

Cyber Law Editor

Security Current

Arm and a Leg – and Eyeball – IRS/SSA Mandate Biometric Authentication

Posted on: 08 Feb 2022

The IRS, the Social Security Administration and other government agencies had a problem when dealing with the public. Scammers — often organized criminal groups or even state sponsors — impersonate genuine beneficiaries of entitlement programs (e.g. unemployment insurance, tax refunds or tax credits, social security retirement or disability benefits) and claim these benefits to themselves.…

AR vs VR – A Meta World Fight

Posted on: 03 Feb 2022

A battle is brewing for your heart and soul — and your eyes.  In one corner is Augmented Reality — AR. In the other, Virtual Reality – VR. My money is on AR, but I have been wrong before (see predictions on crypto). Let’s understand the difference in hardware, software and philosophy between AR and…

Top 10 Security Challenges for 2022

Posted on: 31 Dec 2021

Traditionally, this time of year one either looks back at the previous year, or looks forward to the year ahead. While there have been great advances over the years with respect to informations security tools, technologies, training and awareness, significant challenges  remain. What follows is my estimation of the top information security challenges for 2022.…

November 2, 1988 – A Day of Infamy for the Internet

Posted on: 02 Nov 2021

​ Forty-three years ago, on November 2, 1988, the Internet lost its innocence.  Now, in reality, the Internet was never truly “innocent,” and, let’s face it, in 1988, it wasn’t even really the Internet. It was the ARPANet, or DARPANet, or MILNet… a loose confederation of large institutions like banks, government agencies and academics connected…

Why the Supreme Court’s Van Buren Case Really Matters

Posted on: 04 Jun 2021

​ On June 3, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that a Georgia police officer could not be prosecuted under the federal computer crime law for accessing a criminal database accessible only “for law enforcement purposes” and then selling data that he received from that database. The Court did not say that the…

White House Issues Advisory to Business Leaders on Ransomware Practices

Posted on: 03 Jun 2021

In the wake of the highly publicized attacks on both gasoline and food infrastructures by Russian-based ransomware attackers, the Biden administration on June 3 issued an advisory to business leaders directing them to take action to harden their systems against ransomware and to be more resilient against similar attacks. It has also been reported that…

Parler Talk – Free Speech, Social Media and Section 230

Posted on: 12 Nov 2020

Both conservatives and liberals are convinced that “mainstream” social media “censors” their views and opinions. Liberals point out that so-called conspiracy theories like those peddled by Q-Anon, white supremacist and white nationalist organizations get traction from social media and are amplified by their algorithms, and that as a result, more conservative viewpoints are expressed online…

Healthcare Ransomware Readiness – What You Need to Do Today, Tomorrow and the Day After

Posted on: 29 Oct 2020

On October 28, 2020, officials from the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security assembled a conference call with healthcare industry executives warning them about an “imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers.” The agencies on the conference call, which included the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), warned participants…

Hunter Biden’s Laptop – Part Deux – Subpoena vs Warrant

Posted on: 27 Oct 2020

A report on Fox News’ website describes the grand jury subpoena issued for the seizure and search of a laptop computer assertedly belonging to former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. For all of the intrigue around the contents of the laptop, its provenance, and whether there is or is not evidence of corruption or criminal…