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Now there is a scary thought, bad actors developing malware and other code to hack people’s DNA. Sounds like a great plot for the movie industry to build a series around. Or did they already do it with the Matrix franchise?

When it comes to cyber attacks, hacks, and data breaches, it seems like the world is always on the defensive. The bad actors invariably seem to be one step ahead. Sure, the good actors catch up, patch up, and fix problems. Bad actors get caught and put in jail. But they are slippery! I suppose that is to be expected for “entities” that lurk in a digital world. I’ve seen “Tron” and The Matrix” series.

With privacy being top of mind these days due to the never-ending parade of hacks and data abuse, it is not surprising to see encryption showing up in unusual places. However, one place I would not have thought to find encryption is in fine Scotch whisky. Well, you can add Glenlivet to the list with the release of their single malt whisky bearing the name, “Cipher.”

Opening with a little homage to the famous board game, Monopoly, for those unfortunately infected with some variant of the ransomware, Thanatos, your get out of “jail” card has been developed by researchers at Cisco. Good news for people seeking a free way to decrypt their data.

It seems nothing is sacred when it comes to the activities of hackers. Not even the FIFA World Cup is immune from the unwelcome attention of bad cyber actors. One example comes from the English Football Association (FA) as they warn their players, coaches, and staff to avoid using public and unsecured Wi-Fi and other communication links while in Russia to prevent hacking and theft of team and personal information.

Let’s admit it, the lure of making a fortune in cryptocurrencies has an appeal, right? Just look at all the successes out there. And one way to get in on the action is by mining coins, or in other words, becoming an official part of the blockchain for your currency/currencies of choice. Here’s a short and sweet definition:

Bitcoin mining is the processing of transactions in the digital currency system, in which the records of current Bitcoin transactions, known as blocks, are added to the record of past transactions, known as the blockchain.

It would appear that our smart phones are listening to what we say even when we are not using them. A recent article in Vice reported this somewhat disconcerting news. Generally, the voice assistants only spring to life when they hear the trigger phrase, “hey Siri” or “okay Google.” But other apps on your phones are also listening in on what you are saying even while not actively being used.

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