Spam and phishing in Q2 2018

Quarterly highlights GDPR as a phishing opportunity In the first quarter, we discussed spam designed to exploit GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which came into effect on May 25, 2018.…

Texas.gov Website Is Down This Weekend

The day after the Texas Department of Public Safety launches a campaign encouraging drivers to renew licenses online, the state website is going down for the better part of three…

IT threat evolution Q2 2018

Targeted attacks and malware campaigns Operation Parliament In April, we reported the workings of Operation Parliament, a cyber-espionage campaign aimed at high-profile legislative, executive and judicial organizations around the world…

Arkema officials charged with "recklessly" releasing chemicals amid Harvey flooding

Aerial view of the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas. Arkema Group Facebook page A Harris County jury on Friday handed a series of indictments to Arkema Inc., an international…

How do file partner programs work?

It’s easy to notice if you’ve fallen victim to an advertising partner program: the system has new apps that you didn’t install, ad pages spontaneously open in the browser, ads…

State has experienced 24 consecutive months of employment growth Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Workforce Commission released its latest monthly economic report for the Texas economy, which…

Experience B/CS Facebook Post To Visit Out Of Town Attractions Is Removed

On Monday, the local travel and tourism recruitment agency posted on its Facebook page an invitation for visitors to travel to Natural Bridge Caverns near San Antonio or the Magnolia…

Coinvault, the court case

Today, after almost 3 years of waiting, it was finally the day of the trial. In the Netherlands, where the whole case took place, the hearings are open to the…

“Fundamentally Transforming America” left the Democratic Party in a Smoking Ruin By Matthew Continetti Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The only political civil war happening across the nation at the…

In cryptoland, trust can be costly

While the legal status of cryptocurrencies and laws to regulate them continue to be hammered out, scammers are busy exploiting the digital gold rush. Besides hacking cryptocurrency exchanges, exploiting smart-contract…

Delving deep into VBScript

In late April we found and wrote a description of CVE-2018-8174, a new zero-day vulnerability for Internet Explorer that was picked up by our sandbox. The vulnerability uses a well-known…

Fire Damages Two Businesses In Snook

Two businesses in Snook were hit by a fire early Wednesday morning. According to the Snook volunteer fire department’s Facebook page, Snook Drive-In and Donut Place were affected. Mutual aid…

Pbot: evolving adware

The adware PBot (PythonBot) got its name because its core modules are written in Python. It was more than a year ago that we detected the first member of this…

Tours immigrant detention facilities, holds roundtable discussion with local officials at Weslaco Border Patrol Station Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – (WESLACO, Texas) – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today…

Viral outbreak in California highlights need for year-round biosecurity within poultry flocks

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Craig Coufal, 979-845-4319, cdcoufal@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A virus outbreak among backyard chickens in California exemplifies the need for biosecurity diligence year-round, said…

Shareholders reject bid to link Google diversity to exec pay

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Shareholders of Google parent Alphabet Inc. on Wednesday rejected several proposals aimed at linking executive pay to diversity goals, being more open about lobbying, narrowing…

Bryan School Board President Talks About School Safety

Public school officials around the state continue to review last week’s safety recommendations proposed by Governor Abbott. Bryan school board president Mark McCall told WTAW News the district already does…

A MitM extension for Chrome

Browser extensions make our lives easier: they hide obtrusive advertising, translate text, help us choose in online stores, etc. There are also less desirable extensions, including those that bombard us…

Measures to improve school safety include increased school security and addressing mental health issues Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –  (CARROLLTON) – Representative Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) commended Governor Greg Abbott’s…

Governor Abbott Releases 44 Page School And Firearm Safety Plan

From Governor Abbott’s office: Governor Greg Abbott today joined state and local leaders to unveil his School and Firearm Safety Action Plan. The Governor’s plan contains 40 recommendations and includes…