“Shame Hacking” Liberal Groups — Is It Really Russian Hackers Doing It?

But it's the Russians! The ubiquitous Russians are at it again, or, so we are being told. You know, the Russian hackers who are everywhere, doing everything nefarious in the world, and victimizing poor little helpless "us" here in the United States . . . BREAKING!  Wikileaks: CIA 'Stole' Russian Malware, Uses It to ‘Misdirect Attribution’ [...]

David Beckham’s Exposed Emails Exemplify Shame Hacking Threat

Hackers have obtained David Beckham's embarrassing emails from his advisors in an extortion plot in which the advisors were told "pay up or we'll release emails," according to a recent news report. When the advisors refused to pay the £1million demand, the hackers released the emails. This is yet another example of what I call shame hacking, a topic [...]

Porn, Politics & Cybersecurity: Are We Seeing Shame Hacking with Texas Elector?

Is the Texas elector who refuses to vote for Trump the first example of shame hacking in politics? In previous posts, I have written about shame hacking which is the use of hacked data for embarrassing or extorting people by threatening to expose such compromising data if they do not comply with whatever demands were made of them. [...]

Yahoo Data Breach – Some Facts & Questions (i.e., was it really the Russians?)

The Basic Facts Yahoo announced that it had a data breach in late 2014 and 500 million users' account information was stolen. The account information may include names, email addresses, telephone numbers, date of birth, passwords (most encrypted with bcrypt, but apparently not all), security questions, and security question answers. People who have Yahoo-based services [...]