Category: Crime Report

Cyberbullying: Crime or Hysteria?

Emily Osment in Cyberbully movie form 2011

Cyberbullying is a new twist on an old problem. There have always been bullies—people who were stronger—or thought they were—would harass the weaker ones. Sometimes it was for retribution or just to humiliate their victim. BULLYING (and cyberbullying) cross all…

Birther Movement: Trump, Arpaio, Jackson

Donald Trump and Joe Arpaio

The Birther Movement: Threats from the Fringe? Jeffrey P. Macharyas Utica College CYB 610-Cyber Intelligence April 11, 2014 There has always been opposition to politicians. Healthy debate and disagreement strengthens democracy and holds politicians accountable. However, there are people who…

You’ve Got Mail—And So Do We

Samuel Morse

“I don’t believe in email. I’m an old-fashioned girl. I prefer calling and hanging up.” —Sarah Jessica Parker It is staggering to think just pervasive email is in our lives. In 2012, there were 2.2 billion email users worldwide, 144…

American Cybersecurity Complacency

It is human nature that we do ourselves harm or neglect ways to keep ourselves healthy even when we know it is against our best interest. We fool ourselves by thinking “it won’t happen to me,” or “why bother.” We…

James Madison—Cyber Warrior

James Madison Cypher

It’s great when you find your special interests converge. I have always had an interest in American history and especially American Presidents. And now, my new interest is cybersecurity and computer forensics. I had not realized this, but our Founding Fathers…

E-Z Pass Takes a Toll on our Security

I had a long drive back to Florida after a visit to Utica, New York, in January 2014 and was listening to the radio. A report came on about Google, Hyundai, Audi, and some other companies getting together to develop new…

Cybersecurity Issues

Tax Return Identity Theft Honest Americans file carefully prepared and well-documented tax returns every year, often wondering if they will be caught by some minor mistake and hauled in front of an audit. Because of the volume of returns handled…

Ransomware: Cryptolocker

Utica College

Paper submitted for my Master’s in Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics at Utica College, 2014. Introduction CryptoLocker is a virus known as “ransomware.” CryptoLocker is a scheme to trick people into opening attachment in a seemingly trustworthy message and executing the…