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Podcast 1513 April 4, 2015: AT&T Connects Cars & Obama Lowers the Boom on Hackers

Please note: Due to MSU last game in the NCAA tournament our show was not heard live on WJR 760 AM in Detroit on 4/4/15. However, we recorded an entire 2 hour program with guests and listener questions during the game and you can download the podcast right here on our homepage.

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Show Notes:

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Connected CarConnected Cars: AT&T’s Role in the Future of Your Car

BrianGreaves_300x2001Brian Greaves is the Director of Product Development IoT Solutions, at AT&T’s Drive Studio and Drive Lab in Atlanta, GA.  The former Detroiter talks about the booming business of helping cars to talk to one another and to their components with advance digital systems.  The Atlanta Drive Studio is where the Communications Giant experiments with technologies to work with a host of car manufacturers.


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EO ObamaPres. President Obama Gives Executive Order to Crack Down on Growing Cyber Assault on America

Richard StiennonRichard Stiennon, President of IT-Harvest and a noted international expert on cyberwarfare, comments on the effectiveness of this latest crackdown on increasingly serious attacks on US government and private business by hackers.  Most notorious of these are the Chinese agents who have hobbled sites like …

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Podcast 1506 2/7/15 :FCC Battle Stations, Sportsman Tracker, Anthem/BCBS Connection and Mind Set



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Net Neutrality Battle Stations

tomwheeler2-300x300FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler opened the battle for Net Neutrality this week by declaring that wired and wireless carriers would be classified as “common carriers” under Title 2.


Charlie HopperCharlie Hopper, owner of, both wired and wireless services, in northern Michigan shares his perspective on the decision and why he thinks it may hurt more than help net neutrality.


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Twitter Launches Group Messaging


Emily Hay, founder of Haytheresocialmedia describes a new way to get your message out to a select group of people quickly with Twitter’s new Group Messaging.  She will also tell us what moms thought about the Super Bowl Ads and her recent appearance on TV as part of a select panel of local experts.


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Jeff Courter is the founder of a Grand Rapids based company which recently secured new venture capital to launch its first hunting app Sportsman Tracker this coming March.  Jeff’s idea has found enthusiastic acceptance and the app is almost ready to launch.  Full details follow.



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FBI Blames North Korea for Sony Hack

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It’s definitive. North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday.

“As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other US Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions,” the FBI said Friday in a statement.

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It’s a common scene from TV: Our hero sneaks into the villain’s office, plugs in a USB stick and — flash! — all the secret plans to conquer Chicago are sucked down into the thumb-drive. The only fiction is how fast it takes to download data. In the real world, office data thieves walk out with stolen data everyday on their flash drives.

USB memory sticks may prove far more dangerous for your company than you’d ever imagined.

It could be worse. USB sticks can also carry malware. Or, as SRLabs security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell propose to show at Black Hat, an ordinary USB pen drive can be turned into an automated hacking tool.

The base problem, according to the pair, is “USB has become so commonplace that we rarely worry about its security implications. USB sticks undergo the occasional virus scan, but we consider USB to be otherwise perfectly safe — until now.”

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6 More Retailers Attacked Like Target

Jeremy Kirk, PC World Jan. 18, 2014

Cybercriminals have stolen payment card data from six more U.S. retailers using similar point-of-sale malware that compromised Target, a computer crime intelligence company said Friday.

The conclusion comes from a study of members-only forums where cybercriminalsbuy and sell data and malicious software tools, said Dan Clements, president of IntelCrawler, which conducted the analysis.

The retailers have not been publicly named, but IntelCrawler is providing technical information related to the breaches to law enforcement, Clements said in a telephone interview Friday.

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Take a Simple Test to Beat the UPnP Vulnerability

Steve GibsonA couple of weeks ago it was discovered that it’s possible for viruses to quickly spread among unsecured or WEP-encrypted Wi-Fi routers in densely populated urban areas. The FBI has Strongly Recommended that all users Immediately Disable Windows’
Universal Plug n’ Play Support.  Steve Gibson is a noted security expert and has been featured on Internet Advisor in the past.  He has a simple one step, free test to see whether your computer/network are vulnerable.

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Anonymous Catches a Virus

According to some news sources, Anonymous hackers may have had more to worry about than one of their own becoming an informant for the FBI.  Apparently someone slipped the hacker collective a nasty little trojan of their own that infected members’ machines.  Wonder if their anti-spyware caught it!  Earlier in the week it was reported that 25 members of the Anonymous had been rounded up in Latin America and it was revealed that a former member had turned FBI informant when he got caught out in the open.

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Podcast: June 25, 2011

Foster Braun, Ed Rudel, Kurt Hines, Erik Anderson

Show Notes:

Foster Braun, Ed Rudel and Kurt Hines will also discuss some changes coming to Malwarebytes and the changing world of Anti-virus software. Erik Anderson (Mr. Mac) brings his weekly The Mac Minute for the select who just can’t go a week without their dose of Apple rumors!  😉

And of course our second hour is YOUR hour to call us with your computer and internet problems.

Podcast: June 25, 2011 – Hour 1
Podcast: June 25, 2011 – Hour 2

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Podcast: June 18, 2011

Cal Carson, Foster Braun, Shane Hamelin, Erik Anderson

Show Notes

  • Hack Attack: Chloe Albegensius, editor Who are these groups that have openly attacked banks, businesses and even the CIA?  What is their purpose?  Why haven’t they been caught?
  • Online Bank for the Disabled; Brad Saul President and CEO of Prime Access who is disabled himself, has developed specialized software to help the disabled with banking.  Bridgeview Bank
  • A few of our favorite things: Cal, Foster and Shane will share a favorite device or software program with our listeners.

The second hour is YOUR hour to get answers to your computer problems and concerns.

Podcast: June 18, 2011 – Hour 1
Podcast: June 18, 2011 – Hour 2

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WordPress Fighting Off Second Wave of Attacks

Hackers have tried for the last two days to shut down WordPress.  The hosting service is home to 18 million blogs including some of the Internet’s most influential commentators.  Cyber thugs have bombarded the WordPress servers for two days with DDOS (Directed Denial of Service) attacks.  “This is the largest and most sustained attack we’ve seen in our six-year history. We suspect it may have been politically motivated against one of our non-English blogs but we’re still investigating and have no definitive evidence yet.” according to Matt Muellenberg, WordPress founder.

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