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Dec 29, 2018

What's up with Huawei?  We will talk about some of the reasons that the US is very unhappy with them.

What is the next big risk to your privacy? Listen in and I will explain why you must be concerned with your child's video game habits.

Is anonymous data really anonymous? Today we will discuss what MIT has found in researching anonymous data. 

What information are your apps storing? We will talk about what information they store and share.

Are your kids spending an inordinate amount of time on their smartphones?  We will discuss some research that MIT is doing and what it has uncovered about the development of their brains. 

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Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

Airing date: 12/29/2018

Your Information Is Never Really Anonymous

Craig Peterson: 0:00
Hey Hi everybody. Craig Peterson here. Thanks for joining us today. We are also, of course, posting the video online. We're trying to get the live streaming work that may or may not work. But you know what the heck, it's the last week of the year. And really the last show of the year too.

Craig Peterson 0:21
I guess it is both, isn't it? And so you will maybe next year that gives us what 52 shows next year to get it right. And speaking of 52 shows, this is show number 987. That's 987 weeks worth of shows many weeks. We have multiple shows. But we stick to the one a week nomenclature because it's just amazing. This I don't use daily show counts and daily show numbers

Craig Peterson 0:48
and our viewership is up of course because we're starting to post some of the videos we have a lot of this narrow insider site that you can find online right now it's free, but it is going to be a paid thing eventually. And also you will find some of this stuff up on YouTube and on Facebook where we're trying to get out there more to help more people so little itchy. Today though we've got a few things to talk about security wise Huawei course you heard all of the uproar and we saw the market kind of not being quite sure what to do when while ways I think she was or is there CFO was arrested in Canada when she was changing planes. And apparently, that was at the request of the United States because of a few different things. Now they talked in the media about one of them, which was a Huawei apparently sold technology to Iran. That was counter to our trade agreement with them with China with many other countries that when we have this embargo against Iran, they shouldn't be trading but there are six other reasons here. We'll talk about today about Huawei. In case you're wondering what company I'm talking about Huawei is spelled H-U-A-W-E-I, okay, this is Huawei is how it is pronounced. So we'll be talking about that we're going to talk about a groundbreaking studying that has examined the effects of screen time on kids. I remember when I was a kid, they were all worried about how much time we spend in front of a TV. And, you know, it probably didn't do me any good project early, maybe a lot of harm, hard to tell. But what's happening now that these kids of ours have iPads, on iPhones and on our grandkids? And how about the generations beyond.

Craig Peterson 2:46
And to that end of the next big, big risk to your privacy is your child's video game habits will talk about that

Craig Peterson 2:55
and how that's going to affect you. We got another thing here about deleting all of your apps. You talked a little bit about it a lot, a lot about it last week. But we've got more information on a do want to know that people to know that you stopped at Planned Parenthood. And I mentioned this as a fact. And guess what comes out in Fast Company.

Craig Peterson 3:18
Yes, yet another confirmation of what Craig said urban planners and researchers at MIT found that it's shockingly easy to re-identify the anonymous data that people generate all day, every day in our cities. I mentioned this a few weeks back

Craig Peterson 3:40
because it's been obvious to me,

Craig Peterson 3:43
just like with 23 me thing, remember, I was telling you about a major pharmaceutical company investing 300 million into 23 and me and using that money to gain access to the data that 23andme has. And some people are upset about that some people are concerned. Should they care what the heck, right?

Craig Peterson 4:04
And people say, well, it's anonymized. It doesn't really matter. And yet, we have seen the data already from these DNA research firms being used against us. You remember the arrest out in California, that serial killer, the guy was a cop and he had been a cop I'm apparently nowadays his brain isn't quite all there. But they've found him not because he put his DNA and DNA bank but because the information on the DNA bank pointed to someone that might be a close relative of, of this family member being the killer. So they investigated more investigated more, and they found the killer right. And he's up on charges. I don't think he's been convicted yet. But they have the DNA evidence for from the case. Now 23 and me I use and I used it for both of its features. One the ancestry which proved everything I already knew, which was I'm not the milkman to kid but I am mostly Norwegian, and then North-Western European, as in Ireland, Scotland, UK, Wales, all that area. So that's me. And that's kind of what we figured. And then from a health standpoint, I got lots of very good news on I don't have any of the genetic mutations that cause disease. So I wouldn't be able to pass those on to my kids. And I'm unlikely to get sick in my older age, which is very good news. And it's stuff that a lot of people are interested in. Or you might be interested in that too. I have a friend of mine

Craig Peterson 5:48
whose wife came back as having one of the genetic markers for a higher tendency to have breast cancer. And I know some people, including some movie stars that have had both breasts removed, because they had to genetic markers for breast cancer. So there's a lot of good things that come of that.

Craig Peterson 6:08
And there are also good things that are coming from the research in DNA because it's not as though we have this massive book here that says, Well, this DNA strand means this. And this one means that and if you have this one, and that one, but not this one, then this is going to happen. But if you have this, that in this other one, this will happen. We don't have any event, the only way we know anything about DNA is trial and error. And when it comes to animals and plants, we've been using DNA research for a long

Craig Peterson 6:39
time, we've looked at RNA and RNA blocking our an AI, all of this stuff. It's, it's fascinating if everyone to study it, it's just absolutely fascinating. But when it comes to us, as humans, you can't just go ahead and turn off a DNA strand and see what happens. We don't want to do that. Because that might be lethal fatal.

Craig Peterson 7:00
And who's going to volunteer for a test like that, just turn off the strand. See what happens, turn off that one, it's fine to do that with violets. And then we found in the violence we could make a purple violet white, which is really kind of interesting, but not in humans. So when humans what we have to do is study and study and study and study. And that's what the whole 23 me thing is about. They're making a lot of their money, I would guess most of their money, I haven't seen their financials, but they're making a lot of their money by selling the DNA raw data to pharmaceutical companies. Now, why do pharmaceutical companies want this DNA data, they want the data because it's important to them to see the DNA but also to get information from the other part of what 23AndMe does. And that is they asked a lot of questions.

Craig Peterson 7:54
And I sat down, and I answered hundreds of questions, and that you don't have to do it all at once. I did it over the course of you know, I don't remember. It was a couple of weeks, a few weeks and answered hundreds of them. And the idea here is they asked you things like, are you balding? No, no, not balding. Well, that's good, right?

Craig Peterson 8:12
Or do you have a sensitivity to sunlight? you sneeze when you go into the sunlight? And what does a particular herb tastes like to you? Can you smell that? So they're they're getting information. And then they're pulling it all together to try and figure out a precisely what does this all mean. So if everybody that sneezes when they walk into the sun has these jeans, and no one who says they don't sneeze, when they walk out into the sun has these other genes, then we're fine, right? We know we've found it. And so that's what they're doing this a lot of trial and error. And 23AndMe is constantly updating you letting you know, hey, we found this new interpretation of this particular gene or gene sequence. And so they let you know, and they say, here's what changed, or they got more information on some family ancestry. They found some older DNA, they found another strain, they found some root DNA, they're constantly updating it. So having a company like these pharmaceutical companies, getting this information is ultimately going to be good for all of us. Because if you come down with a disease or let's say that this is an even better scenario, the odds are excellent that you're going to get a specific disease. So what they've done is they look at the DNA they say, okay, we know this DNA sequence is like 98% likely to cause this disease. So let's turn off have DNA sequence wisdom that agas Wouldn't you love to be able to do that. So they turn it off, and you will never get that disease. That's what we're aiming for.

Craig Peterson 9:58
And when it comes to medications, recovery, using that some doses of this will work for one person, but you have to have a higher dose for someone else, or this drug doesn't work at all, for someone, my wife, if it's morphine, she gets really loopy and floaty and detached. And she hates feeling

Craig Peterson 10:17
so you know, in surgery, they've got to use different drugs. Why isn't that the same for everybody? Well, it's not the same for everyone, because of DNA, as well as some environmental conditions that could have occurred. So understanding all of this is phenomenal, is going to help us as human beings and help us on the earth, it's going to be great, okay, ultimately, ultimately, rough roads between the here and there in the future. But ultimately, it's going to be really, really good.

Craig Peterson 10:49
However, let's go back to the serial killer in California, he did not give his DNA and yet they were able to track him down. It's figured right now that with as little as I've seen different numbers, but let's just say 20% of the people in in the United States have 20% of the people in the United States have their DNA analyzed, and it's in a database, they will be able to find 100% of any one of people, anybody if they have a DNA sample. In other words, if someone commits a crime, and they don't have their DNA on file,

Craig Peterson 11:33
they will have 100% chance of finding that person. Well, not quite 100, but really, really, really close to 100, because what they'll be able to do is the same thing they did with the with the serial killer. And that is used some statistical analysis on the DNA to figure out what family tree this person is from because they'll know the sex. And right now they know that I'm not balding, just based on the DNA that I'm unlikely to. They know for my DNA, that I have slightly wavy hair, they know all of this stuff. So they'll be able to do a portrait. And there is some really cool work underway that takes your DNA and just from DNA, create a 3d image of what that person is likely to look like. And it is on Tanni if you've seen absolutely uncanny how close they're able to get. So with the DNA, they can tell all kinds of physical attributes, they can even create an almost a photo of that person. Of course, there's other factors, again, environmental, etc. But it's pretty darn close. And then on top of it, it's okay. This person is obviously part of the Peterson family. And we the specifically a family from New Hampshire and this area, and they will be able to narrow right down and say, Hey, do you have an uncle?

Craig Peterson 12:57
And the answer? Yeah, why? Where does he live?

Craig Peterson 13:02
Does he look something like this? And this is months away, frankly, just months away, not the 20% of people having their DNA tested and put on file. But being able to do the rest of this have a picture generated that, more or less looks like the person involved much better than these police sketches from people who are just trying to recall what that person looks like, in most cases, right.

Craig Peterson 13:30
So you can take anonymized data and on anonymize it, re-identify the people. And depending on what the data is, you're going to use different techniques. But when it comes to DNA, we just explained how that works. But the same things true with calling histories, etc. You know, if you're constantly calling numbers in 603, area, code, 805 area code 212 area code, we know that you probably have some ties there. And then we dig into those phone numbers. And we find from those phone numbers, more information about who they are, what they do, oh, wait a minute, these people are part of a family. And they're the only family group that appears to be called from this phone number. So we put all this together. And we know how to again, re-identify you that you are part of this family. This is where you live.

Craig Peterson 14:30
And that's what's been happening with the NSA data collection on just taking basic data points. Even if they don't have the phone numbers, right,

Craig Peterson 14:38
the cell towers that were involved with your phone, they'll know where you work and where you live, because you're going to be pinging that same cell tower all of the time. So be very careful. This group of MIT scientists and urban planners are shown in the study that it's really fairly simple to figure out who is who, anyway, so anonymized data can be D anonymize pretty quickly even when you're working with multiple data sets inside of a city. Well, particularly, excuse me when you're working on that.

Craig Peterson 15:09
So they did the test I said, in the end, it took a week to match 17% of the users and 11 weeks to get 95% accuracy rate. And with the added GPS data from smartphones took less than a week to hit the 95% accuracy. So kind of keep that in mind. You just don't have privacy anymore. And there they can D anonymize data. It's happened before. So be careful and think twice about the whole DNA thing. You know, already I've done it, I think it's going to be an amazing benefit to society is going to save lives, save pain, help people avoid misery, so I'm definitely going to do it. And I don't like the excuse of, well, you know, it's, it's going to happen anyways, I don't like the excuse of, well, I haven't committed any crimes anyways, you know, then those I don't think are legitimate because this data could be misused against us, just like having passport number stolen, we talked about last week can be used in your credit cards, your identity. And if you read that special report that I've sent out, you know that all of that information is out there, and the bad guys are using it, right.

Craig Peterson 16:26
So we know where do you draw the line here? That's that's the big question.

Craig Peterson 16:32
Well, hot segment when little bit long. Let's get into the rest of these. You only got about 10 minutes left here in the show. 12 minutes left today. Delete all your apps. We talked last week about the article that came out in the New York Times. This is an article from motherboard you'll see up on my website at

Craig Peterson 16:53
but they go into more detail. They're talking about sensitive stops at hospitals, Planned Parenthood, various other places, do you want your employer to have that information? Because remember, now most of us get our insurance or health insurance or more employers do we want them to know that we've been making trips to this type of doctor, that type of doctor, etc, right? How much that information is going to be available in a pre-employment report where they are looking at you as a possible employee, and they find that you're doing something that might end up costing them a lot of money that might end up causing you to not be able to get to work very often, right? How far do you want this all to go? So the New York Times did publish a guide to managing restricting location on specific apps, I told you already how to do that, that might be well worth us doing as well, the best way to guarantee privacy, but the, again, the best platform to maintain your privacy. And this shouldn't be a shock to anybody.

Craig Peterson 18:00
iOS, iOS does a much better job when it comes to informing you about the GPS tracking and also cell tower tracking and allowing you to turn it off. So make sure you go into security and privacy whether it's an iPhone or an Android

Craig Peterson 18:17
phone and turn off the tracking or at least do what I do, which is turn it on only one I'm using the app. And of course, the big tip here is guys and gals delete apps you aren't using. Most of us have apps I have a ton of half I caught for free, right. So I just haven't I bought them I bought them quote-unquote, bought them because they were free. Why wouldn't I, it's a cool app, I might use it and it's sitting there on

Craig Peterson 18:47
my phone

Craig Peterson 18:48
taking up space. Now in the iOS world. It'll automatically offload from your phone if you don't use it and it needs the space which is great iOS has some of the best memory batteries management software out there it's they've done a great job on that but still delete apps you weren't using well let's talk about another big risk of your privacy This is from Market Watch carry Paul wrote this article again it's up on

Craig Peterson 19:15
I try and make sure all of the articles I talked about and I curator up on my website as well. And I just I give you a little bit of a summary here and then you can click through gives you a link to the original article. But this article is kind of interesting because it's telling you to be careful who you play with. online gaming is a growing target for hackers. A new report from identity theft protection, firm experience. Yeah, that's kind of funny, isn't it? They found cybercriminals are increasingly posing as gamers to gain access to the computers and personal data. That's players.

Craig Peterson 19:51
We're not trying to imply that all gamers are hackers but they do live in an anonymous environment, have good computer skills and are in an industry with billions in revenue. So be very careful about that. The gaming business is worth about 4 billion annual revenue globally which is quite big and cybercriminals can easily pose a gamer or take over an avatar the info to infiltrate games and communities they still personal credit card information, valuable game pieces, and tokens according to experience report.

Craig Peterson 20:29
So, be very careful because your kids playing games can come in and you to right, we got a lot of 30 somethings that played video games, maybe a little bit too much talking about games and online does talk about screen time,

Craig Peterson 20:45
Apple introduced a new feature with iOS 12 that tells you week per week if your screen time one up or one down. I think that's great. And kind of, you know, brings it into mind. Now, in my case, it's a little inaccurate, because, frankly, use my iPad and I use my phone to read books. I have the Kindle app on their plots. I read PDFs and other things. So yeah, that that's good. It's bad. But let's talk about our kids.

Craig Peterson 21:13
This is from CBS News. Again, up on 60 minutes goes inside a landmark government study of young minds SC of phones, tablets, and other screens are impacting adolescent brain development.

Craig Peterson 21:28
So if you have kids and wonder if they're spending time on their smartphones, and it's causing problems, the National Institutes of Health launched the most ambitious study of adolescent brain development ever attempted. They have 21 sites across the country, and they were following nine and 10-year-old kids and scanning their brains are going to follow more than 11,000 kids for 10 years and spend $300 million doing it. I guess I'd follow some kids for $300 million.

Craig Peterson 22:00
So here's what they've learned so far, they haven't released it yet, obviously. But the focus when they started talking about doing the study was tobacco, marijuana, all drugs. The screen time component really came into play because we were wondering what is the impact the first wave of data from the scans of 4500 participants is in and it has the Dowling of the doctor Dahlia, the NIH, and other scientists and treating the MRI is found significant differences in the brains of some kids who use smartphones, tablets, and video games more than seven hours a day,

Craig Peterson 22:40
Dr. Dowling says. What we can say is that this is what brains look like of kids who spend a lot of time on screen now there's pictures of these brain scans in this article, again, up on my website. It's really fascinating so that it's color-coded, showing the differences in these brains

Craig Peterson 23:00
thinning of the cortex, which is the outermost layer of the brain that processes information from your five senses is going on. It's it's really, really bad, multinational process. They're doing a lot. If you want to find out more, check it out online at And we've got about four minutes left.

Craig Peterson 23:21
So let's go into Huawei. My gosh, so you know that her name is Ming one, zero. I guess she's how Huawei CFO the daughter of its founder. And it's caused some real tensions between China Canada in the United States. That's not why we're getting go get into this right now. Her Ras and everything. They're just a matter of public record, you can find it quite easily bought Huawei, US sky calm tech, which is a company that deals with a rainy and telecom firms to sell Huawei equipment to Iran, in contravention of US sanctions on the country. That was apparently between 2009 and 2014. So we remember where the Obama administration gave billions of dollars to Iran. We did have some sanctions in place. They were kind of lifted, they've been put back in place. So China is saying that her detention was a human rights violation. But let's talk about why this matters. Huawei is very big in the telecommunications business, not just in, you know, the cell phones, but the very big telecommunications for the equipment that the carriers use base stations antennas that are the world's largest manufacturer, mobile operators use these to run the wireless networks. They carry information that helps run control grids at manufacturing firms.

Craig Peterson 24:54
Think about everything that goes through the cell towers and what Comcast has an etc, etc.

Craig Peterson 25:02
Well, that's why the United States said we're worried. And so they started looking into it more. And they found out that looked like Huawei. Not only was it controlled by the People's Liberation Army of China, that communist government over there, but they had been putting spy equipment, software hardware into things, all kinds of crazy allegations, but backdoors could be used for data snooping it this goes on for on the non-close inspections are missing. And you heard about what happened with the allegations are super micro and the infiltration into Google and Apple. It is really, really crazy. And now we've got the rollout of 5g wireless networks coming and while always right in the middle of that rollout. So we're very worried that Huawei could quite easily be used as a vehicle to launch attacks by the Chinese government. While ways obviously not immune to influences from the Chinese Communist government. They are saying, Hey, listen, we're just a company. Well, yeah, your company owned by the People's Liberation Army of China. We know some of the things, the atrocious things the Communist Chinese have been doing to its citizens,

Craig Peterson 26:18
not just the tens of millions, that they starve to death we're talking about today. Right now, if you speak out against the government, you get blacklisted. You can't even get on a train. You can't get on a plane, you can't go anywhere. It can't do anything because you said something that the government doesn't agree with. So this is a real big

Craig Peterson 26:38
concern. And then add on top of that the fact that the Chinese government considers the cyber war to be full out warfare and they have a huge cyber war department and I forget what the name of it is. It's a number that they're using. We had a briefing on that with the in regard but they are using cyber warfare as a way to attack other countries including the United States. So if we have Huawei equipment critical to our communications and China decides to shut down our communications the impact could be horrific. So there are a lot of reasons why we don't want while way to be doing what they're doing and why we issued an arrest warrant that Canadians us to seize hers she was changing plane so this article

Craig Peterson 27:34
and more course right there on Have a look you'll find it there hopefully this has all been helpful stuff you can use in your daily lives you now know not to use Huawei phones not to use Android if you can avoid it and think twice about your DNA make sure you visit me online subscribe to my weekly newsletter Have a great weekend. A Happy New Year. Take care guys. Bye-bye.


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Dec 26, 2018

Craig is on at WGAN with Ken and Matt as they talk about the presents they have received during the holidays as well as the Sonos Echo problems people are experiencing.

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Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

Airing date: 12/26/2018

Christmas Gifts - Instant Pot - Sonos Echo Problems

Matt Gagnon 0:00
Well we're back again it is 7:38 on the WGAN morning with Ken and Matt. 

Unknown 0:09
we're going to have your calls coming up a little bit later 879-9426. Ken has asked you more than once today what was your you know best present you plan on taking things back all that fun stuff so we'll get to those calls coming up so get him writing. 879-9426 it's 946 but Craig is with us right now. Craig How are you sir?

Unknown 0:27
Hey good morning. I don't know what was my best present

Unknown 0:31
what do you know what the tech guru that is? a great question. What can you you have everything so what I couldn't be tackling like Was it a tie

Unknown 0:40
well I don't have an Apple watch you know you don't have it

Unknown 0:47
yeah yeah. No, I I'm kind of into the lower tech gift that you know that's kind of where I'm at now is Yeah, you know a driver but how old is it now? 40 year old cars on this 40 Yeah, I guess it is but you know 1980 diesel

Unknown 1:04
kind of that kind of guy one of the things I got to tell you this is a kind of a newer tech gift and our kids got us a bit of an upgrade to this and today they're on sale by the way is this instant pot you guys use these before

Unknown 1:21
what? Instapot? Instantpot?

Unknown 1:24
well I've got 10s of dead I don't don't you just grow with the way everybody else does I don't instant yeah

Unknown 1:32
yeah the highs like that

Unknown 1:36
No no

Unknown 1:37
I do to edibles so I kind of know what to me I think. But thanks again.

Unknown 1:43
One direct line there. So what do you know it's this is this is for cooking. You know we we've had tanners for a long time. And we use them to do canning every year take things out of the garden. And you know it sits there with the steam pressure go

Unknown 2:00
to timeout. But okay, I believe that but once it gets to

Unknown 2:03
your movement, we did that. Well. Instant part is a model

Unknown 2:08
of a pressure cooker. And and what this thing does. It just it's amazing because it has on the front you have all these different settings. But some do. And some of them also have Bluetooth so that you can program it right from your phone.

Unknown 2:28
And what does it do? Does it growth it is a fast

Unknown 2:32
Yes. It's a pressure you're using pressure cooker.

Unknown 2:35
I've seen them. I mean, people stopped using pressure cookers because they used to blow a lot. But

Unknown 2:39
yeah, now they don't details cows. And then the terrorists started using them. And they start telling them that stores and they went back and stores know these don't blow up. This is these things are automated. They're very, very safe. And we can take a meat right out of our deep freeze and less than an hour. We're later have the most amazing pot roast or almost you name that made so you just you throw a right in the Instapot. You throw some vegetables in there and you're Spicer put the lid on and you program it's a what is it that you want to do and less than an hour later. It's all done for you. So think See, you know what we call those things where you let it cook of the

Unknown 3:28
crockpot. Yeah, exactly. So think of crock pot where it looks all day long. And how did everything tastes. This is like an instant crock pot and today right now you can get two three court version for 70 bucks online. Check out your favorite online stores, they have a bigger one they have the eight core one which is $50 off of that 90 bucks and if you have if you'd like to cook if you like healthy food but you don't have hours and hours hours to get one so our kids this year they taught us a couple of inserts for the Instapot because these things so popular right

Unknown 4:09
Isn't it just as easy to just go out to dinner yeah I mean really at the end of the day of the dead Applebee's you know i mean damn good pot roast

Unknown 4:20
to true but you know when you have we still have a whole bunch of kids at home we don't have eight at home anymore thank goodness

Unknown 4:28
man is 17 so sir felt like it over Christmas

Unknown 4:32
Yeah exactly. But it can This is fantastic just like this is a way to go because it's going to save you some money it makes it really quick you can cook a lot of stuff and it has less of this puffy you just basically throw it all in like you look for coffee pot and minutes later it's all done for yourself the heck look at that that's what we got that I think our best gifts this year they gave us these little cookers go into it they give us another little insert a ceramic one that goes into an instant pot these things are all great

Unknown 5:09
you know i uh. Craig I had a rough technology weekend because I I got I got the Echo Dot which is what I want to know is very great and easy to set up and then I have a Sony Music system which for some reason my my my internet and my third for library went out and the whole Sonos system and I was on the phone with this guy I don't say he's from India but he was five from India not there's anything wrong with Indians for like an hour trying to get my soul knows to even what Noel I've got a story to tell you later Can you remind me okay about talk to Craig about this to to connect and then I tried to get my Echo to connect to my soul knows and why it shouldn't just be I mean I'm used to Apple just to push a button in the works I mean why why why is it so complicated? Tell me why

Unknown 6:03
Alexa Why are you so complicated?

Unknown 6:08
So noses? You know, I think that's some great

Unknown 6:13
systems and I have their head of technology on their CTO on my radio show and we talked a little bit about it

Unknown 6:22
Why is it so if you lose electricity it takes days to try and reprogram and what the hell's wrong with them?

Unknown 6:29
Yeah they they really news items on your grievances from

Unknown 6:33
festivals Is that what it is

Unknown 6:36
yeah pull away already know what you

Unknown 6:43
know what do they recognize there's a problem there isn't really a very difficult festival is not

Unknown 6:49
a when did the feats of strength start

Unknown 6:53
coming up

Unknown 6:55
Professor so what did the Savior What did the guy say to you

Unknown 6:58
it's well it's it's very complicated system they haven't done the kind of updates to what they need to and more recently they added in this Amazon Echo compatibility I've heard from a few people about problems with it so I don't know if you're right about Apple you know, they there's Siri is nowhere near as good if you ask me as the Alexa is. So how many of those just

Unknown 7:29
Lexus show answer? I mean, I like Alexa in terms of answer. But let me put it this way. my four year old can get Alexa to do stuff so if she can understand that. Yeah, that's scary.

Unknown 7:40
And and the new Dot. I assume you got a brand new thought

Unknown 7:43
I got the I got the brand new Echo Dot.

Unknown 7:46
Yeah. Which is the sound on that is really quite good. I read a prediction that next year, Amazon is going to be the number one speaker seller in the country. Which doesn't surprise me me at all, frankly, and companies like Sonos are starting to already see financial troubles because of what Amazon's been doing Google Home not so much. You know, the Apple not so much. But it they just don't have the funds to throw into it. This is me, this is my opinion. This is some guesses can, based on what I've seen. Sonos has had some good systems for quite a while but now Amazon with their brand new speakers a bigger one to have so much better quality than they used to have and why would you buy just as stupid speaker when you can get the smart stuff and all the integration gets complicated. Sonos was never designed to be tied into something like the Echo system so it's there's bound to be issues but they'll don't get them straightened out but it'll take them a little bit

Unknown 8:52
I will tell you that the I did play the echo next of the songs and I thought the sun was a sound quality was far superior yeah and I did get it to play and then I tried I tried to hook it into Apple Music which I have and I know it's compatible because it added up then it couldn't find it to play it and that's okay but now they have a they actually have a soul knows Echo Dot combination who just came out and I was tempted the Bible was like $300

Unknown 9:22
yeah that's when I was just talking about where they're they're actually integrate those will be a little bit better in the ecosystem but this year 2019 I'm not sure yet right away they get Amazon's gonna come up with some absolutely amazing speakers. Because what they have right now are decent. You know they great for listening to to you guys on tune in. I do that all the time because it's just so convenient. But as far as real music is going to be the year okay to get that quality.

Unknown 9:55
Yeah, you're already I guess putting stuff on our Christmas shopping list next year already. And it's the day after this Christmas.

Unknown 10:04
That's the way it should be

Unknown 10:06
right it is. I want to make a quick note to people who upgraded their phones to iOS to the latest release. Some people are having some trouble with making cellular calling data calling. There's a couple of tricks to get it to work again. Basically just go into your settings turn off the call over Wi Fi but do a search online it's not all in your mind if your fuel her iPhone isn't making phone calls as well as you'd like. And guys check it out. Check out this instant pot. My wife loves it. My kids are even using it now because it's so quick and so easy. And I know the listeners will love it. And it's all three sizes are on sale today online. It's phenomenal little thing.

Unknown 10:50
Okay. Craig Peterson, our tech guru joins us as usual on Wednesdays appreciate it Craig and we will talk to you again next week

Unknown 10:59
all right Take care guys thanks a lot Merry Christmas sir

Unknown 11:01
all right let's toss it back over to Kirk Dyson in you have an Echo Dot I do actually don't use it very much though it's a blast and no real reason I don't really have anything I order from Amazon or anything like that but you know you can say let's what's that Tom what it's for know I know that you can use it for a whole bunch of stuff Yeah, just don't really have any real are using it maybe funded wiring. Alexa, call current Dyson you have my phone number. That's weird.


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Dec 22, 2018

There is a new law governing encryptions in Australia. Today I will discuss what this law is trying to accomplish and what effects it may have worldwide.  

AI or more precisely machine learning is becoming more common.  I will talk more about what happens when algorithms go wrong.

Hacks and More Hacks.  This year we have had a lot of hacks and we have talked about some of them.  Today I will talk about the 21 biggest hacks of 2018.

Apps are tracking you, even when you turn off tracking.  Today I will explain what you can do to prevent this from happening.

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Airing date: 12/22/2018

The 21 Biggest Hacks Of 2018 - Why They Occurred

Craig Peterson: 0:00

Hi everybody, Craig Peterson here, show number 986. That's 986 weekly shows won't be long, we're going to be at show 1000 on the air for 1000 weeks is not the coolest thing ever. Alright, today, as always, we're going to talk about some of the latest tech that's out there. And it's, you know, end of the year, I hope you're going to have a great week, all of us standard tips you should already know about shopping online, and what to do with your information. But really kind of keep in mind that the biggest problem that I think most people are going to face this year as well as for years to come is kind of the fraud thing. It's not just clicking on emails anymore, which is a problem because people are still sending bad links we're talking about the problem of having an email come in, that looks legitimate asks you to do something taken action. For instance, pay off, pay a vendor off, right? Pay vendors invoice and that email did not come from the person you think it came from. It didn't come from the boss didn't come from finance people. So pay a little bit more attention to your emails. It's a huge problem. You've heard me talking about it before. And also make sure you follow through with my special report on how to keep your information safe online because we know you're going to be hacked, right? It's it's inevitable. Everyone either has been had their data stolen has been hacked, right? So it's not like you've been hacked but Equifax has been hacked we talked about them last week or one of these other organizations and it's going to affect you in a very negative way so make sure your information even though that it's it's out there isn't going to be used against you with this Marriott hack and we'll be talking

Craig Peterson 1:57
about it today is one of our articles they're saying you know passports were stolen

Craig Peterson 2:02
credit card information was stolen personal information was stolen well yeah that's a big problem no question about that but what do you do right isn't that the problem what do you do and that's what this special report all about so if you haven't got it yet if you didn't sign up for to get a copy of it.  Make sure you go to Craig Peterson comm slash subscribe and you'll be given the option to get that special report we're going to have a paid version of that in the future. So get it now while it's free because it is guaranteed not to be free in the future. There's a lot of people that want this thing and we're adding more to it we're gonna have a little course on it with screenshots and we're going to have in fact I've already invited and we've got commitments from all of the major credit bureaus to be on part of this information product here we're going to have a little bit on this radio show and we'll talk more about it as well but get it now that's the best thing you can do frankly and it's all free it's all free stuff you can do you don't have to pay anybody a dime in the bottom line is don't pay these protection bureaus to protect your data because they don't actually protect it all they do is let you know after the fact so it's simple enough this you can email me at Craig Peterson calm to and either me or one of our minions will get back with you to help you out and get your copy of that

Craig Peterson 3:32
this is for you, okay I'm not I'm not going to hammer you with all kinds of messages marketing messages and stuff it's free classes yes I do have services that I sell but this is all free as I pat myself on the back

Craig Peterson 3:47
if you're watching in video Hey welcome we're going to try and do this more regularly have our shows up on the website at This is going to go into to the insiders site eventually so you have to be insider in order to watch some of these videos but all of that of course just So for today, I've got a whole lot of stuff here. I want to talk more about that Australian law that was just passed this anti encryption bill to more of what that means. I mentioned I'm going to talk about marrying it as well. This is very interesting. This is an article from The Verge I have up on and this is talking about artificial intelligence. What do we do when algorithms go wrong? I was shocked to see California saying they're going to have a computer program determine whether or not somebody should be bailed out, basically, the getting rid of the bail bondsman, etc. And now your ability to get bail.

Craig Peterson 4:56
It's going to be in the hands of a computer. So what happens when things go wrong, your apps are tracking you what to do about

Craig Peterson 5:03
that. And we've got the biggest data breaches of 2018 this is this is a big deal. And the article is great as got a picture of the Zuck right there

Craig Peterson 5:13
on the front of it. Mark Zuckerberg now but data breaches and 2018 compromise the personal information of millions of people. And we're talking hundreds of million people around the world. So here are the 21 biggest data breaches of last year let's see if you were part of any of these British Airways. And by

Craig Peterson 5:35
the way, if you were not only should you make sure that you follow those directions in my personal information, special report, but you might be able to go after these companies and some of them will pay you to do some data recovery and other things British Airways 380,000 people had their credit card stolen

Craig Peterson 6:00
so that's a bad thing but it also affected the bookings Orbitz had 880,000 Records stolen Wow, almost a million people and that's payment card information, personal data, billion addresses phone numbers, emails and this is hackers the access the travel bookings in the website system, sling health one and a half million people. This is the Singapore government health a database. Yeah, we want health database and some of the patient's history of dispense medicines. And the reason they want to know about medicine prescriptions is so that they can break into your home. They sell that to local criminal organizations, gangs, and others. And then they say, Oh, this guy's got Percocet or whatever might be and they break in and steal it. Or in some cases, they've gone so far as to follow that person. And I mug them when they just before they get home. When they come back. The pharmacy information on the Prime Minister of Singapore was also targeted as part of this. And it was a deliberate targeted well-planned attack. That's from the BBC T Mobile. And this one hit me encrypted passwords, which isn't necessarily a big deal personal data including account numbers, billing information, email addresses that happened summer this this year, quote, international group of hackers unquote access T Mobile servers through a T Mobile API and API's, these application programming interfaces are being used more and more. I just had two weeks ago, I was in a three-day session, today's session, I guess it was with Cisco about their APIs and what they're doing more and more of these, you're going to see problems with my personality, 4 million people. This is personal data by Facebook customers who use the mind personality app. Remember the whole thing about the Trump campaign and using this British firm to get information on people and Facebook, it was a big deal. Of course, what was worse was what the Obama campaign did put the

Craig Peterson 8:15
course the media is never going to report on that right because the Obama campaign got way more data from about way more people. But if you play these games on Facebook, you are giving up your personal information. In this case, it was stolen

Craig Peterson 8:31
mostly active before

Craig Peterson 8:34
but it was banned from Facebook this year. And it's mishandled Facebook user data, Sachs and Lord and Taylor. You wouldn't have expected that from a higher end brand. But they lost 5 million people's information. This is payment card numbers. They never release the details on what happened. But the New York security firm Gemini advisory says a hacking group called Joker stash announced that it had put them up for sale, 5 million stolen credit card debit cards and the records came from Lord and Taylor customers. She six and a half million email addresses passwords that were encrypted customers online store accounts that happened in June this year. Hackers carry out a sophisticated criminal cyber attack on its computer network.

Craig Peterson 9:26
Cathay Pacific airways I'm not sure if I'm pronouncing that right

Craig Peterson 9:29
here. 4.9 million records stolen. That includes 860,000 passports for 240 5000

Craig Peterson 9:39
Hong Kong identity card numbers 403 credit card numbers 27 without the CV v. So not a lot of credit card stuff but a lot of passport stuff which is what people worrying about with the Marriott hack. And we'll talk about that in a little bit here.

Craig Peterson 9:57
14 million names email, phone numbers, trip data, Time Hop. Hey, there's a bit of a theme this year in the travel, hoteliers, Time Hop 21 million names, emails, and some phone numbers, access credentials or cloud computing environments. Compromise come cloud computing account had not been protected by multifactor authentication. Again, the cloud is not a panacea. Everybody ticket fly 27 million people this is a ticket company sells tickets to events primarily personal information, including names, addresses, email phone numbers, a hacker compromised sites webmaster and gained access to a database called backstage contained client information for all of the venues, promoters, and festivals Facebook 29 million. That was from last summer, summer 2017 to this summer. This fall, actually 29 million highly sensitive data, including locations, contact details, relationship status reach recent searches, devices used to log in, the hackers were able to exploit vulnerabilities, and Facebook's code to get their hands on access tokens. We talked about this on the show, Chegg. 40 million people I know Chegg C-H-E-G-G, personal data including names, email, shipping account usernames, passwords, now didn't say an encrypted password. So again, another reason to use a different password on every website. Use a password manager like one password or last pass. Those are both great one password or last pass. And that happened just this year. According to Chegg's SEC, filing on authorized party gained access to company database and host user data.

Craig Peterson 11:50
Google Plus 52 million. In fact, this was according to many people, the final straw for Google Plus because 52 million people had their data stolen, Google really wasn't paying attention to it. They weren't keeping their software up to date. And they had a lot of bugs in this apparently was a known security flaw they've been out there for a while.

Craig Peterson 12:13
So this is private information on Google Plus profiles including name, employer, job title, email address, birthdate, age, and relationship status, and it went on from March to November 2018

Craig Peterson 12:28
and this was exposed by the Wall Street Journal by the way software glitch called cause Google to expose a personal profile data 500,000 Google Plus users second data breach that affected another 52 and a half million it is going to be shut down for good in April 2019 so don't bother Google Plus anymore. Cambridge Analytica, that's when I referred to a little bit earlier, the Trump guys working for the Trump guys it was this a breach I don't know, what's Obama getting information on over 300 million American accounts was, was at a data breach that's not in here. That's weird,

Craig Peterson 13:08
Cambridge Analytica, 87 million Facebook profiles and then data identify and user's preferences and interests happened in 2015. And this is your digital life. You might remember that my heritage, 92 million people's email addresses encrypted passwords of users who signed up for the service Trove email address and hash passwords sitting on a private server somewhere outside of the company. That's from Business Insider Quora. This is a recent one 100 million Have you ever used core if you haven't, you might want to check it out. People ask questions people answer questions hopefully experts right are answering the questions and I find some of the stuff really fascinating but they stole and this includes me again account information including names email addresses, encrypted password data from user counseling to core in users public questions and answers

Craig Peterson 14:04
I don't by the way answer questions on Quora they don't have my real name so they won't even let me post right. That's why I don't answer I guess certainly an exclusion I use I I tend to use I've done this because I who back in the 70s one of my first jobs was in marketing and I helped to develop a marketing system computerized IBM based that that put every competitor in the whole country out of business and we had some pretty major clients you know, Encyclopedia firms you know, grow earlier don't know if you remember those guys and where's the record company Columbia Records I Jude sign up for records and that was all our software

Craig Peterson 14:46
so it was kind of cool so back then I learned how your tracked and what you should do about the tracking because of course it's your data you want to know me as a marketer I wanted to know where did they get my name from so I could still to this day use different names email addresses contact info everything I can for every site so that I know what who sold my name who's contacting me what's going on? What's the marketing all about? So Quora had 100 million people

Craig Peterson 15:19
malicious third party names email encrypted passwords, My Fitness Pal 150 million people usernames, email encrypted passwords that happened in February 2018 unauthorized party gained access to data

Craig Peterson 15:36
see exact is 340 million people this is a massive database that is used

Craig Peterson 15:46
to collecting gather information from all kinds of sources and then sell it exact us

Craig Peterson 15:51
I'm in fact I think I had them on the show here 10, 15 years ago.

Craig Peterson 15:57
So they had detailed information compiled on millions of people and businesses including phone numbers, addresses personal interest, personal characteristics

Craig Peterson 16:06
and more happened in June this year a security expert spotted a database with pretty much us every US citizen in that left exposed on a publicly accessible server although it's unclear whether any hackers access the information that this is kind of interesting because what they're saying here is that they had this database on publicly accessible servers the smart money would bet that it's like an Amazon server one of these cloud servers that businesses are using a narc properly securing Marriott Starwoods Hotel 500 million people guest information including phone numbers email passports reservation date, some payment card numbers expiration date and they accessed it top install guests information in the thinking right now based on the tools that were used in this Marriott hack. The thinking is the date was the Chinese that didn't. In fact, it was Chinese spy craft trying to get all this information. And Marriott says if you can

Craig Peterson 17:07
prove that your passport number was not only stolen from Star words, but you can prove that in fact has been used illegally. Then they'll give you the hundred and $10 fee for getting into a passport. Amazing name. And the number one drumroll please was at a hard

Craig Peterson 17:28
1.1 billion records. private information on India residents including their 12 digit ID numbers and connected services, including bank accounts and credit cards, etc. was stolen. It's unclear how long the data had been out there. But it was discovered in March 2018. And this is how it happened. India's government ID database stores the citizens' identity, biometric info experienced a quote data leak honor system run by a state-owned utility company in Dane hadn't secured their API, what I mentioned earlier about API's, which is used to access the database, which gave anyone access to add a har information. So there you go, there's the biggest data breaches of heads a big deal, isn't it.

Craig Peterson 18:25
Now, this next thing is something that a lot of people are concerned about. And that is apps and how apps are tracking them, here's what you can do to stop them out there, I'm going to do a thing for the FBI in regarding going to try and do something similar. Some of the information is kind of classified, you know, that is, it's, it's sensitive information. So I may not be able to do a master class on this, I'm going to try to,

Unknown 18:51
but your phone, and particularly if it's an Android phone, and particularly if you have Google software on it, but it

Craig Peterson 18:58
isn't just Google Apps to do this, your phone is being tracked. And the data the Google collects on you is incredible. It's things like you got out of a car, you walked for four minutes, and then they put a probability next year,

Unknown 19:14
probability 60%,

Craig Peterson 19:16
you were in a car traveling from here to there, probability 100%, you entered the restaurant and ate a meal probability 35%.

Craig Peterson 19:27
That's what they do. They read all of this stuff. And then they're using it internally. And they're selling now in some ways, who cares, right, in some ways is better. I don't want to see car ads. When I'm not interested in buying a car. I want to see ads for things I'm interested in. So from that point, this whole Google thing where they're tracking us is a good thing. But do you know how many people are tracking and what they're doing with these databases? It's absolutely crazy. The New York Times, just to a couple of weeks ago, purchased anonymized data from a third party vendor now a nun

Craig Peterson 20:06
data, Okay, come on people,

Craig Peterson 20:09
you can

Craig Peterson 20:10
try and anonymized data, but you're not going to be able to completely anonymized people are going to be able to go back and figure out

Craig Peterson 20:19
who's data it is. So having anonymized data doesn't mean that the information can be traced back to and the New York Times purchased it from a third party vendor. There are many of them I just mentioned, one is part of the 21 biggest data breaches and they use it to show how companies are tracking people through their day.

Unknown 20:41
And completely, they know where you live, they know where you work, they know where you go, and what you do.

Craig Peterson 20:48
So they went to the doctor, they want to exercise, etc, etc. And they found that more than 1000 apps

Craig Peterson 20:56
have location sharing capabilities. Now on both your iOS devices and your Android devices, it's supposed to pop up and tell you, hey, listen, they want to track

Craig Peterson 21:09
us and Okay,

Unknown 21:10
and you might say, yes, you might say, No,

Craig Peterson 21:14
I'm going to have to talk about this in a couple of weeks. But Facebook has been gaming and cheating that whole

Craig Peterson 21:18
system. But this report that came out here, this is a 2018 report from mighty signal vague those guys have new mobile phone analysis

Craig Peterson 21:29
is saying that there are 1200 apps in the Google Android store that track you and 200 on Apple iOS, even apps that have no apparent connection to location will apparently track your whereabouts.

Craig Peterson 21:44
So here's the bottom line. There are 50 plus apps on the average phone. And I know I have at least that many, what do I do, what should you do delete the apps you don't use and then go into your settings.

Unknown 21:59
And this is available both in Android and in iOS, and turn off location sharing for those apps that you don't want to do location sharing with. And Apple has

Craig Peterson 22:10
recently added a new feature like within the last couple of years, the lets you say that they can only use location tracking if you're currently using the app. So I think that's a very good thing to do. I turn if I want an app to be able to use location tracking I have it set so only while I'm using the app that's a very simple thing that you can do that should make life a little bit simpler for you. So under settings and privacy is where you'll find it I've got this article up and It's originally from Market Watch, I think you're going to find it very interesting and very helpful as well. Let's see I mentioned Marriott paying for a passport. So, we'll set that one aside.

Craig Peterson 22:57
This Australian anti encryption building, you didn't hear me last week. This is this is just crazy. Because about two weeks ago, the Australian Parliament passed a bill is forcing tech firms

Craig Peterson 23:09
to help Australia security agencies bypass encryption. It's called the assistance and access bill. And it's going to allow the police to Tell Whatsapp signal I message etc. that are all end to end encrypted communications that they must build in back doors so that investigators can get access to the content of the messages. Now, this is going to be rubber stamped into law course in Australia and the Commonwealth fee. The Crown has to prove it. But that's a rubber stamp. And security experts are unanimously pretty much against these types of backdoor so be careful.

Craig Peterson 23:52
Australia is also one of the members of what is called the Five Eyes intelligence agencies.

Craig Peterson 23:59
And this means they share data with the other members of the Five Eyes. So that's the US

Craig Peterson 24:05
UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. So they share stuff all the time we heard about how the UK for instance, was sharing information about the Trump campaign and the Trump campaign organization. The UK apparently was sharing with the Obama administration because your mom Mom administration under US law can't spy on our citizens. But the UK can. Australia can New Zealand can

Unknown 24:33
Canada can. And

Craig Peterson 24:36
that's how they get around the laws. Because the US isn't the only country with laws and you can't spy on your citizens. But they get around it by saying, Well, it wasn't

Unknown 24:45
it was the steel. He's the guy he was in the UK. Okay,

Craig Peterson 24:50
so keep that in mind. Because this whole issue of intelligent encryption has really been bothering the intelligence agencies and should be bothering you too because now Australia will be able to break in. So if Australia can break into I message or WhatsApp or signal

Craig Peterson 25:11
and they're trying to follow someone who's in the US. Will the Australians be able to break the encryption for that US citizen while they're in the United States and then share that with the United States? And the answer is an astounding Yes,

Unknown 25:30
they can and they will it's going to happen. Okay.

Craig Peterson 25:34
So be very careful about this. I don't like this law. The Five Eyes share way too much information. Our government is gathering way too much information and it just scares the living daylights out of me. Okay. That's that's the bottom line. Right?

Craig Peterson 25:50
Yeah. Okay. I do stuff within regard the FBI in regard program.

Craig Peterson 25:53
I work with the FBI on some of these really bad security cases. But it's the worst of the worst, right? We're not talking about blanket capturing, so don't blame me.

Craig Peterson 26:03
Okay, now let's talk about this real quickly. Our last article of the day and this is about programs when algorithms go wrong. I mentioned week or two ago about how California now is using computer programs to figure out if somebody should get out on bail or if they should go to jail if they can be trusted, right

Craig Peterson 26:26
and they're even getting rid of the cash bail system over there. It's kind of nuts but how do you deal with that I can I can cross-examine a witness on the stand and hopefully they can answer the questions hopefully they are the expert that they've been promised to be but many times that just is not the case so big tech companies now found themselves in this artificial intelligence Gold Rush they're going for our information as much information as they can get they are putting the AI stuff in place based on the information and you know we talked before about following people and learning how to cook and stuff so they're doing all of that what are you going to do when an AI wrongly accuses you

Craig Peterson 27:18
right or it denies you entry because it thinks that you're a bad person which is already happening in China okay then this is bad we got to have more wreck

Craig Peterson 27:28
not regulations but more accountability because there's a serious accountability gap for these companies

Craig Peterson 27:35
all right you're going to find these articles and a whole lot more make sure you subscribe to my weekly email so that you get a notification about all of my webinars our master classes the free special reports all of this stuff

Craig Peterson 27:56
Have a great Christmas and I'll be back again next Saturday. Bye-bye.


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Apple Facebook Back Alley Deal

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Hey everybody. Another quick update from Craig Peterson on the Facebook scandal. Turns out that we had some real problems here on in addition to what I was talking about earlier, we've now found out that the Royal Bank of Canada apparently had access to this information. But this next one really bothers me. And I think it'll bother you too. You know, we all are using Facebook for various things. We have our Apple devices, and I'm a big proponent of apple. I think their number one USP unique selling proposition is the privacy the fact that they respect it, but now it turns out that maybe Apple wasn't as above board as possible, at least when it comes to your Facebook data. The New York Times is reporting that Facebook has shared your personal information with Apple. But here's the real clincher Apple got the ability from face spoke to not let you know that it had all of this information about you. And it got it from Facebook. So it's a little bit of hide and seek. You know what they say when you have your dealings in the dark in a back alley? Can't be good, so we'll keep you up to date on this. Keep an eye out. Thanks course. Craig Peterson, visit me online. I really want to know what you want. Send me a note. What would you like to find out about what would you like to know small business security, personal security, you name it anywhere in between? Just send me a note and you can also text me 855-385-5553 that's my number goes right to me and my team or I'll get right back with you. 855-385-5553.


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Whats Up With Facebook Sharing Data

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Hello everybody. Craig Peterson here. I have to put this out today because of everything going on regarding Facebook, in the media, you know, if you're not paying attention, you really missed something. Facebook has now been accused and apparently admitted to sharing tons of personal information about you with a number of other social media companies. And of course, we already know with political campaigns, we know that they shared tons of it, in fact, all of it with the Obama campaign way back when and some of that also went to Trump by a third party company. Now we're finding out from the New York Times that Facebook has been sharing your messages, your friends, your history, just all kinds of really rather personal information with pretty much anybody that would pay the price. So what to do about all of this a lot. Obviously, you could delete your Facebook account. It's not the easiest thing to do. We have some instructions if you're interested. Just email But you know, Facebook is still a part of all of our lives. What are we going to do? Well, I think maybe don't get too personal. In Facebook, make sure that you turn off some of these privacy settings are turning them on have we want to look at them. For instance, when you join Facebook, you remember it asked you if it could upload your contact. Well, it's been using that information to put you together with your friends, but also to associate you with what your friends think what they say and what they do online. So if you have some really weird friends, you might have a little bit of trouble make sure you visit me online. Sign up for my free master classes and my weekly email list. I'm not hounding you, and have a great day. We'll be back with a podcast this Saturday and every Saturday as well. Take care. Bye bye. 


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Craig is on the Jim Polito show as he discusses with Jim the Equifax breach and the new bug that left your Microsoft account wide open to hackers.

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Big Data Dirty Little Secret Ties To Government - Microsoft Vulnerability

Craig Peterson: 0:00
Hey, good morning, everybody. Craig Peterson here. This morning I was talking to Jim Polito about security and safety online. The report came out from Congress what happened with the Equifax hack? We talked about that I gave away a dirty little secret here about our government and kind of another type of spying operation that's been going on. And we started out by talking about another major ability over Microsoft, although this one was finally closed after being at least wide open for five months for at least five months. So anyhow, I hope you guys are having a great week. I am so looking forward to Christmas next week. I hope you guys are to having a great year whether you celebrate Christmas or not, and I will be back tomorrow as well. So here we go with Jim

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Here he is the man myth and legend by he's actually from the future or you know, he's a machine and he's masquerading as a man. It's part of that whole matrix thing. Here is our friend Craig Peterson Good morning, sir.

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Hey, good morning. And greeting to our robot overlords.

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I do love the Matrix movies. It's great, but it scared the Matrix. And of course, the Terminator movies. They all scare the heck out of me. So before the machines take over

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what's going on with Microsoft and your Microsoft account? Like my office documents, my outlook emails, which just happens to be two programs that I use,

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the hackers could have gotten in there, or did they get in there? Craig? What's the story?

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Yeah, there's a lot to worry about this year. And if the FBI has out some new warning about some different types of scams going on. You got to be careful if you're buying gift card we can talk about that ticket scams oh my gosh, what's going on this year, but Microsoft gave us a special kind of a pre Christmas precipice here they laugh consumer a series of different vulnerabilities your account if you have Microsoft accounts, everything from your Office documents your Outlook email yeah pretty much wide open to hacking and there was this whole calc takeover thing you know I'm shaking my head gives you think that these companies would know better and this is a very big problem but if this is a little bit complicated but basically what happened is the security researcher was able to take over our Microsoft domain what are their sub domains success and he was able to trick the applications to ask off success at office calm the Microsoft applications on potentially millions of people's computers trick them into sending all of the users confidential information to him now he reported it to Microsoft in June they finally fix that but he never took control of the domain but he received any and all data coming to it's going from it and again it's you know we've got these large complex systems and everybody silos so that the office people you know you're working on on word I'm working on best you're working on that you're working on the authorization you're working on the lock in your and those teams don't have any oversight because the whole system is just so powerful complex How can somebody know everything about everything this is just frankly bound to happen and and that's where my Christmas present comes in. Jim

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yeah and early I'll take

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it a week early Sure. Okay. We finally finished that special report on what to do to freeze your credit freeze your information so the bad guys you know they almost certainly already have all of your termination check back yeah but because they have all of that and because of the new tax law there are new ways now to protect your credit your personal you know my whole personal side of it that you didn't have before they're absolutely free so I'm going to play around this yeah but I finally got this report all finished we're sending it out this week so I'm going to send out an email keep an eye out for the probably Thursday and you're going to love this is it step by step what do you do how do you do it how do you stop the bad guys now from using your stolen information and as usual absolutely free and absolutely I think very very useful it just took us like two weeks to get it together but that's my Christmas present or or Hanukkah Happy holidays or wanna call it

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What about festival yeah yes that's right

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so that's something that if you are on Craig Peterson's list you will get and at the end of this segment I'm going to give you a number I recommend that you text My name to that number Craig will know where you're coming from and then he will provide you with that information and then as you go forward folks who have already registered with Craig they'll get it anyway way so any won't sell your name you won't exploit you and standard data and text rates apply that's a nice little that's a nice little early present now the folks at Equifax which don't they happen to be the gift that keeps on giving speaking of the Now there were in a holiday and Christmas motif

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there remember they had their the folks who do credit rating and they had a big data breach and once again Craig Peterson to the rescue for listeners to the show as to what to do but there's a new report by house investigators Congress as to

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the breach and it's actually worse than we thought it was right again why is it every time there's one of these hacks data breaches every time I'm we hear about it it gets worse

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yeah yeah this is the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and they released on Monday and 96 page long report and this is just absolutely astounding to me because I have clients that have come to me and they say hey Craig Can you help us out

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because they lost just credit cards just credit cards and the Payment Card Industry if you accept credit cards now requires you to sign this document that is almost 250 pages printed out yeah and and they say hey we lost some of these credit cards were getting fined and that they they ended up settling some of the fines but I had one company come to me Jim and the fines were in the millions of dollars because his face on how many credit cards you have accepted over the years okay yeah but this company so very very big deal What do you think you know Equifax is fines were what do you think you know how many people got fire people went to jail

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now folks the whole Equifax thing and and as I said Craig Peterson did a lot to help people to protecting and you're still recommending that people freeze their credit. Right?

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Yeah, that's the only way around this and you know it really is ok. But here's what

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I want to get. I want to get to your points. Are you freezing credit. But

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how many people got fired? Zero? Maybe maybe one and he was the intern every other Tuesday who came in from Columbia University finds.

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I don't know a $5 for every person who was hacked because that's what you had to pay wasn't it originally to freeze your credit or $1? I don't know

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yeah, basically that's what it was it was Equifax has to offer free credit reporting services right and then they offered a free credit freeze but that was only one of the agencies you've got a freezer that all three major agency right

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so yeah and you're right about the intern basically nobody I'm at upper level got fired on that was absolutely

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crazy credible.

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It's incredible. So here's There are five key findings. First of all of our house report says it was entirely preventable. There was a lack of accountability management they had complex and entirely outdated IT systems. These are a little legacy systems been around a long time and they hadn't bothered to update anything that was essential here. They were unprepared to support affected customers. You you remember we talked about this, what they sent them from these weird email addresses. The sites weren't working and here's the worst one right. But in terms of animal Equifax, a wild over 300 security certificates to expire, including 79 security certificates for monitoring the business critical domains. And they did not renew an expired digital certificate for 19 months. This one important 119 months which left Equifax without visibility on the X filtration of data during the attack. And other words that the data was being stolen was being pulled out of echo fact they didn't notice they couldn't know

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employee. They didn't keep their certificates up today. Can you imagine that?

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I mean, I mean, like a company. Okay. It's one thing if you have to say to me, Tim, did you update your antivirus? Did you do this? Do you have the latest software for your Wi Fi? And for this? It's one thing if you you know, that's me. Now we're talking about a corporation

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that what do they do? These are the crowded guys, they have everything. You and I we don't even do business with them. Right. When was the last time you said that factor check because of that wonderful service?

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Because you're doing a great job.

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Yeah, yeah. Are you kidding me? And the laws that we have in place allow for all kinds of exceptions for them where they can do just tons of stuff that would if you and I were collecting some of this data, we will being serious trouble that the federal government can't even collect it. And you know what Jim Bakker the deep dark secret here to end this foldable discussion. Yes the deep dark secret is the federal government cannot collect information certain information on our that citizens. And so what did we do we want to the Five Eyes apparently we went to the UK we went to Australia and said, Hey, can you spire Trump for us? That's what it was like happens because we can't do it. Here's the dirty little secret you don't want. They go they go to these data aggregation providers. They go to companies like Equifax and they say hey, has Jim done this or that? Who are they talking to? What's he been buying? What are the trends in his Spencer's look like and these data aggregators have everything, what kind of car you drive, how old it is, if it's registered, if they even have your photo and your driver's license information, depending on the stage you're in, and the federal government uses them to track

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and so are they really incentivized to come clamping down on these data aggregators? No, we're not

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a little dirty secret for Christmas

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a little dirty secret. Now, here's another gift for everyone. If you text My name to this number

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855-385-5553. That's 855-385-5553

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standard data and text rates apply. Craig Peterson will get back to you with all of this information. Plus more you'll be honest list when there's a big hack when there's a big problem, he will reach out to you and don't worry again because he won't sell your name to anyone and won't give it to hackers. And again, standard data and tax rates apply. Craig, thank you so, so much. Hey, a very, very Merry Christmas to you, sir.

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Hey to you, too. I'm looking forward to listening to you on Tuesday. All right. Oh, wait a minute.

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And Happy Happy Boxing Day. Okay. Yeah, I know very. My Canadian friend. Happy boxing. Say Craig. Everybody. Craig Take care.

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Bye bye. All right, don't go anywhere

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and as you heard I finally have a document ready about what to do and I don't know we might want to turn it into a whole course for people so it's step by step you know screen instruction and helping them out but anyways it is finally available make sure you're on my list and take care. Talk to you tomorrow.


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Dec 17, 2018

Find out the big scams to avoid while doing your holiday shopping as Craig discusses them with Jack Heath on WGIR.

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Holiday Shopping Scams - FBI Warning

Craig Peterson 0:00

Hey everybody. Good morning. I am Craig Peterson. And this morning we're going to cover some of the big scams that are happening that you know, if you like anybody else this holiday season, you're online. You're buying gifts. You're trying to get some things maybe for your clients or your family and friends. So I ran through with Jack Heath this morning. Some of the major scams going on right now. Including what the FBI is warning about. So here we go with our friend Jack Heath.

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Craig Peterson, our tech talk guy his show airs on the weekends on the I heart news talk network and joins us now at the Auto Fair listener lines trying to Craig want to touch upon with high tech all such a part of our life. And a lot of people now in the next week or so. shopping, doing all the last minute stuff is a lot of scams. A lot of stuff, I've seen a few emails and you always get these calls. But a lot of stuff that you don't want to click and open. If you don't know what it is.

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People take advantage of people's extended taking the credit card out buying stuff, a lot of high tech scams during the holidays.

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Oh, there are and there's some new ones, at least some that I don't think our listeners have overview but at least yet, and one of them has to do with our military. And you and I both I actively defend and help our veterans. I have a daughter who just resigned her permission and the US Navy after 10 years. And this particular one is where scammers are using photos they find online of our military personnel, handsome men, good looking women and, you know stand like they're in combat or training maybe in front of a tank or something else that really helps to identify them with their uniform on and then they post them up on these dating sites. And they've been tricking the mostly women here but some men as well and just surrendering thousands of dollars in cash and gift cards all in the name of month. And it's happening a lot this time of year is there's a lot of people who are a little lonely and who are looking maybe for some love some companionship and they find someone they think is a veteran active duty who maybe could use a few extra things while they're over there. And guess what? They've been scammed.

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And that's just one. This is one. I mean,

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oh yeah, it's absolutely crazy. So that's one. Here's another one. If you're looking to buy gift cards for your family or friends. There's no news scam, oil noodle, a lot of people that's going on right now. Well, here's what happened. The bad guy will take a card off the rack. Because most times gift cards are right there. You see the money on the front end caps have many idols in stores, they take a picture of the card number, and they scratch off the strip to reveal the security codes. And these scams have gotten so good at this. They actually have software that keeps checking the card balance. And the idea is now they've got the card, they've got the code, right, you buy that card, you put money on that card, and then the scammers take that money right off the card that you just bought. So the tip here is if you're buying a card if and if you see that that that security scripture has been scratched off, you might be in trouble. So don't buy it reported to the stores. That's another one. And another one right now is a lot of people are trying to make a little extra money. We're racking up a few bills for the holidays, maybe we didn't expect to rack up and we don't want to carry that credit card balance for a long time. So people are looking for opportunities to make a few bucks, maybe work from home, that little extra job. A lot of people are looking to do online work, maybe be a virtual assistant or virtual worker and they're paying these online sites for all kinds of things. Maybe to learn how to do all of this jack. And many of these are absolute scams. The FBI has been warning people about that

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one that I've seen and talk to our friends at the attorney Attorney General's Office Gordon McDonald's office on scams and the Consumer Affairs Division is when you get an email or communication presuming of your phone, where it's sometimes it's a call where they they appear to be, you know, credit card or bank that you're familiar with an account you're familiar with, like your own and they want you to verify your account information or verify your Verizon plan. That's a big red flag because they don't know

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yeah, or you get a phone call john, that's gonna happen. I mean, the same thing if they asked you for your account number. It's not them. You know, when we get right down to it. There they

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are. They have they have they already have it. Justin

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I was gonna say Craig will probably second this. If you get an email from someone you don't know. Or you think you don't, don't. Don't click the links ever,

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Yeah, absolutely. Right. But you know what that also goes to Justin is many people are using old versions of software and Microsoft Outlook. Some of the old versions would automatically open emails for you, even though you didn't click on that email and would download malware. Not good. Keep up today. Keep your software up to date. Absolutely. Especially when you're online.

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All right. I know you can always check out more Craig Peterson with an O-N. com. We appreciate it. Craig.

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All right. Take care.

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Hey, I got some notes from people asking about my Christmas present that was coming their way. And it will be here's the problem. One of my team members has been out sick, she's the one that makes it all pretty helps to make it understandable. So hopefully that this week, she'll be back up to speed and we'll be able to get this finished. But this is that document I've been talking about how to lock down your credit report and make it so people can open accounts in your name and things like that. So I haven't got it done. Okay. So this week this week, hopefully we'll get it done. Because all the writing is finished and has been for a while. So we'll get that done. And then we'll get that out. We'll let you guys know how to do it. I got a text from from some this week. Again, 855-385-5553 asking about it. Say now I'm on your list. I just want to make sure I get it. So it's not out yet. It's not the biggest worry in the world because you didn't miss it. Okay. And if you want to make sure you get this and the other master classes we have planned for January, February. We are putting a lot of work into this. We're making them very useful. So you don't have to buy anything from us. It's going to be some of the most useful short direct to the point training that you will ever attend. Believe me. Have a great week. I'll be back tomorrow with Mr. Jim Polito. Take care bye bye.


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Dec 15, 2018

More what happened at Marriott.  Listen to find out how it actually went down.

Does the news about the Partnership with 23 and Me worry you?  We'll discuss how you can remove your information if you choose to and why you might not want to.

I know we have talked about Zero-Day Exploits before. Today we will talk about a new one

More on the stupidity of the Equifax hack.  Listen in and I will explain why it really was irresponsible and avoidable.

Australian lawmakers think they are Security Professionals. You know I like encryption and think it is a good thing.  Australia is passing laws that will have horrible global implications. 

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Airing date: 12/15/2018

Encryption Busting Laws In Australia

Craig Peterson: 0:00
Hey, Welcome to Tech Talk with Craig Peterson we have a few things to talk about, as we always do. We've got a little bit more news on what happened with the Marriott hack, 23AndMe I didn't really get to this last week I had this article up on my website I wanted to cover this I talked about a little bit on the air this week it's a big deal for a lot of people there's a new flash zero-day exploit out there in the while wild another reason not to use flash we'll be talking about that and how that is frankly, going to impact you. It's scary. I don't know why flash is still out there at all. Frankly, this is it's a travesty the Equifax breach we got we got some new info on this just how dumb this silly thing was, and what happened there. And of course, that expose the personal data of hundreds of millions of Americans, the encryption has passed encryption, the Australians have passed and encryption law. So we'll be talking a little bit about that that's going to have some global privacy implications. And there was a bug that was left wide open to your Microsoft account that's going to maybe have some ramifications for you. This was kind of a crazy thing, again, something fairly obvious in retrospect, right? But you don't always notice these things in advance. And I had a great meeting this week, I want to do a quick shout out to john he is a CEO, oh, some multi location business and trying to get his security under control. And it made me think about this webinar did this week for the FBI on how do you sell security? How do you let the sea levels the managers, the directors know why they should? Now there's obviously there's the whole you got to be scared of this side of things, right? which I think makes some sense because you do have to be afraid of these things. But the other side is there are major business benefits to making sure your systems are safe. Do they go with all the way from, hey, listen, we're not going to be down because we have ransomware, right? And so how much would it cost us per hour to not be able to stay in business and, and we have a client, a multinational client who had to shut down worldwide manufacturing, worldwide sales, distribution, everything for a week or more, how much you think that cost them. So there's a benefit there, there are other benefits, including you can now use it as a marketing plus we have a number of Accountants is that we're working with an accounting firm, small firms, we're working with them to help them understand and what their footprint is, what their liability is. And I think that's a really big deal to Franklin, when you get right down to it, that that, hey, if you come to me, I have a differentiating factor, right? Which every business needs, right? We all need our own unique selling proposition. Well, if you can tell your customers that their data is safe on your systems. Do you think that's a big selling point? I absolutely do. I think it's a huge selling point. And we went through a whole bunch of things. And gentleman's name is Dominic gorillas.

He's a managing partner over to impress draw. Now, you might want to look them up by MP St. He has been very busy over the years in large public companies doing things King consulting, he was over Capgemini and many others. And he did a lot of stuff over in Europe, helping to transform all of these businesses. So thank again to him to Dominic

because that was a fantastic FBI infra guard webinar that I put on with him here this last week, we're going to we be re-airing it looks like next week. I'm not sure if it's going to be Tuesday or Thursday, because there are there were some snap photos right there isn't that isn't that always happen where our clocks got messed up. And it was my fault

Because my clock got messed up I was thinking 4 pm because that's when I hold my webinars, right. I hold mine at four. And then I hold the webinars for the FBI infra guard program at 3 pm. So I I kind of got messed up and telling myself, so I'm going to run it next week. If you're in regard member, make sure you keep an eye out in your email for that announcement. Because this is a really good thing. I think, you know, of all of the webinars I've done this year, for the infra guard program. This may be the most important because it's helping businesses understand the higher level management understand what they should do, and how you can help them understand it as well. Okay, so let's get down to the business at hand here today. And that, of course, has to

do with all of our

friends who are over Microsoft and what they've been doing to us or for us.

Well, there was a bug that was left wide open, and it allowed complete takeover of Microsoft account. So there's a bounty hunter out there, some of these guys and gals can make some decent money just looking for bugs, I called bug bounties and they can range all the way up to 100,000 bucks. But it's usually not that much even for huge bugs in it. It's shameful what some businesses pay to find out about bugs in their software. Sometimes, you know, the pay my I use $2,000, wait a minute, he just spent what, 510 years learning the craft to try and find bugs. And then they spent what six months finding this bug in your offering them two grand. But anyway, so he was working as a security work researcher here with a cybersecurity site called safety detective and discovered that he was able to take over Microsoft subdomain success dot office calm because it wasn't properly configured. So this lot, the bug hunter set up an Azure web app that pointed to this gets kind of technical, but pointed to the don't main see record.

So it's used to map domains and stuff moving around. So

bottom line, Microsoft Office, Outlook store and sway app sent

authenticated login tokens to him kind of a big deal here. So the issues were reported on Microsoft in June. And they finally fix them in November. Okay, so hopefully, again, this isn't an example of a good guy doing the right thing where he founded, he reported it Microsoft fixed at 10. And then, you know, we're all going to be relatively safe because of this. So, you know, hopefully, right isn't that kind of the bottom line here, we got to keep an eye out. If you are running a business and you have a software, you have a service, remember, you have an obligation to try and keep that safe. And that gets very difficult. That's why you should hire ethical hackers and hire these teams. And we have certified ethical hackers who are on our team if you want some help. But you need to not only make sure your software is pretty much safe, right. But you have to also make sure that your people are safe, that your systems

are safe. I guess I kind of goes back to whatever just talking about right with Dominic here this week on

that on that info guard webinar. But you got to make sure and another thing a lot

of people really aren't aware of. And, and I want to make this very clear, too.

And that is, if you're using Microsoft Office 365, or you're using, or you're using various other vendors, the liability for a hack still rests on you. So you need to make sure that you have an agreement in place with them, your agreement with him, not their agreement with you your agreement with them that says I am pushing liability for this on you my provider because you're supposed to provide me with security. We went into a restaurant two weeks ago to have a look at their security. We're doing a paid cyber health assessment. And we had a look at their other tablets

that they have hooked up, now they're on hardwired so you know, the thinking as well. Okay, well, they're relatively safe, because we've got, wow, a sonic wall firewall. And of course, we know we have a look at it. And it was disastrous. What was on there

is anybody could have put a logger on those. And they may have, right because we didn't go into that level of detail yet. But a keylogger on that, that grabs all of the credit cards that are run through that tablet. Think about that for a minute What a pain that would be. And because of the payment card industry standards, not only are his consumers hurt, because now they have to argue with the credit card company, which young not such a big deal, but he would get fined. And in this case, in the tune of about $8 million dollars, potentially based on the number of cards that go through his machines. Now, this is real, if you take credit cards, you have to live up to these PCI DSS the data security standards that they have in place, you signed it, we had another client that again, we just started doing security for the Payment Card Industry guys FedEx them a package that said, you know, we need you to go through this and sign it, it was 150 pages, printed pages, they wouldn't let them sign it online, they wouldn't let them do digital signal, say a signature should say they had to take and ship that package of paper, right. And they open it up. And of course, it's all legal ease. And it's 150 pages. And they're trying to figure it out. And so they sign it anyway. Right? Who hasn't, who hasn't just clicked on, I accept on a website. And now they are liable because the PCI, the payment card industry is going after vendors that have their data stolen.

So in this case,

they were relying on a back to the restaurant, they were relying on the cloud service that was doing all the credit card clearing and, and tracking all of the orders and doing everything for them. Right. So we're all set. But that vendor wasn't keeping any of their data save, which means when it's stolen, they're out of business. And we just had that happen in my hometown, it was one of these chain restaurants. And the people in that restaurant weren't taking credit cards. And we're keeping copies of the credit cards. And so the whole thing had to shut down the whole chain that the guy owned multiple of these of these restaurants, right name brand restaurant, and he had to shut down completely because of the liability. And people just don't pay attention to that now. And I get it right. I sat down there just this week and went through all of the different things that I have to worry about. And believe me, there's, there's a lot of things, right.

One of the things was security, but I have about two dozen, what I call silos of responsibility. A lot of those have to do without reach. But they have also to do with maintaining customers, employees think about everything,

I know it right, you're a business person, you know what this is like. And just putting one more thing on to that pile just pushes it over the edge, right, it's just too much to do well,

in this day and age, it's not anymore.

Because if those cards have been stolen, this restaurant chain would also have been out of business, this other chain, we had a quick look at,

they would have been out of business as well, because they had this data. And this data was a place where wasn't being kept safe. So that's a pretty big deal, frankly,

and I just want everyone to think about it. If you need help, let me know or go to anybody out there. Please go to anybody. We have certified white hat hackers, these are guys that know how to hack in, they have been certified, but they work for us. And they we have bonds, right. And insurance and everything case something happens. But you got to do it in this day and age. It's unfortunate. But it's absolutely the case that you have to take care of this.

So I've got an encryption busting law we've got to talk about

because this is going to happen all over the place. This is from our friends over Digital Trends. You'll find this article as well as all the other articles I talked about today up on my website at But they've got some new legislation

in Australia

that could have some global consequences for security and privacy on the internet. Now, we know that various law enforcement agencies have been pushing to have a backdoor in for encryption. And this isn't, you know, this isn't a Trump era thing. People, okay, don't get all about set with President Trump about this, this goes way back. This goes back to

the beginning of time, really. But do you remember during the Clinton administration, this whole thing over the Clipper chip, and we're going to have encryption and this is the best standard in the world? And they pushed it out to the world and it turned out it had a backdoor and it had a way for the federal government to get in. Now, I kind of understand this right to in many degrees of if you're a victim of a crime, obviously, you want the crime solved. If you're trying to investigate a crime, you want the right evidence and as much of it as you can get, you don't just want to have a phone that you can't get into. And you don't want to have just hearsay. You want physical evidence. You don't want somebody to say Yeah, well, I heard so and so say the lesson such here. All right. I remember one case, I was sitting in a restaurant. And I overheard a discussion between two waitresses and they were talking about the commission of a murder that had occurred and who they knew was involved with this murder,

local-ish murder, right? My, I don't think my hometown kind of murder and very, very long time, but you know, very local, the next town over next big town over and they were standing there talking about it. So I called up the detectives that I knew and said, Hey, guys,

for what it's worth,

I heard so and so and so on. So talking about the murder of this other person. And they said, they are confident that this person committed the murder. And here's kind

of the background on at what I heard. And of course, the detectors have, thank you very much. And I have no idea what they did with that information. At the time. They said, yeah, this is this is useful, but they said, it's stuff we have, we already knew. But it's just, you know, another the checkpoint, it's another data point on this, that we know now that, okay, there has been some involvement in it. So I

understand you can't use as talking about here, say, right, fifth hand, who knows how far out this was, this is just rumors, a couple of people chatting right over something that they might not have really known anything about. So getting into that phone or getting into a computer can be very important. And the same things true when we're talking about things like snapshot chat, or we're talking about FaceTime, or we're talking about some of these others, it can be really important for the police for their investigation to know what was said, or know what is being said. So there might be a crime, they're watching somebody right now. And there, they're listening in, right, kind

of like the Pfizer warrants and, and major major general right, but General Flynn who was kind

caught up in all of this and you know, how can he divides a whole another story. But when something like that happens, and they want to listen in, it's one thing to be able to listen into a regular phone call, it's almost impossible for them to listen in to one of these encrypted calls that you can use just, you know, as I said, FaceTime, you can use WhatsApp, there's,

there's just a ton of them out there.

So Australia has come out now with this law.

And it's saying that the apps like I message from Apple like WhatsApp, or what app telegram SIG signal

that is used to keep messages private between people. And we already know that some of the Federal investigations that have gone on, they did not have access to this.

It's not like Peter struck in the FBI sending Texas deletes a page because every text is kept Okay, that doesn't matter if you deleted off of your phone, it went through the phone company. And they keep those things for a period of time. Well, that private conversation is something they'd like to listen in. And frankly, some of these are pretty high-level privacy. And the Australian Government now has decided that they want to compel technology companies to help them access the information.

Now, we're going to have to see what happens here in practice it what's really going to happen in practice is still being debated. But there are critics in the tech industry that made it clear they're not on board, the government's having this kind of power to snoop. Many of them say the bill of blind just tech companies to put backdoors into their security systems so the government can get in. But of course, that gives now the opportunity for bad guys to get into it for fraud to occur, right? Because if there's a door, somebody is going to find that door and they said, the bill does have a safeguard this has companies are not required to build systematic weaknesses into the software. But systematic was not defined, meaning that the actual legal requirements are unclear. There are other concerns with this bill, which is the lack of judicial oversight in the process. Look at all of the problems we've had recently with the fines a warrant

Right, essentially a star chamber it the judges see in here, it is completely private, there's nothing public about it, and you can easily have someone that does something they shouldn't do, right. So law enforcement agencies in this case, will still need a warrant. But you know, how do they go ahead and break the encryption and once the warrants issued? There's no further oversight now because most tech companies are global. We're talking about a very wide net here, are you going to design a system that has a back door so that you meet these Australian requirements? And, frankly, the Chinese requirements? So are you going to put a back Dorian and then somehow keep that door closed for the rest of the world that that's the problem out there. There's a human rights lawyer down in Australia, Lizzie O'Shea, she says The truth is that there's simply no way to create tools to undermine encryption without jeopardizing digital security and eroding individual rights and freedoms hackers with bad intentions will do their utmost to take advantage of any such tools that companies are forced to provide government

so there you go it I think a bad

idea and a good idea all at the same time I can absolutely see both sides of that argument It drives me crazy I'm not sure what the right way to go is entirely but I gotta say I'm not sure that the government having essentially unfettered access to our papers is what we want you to know, they used to be a constitution and a constitutional amendment about being secure right in your papers. You used to have privacy but that that seems to be kind of going by the wayside but if there's a warrant required I guess that is a check and balance it should be public there should be oversight but you know, as they said an enemy of the state so who's going to oversee the overseers, overseers.

right but that's not a direct quote pipe away but that's kind of where we're going

so let's talk about Equifax

here and there's some dumb hack we had the House Republicans investigating this Equifax breach because they really cared that this was a very very big deal and it needed some oversight and how the justice department they did some investigating into this not a whole ton but the House Republican spent 14 months now investigating it and they reach the same conclusions that everybody else that looked at this came to and that I came to about a week after the hack and that is the breach was entirely preventable and that the credit reporting agencies management didn't anything to shield can consumers from this mass. Now the article I posted from Gizmodo up on has some colorful language in it. So if you're not into the colorful language, you might not want to read it because I'm skipping over that part here. But there are no new laws in place about this. There's no new accountability. And I'm not sure we need new laws about this. But I do think the regulations need to get a little bit more in the line of teeth. If you are a small company like these people we deal with every day, you know, you're under 20 million in revenue, it's hard to justify a major investment in security. It's, I get it, it's very hard, although you should be sent spending one to 3% of your budget if you're a large corporation of your IT budget on security. Okay, the little guys, that's the wrong number. It's a very high number, unfortunately, but they there have not really been any changes. private organizations, as I mentioned earlier, like the payment card industry is enforcing new rules. And they are legitimate rules. They are very tough rules, but the rest not so much. Okay. So they found in the info here that it was entirely preventable, that Equifax failed to take a to fully appreciate and mitigate its cybersecurity risks they found that had been the company taken action to address its observable security issues, the data breach could have been prevented lack of accountability and management structure, Equifax failed to implement clear lines of authority between their internal IT management leading to an execution gap. That's something else. We covered this last week

In my FBI infraguard webinar.

They had complex and outdated IT systems that you know, because of their aggressive growth. They had all kinds of problems because of acquisitions, not moving stuff in Does that sound familiar? Like the Marriott hack that just happened, right? Well happened started in 2014. And it's not entirely Marriott's fault but they've been on an acquisition spree and Starwood had been hacked. So there are some problems there right so they were out just out of date there were way too complex custom-built legacy systems IT security very, very challenging for implement responsible security members, they allowed over 300 securities certificates to expire including 79 certificates from monitoring business-critical domains they failed to renew an expired digital certificate for 19 months and that one it's expired certificate left Equifax without visibility on the X filtration of data during the time of the cyber attack. And we see that all the time you get an attack, there are indications that compromising yet the businesses have no idea what data was stolen, unprepared to support affected customers. It goes on and on. And there's a link in this article again on my website to get a full copy of the report and it's well worth reviewing. It might be something that I'm going to have to do a master class on,

you know what lessons learned basically from the Equifax breach. So I'm going to set this article aside because I do want to follow up on that one. And wow,


all wrapping it up here. We only have a couple of minutes left if

that we've got fresh

zero-day exploit that's been spotted in the wild. So if you have flash on your computer updated, and I strongly advise that you remove flash. Now if you're using iOS devices, iPads, iPhones, you don't have flash, they've never had flash, Steve Jobs, Apple have never allowed flash to be placed on iOS. Okay, so

you're safe.

If you have a Mac. It is not enabled by default. But many people install it particularly a few years ago because many websites required it and in this day and age, there's no reason to have flash anymore period. Goodbye. So Personally, I'd say delete it because it has had so many security problems if you need flash for some particular reason, and make sure you update it because this one's another huge Okay, this is a zero-day flaw it's exploited in the wild already. And if you've given your DNA to 23 and me I've got a great article from Business Insider up on DNA testing company, 23AndMe signed a $300 million deal and that's kind of a big deal because it's Glaxo Smith Klein. They're using the data to do research for developing medications that are a personal medication that you can use. And you know, I think that's a good thing frankly, because that's the future but let me your personal information your DNA is going to be out there and it's going to be shared so you got to make that decision visit make changes as you want to make sure you subscribe to my email list. I'm still getting that Christmas present together for everybody about how to keep your personal information safe the things you can do to stop the bad guys from opening credit cards and stuff in your name Have a great week. We'll be back next week. We will take care bye bye.


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Dec 12, 2018

According to recent studies, Apple Watch can add two years to your life. Find out more as Craig is on with Ken and Matt on the WGAN Morning News.

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Airing date: 12/12/2018

Apple Watch Adds Two Years To Your Life - DNA Testing The Why And How

Craig Peterson: 0:00
Alright, good afternoon. Good evening. Good night. Good morning this is Craig Peterson I had some comments come into about the the Good morning thing from yesterday, but I think I'm going to stick with good morning anyways. All right. But hey, I got the bases covered for everybody. This morning. I was on with Ken and Matt. We talked about the Apple Watch. Why are they saying that it can add two years to your life just because of one of its features, which is really kind of cool. also talked a little bit about the Salvation Army this morning and what they're doing with their new big drive. Did you know you can now donate just using your smartphone and DNA testing. It's hit the news again. So we talked a little bit about that 23 me and ancestry kind of a busy morning a little less eclectic, though the neutral with getting mad. So here we go.

Unknown 0:57
Graffiti sounds with us because he dialed the phone to

Unknown 1:00
Craig. Hey, good morning. It's a great time with here. I like that sort of thing. You know, the toy drives helping out and Salvation Army you know, they've got a new campaign going on now to with QR codes for those people that just don't carry carry cash anymore as well with the red kettles.

Unknown 1:21
Wow. That would be me. I never, ever, ever, ever carry Ken. you make cash when I didn't have cash?

Unknown 1:26
And that's like the one I didn't I think I said at the time. It was like the one time in the last year I've had cash on Yeah,

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Unknown 1:33
go ahead. People volunteer, they help out and they definitely need to help this year and their donations. You know, people just again, they don't even think about it so many times. I just don't have cash and they walk on by so having the opportunity now to call in and make donations because a really great thing to just a reminder that time of year have you have the money, it's well worth helping out with people.

Unknown 1:59
I agree with you now on to come to tech stuff. So I of course, I was going to get the I watch for Christmas. And my wife delayed buying it. So I decided to just buy it for myself.

Unknown 2:11
You realize Christmas hasn't occurred yet, right? You could have waited. You don't know what she's gonna do.

Unknown 2:15
She she would not commit to it. And I was not gonna

Unknown 2:18
there hasn't been some holiday there. And right, Ken?

Unknown 2:21
Ken day, 10 days day, we celebrate every day. And so. So do I understand that by getting this watch, I'm going to live longer.

Unknown 2:30
Yeah, all you need to do is buy the watch can and you're guaranteed two more years of life. Wow, that is great news. It's really that simple. Yeah, the Apple Watch is kind of cool. Because we've talked before about the new technology that's going into these watches going into these devices. And one of the things that it is doing is helping us be a little more conscious about our fitness. And and it's not just exclusively the Apple Watch. In this case, we're we're talking about some research that was done on about a half a million adults. And they found that people that had fitness trackers, which of course, are built into Apple watches, but also into many other devices that these fitness trackers that have these reward schemes, so activity levels increased by more than a third. And they did all of the math behind it, then they found of these half a million adults that they would probably add about two more years to their expected lifespan. And it brings up something else interest in, which is the whole idea behind some of these reward type programs. It's called gamification. And the idea is you can take most things and turn it into a bit of a game and you get a lot more participation. So we're not just talking about game like, can I run faster than can or match, which

Unknown 3:55
you almost certainly could,

Unknown 3:58
we're talking about, about games where you're kind of competing against yourself a little bit, and if they try and make it fun. So the more fun it can be, the more interactive it is, the better the odd. So when we're talking about the Apple Watch just the technology behind the gamification and getting you to exercise a little bit more is a huge win way about just the standard fitness trackers. And then that he can, you've got the heart monitor now that's built into the new Apple Watch. Yes, and that's already apparently saved some lives because it's watching that season arrhythmia and informs you about it. And one of the most common arrhythmias that you have in this day and age atrial fibrillation, and you'll see more and more of that as a population continues to age but it detects that and going to help you as well manage various types of irregular heartbeat so you made a good investment on can

Unknown 4:57
see this was this is what I'm saying this was an investment not just a toy, this was

Unknown 5:03
you're saving your own life is what you're doing. Exactly. Yes. You're giving the gift of time

Unknown 5:07
the list of time with cultural every the listener two years. I mean, can you have another hat? Sitting it up? You know, a glass case? No, freaks me out that that's there

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Unknown 5:16
another time. Yeah,

Unknown 5:18
maybe. Well, correct me, dishonor tech guru joins us telling us about all the things that Apple can do for you.

Unknown 5:26
I would have put it that way.

Unknown 5:28
So interestingly, I believe it was last Christmas, my wife got me a pretty cool present, which was the 23andMe genetic testing thing, which I actually really enjoy it. I thought that was really cool.

Unknown 5:41
They have apparently signed a big deal with a drug company. And I assume some of that genetic material and some of that information, maybe what handed over to them, maybe how's this going to work? And if I'm freaked out about that, what do I do?

Unknown 5:55
Yeah, this is really cool. I did the same thing I signed up for 23AndMe and my kids did it. And my dad did it. My mom's going to do it. In fact, I bought her one of these tips to test her DNA that I'm bringing with us at Christmas time it because right now, you can get these kits for half price, which is pretty cool. And of course, the whole idea here is you spit into a little vial that they that they give you it's part of the package and you close it up the a shake it and you put it in the envelope, and you send it back. Now we're all very well old enough to remember when DNA sequencing cost millions of dollars and took a couple of years to do just for one person. Right? Right. You remember those days, I do

Unknown 6:45
like the good old days,

Unknown 6:48
I remember. Well, now with 23AndMe, and there's some others out there ancestor is doing some kind of similar things, a big difference with ancestry. And 23AndMe is 23 needs, looks at your DNA to look for some and abnormalities as well. So when it has a whole health thing associated with it, and what what's happening here now is that the price has gotten lower the cost of doing it. And the timeframe for doing it is not in the lower it's a few weeks now, instead of a few years. And the show is a few million dollars, we're talking about a 50 to $100, depending on what you want. And as I said, right now, there's even price breaks. But you know, bottom line is it really does actually cost more than they're charging. And the way they're doing this, this this this is reminiscent of Facebook here, Matt, but the way they're doing it is they're selling your data. And in this case, they're selling your data to the major pharmaceutical companies. Now, it's not that they're selling it, and the pharmaceutical companies are going to come back to you. And you know, we give advertising or other things like Facebook or do but in this case, what's happening is they're using it because of the future of our medications and our medical treatments, we are changing everything. This is already true. In some cases, it's going to be true across the board, within 10 years they are going to make medication specifically for Ken Altshuler to fix a very specific problem like his addictions, new Apple watches. And the whole idea is they need a lot of DNA samples to be able to examine and they need you to answer the questions. So Matt, did you get like hundreds of questions that 23 me wanted you to answer? Did you answer any? I did.

Unknown 8:49
Yeah. No, I did. I actually have I have long since given up caring about my privacy whatsoever. So I'm happy to assist the genetic research that they do. So I answered probably one of them. I mean, there was a lot of them.

Unknown 9:02
Yeah, there are a lot of them. I think, last count, there were some 800 questions kind of depended on on what information they wanted. So we've got Glaxo Smith Klein, for instance, who put $300 million out and bought a stake in 23AndMe, 23AndMe has been selling this data. And it's a very, very big deal. Now you can get your information that you might have already given to 23 meter DNA stuff, you can't get that sharing restricted. And you can do that by going on to your 23AndMe account online and you can look for the bio banking consent, and you can withdraw your consent. But I agree with you, Matt, I, you know, I'm at the point where, you know, we've got 500 million records stolen, or people's, it should say, information stolen from Marriott, and everybody else. And it looks like it was the Chinese by the way, and look, the NSA knows everything about me anyway.

Unknown 10:03
I mean, at this point, I don't, you know, besides from what I understand about this, too, I mean, it's not as though 23AndMe and companies like this are handing over a list of names, addresses and phone numbers with your genetic material. It's basically the data, right? I mean, it's they're trying to send over the information that would be of use with I mean, identifying material really doesn't even do anybody any good in the in the kinds of agreements that these are really

Unknown 10:28
Yeah, it really doesn't yet. And, but that's where the concern comes in, because of this data, even though it's somewhat anonymized. In other words, they can't figure out that it was mad about DNA that they're looking at

Unknown 10:43
right Yeah, exactly. They they you can back door your way into it and that's where people start getting concerned we're still a ways away from that but you know any hi I got a quick thing a Christmas present for everybody who's listening your data is helpful here we know it okay. As you just mentioned, if it's not out there it will be shortly it's just because of all of the staffs and three fifths of Americans have never even checked their credit report so here's what I've been working on the last week and a half with my team this we're absolutely free you know I'm not some big marketer This is trying to sell yourself or get your DNA of I'm putting together something that goes through exactly what you need to do to check your credit report understand your credit report be able to read that credit report and how to use the new laws that the federal government just put in place to freeze all of your credit for free and stop the bad guys from opening new accounts in your name and causing you know when the grief so if you send me an email just Once this is finished, I will send it out to you I've scheduled interviews with Equifax and you know the three big credit companies out there so I'm going to be talking with them are going to include those interviews are going to have background information, I'm going to have screenshots I really want to help you out. And that's my Christmas present belated Hanukkah, Kwanzaa you name it. That's my present to everybody who wants to just send an email to when we're done, I'll send that out to you. Because as Matt said, we're our information's out there, or it's about to be out there. And this is something you can do and you can do for free. And it's going to really it's going to help you out because so many Americans have already been affected by having their data stolen.

Unknown 12:48
Joining us. Our tech guru joins us every Wednesday. Thanks, Craig. We will talk to you next week.

Unknown 12:55
Take care, gentlemen. Thanks. Bye bye.


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Dec 11, 2018

Danny Farrantino sits in for Jim on the Jim Polito show. Craig and Danny discusses how scams are affecting businesses and consumers as well as Craig's Christmas present for the listeners.

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Airing date: 12/11/2018

Scams Affecting Businesses And Consumers - My Christmas Present To You

Craig Peterson: 0:00

Hey, good morning, everybody. Craig Peterson here. Somebody asked me why I say good morning on these podcasts. It's it's just such a great greeting, isn't it? It doesn't matter if it's the middle of the night. Good morning. It's just, it's like sunshine and puppy dogs, is it. So good morning, everybody. I was on the Jim Polito show this morning. But Danny Farrantino who was sitting in for Jim, they asked me if I could sit in and host during the Christmas vacation. But unfortunately, I am going to be out of town and won't be able to do it so well. And that's what happens sometimes this morning. If you want to know about what's going on what the hackers are doing the latest stuff for consumers. That's what I talked about this morning with Danny, I wanted a quite a bit of detail on that the the details of things you need to do what the scammers are doing. How did they get $12 billion? That's a number from the FBI out of businesses so what are they doing with the business scams What are they doing with the personal scams and I've got a special Christmas present or or late Hanukkah present or whatever you might want to call it here and have your present for people when I talk a little bit about that as well. So here we go with Danny.

Unknown 1:21
That sound means talk to our Tech Talk guru Craig Peterson and Craig apparently the Cape Cod Community College could have used your services buddy

Unknown 1:33

Unknown 1:34
I guess by clicking on an email it led to a six figure loss one employee clicked on an email turns out it was a virus cost him over $800,000

Unknown 1:46
that you see that for two hops and don't you we we had now did you see that article from a few weeks ago that I sent to German you about how one employee in the federal government one just this one department he was spending a little bit of time in porn turns out and had been downloading thousands of pictures. But he did the same trick and ended up infecting the whole department is it you got to be careful, everybody. And now it's Christmas time we're going to be clicking on links, aren't we

Unknown 2:20
unfortunately. So at this point, they don't even really need to phish it just attackers are getting your email inbox is nothing really trying, aren't they?

Unknown 2:29
Yeah, this is getting bad, you know, continually worse. And I just sat down yesterday with another company. This is an investment firm, small, firm family owned and operated and they have had some of these problems as well. We have, you know, we've talked a little bit before with Jim about the FBI and what they've been saying about something called business email compromise. And the business email compromise is where you get an email, and the bad guys are trying to trick you into cooking on something just like we just talked about here. But now we're seeing a become a very easy and I would have thought it would get a little harder, but very easy for the bad guys. They're using social engineering, they're posing as colleagues are business partners, they get on to LinkedIn, they get onto Facebook, they find out a little bit about you, they don't even need viruses anymore. They don't need any of that sort of stuff. Because they can take over your account. And I put a video up on my website a few months ago, showing what they're doing. And this one woman who was in Eastern Europe, she spent a total of about three hours researching this guy. He was a CEO of a small manufacturing firm, well, not small, I guess technically a larger one, they had about 100 million dollars in revenues to make some medium to large business. And she did some research on this guy found out where he had gone to school, found that more information about him found out just from the website, who was the CFO who were the people in finance, because they hadn't read on the website. And she then did a little bit more research and calls and pretended that she was his wife that he had a job offer. And hey, AOL wasn't tool was but AOL Do I need you to get me his password because he's expecting this email and it's for a new job. And in the background, she's playing audio have a baby crying and screaming and the company gave her his email address. Okay, yeah. And so now she had access to his email account because they gave her the password, they did a password reset, no problem, they took care of it all. She then send an email to the CFO saying, Hey,

Unknown 5:02
I'm not account to she knew from his Facebook page that he was down in the Caribbean. I'm out of town, we've got this new vendor would be dealing with some some last three months. We haven't paid the single invoice and if we don't pay them, things are just going to completely fall apart. Now, she had already gone through his email, figured out a little bit about the business. We were talking a few hours with the work she got $45 million

Unknown 5:29
from this company. They transferred it they CFO wired it to this bank account over and Eastern Europe and it was gone once that money's gone. It takes 90 seconds is all it takes. And that money Danny can never be recovered once it's wired out after 90 seconds. So it's this is real. It's happening. It's a $12 billion industry so far and things are just getting worse. We got to be more careful

Unknown 6:00
we're speaking with Tech Talk guru Craig Peterson. Nick Craig and I know you've kind of said it in the past and hinted at it at this point my feeling is it's an if not when is that is that true

Unknown 6:10
it is a win yeah it's a one not yet okay it's already happened or it's going to happen now Danny I've got some really good news my Christmas present to everybody we've been working for the last week and a half on a special report for available for anybody for free and we I mentioned it briefly last week we haven't got it finished yet because I'm going to do some interviews and scheduling interviews right now with Equifax with with a big companies that do credit reports and I'm going to include this but three out of five Americans have never even looked at their credit report and if you buy these various types of insurance like you know that these life hacking companies I'm not going to say the name but they will tell you after the fact that your your credit has been hijacked. Okay. So here's what I'm doing this is going to be a package of information that you cannot get anywhere else and it's how you can for free and I'm not charging for this for any of any of the Polito listeners here. Well you know Polito and you our listeners for this thing and it's going to take you through exactly what to do how to read your credit report what it means and then what you can do to stop the bad guys from opening accounts in your main K and that's the biggest problem most people have because if you have a credit card and the number stolen and then convenience If however your information is out there and it probably is out there you know look at the Marriott hack 500 million people here just a couple of weeks ago it's all your information is probably out there you're absolutely right

Unknown 8:01
what do you do how you do that so it's going to be step by step by staff and if you want it I'll send it to you but you have to be on my email list or on my SMS list you can get on my email list by just going to It's and I will let you know when it's done. It's going to be my Christmas present to all of the listeners of the Danny show. How's that? The Danny Farrantino show.

Unknown 8:29
and we might even let some Jim listeners in on it. But yeah, you're right. Danny, every one of us has either had our data stolen, or it's going to be stolen. There's no question that means it's going to be misused the social security guys, they will not give you a new social security. Number one, it's stolen. So what do you do, and that's exactly what I'm working on. And it drives me batty, these bad guys there. It's getting so easy for them. They're causing so much harm. You know, already, I'm trying to help small businesses out. But in this case, we're talking about consumers. That's everything you need to do. You can do for free. It's step by step. It's only going to take care of half an hour to do all of this stuff. And you're going to be way more protected than you are right now.

Unknown 9:19
That's the voice of Craig Peterson, our tech expert and put together a great list for you this holiday season. At some point, Craig will get that out to us. But Craig, in this packet of information you send us on a weekly basis. Criminals hacked into my phone email, drain my checking account how you can avoid being a victim in the story here. Number one thing I see that they did wrong, they use the unsecured Wi Fi. Is that the biggest problem?

Unknown 9:44
Yeah, well, number one, he was using that secured Wi-Fi and number two, it was just an Android. Okay, so yeah, in this particular case, what happened is he's in this can happen to you sitting in an airport at a coffee shop onto his device over the Wi-Fi they were able to fake him out. And that happens whether you're on iOS or not if you're not using a special secure VPN and they were able to use a similar trick that I just described here where they have access your email accounts think about how you reset your password lead let's say you've got a bank account with with TD Bank or Bank of America and you forgot your password and now you're on their website Danny. What did they do if you put an email address you could forget my password what's the next thing they do they they send you a text message or they might send an email to another email account well if you have access to that that that email account and now they send you a message there's one more thing that they're doing today to and that is if you don't answer your phone they will leave you a a voicemail with the reset password

Unknown 11:05
we have voicemail it's called Visual Voicemail. Do you have that on your phone, I don't know Visual Voicemail it what it does is they leave a voicemail, it turns it into text and email that to you. Which means if they have access to your email account, they know who your bank is. Because it's in your email. Yeah, they go to that bank's website they say I forgot my password because they know what your email address is it leaves a voicemail I am that voicemail then goes into your email box and now have your reset for your your bank account now they have access to your bank account and everything else. Okay. So this gets very complicated in but it's simple to do right for these bad guys. And they do it in math and it destroys people's finances every day. So I'm I'm bound and determined to stop this guy is Fanny. We got to educate the consumers better

Unknown 12:02
drag thank goodness for people like you. And then the good guys, you know, who tried to keep all of us safe. Unfortunately, that was there was so much stuff on this list. We didn't get to everything today. If people want to hear more. What's the best way to get hold the

Unknown 12:14
it's 855-385-5553. You can send me a text any time I'll answer your questions. Of course, normal data and text rates apply 855-385-5553 and I'll let you know when I've got that Christmas present. Ready for everybody. 

Unknown 12:33
Craig as always great stuff looking forward to that Christmas present. And then we'll talk again next week.

Unknown 12:37
Hey thanks, Danny. Bye bye.

Unknown 12:38
Craig Peterson. As always great stuff. They're just trying to help keep us all safe. As you kind of said it's unfortunately a when not if but there's ways that Craig can help keep us safe. And if you follow those maybe it'll be a little bit longer. Anyways, 851 here on a Tuesday morning. We'll take a break. Then we'll wrap things up you listening to the Jim...


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Jack is on with Jack Heath discussing the stock market drop, the most recent hacks and how to stay safe online.

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Stock Market Drop - Staying Safe Online

Craig Peterson 0:00

Good morning everybody. Craig Peterson here. This morning I was on with Mr. Jack Heath covering big chunks of northern New England. And we talked about how to keep your data safe online. whole new thing I've got a product coming out it's going to be free. Make sure you go to, and I'll send it to you soon as it's done. We're working on it. Some of this stuff just takes too long as far as I'm concerned. Anyhow, we also talked about the big guys why the stock markets falling. It was actually kind of a pretty good conversation this morning. And hopefully I'll have my voice back by the end of the day today. I've got a couple of meetings, going out meeting with some companies see if I can help them a little bit, too. So here we go with Mr. Heath

Unknown 0:49
is now on the NFL Western allies. Our Tech Talk guy Craig Peterson. A couple things caught my eye, Craig, and you can tell us what you have on your docket. But I know you're not the stock market guy. But markets have been going down. And some of the big tech high tech giants aren't doing so well. And performance. But it's an interesting time of year because so many people are shopping both online and at stores. But Good morning, Craig, what's catching your eye?

Unknown 1:12
Yeah, a couple of really good points right there. These massive giants are starting to kind of make you fall a little bit to their knees. We've got Apple and Facebook and of course, some others who are really facing some hard times. Right now Facebook seems to have kind of an internal rebellion going on where a number of their employees have gotten pretty upset with the way things are going over there with people's privacy and other things. We've got Apple now who has made some great deals if you want one of these new Apple iPhones like the XR now's the time to buy it, you can be getting a few hundred dollars off with the trading of an old phone is it it's really again, this cycle is that the business cycle, got to remember that back in the 70s of course idea on the King of the Hill, Microsoft kind of still is the king of a number of hills with Vollmer gone, they're improving, but it's a cycle and like everything else, although there are a lot of people find things this season these companies that are currently at the top of the heap Jack, they're just not going to stay there forever.

Unknown 2:25
Yeah, interesting. And a lot of you know ongoing concern about shopping aware protecting your online purpose purchases, some porch thieves It's a whole new industry when you know and you see people so many deliveries now package sits on the porch of someone's home or apartment, a condo for the day. And people are just literally driving around snatching gifts and boxes right off a porch.

Unknown 2:50
The Amazon has a new feature people might have noticed, if you are buying stuff online with Amazon, they now allow you to put a code in with your so what they'll do is if you have one of these little lock boxes on your porch, or maybe even a code to your front door. One time use code is the way to do this. By the way, people they will deliver your package but they'll open your door, put it right inside or open the little lock box, put it right inside. Because you're right. A lot of people are stealing these things. Be careful. You also have the ability with Amazon to say here's our launcher to put it so you can give them a code for the garage for instance, they'll put it inside your garage door or stick it in the shed. It's a problem people are spending a lot of money and they aren't getting stolen. And you know you talk about the online shopping I you know I do a lot of stuff with the FBI in there in regard program which I really advise business people to look into. If you're involved with security Look at him for but the FBI has been wanting asked about the more than $12 billion that has been stolen from businesses out there this time of year so watch your emails everybody if you're shopping online whether your home user whether your business they are trying to commit fraud in the online world to criminals are hacking into folders a big article in USA Today that I have up on my website talking about this one guy who again he was using an Android phone and I people against that but when he was at an airport his phone got hacked right into the criminals ended up draining their he's checking account and make us to email in order to do some of this stuff so there's a great article on how Google Voice being a victim of this latest whole series of cyber crime

Unknown 4:49
yeah I don't know how you totally avoided Craig I don't think you know i mean really it's it's it's it seems that every every month every week there's a different scam a different way and

Unknown 4:58
I got got to tell you Jack. Sorry to interrupt you real quickly. But I'm excited about this one. We've been working for the last week on what you do about it because there are new hacks. The Marriott hack, the Quora hack over the last couple of weeks, but announced so I'm putting together something right now jack again free to anybody who asks And what it is is what to do about it. Because now thanks to the new tax law that President Trump signed into effect there are ways for you to freeze your credit unfreeze your credit at the three out of five Americans have never even checked their credit report so how do you do that? What does it mean and it's beautiful because it lets you stop the bad guys before they do anything to you so you can just send an email to me@CraigPeterson .com more than glad to send this to you when it's ready this is going to really help you out and help you sleep at night because once you've done these things you cannot have your money stolen out of your accounts that it's going to be really good when it comes to your credit your credit card to everything you track so just

Unknown 6:09
and there's still think it's worth getting in. Is it a good preventative? Even if it's not complete? You know, some some of the security or the

Unknown 6:16
you know, you're the credit score folks, but like I know one was hacked, but what about Lifelock for example, that's that's name has been around. It's not too expensive. We stay alert you if there's some activity be on your credit card, you think that's worth having?

Unknown 6:28
Well, they do and they can be they do alert you but the problem with those Jack is it's after the fact the bad guys already did something with your identity. They already open new accounts with your identity, etc. So there are ways to stop them from even doing that. And now it's free for the first time ever. So that's why I'm so excited about

Unknown 6:49
Thanks Craig. You know, all right. Take care guys.

Unknown 6:55
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Dec 8, 2018

Want to add two years to your life?  Wear an Apple watch. Yes indeed researchers found that just that extra day and a half of physical activity a month increases your expected lifespan by about two years.

Marriott, Marriott, Marriott, Marriott. They are a hotelier, they've got restaurants, etc. And they have some entertainment complexes. So, that's the business they are in, they are not in the IT business and they are not in the security business. Marriott bought Starwood resorts wanted to move them off of this crazy PC system that they had and move them over to a mainframe system. Bad guys had been in their systems and able to access them since 2014.

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Airing date: 12/08/2018

Hackers Using New Email Attack

Craig Peterson: 0:00

Hi everybody. Craig Peterson here. Welcome to show number 984. Wow. We've been busy. And that's a weekly show. 994 By the way, we have been on the air for many, many years. And those people who've been listening on to podcasts you know I've been podcasting for narrow on 20 years of course before it was even called podcasting. But today we are doing both on the air in podcasting if you want to listen to the podcast just sign up go to You can also while you are there, leave a comment hopefully a little five-star review. I've appreciated those people that have taken the time to leave their comments or send an email to and let me know what they appreciate about the show. What are the things they got the most from and the most of just I really appreciate your feedback. And the show, as you might imagine, is a lot of work to put together. And you know, it is a labor of love. And I really hope I'm helping you out Well, today, of course, we are going to be covering some of the technology topics that are going to impact us the most. And typically, that means security stuff, doesn't it? So we're going to talk a little bit about 23andMe. And this ties into a bit of a theme this week. How much information do people have about you? What are they doing with it and should you worry about it because there's another one Delta Yeah, Delta Airlines in Atlanta they've got the US is first biometric terminal. We'll talk about that and see if that's something that maybe, maybe you want to avoid. We got a Marriott hack. Of course, we're going to talk a little bit about that this week as well. Because that's a very, very big deal. And in fact, I am going to this coming week make another free offer. We've been working on it this week, a special report not going to cost anybody a dime with some really cool free upgrades as well. I really want to get more information to you. So we'll be talking about that but all about how to keep your credit safe. What is a credit report mean? I saw a stat last week that really kind of surprised me. And that is that three out of five Americans have never gotten their free credit report or any free or paid right to look at three out of five. So we're gonna have a special report on that that's going to be coming out, we're gonna have a special report on how to absolutely protect your credit, don't send the money off to Lifelock or some of these other guys out there, you can do better in fact, than Lifelock is Lifelock is going to notice after the fact hopefully that someone has tried to open an account in your name, and then you have to deal with it. Or hopefully, they'll notice that someone just stole money from your checking account because of your debit card miss being misused. Hopefully, it's going to get all squared away. But it's going to take your time, your money, and it can be just a total disaster for you. So there is a way to make sure it doesn't happen in the first place. And we're guaranteed in this day and age that if we haven't been hacked, we are about to be hacked, right. Just think of all of the major hacks over the last couple of years. So I've got a solution we've been working on it we're putting it all together and we're going to offer to you our listeners anybody on my insider's email list, so make sure you are subscribed. We've worked hard on it this week. It's not quite done yet I had hoped it would be done before the show today so make sure you are signed up for my email you can go to and give me your name and email address. I don't harass you I don't sell my mailing list to anybody use it to get my weekly show notes out to you. And if we have these free special report to let you know or the free master classes or master courses that's what we use it for. It's for getting information out so if you've already done it. Hey, thanks to you. I really appreciate it. We are down below 4000 subscribers. I think right now because we've been cleaning up the list. So if you haven't been opening my emails or you haven't been clicking on them in the last six months we've deleted you from our list and you might have to re-sign up so again, I'm going to immediately small You know, my system is going to immediately send you an email to verify it was you have to click on that link. So it'll show up in your mailbox a minute to two minutes later, click on that link to confirm it. You and then you be on you'll be able to get these special reports that are free you're going to be able to get these master classes that at least information about them that are free and the master courses, as well as they, are released. And, and special alerts about some of the worst things that are happening out there. And by the way, if you are podcast listener, and you are not subscribed, you can get it at But that's another great way to find out what's happening in advance of everybody else. Because Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays I typically release a podcast and it's me on some of the major radio stations throughout the northeast and the interviews that I do I'm a guest on those shows and I will be talking in no-shows I always talk about the latest and greatest and technology sometimes on other stations but usually it's it's iHeart. It's the old Clear Channel media guys thanks to them as well.

Craig Peterson 6:07
So in addition to the bad news this week there's a very cool story and that's how I want to start out today you'll see it up on my website at and this is out of the UK but it's talking about some new research. Did you know that having an Apple Watch could add two years to your life? Yes indeed researchers that wanted an Apple Watch for Christmas

Craig Peterson 6:34
kidding although hey maybe this is a good, good excuse right? Researchers have found that and looking at 400,000 adults that those that had the Apple Watch or other fitness trackers and use them to track their fitness saw active saw their activity levels increase by more than a third that's pretty much now if you add all of that up and you look at the stats here that people would trackers managed four and a half or almost five days really five days activity a month on average. So it's not like these are gym rats, right? These are just regular people you got the tracker it's in your Apple Watch remind you should go walk in right now. So it's five days if you have the tracker versus three days, three and a half days for people who don't have the devices now what's interesting is that just that extra day and a half of physical activity a month increases your expected lifespan by about two years. Isn't that amazing? Now some of the biggest changes we're seeing amongst people who were overweight and the people who were the least active, to begin with and I think that kind of makes sense right that at least it does to me this was commissioned by health insurers over in the UK how second Matt Hancock the National Health Service over there was the forefront in the digital revolution in health so very good technology and a great excuse to start using one of these fitness trackers Of course just having it doesn't do anything you got to use the darn thing okay Marriott. Marriott, Marriott, Marriott, Marriott. Now I don't want to totally blame Marriott for this because Marriott is someone that found the problem, you know Marriott's been on an acquisition spree they have bought some amazing hotel chains. But as is often the case in business, we are involved with our day to day operations. Right, Marriott? It is a hotel business. Right, it's a hotelier, they've got restaurants, etc. And they have some entertainment complexes. So that's the business they are in, they are not in the IT business and they are not in the security business. At least that's the mentality. That's the mentality, I would say, of 99% of the businesses I talked to,

Craig Peterson 9:08
and I get it, Okay, I get it, I get it, I get it. You make widgets, right? Or you have clients that you're servicing. But in this day and age, you have to have competent it people and even more competent security people. Because if you don't have those people on your staff, you're going to be in trouble. And we see it again and again, you saw what happened with TJ access, the TJ Maxx stores where they were hacked. And they were hacked in a crazy big way. We had Home Depot, they were hacked, and in both cases, they should have known better and we can get into a lot of the details about it, Equifax, they should have known better Heck, they are in the technology business, right? They're keeping tabs on all of us and our credit scores. And that makes sense to you. Well, they bought this chain of hotels known as the Starwood. Right. Starwood something group. I can't remember what it stands for. But it's now called Marriott Starwood division and Marriott uses mainframes and I think that's a brilliant idea. By the way, you know, using PC's for most larger companies is just absolutely insane. It just doesn't make any sense. So Marriott bought Starwood resorts wanted to move them off of this crazy PC system that they had and move them over to a mainframe system. Now, don't get me wrong, right? There are places where PCs make sense. In those cases, you might want to look at Apple or even a Linux terminal desktop depending on what you're doing. It may or may not work for you or even better in this day and age iPads with something really powerful and strong behind them but anyways, Marriott is using these mainframe computers so they had to take the system that Starwood was using and port all of the data over to the mainframe and they've been working on it they got it completed this summer sometime well as they were going through this their security people over at Marriott. Notice something now something weird, and

Craig Peterson 11:22
I gotta stop for a second and say something weird is usually a sign people don't put on blinders. Don't ignore it. You know, I complain about my kids just walking past the trash cans, right? Trash days. Wednesday, what day is it today, kids Monday, Tuesday,
what are those down by the street because every day I see the trash cans out there. And now you're trying to remember to remind the kids to take care of it. And most of the time I grabbed the trash cans or my wife grabs a trash can, right and brings them up to the house because they're just not noticing that detail. And it's a pretty prominent detail. We have some big trash cans, right? I got a big family. There's a lot of trash every week. And they still manage not to notice it. And we see this in a business where something weird has been going on. It's been going on for a while. But you know, we were still able to do our business. But in many cases, it's an email thing. But you know, can you come and have a look at this. Our emails just acting weird, it's slow. We're not sure what's happening are some of our customers or vendors and been getting emails from us that we didn't think we sent and what's going on.

Craig Peterson 12:41
So we see this all the time, we brought the FBI in on one of these investigations that started just with weirdness in the email that was ignored for a long, long time. And it ended up we found Chinese active Chinese backdoors right into their systems. Okay, so so don't ignore weird stuff. Well, in this case, Marriott security guys noticed some weird stuff because the computer systems that were running brands you've heard of, and you may have stayed in like W. Hotels, Sheraton, who has a state in the Sheraton limit ran and Four Points by Sheraton and some others, right. Just think of all of the Starwood properties.

Craig Peterson 13:26
I stayed in the Le Meridien when I was in Paris. Last and I've stayed in Sheraton's and I stayed in a W, we had a conference in the W. And I've stayed up for points. I stayed at all of those hotels. So they're going through the data, the going through the databases, the monitoring the systems as they're integrated into their new mainframe, and they notice some weirdness. Well, it turns out that what has been happening, just like with this client that we picked up just a few months back looks like what's been happening is bad guys

Craig Peterson 14:01
had been in their systems and able to access them since 2014. So let me see it is right now as we are talking, in fact, it's almost 2019. And that means they went in for what almost give or take for years. And apparently, they discovered that this unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information on their systems. Now, encrypting your information that kind of sounds like it might have been one of these ransomware type things, hard to say. Where they tried to hold stuff ransom, did the Starwood group not even notice the rent some emails, I'm going to come in? I, I don't know. Right? I'm kind of only half joking here. But the databases that apparently were stolen they were copied contained records of 500 million customers think about that number. What would happen with you and your business how many customer records Do you have what would happen if your competitors got a hold of that data right what would happen if it was personally identifiable information like it was here with Starwood apparently about 327 million guests records included some combination of name, address, phone number, email address, passport number account information date of birth, sex, arrival and departure information so that's everything a scam artist needs to scam someone and we're going to talk about that here that's going to be next got another article we'll get to about how those scams are perpetrated right now but wow.

Craig Peterson 15:57
Now some records also occluded according to Marriott included encrypted payment card information, but could not rule out the possibility that the encryption keys had also been stolen. So not entirely Marriott's fault it was Starwood, they weren't in like it or security business know they are in the hotel, your business right now everybody's in the high tea business nowadays, pounding the table here drives me crazy. You've got to have competent security people in that does not mean the guy that spent an hour and a half or maybe six weeks in some security course they don't know enough, they can't do enough. You have to have experience. We're working with a client right now over in Europe. And this client has to comply with the new GDPR regulations in Europe as you do too. Bye. Either way, if you have a single customer in Europe, okay. And he hired a data protection officer. Well,

Craig Peterson 17:08
Do you know how much it takes how much time and effort and money it takes to become a data protection officer? It's incredible. It's absolutely incredible. 90 minutes is what it takes to take the course to pass the exam to call yourself a GDPR compliant data protection officer, 90 minutes. So we did a cyber health assessment
of their network. They have like 40 computers on their network, their smaller business and we found incredible it was it's over 100 million euros worth of liability. So, we gave this new data protection officer the report and we said hey, listen, you know, we talked to them first, and we sent them the report after Hey, listen, there's a lot of data in here. We're more than glad to go through it with you, review it, help you understand it, whatever we need to do to help you out because there's some serious deficiencies here and Okay, great. Yeah, we'll do so we

Craig Peterson 18:09
he sends back a message a few days later because we had detail in there every computer every problem on that computer, the fact that there was no anti-virus, etc. So, he sends a thing back saying, well, Windows Defender was on these computers. Yeah, okay. But Windows Defender is not considered to be a third-party antivirus and does not meet any of the regulations.

Craig Peterson 18:33
If you're regulated industry at all. If you take credit cards, Windows Defender is not enough according to the laws in the contract, you will have signed and you should read that detailed contract. If you collect credit cards as to what that means, okay, pay attention to the details.

Craig Peterson 18:55
And then he says, well, it has McAfee's Malwarebytes on this one machine. Well, Malwarebytes has nothing to do with McAfee Malwarebytes, by the way, is great software, okay, don't get me wrong, we use it. But it's just one piece, you have to have this onion. So I'm sorry, I'm just kind of going crazy here. But Starwood thought they were not in the security or it business obviously every business today that I can think of except maybe Mr. Slate from the Corey on the Flintstones every business I can think of today has it and depends on it and depends on security So please, please, please, please, please please vet your people and we have a special report in the works again another free special report that talks about how to vet these it people, how to vet some of the people that might be trying to handle your security so that you know and if you're on my insiders list I will definitely let you know when that's how that's going to be free as well again so that you have all of that information. Okay. Alright, so I'm going to go right now into attackers here. What's going on? Why does the email address matter?

Craig Peterson 20:26
I was talking this week with a couple of people about this real problem that we're having right now. No, you know, if you've listened for a while that the FBI says the business email compromise has cost $12 billion in losses. That's pretty dramatic. And that's over the course of some years, a few years, but $12 billion is huge. So, I thought we'd take a couple of minutes right now since we were just talking about the Marriott hack and if you wanted to know more about that by the check out my podcast I talked a lot about it earlier this week, which is just Craig Peterson comm slash iTunes. And there's quite a bit of background information that I gave this week. I'm not going to get into that anymore right now. But here's the problem, right?

Craig Peterson 21:17
Why would you care? Why do you care? The core was attacked this last week, they disclose that they lost personal information and Cora's a website. A lot of us use Quora, I love poking around on Quora, why would you care, that Starwood got hacked? Right? That new Marriott division 327 million people if they don't have your credit card? What does that mean? If they do have your credit card? What does that mean? You know that having your debit card in the hands of the bad guys is very painful because any money they steal by using that debit card number comes where does it come from? You checking account, right? So we already know that. How about your credit card? If you notice that there were fraudulent charges on your credit card, you can report it and no big deal, right? At worst, they're going to issue your new credit card and you're going to have to change your credit card number with a few different people that you have on monthly payments, right? Not a terribly big deal. How about your email address, right? That's even that's even less worthwhile. I can see Craig I can see that having my bank account number stolen is bad debit card numbers. But you know, come on, what am I going to do get some more spam? Yes, you're going to get some more spam but it's a specific type of spam that were really worried about here I mean, really worried and I got a great article up on my website Craig Peterson, calm from security week that I think you might know, want to have a look at. But here's the bottom line. If they get your email address, things become simple for them to try and scam you. And remember, I just said how much was that number from the FBI. $12 billion.

Craig Peterson 23:19
That's huge losses, you know, no matter how well I guess if you're the government, you might not notice 12 billion. But $12 billion is a lot of money to anybody.

Craig Peterson 23:32
What they're doing is the attackers will use social engineering now, because they have your address to pose as a colleague or business partner. So they'll run your email address through some databases, figure out what the business is maybe a couple of other people in the business that they can reach out to, if you're a home user, they'll try a completely different tactic. But they are going to try and trick you and they're going to try and trick you into doing something you shouldn't do. Now, that might be as simple as just clicking on a link. And we know that's been effective for a lot of years. But these guys are getting better and better, the emails can be quite convincing. The attackers now are making a significant effort to identify an appropriate victim register a fake domain. So at first glance, the email appears to belong to a colleague or a supplier. I have personally seen intelligent educated people who have fallen for this and its really, really big account takeover here. Now attackers are using information and they are going after you they have special malware now t loggers that they'll put onto your computer and hijack corporate email account. It can be as simple and I've I've pointed out this video before had it up on my website. It might still it's probably still there. I've got stuff for the last 15 years up there, but of how a hacker from Eastern Europe used social engineering. And what she did was pretend to be somebody's wife. Because she was able to figure out the guy was out of town, and he was on vacation. And that's not hard to figure out. How many of us are posting on Facebook or on Twitter, or announcing here on the radio that we are leaving town? Bad, bad idea. So they now get access to your email box. Where does the change my password link? Go? Think about it. Where's the last time you changed your password? Hopefully recently, where does that link go? Where does it take people? Well, that link goes to your email box. If they now have access to your email box which is relatively easy for the bad guys to do. They now can reset your bank account or other information Okay, that this goes on and on. I should produce some training on all of these individual things. But anyways, keep an eye out. I've got some special reports coming out. Make sure you have subscribed, get my insiders list. I don't harass you. I'm not some internet marketer. That's just selling stuff all of the time. I really am trying to help. And I was able to talk to quite a few new clients this week. And including a construction firm right here in the state and help them out and gave me some ideas of some other master classes we should have about how to do backups, how to have data protected at rest, how to do encrypted vault, all stuff that's very complicated for the average person, the small business, the Soho, right small office, Home Office, so we got some great ideas from that and I'll be doing those we're gonna be doing master classes on all of those guaranteed not this year. Okay, we don't have much time left. I have a lot of stuff to do before the end of the year. If you have ideas about things you think I should either talk about on the show or maybe I should be posting online or some master classes that you think would be useful to you and your business or your home. Email or you can text me anytime 855-385-5553 that goes straight to me. And I usually can get back to you pretty quickly on weekends. Wait till Monday or so 855-385-5553 with any questions or comments that you have right there from your cell phone. Obviously normal data and texting rates will apply. Have a great week and we'll be back next week with more from Craig Peterson. Bye-bye.


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Dec 5, 2018

Craig is on WGAN with Ken and Matt as they discussed the recent Marriott hack and the mysterious new tool that local law enforcement uses to unlock cellphones.

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Airing date: 12/05/2018

New Information About Marriott Starwood Hack

Craig Peterson: 0:00

Hey good morning everybody I spent some time with the team yesterday working on that special report we should have done soon about how to protect your information online specifically your credit report how to freeze it how to find out how to use your credit report if you're one of the three and five Americans that have never even gotten your credit report so how to do it all for free what it means what you can do with it and how it's going to protect you so all of that's going to be available I will send an email out when it is we're working hard to get it done quickly make sure you are on my insiders email list you can do that by going to Once you're there, just enter your info, you're going to have to confirm it. So go back to your email, you look for an email from me click the link. This is the one time I tell you click the link in an email so that we can have that double opt in. We know it's really you. And then once this is done, I'm going to send out an email to you. Now don't worry about subscribing to that list. Because I don't abuse it. Believe me, I send out my show notes to you. Every week I send out special information, special announcements about some of the latest hacks that are going on some of the special reports we're doing and when I'm teaching different classes that you might want to join. So this isn't an overload heavy duty marketing thing. So this morning I was on with Ken and Matt up in Maine. And we got to talk a little bit more about some of the newer things I found out from that Marriott hack and also spent a couple of minutes talking about two other tech topics that I think you might want to know about. So here we go with Ken and Matt.

Unknown 1:56
Alright, we're back again WGAN's Morning News with Ken and Matt on a Wednesday morning at 7:38. Which means Craig Peterson is with us right now.

Unknown 2:03
Craig, how are you, sir? Good morning. Wouldn't that be with Ken and Matt and Craig the next few minutes? Yeah,

Unknown 2:10
that would be true. Yeah, yeah.

Unknown 2:14
So I went to your website quick. Peterson car to find out what the latest post HTTP and I'm was shocked to find that Google is going to monitor our moods or movements and our children's behavior. That's particularly longing for man who is 17 children. So why don't you tell us about that

Unknown 2:35
Craig has way more

Unknown 2:38
say you weren't good to me. Oh,

Unknown 2:42
good point.

Unknown 2:42
Yeah. Yeah. You don't hear that very often. Yeah, there's so much in the news this week, you know, including the whole Mary breach, which is a really big deal. Google. This is kind of scary because we've talked before right. You were talking earlier this morning Ken about setting up an Echo and having a play that Cardi B, right. And I don't know if you guys heard this quote this week. I can't remember who it was attributed to. But they they were saying I don't know how you can listen to rap music and yet somehow be offended by Baby It's Cold Outside.

Unknown 3:21
That's true.

Unknown 3:23
Who said that? I can't. I'm not sure

Unknown 3:26
Actually that came up because the Princeton Boys Choir is also not doing KissGirl from The Little Mermaid anymore, because

Unknown 3:39
Baby It's Cold Outside is another one. They're not going to do anymore.

Unknown 3:42
So you set up that Echo. So that what so that you could listen in on the on the family?

Unknown 3:47
Evidently. Yes,

Unknown 3:48
that was your call. Let's run a lot of people are worried about right. And we've talked about the Echoes and the Google homes and some of these other devices that are out there. And Google just got a passing excuse me here about a month ago, but gives Google now a really kind of an interesting viewpoint. And no, speaking of viewpoints, if you have a smart TV, and we've talked a little bit about this before, some of these manufacturers, TVs are actually using built in cameras to identify people in the family who was watching TV, who was paying attention, what show was on one where they not watching and some of these TVs ended up getting tapped. Well, Google, and which means that bad guys could sit there and watch you hopefully watch TV, and nothing more, right. So Google's newest patent is taking their privacy's spying to a whole new level. Now, this doesn't mean Google's ultimately going to implement this or that this is part of Google Home. This is going to be part of Google Home anytime soon. But these patents allow them to do all kinds of monitoring of you and your home. So for instance, you have a Google Nest thermostat, which is one of these smart thermostats it's designed to measure the conditions in your home and it'll set the temperatures Well, it needs to know someone's in the room if there's activity in the room. And we've seen that for decades now. And businesses and buildings that light come on when someone enters the room, etc. Very basic monitoring. Well, Google's patent allows them to take this to a whole new level where they can recognize not just your face and who's in the room it will track you going from room to room but it can even recognize a T shirt that you might be wearing and it might recognize can that currently be picture on your T shirt as you walk into a room he certainly

Unknown 5:50
wearing that T shirt by the way it's I

Unknown 5:52
love Yeah, well, that make sense. You know, I get it it'll recognize that T shirt and that might be the reason that that Amazon Echo started playing Cardi B for you because Google has the patent now that can recognize the clothes you're wearing. The artists are movie stars that are on your T shirt and then it'll start playing ads for you for that movie stars latest movie that's coming out. So this is a patent it was issued and it's frankly more more than scary but I'm not sure it's too scary as the whole Marriott attack was

Unknown 6:31
indeed want to tell us a little bit of that Marriott hack is that's the second time you brought it up. Clearly you're dying talking about it Craig. Let's see what happens with Marriott.

Unknown 6:37
Oh, you got me figured out. Okay. So here's what's happened. If you are Marriott member you might remember back in 2015 Marriott's got hacked and credit cards were stolen and Marriott has been on an acquisition spree lately. And it went ahead then it's been buying up smaller hotel chains, including the most recent one where they purchase the whole what was the star would screw pride. Yes, Starwood Hotels and that included a few different hotels whose names you might recognize. But what ended up happening is Marriott merged all of their databases and from Starwood into Marriott's mainframes and they recently noticed a problem it turns out some 500 billion guest reservations had been stolen from Starwood database. Now it's not just the guest registration because that would be bad enough but if you bought if you read reserve something with Marriott, obviously they needed your credit card number. So apparently there's some 327-ish million people who not only who was credit card numbers were stolen, whose names and addresses and whose phone numbers were stolen. But of those people anyone that booked with one of these Marriott properties overseas and registered their passport with Marriott also had their passport data stolen. So basically, everything that you had with Marriott all of your data has been potentially stolen. lawsuits are already flying. So that's probably number one. And I want to talk about Marriott's response to this too. But this is huge. This is kind of on the order of the Equifax breach. Last year, 500 million people this is one of the biggest hacks ever.

Unknown 8:45
Wow, that's

Unknown 8:46
it's it's huge. Have you heard about this? It's just crazy. And then their response to it. Now we had a lot of complaints about Equifax and their terrible response to the hack they had last year. Well, Marriott had. They they sent out emails to people letting them know about the compromise and they did not send them from They sent them from a different domain They also did not have a web server shows associated with that domain. So if you typed into your browser,, a website would not come up. It was not assigned email. It was not an encrypted email the domain doesn't load and what do we tell people all the time about hooking links in unknown emails do it do it all the time and often

Unknown 9:43
do it don't right and so here's this is Marriott's response to this there's only one mentioned about this other domain that Mary used in its in their data breach notification site. This is absolutely nuts. So now Marriott is as I mentioned, lawsuits filed yesterday in Oregon about the same you know data was breach. This is going to be huge under the GDPR which are the European regulations have updated privacy. Mary it could be facing a fine of almost $1 billion

Unknown 10:22
just for the data that was stolen relating to European citizens. The US doesn't have anything quite like GDPR yet. Although right now the Trump administration is looking at adopting it. Massachusetts has a similar law as does California yay, so we could see billion plus dollars in fines plus the lawsuits all coming Marriott's way because they acquired a company that had apparently had a breach since 2014.

Unknown 11:03
Wow. Wow. Wow. Indeed. Ladies and gentlemen. We're talking to Craig Peterson. If you want all this tech information in time you want go, get it all instantly.

Unknown 11:15
You also listen on your page about local law enforcement using a tool to unlock cell phones. So I have to worry about our local police department unlocking my cell phone.

Unknown 11:28
Yeah, this has been know a bit of an issue for a while there's two companies and Israeli companies that have been able to unlock cell phones, Apple's made some changes to their phones to help block these unlocker. Apparently, there is a new tool out there that is being used by law enforcement a bottom line at this point. It's law enforcement that can unlock the phones we faint they can unlock the latest iPhones, but we're not absolutely sure. However, it's law enforcement. This is not something that you can expect criminals to really be using. Some businesses have purchased these devices because of the problem of having a disgruntled employee believe having, you know, business related data on the phone or the iPad and not giving the past code. So businesses have been using it to unlock iPhones and iPads and other devices will see this is a game of one have this device in some cases, they still have to get a word in other cases, they haven't secured warrants, this whole thing is still legally kind of up in the air

Unknown 12:38
market. Craig Peterson, our tech guru joins us at this time every Wednesday. Craig, appreciate it. And we'll talk again next week.

Unknown 12:44
Hey gentlemen, take care. Thanks. Thanks a lot sir. All right, we're going to kick it

Otter 12:49
Hey thanks for listening everybody a couple of quick programming note I am going to be recording shows so we will have new shows every week week during December so those will be coming out on podcasts will also be aired on am FM radio in here in the northeast United States on Clear Channel so we're going to be talking about some probably not any real gift stuff I might do a little bit of gift stuff last minute shopping and the year in review a little bit of news and you might even talk about a couple of things that you can do to help keep yourself safe I want to thank everybody by the way that responded to me when my little call for feedback on what you like about these shows what you've gotten from them because that really helps me understand what I should be putting in these right this is for you guys this isn't for me so have well okay I get a little sanity break in doing this shows I guys is kind of for me but it's for you guys so continue to let me know what you think. What you like I don't always answer every email but I do see them all. It's just my the volume is little too high. So I apologize for that. If you wrote me and you didn't get a response. I I have a big queue of them. I've been slowly going through trying to respond to but it let me know What do you like? What would you like to see more of and when it comes to the master classes to that I've been doing let me know what you think about that as well. All right. Take care of we'll be back on Saturday with a whole new show. Take care. Bye bye.


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Dec 4, 2018

Have you heard about the recent Marriott and Quora hack? Craig discusses this with Jim on the Jim Polito Show. Find out more about this hack and about FitLoo, the smart toilet.

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Airing date: 12/04/2018

Marriott Hack Quora Hack - What Does It Mean To Me - What To Do About It - Free Offer

Craig Peterson: 0:00
Hey, good morning everybody. I was on with Mr. Jim Polito this morning, we talked a lot about the Marriott hack what happened and not really why it happens. You don't have all the details yet. But what it means to you. Are you one of the people who hasn't even checked your credit report. Did you know three out of five Americans haven't even checked their credit report, let alone frozen their credit. The new Tax Act that was signed in by President Trump provides us with some amazing opportunity here. So we've got Equifax last year we've got this Marriott hack which really has been occurring for the last three to four years which is just crazy. So what should you be doing now I talked with Jim about that this morning I have after I hung up with Jim I've been on the horn with my team we are putting together a bang up special report here on what we need to do in a order to check our credit what does that mean how do we do it for free what are we looking for and then also how do we freeze our credit what does that mean what is that going to provide us with what can we do what can we do with our credit frozen same trick for the bad guys so that's going to be coming out as well so make sure you are signed up. I don't have the landing page ready yet for the special report we're going to be sending it out this week to our insiders. So if you are not on my insiders list make sure you go and subscribe immediately. Now I'm using what's called a double opt in which means you go to and you give me your name and your email address. I will send you an email immediately and you have to click to confirm okay. So keep an eye out for that. That is legitimate because what I don't want to have happen is for people to sign, other people that don't want to be part of my insiders, okay and getting this type of information from me and I don't want to waste my time, my energy, my money to send that out these reports and things to people that didn't even want them in the first place. So it's called a double opt in. You go right now to, check your email within a minute or two it'll show up there. You'll see an email from, you're going to click the link in there to confirm you want it. And then later on this week, once we've got this special report finalized, we'll let you know and we'll send an email out to everybody. So keep an eye out for that in addition to my normal Saturday show notes email that you'll get from me and you will be able to click on that link it'll take you to a quick signup page so you can sign up for and I've got I mean some amazing special things for you that I am not announcing anywhere but you're going to love this okay you still gonna love this so again, Do it now. Get on my insiders email list. And we've got a special website that we're going to be releasing, you get to be part of the early release program beta, if you will, where there's going to be incredible content, incredible content. Eventually I'm going to be charging for this, but you'll get in for free. So here we go with our friend, Mr. Jim Polito,

Unknown 3:38
The man with the plan and the giant brain. I'm talking about our Tech Talk guru Craig Peterson. Good morning sir. Hey good morning Craig this you got to help us with this we have so many different topics today but I want to start off with the most important the Marriott hack three on hundred and 27 million guests thank you very much Marriott Corporation What are these folks going to do?

Unknown 4:11
Oh boy this is this is crazy. There's quite a bit of stuff you haven't heard in the news but what what first of all I think the most important thing to remember is the bad guys have been in this database since about that looks like maybe 2014. So this is a really really bad deal and we got to give Marriott a little bit of a break because it was the Starwood groups that actually had been hacked and then Marriott bought them and as part of Marriott integration of their computer systems. Marriott figured out what had happened

Unknown 4:48
oh ok. So we Starwood and they they bought Starwood

Unknown 4:52
Exactly. So you know, that doesn't mean that they've heard well, right, yeah, it was so reminiscent of last year with the Equifax hack. It's It is really crazy here. They've done so many things wrong. For instance, they've sent out notices by email to people whose data was stolen. We'll talk about that data in a minute here. But they sent out the email. They didn't send them up from they didn't send them out from any official website. The domain they sent them out from if you try and go to the website of that domain. There is no website at that domain. It's No certificates. Yes, there's no identifying security certificate for the email. The email is not digitally signed to show that it is Marriott doing it the only way you can even figure out that this might be legitimate is Marriott on their data breach notification site has a small note saying yeah by the way a third party firm is sending you email What do we tell people day in day out about clicking on email Jim.

Unknown 6:08
Right. You tell them not to do it.

Unknown 6:13
Exactly. So I'm just I'm shaking my head here now as is the case with so many problems that you have in business you bring in these PR firms that know how to do with disaster response right that that's what so many businesses do well Marriott had set this domain up apparently earlier this year and it sent out to me email from there but there's no way for regular person to check and see hey wait a minute now is this email coming from a scammer into come from the Marriott Corporation? That's not where I normally get my email for Marriott. They blown this thing. It's crazy. And then now let's talk about the data that was stolen. k. You mentioned What? 300 million?

Unknown 7:03
327 million yeah,

Unknown 7:04
exactly. It could be as high as 500 million. But that number 327 is right now considered to be the most accurate and look at the list of stuff that was stolen as part of this hack. It includes all your personal information. And I mean, personal. Because if you traveled abroad and you were with Starwood, you had to give your passport number.

Unknown 7:35
OK, so now we've got scammers out there that are that have their passport, you know, bad guys pickers that have passport numbers for all of us have all of this information.

Unknown 7:51
My gosh, and so now we have to worry about a few things. First of all, you've got to worry about your credit and your credit being used your identity stolen, okay, you have to be okay. You have to worry about your passport. Now worried about your passport may not be as big a deal because when it comes to credit cards, for instance, all you really have to worry about is that somebody might use it and you have to know this and then you have to follow through. Okay. Yeah, having your identity stolen means that you could get pulled over for broken taillight on your car. And all of a sudden you are the subject Alba felony arrest and other words, all of a sudden, there's a half a dozen police cars, your face down in there in that very cool statement. Yeah, on the road. Right, right. And when it comes to your passport number, the bad guys have the number but it's not terribly useful to them. Because if you still have to have a physical passport, okay, now think about this. in the longer term. I just flew out of around Orlando airport a couple of weeks ago, I was down there for conference. And in the Orlando airport, they had these new identity machines that were biometric. And the federal government has in our passport, RFID chip, they've got these little chips that can be read in your passport, right? So the bad guys can reproduce a passport. But it's very expensive, very hard to do. So only the most determined bad guys, maybe bad guys like Al Qaeda, that will send their people to flight training school, you know, can use this thing can do it. It's it's not going to be your average run of the mill bad guy that's trying to steal your identity that's going to be able to really make use of the passport I get concerned because I see the federal government going closer and closer to having completely digital IDs, no paper and that concerns me more now. We've got the Marriott breach on top of Equifax last year. So we're talking about two of the biggest breaches in history. And many of us have our data not just on these sites. But in many other sites. Now, there is something really good that came out of the recent tax bill. And what came out of it from a security standpoint is you can get your credit frozen for no charge. Now from the

Unknown 10:28
right now you don't have to pay it all.

Unknown 10:31
Exactly. It used to be 10 bucks to lock it down. Lock all three of these credit agencies. So it was 30 bucks every time you turn around, basically, yeah, if you want to get new credit somewhere so right now bottom line is freeze your credit. Okay, just three and five Americans have ever even looked at their credit score. And you know, preaching a credit as a step beyond that. And we're seeing this happen more and more. There's no good solution for this. Thank God. Marriott caught this, you know, I wish it had been caught three, four years ago. But consider this, okay, it's not going to cost you anything. I've got a report that I can send out to you that goes step by step through exactly how to freeze your credit. You can ask me for that you can send me a text, you can email I'll make sure you get that report. If you're one of the people that's on my monthly subscription for watching the dark web. You already have that report because I send it out whenever I find a compromise to you. But I'm more than happy to send that to you. I advise everyone not only check your credit report, but freeze your credit. And then if if you want new credit, you can have to unfreeze it. But it leaves now thanks to the Trump sign tax bill. It's free.

Unknown 11:56
We're talking with Craig Peterson, our Tech Talk guru you heard there and at the end of this segment will give you a number you can text My name to that number. And Craig Peterson. If you're not already on his list will put you on his list. It's the nice list. Not the naughty list. Because he won't mess with you won't send you stuff you don't want won't bother you. And of course he won't sell your name. Alright, this one. I just have to go here.

Unknown 12:26
A high tech toilet. How can I say it tracking my every movement? I it's a family show, Craig. But what is this is your on the spot here. It says smart toilet.

Unknown 12:48
Why do I need a smart toilet? If a toilet was smart? You would no longer want to do the job it was designed for

Unknown 12:57
exactly Is that true? Or do you remember the movie The island I love that movie hi fi movie. And if you picked it a future where they were raising people duplicates of people shown so they can harvest organs. Right? Yep. And one of the things they had to do was make sure these clones were healthy. Yeah. And so it monitored their urine output. Yep. And so now researchers at the European Space Agency have teamed up with MIT sanitation specialists who thought MIT got into tenants

Unknown 13:34
and toilets. Yeah,

Unknown 13:36
yeah, it's called FitLoo.

Unknown 13:40

Unknown 13:42
That's what the British in some Europeans call a toilet, the loo

Unknown 13:46
The loo. Exactly and it's located in the water closet

Unknown 13:50
Yes, in the water closet

Unknown 13:52
and it screens human waste for early signs of disease. This is really kind of a cool idea you know, I you know, I was in medicine for many years and her medicine and medical people are kind of strange. First of all, they smoke far more often than the regular public and secondly they tend to examine their excretion and

Unknown 14:18
because there are so many things you can gather from that human ways that data is gathered by sensors in the toilet bowl century your mobile phone you can see how your health is doing how it's changing you'll be able to see from this symptoms of early diabetes all the way through an intestinal bleed is phenomenal and I gotta say when it comes to intestinal belief I have a sister in law who has been in critical condition now for a week and a half they finally were breathing tube because she had a rupture in we're in testing

Unknown 14:57
something like this FitLoo might have helped them oh it's fun to choke out there's so many jokes

Unknown 15:04
yeah it is also true so okay I got a smart toilet watching my every moment no but if it detects disease, that's fine. Alright so if you would look there's a lot of other stuff that Craig got to me this week but we wanted to make sure we focused on that Marriott hack so if you text my name to this number

Unknown 15:30
855-385-5553. That's 855-385-5553

Unknown 15:39
and standard data and text rates apply. You'll get on Craig Peterson's list he'll periodically send you information as he mentioned in this segment if there's some kind of a crisis you'll already have that information or if there's more information that's needed you'll get it and he will not sell your name he keeps you on the nice list and he won't put you on the naughty list Craig thank you so much look forward to talking with you next week

Unknown 16:07
alright thanks Jim and get that out to people that report on freezing your credits to people who have a little bit later on this morning

Unknown 16:14
excellent thanks Craig. Appreciate it. Craig Peterson everybody. All right when we return a final word. 

Unknown 16:22 

A quick reminder that URL again if you haven't done it yet you will not regret this this is going to be big it's going to be fantastic we're doing a major launch next year you're will be a part of it and you're going to get in for free because you're a listener to me on the Jim Polito Show so and end the podcast right Take care. Bye bye.



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Dec 1, 2018

This week there is some very cool stuff and very scary stuff going on in the world of technology.

We're going to talk about some Brain Implants that lets fully paralyzed people use tablets.  The project is called BrainGate2.  Listen in and then check it out.  It is very, cool use technology that can really help patients.

Did you hear about the new Patent that Google got?  You'll want to listen in because this is pretty scary for sure -- Google is planning to monitor our mood, our movement and even our children's behavior at home.

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Airing date: 12/01/2018

Brain Implant Lets Paralyzed People Use Tablets - Google And Amazon New Monitoring Patents

Craig Peterson: 0:00
Hey, good morning, Craig Peterson here. We have another show ahead of us. We're going to be talking about a few things as usual one, of course, security. That's kind of the big topic as it is every week. As we try and get more and more businesses and people more secure.

Craig Peterson 0:18
We're going to talk about Amazon, some kind of scary technology. They just got a patent on maybe, maybe you've seen movies that did this before the island was one of them. But these new high tech toilets are going to be monitoring, new privacy on LinkedIn. Google has now revealed some plans to monitor our moods, our movement and our children's behavior in our homes.

Craig Peterson 0:42
Yeah, you have one of those Google Home devices are you sure you want to keep that thing around? We've got more news now by the hackers of these NSA hacking tools we talked about last year, those that were stolen from the NSA or given away I'm not sure how you want to look at this, but these tools are now being used in more sophisticated ways and we're certainly seeing them every week and law enforcement is now using a new tool, kind of a mysterious tool, in order to unlock cell phones. We've talked about some of the tools before we'll get into that a little bit more. Facebook ads are urging Facebook staff to leak secrets on this is quite interesting.

Craig Peterson 1:27
A company was terminated over this Facebook says they're not tracking who is doing what but it looks like there might be some George Soros ties and all of that. If you want to read any of the articles, of course, this is all from the news just this week you can go right online to my website You'll see all of this stuff on the homepage or you can always go to Hey, everybody that's listening on podcasts as well would really appreciate some feedback. It's nice to know people are listening and are hopefully getting some good useful information out of the show and I get comments every week but I like to hear from people we want to get reviews as well on iTunes because that's kind of the big place. I don't know what's going on with iHeart Media they carry my show live, and I have applied a few times to get the podcast up on the I heart app so you can listen to it there but for some reason, I don't know they just haven't been putting it up I'm not sure what's going on there with iHeart but anyways go to Just take a minute it's only going to take you a minute. Now my website's going to redirect you over to the Apple iTunes site, you'll see shouldn't come right up to my podcast. And you'll see the ability or you'll have the ability right there to hopefully give me a five-star rating. And as a part that rating, you're going to be able to put a little comment on him. So if you would let me know what you get the most out of the show from or with, or maybe something that was surprising and interesting to you as well. Take a couple of minutes to do that. That will also help me with the iHeart app. And way as my ratings go up in the iTunes Store, the iHeart app, people might pick it up from that to who knows, I've been doing podcasts for longer than almost anybody. And I went What about two, three years without really posting anything. So we're trying to get back into that, trying to get the information out and really help people out.

Craig Peterson 3:47
Hey, I want to thank also all of the people that are responded, I sent out an email two weeks ago now just talking about to get together. And I've been taking time every day to respond to people, I had so many responses. And I'm responding to them all individually. So forgive me, if you haven't heard from me yet, you will hear from me, I am putting some real time into this. And some thought. And of course, that takes time as well. You should have gotten my normal weekly show notes this morning. And of course, last Saturday morning as well. But this was just a thing about a get-together. And I'm trying to figure out what I can do best to help small businesses out. So if you haven't seen an email from me, I respond, I will be responding and I've been asking questions and trying to kind of figure out what people are thinking out there so that we can help them out. I'm just fed up with every week having more and more of these types of hacks to talk about. It's just been going crazy, frankly. So we're gonna start out here by not talking about a hack. Let's talk about well, I guess you could call this a hack. This is an absolutely amazing step forward.

Craig Peterson 5:05
You've probably seen people before on TV, Stephen Hawking is one of them who had physical problems, he had a disease, you, of course, paralyzed, he can just do some very basic things. You've probably heard his speech system that talks to him, it's very slow, it's very hard to do. But, he is able to mostly control a computer using that. Well, three people who are paralyzed from the neck down now have been able to use on modified computer tablets. Isn't this amazing. In this case, they were Android, but on modified Android tablets, to text their friends to browse the internet to stream music. Very cool stuff. So you know, typically, as you've seen with Hawking, I'm sure he has a thing that he puts into his mouth, and he uses his mouth in order to manipulate it and move things around. Sometimes these systems track the eyes of the paralyzed user as they look at things. And they'll select letters and compose words, put it all together. And all of that is really kind of cool. But they've always had to use very, very specialized hardware that computers themselves had to be designed to work with them, obviously, right, because they have to select letters and words. And it kind of does some predictive stuff with words to make it a little easier for them. Well, in this case, it is absolutely unmodified, I think it's phenomenal check it out online is called BrainGate2. B-R-A-I-N-G-A-T-E, the digit 2. BrainGate2. They have a lot of information there about the research projects that are underway, obviously undergoing some field trials right now. They accept donations if you want to help them out.

Craig Peterson 6:55
But this system uses some microelectrodes that are implanted into the brains of these paralyzed people. And in real time, the neural signals that are in the brain that are associated with the intention to move a limb like an arm or leg are intercepted and are used to allow them to type on a keyboard. It's just amazing. So there are three people who are involved in this trial, they have these electrical grids implanted over part of their motor cortex. Again, that's a part of the brain that helps control movement picked up the neural activity. And that neural activity then indicated that they were thinking about moving a cursor on the street screen. And guess what happened, the cursor moved on the screen. So it's just using their intentions. And they were able to perform all kinds of tasks. Now, some of the tasks like multi-touch that you might have on one of these tablets, they couldn't do but give a little time they'll get this workout. And ultimately, they're not going to have to these things that the thinking is that we'll be able to put sensors kind of like a hat that they were right on their head. And they'll have a brain-computer interface. So I thought that was a very cool way to start out the show again, it's called brain gate two. And this is for paraplegics. It's absolutely amazing. All they have to do is have a working brain and they can go online and just do all kinds of incredible things.

Craig Peterson 8:30
Well, we've been inviting Amazon Alexa as into our homes and the new Google Home. Some of us have that really good sounding series speaker from Apple, although app or Amazon is coming out with one as well, that they claim is really good. It's available right now, I think. But I think it's still limited quantities. They sound great, they answer your questions, we have an echo show in the kitchen.

Craig Peterson 8:57
And you can ask it for recipes. It'll show you the recipe, it'll play the videos, they're really, really helpful. Well, in both of these cases, Google and Amazon are doing some things that are a little bit scary. Now, we talked in weeks past that those machines, although they're listening are not streaming all of your audio up to the cloud, they do not retain all of your audio. So those are both important points to remember. And we talked about it in the context of police departments trying to do investigations. However, Google just got a patent here, when apparently, they're planning to monitor our mood, our movement and our children's behavior at home.

Craig Peterson 9:46
Those of us that have the Google Home, you know, again, they like it because you can and ask questions, Atlanta and stuff. But Google is totally into trying to get all of the information they can get their hands on about you about anybody. And to me, that is very, very scary. We've given up our privacy to Google. And obviously, Facebook, we've seen some of the things Facebook has done has done and others. Now, Amazon, of course, they track thoroughly what it is you buy them make suggestions, ways to save some money. So I not really knocking them for all of this. But in this case, the patents are revealing that Google's developing smart home products that are capable of eavesdropping on us throughout our homes.

Craig Peterson 10:40
They want to learn more about us, our families better target us with advertising. It goes even further than that. And further than the Google Home speaker that's promoted to just answer questions right now provide useful information, these nest thermostats that are measuring environmental conditions in our homes. Some of these devices in the patent also have cameras on them. And the patent describes how these cameras can recognize even recognize the image of a movie star on a t-shirt. So you're in your home, you're walking around, you've got a t-shirt on with your favorite movie star. And now all of a sudden, you're going to start seeing ads for that new movie that the stars in where's the line, right? How about when you're running around in your underwear in the house, you know what of that information is going to get out there, what's going to get hacked.

We don't have any good laws about this right now, no good rules or regulations, the companies themselves have not been doing a good job of policing themselves, they just keep pushing and pushing that envelope.

Craig Peterson 11:49
One of these patents says that the smart home environment may be provided with a smart device environment policies that use smart devices to monitor activities with their smart device environment, report on the activities and or provide smart device control based on these activities. So it's pretty clear from this. And what they want to do is monitor us and report back what we're doing. I the patent goes on a lot more detail here, but it may include image recognition technology to identify particular occupants or objects. In other words, the goal is to track us throughout the home observing who is in each room, because they also have the facial recognition technology where we are moving within the house and what we are doing alright, this patent was awarded by the way to want to Google's teams, the guys that developed the Nest thermostat, of course, Nest thermostat summit technology was purchased. But this is a breakthrough product with a microphone, you can talk to your Nest thermostat and have an answer questions.

Craig Peterson 12:54
I don't know, it gets kind of scary. And then Amazon what they're doing, they've got some new technology that recognizes accent. And the idea behind this is that Google will recognize your characteristics like voice feature. So in this particular case, this patent that was issued in October will recognize things like a language accent, the ethnic origin, your emotion, your sex, your age, and background noise.

Craig Peterson 13:29
So it's going to be immediately extracted is going to be tagged put in the user's data file, and it's going to be used for more targeted advertising. I don't think that's going to be a surprise to anybody, right. So what they're trying to do here, it's also apparently going to consider this is, according to the Amazon patent, consider a customer's physical location, and that's based on their IP address, the primary shipping address or browsing browser settings to help determine the accent will see, we'll see what happens. It's unclear how much accent detection they can do right now. But it's going to introduce all kinds of questions on our part about surveillance, privacy violations, maybe even discriminatory advertising or practices, civil rights issues that could be raised by this. And of course, the government might be interested in the accent data and technology as well. So if a voice-based accent detection in sitting there in whether it's Amazon or someone else, but if that detection can determine a person's ethnic background,

Craig Peterson 14:38
it opens up a whole new category of information that's very interesting to the government. You can find this article, it's from the intercept, you'll find it up on my website, and ttp:// If you want to find out more Jennifer King, Director of consumer privacy over at Stanford Law, she had some very, very interesting comments whether people might speak Arabic or Arabic, accented English, are these users belonging to a religious or ethnic group, because it could be listening in here, your prayers here, other things going on, I'm not sure where that line should be drawn. But I don't think it should be drawn that far down the road, that's for sure. And we're going to talk about this, this other problem, because

Craig Peterson 15:26
when government gets this technology, when government gets us information, eventually it gets outlook at what just happened last month, with the government's Obamacare website, where 10s of thousands of people's personal private information was stolen, social security numbers, health information, names, addresses, everything was stolen from the government. So if they're starting to track all of this, what's going to happen? We had a break in Amazon. Also, this wasn't a break in this wasn't a hack, but right before Black Friday, this was like how I think it was Tuesday, right before Black Friday, Amazon lost a lot of people's names and email addresses due to a bug and anyone that had that information last they send an email, you should get an email from Amazon telling you what happened. And you know, they did fix that problem. But again, it's a big problem. How far should we let the government go when it comes to tracking us? And when you're talking about something like Obamacare, wow, that this next article really starts to come into play.

Craig Peterson 16:48
Even the hacking tools at the NSA had were stolen, right? You know, it's how far can this all go? Well, the island great movie, if you haven't seen it, in the alike side, You've got to see the island. But part of this was that the characters, the primary characters in this movie were monitored 24 seven, they wanted them to be the ultimate of health very, very healthy, and so they were monitoring the urine output of all of the resident. That's something we already do in our space program. Our astronauts that are up in the space station, their urine every time they use the toilet, it is taken a sample of it's taken and it is analyzed. So they know what's happening. Of course, we want to know more details and want to understand space exploration better. And, and that makes a whole lot of sense.

Craig Peterson 17:44
Well, our gear, arguably, our bathrooms are the last bastion of privacy, but it looks like there's a new high tech toilet that's coming our way that's going to track our every movement. We've got the European Space Agency teaming up with MIT and some sanitation specialists to create what's called the FitLoo, loo being British slang for the toilet. And this FitLoo screened human waste for early signs of disease. So they've got data sensors that are sitting there in the toilet bowl to gather information. I'm not sure how far this goes, I don't even want to think about some of it, right? But this really

Craig Peterson 18:34
provides an incredible opportunity for people to gain control of their health. And it's designed initially to go to the doctor when they're sick. So that data isn't it may be captured but it isn't shared with anybody you know, I want to go on and on here but the articles interesting because they're quoting a spokesperson from the toilet board coalition, if you can believe there is such a thing they're quoting the spokesperson is saying, you know, we just don't listen to our bodies. And, and I gotta say, I've seen that in my extended family. I have right now a sister in law who's in the hospital because she wasn't listening to her body is stuff that could have been taking care of a long time ago, but wasn't taking care of, and the toilet listens and free time, right, when we use it. And we flush I guess today it is technically it's not listening. But but it will be listening very soon. So take this and take what I was just mentioning of that website that was hacked, right? The Obamacare website, the government healthcare application site, what's going to happen if there is government controlled medicine even more control than it is right now? Or let's say that the HMM most want to go another step further?

Craig Peterson 20:01
What are they going to do? Look what's happening right now, with cars, I think it's Progressive Insurance will give you a discount, quote-unquote, discount if you put the put this little device into your car. So it links up with the car's computer, and it tracks how many miles you're driving, which of course, is your or their exposure to risk? And how you drive? Are you breaking hard? Are you accelerating harder, you're going around corners hard because the computers record all of us in our cars. And many times the computer data from our cars, the black boxes have been used in court cases to convict people of things. And it was maybe 10 years ago that I talked on this show about giving tickets out, there are, now, tickets being issued because of this data that's being collected. So Progressive says, hey, listen, you can save money, you just plug it in. And of course, I said, quote, save money, unquote, because if you are a bad driver, there's going to be a surcharge on your bill. So with government's involvement in health care with these Hmm. Most involvement with health care, what do you think's going to happen with these types of new toilets that are coming out, right? If if you have a FitLoo? Are they going to come back and say, Hey, listen, you got to stop eating bacon? Or you can have to change your lifestyle in this way. Or that way. Because of what your toilets been recording, right? Good question, isn't it?

Craig Peterson 21:38
So, you know, our privacy is going away a little bit at a time, a lot of bits here and there, frankly, and I think we got to be a lot more careful with it. And what we're allowing people to do with our data. So to that, and I'm not gonna have time to get into this. But there's a great article by Mike Epstein or on life hacker again, you'll find it at But this is how to protect your privacy on LinkedIn. Now, we've, of course, talked about Facebook before and protecting your privacy on Facebook, of course, to a degree, one degree or another, you need to be careful about the data you post on LinkedIn. Microsoft owns LinkedIn now, and they are doing some interesting things when it comes to privacy. We'll kind of leave it at that. But this article goes through in some detail about what you should do, what you shouldn't do what you want to be careful about when you're online with your data sharing and everything. So check that out how to protect your privacy on LinkedIn. That's the number one site for business people for contacts is kind of a social network, certainly not on the order of Facebook as far as a social network goes. But a lot of people use it to find jobs, to find employees, etc, etc. out there.

Craig Peterson 23:12
Now this I I don't know how to how to have everybody understand this, you guys you listen to the show, you're you're smarter than the average bear, you know more about security than the average bear, believe it or not, because if you've been listening regularly, I talk a lot about security. But more than a year after patches were released to thwart these NSA exploit people still have not applied them. So what we're talking about are the tools that our national security agency had developed. And we're using in order to break in and monitor computers. And of course, its design intent was, hey, listen, we have a legal right to monitor these people because of a Pfizer court order or some other court order. So we're going to monitor them. The easiest way to do that is to play some malware on their computers. And once a malware is on their computers will be able to see what they're sending what they're receiving, who they're talking to. The same trick when it comes to your phones, they have some workarounds for your phones. So there were patches that were released by all of the major software vendors that were affected. And of course, who's the major software vendor affected it is, of course, Microsoft and Microsoft Windows. So first, these tools were being used to spread ransomware I remember last summer the huge ransomware attack the knocked off so many businesses completely off the air, including multinational, huge corporation because they did not do the right thing with their security. Thank goodness, we were able to protect all of our clients so I didn't have to deal with it and try and restore from backups. But a lot of people didn't even have a backup. So that was number one use the NSA tools for that ransomware and then it was cryptocurrency mining, they decided they would use your computer to try and find bitcoins and other things in the cryptocurrency realm that they could then use and trade while now researchers are saying that hackers are using the leak tools to create an even bigger malicious proxy network. Now Akamai is the one who just published some of these new findings they see a lot of the internet traffic and they're saying that they're the bad guys are using these NSA tools to take over our routers and send data overseas we know about that we've talked about that here before if you haven't patched your router patch it now if you don't know how to patch your router buy a brand new one okay it's really good just that simple well now they've gone the next step and they're using even more powerful exploits are burrowing

Craig Peterson 26:07
through your router and they're infecting individual computers on your network and then they start spreading within your network so it's pretty bad they're using a couple of these major exploit were stolen from the NSA make sure you update your computer I had someone this week sent me an email asking about how to update How do they know if those patches are legitimate? If you're interested just email I will send you that information that I wrote up just about how to tell which updates are legit which ones you should install because a lot of people are very confused about that and that's understandable so the last two articles I'm not really going to be able to get to but you'll find up on my website And if you're on my email list you should have gotten the show notes this morning make sure you subscribe if you haven't because I do keep you up to date. I don't pester you to believe me. This is a lot of great free information. is a way to sign up. http://CraigPeterson.comc/subscribe. You will get my weekly show notes when there's a big hack underway I'll let you know when I'm holding the free master class I'll let you know about that as well and we have master classes coming up on how to do backups how to install patches how to use the free tools in order to keep your home computer safe and the tools you need to keep your businesses safe as well as some master courses which are paid but everything else absolutely free I just want to get this information out so have a great rate week., and we will be back again next week. Take care bye bye.


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