Social Media Disinformation Bots, Sockpuppets and Trolls the new additions to Cyber Security

The problem for Cyber Security with social media these days is the huge amount of disinformation spread to you by Bots, Sockpuppets and Trolls.

A bot is a computer program that behaves like humans. It performs automated tasks, and were developed to help you feel more comfortable when interacting with automated software systems.

But all too often, automated bots have been built to deceive, especially within the social media software systems. Not only do these bots pretend to be real people, but they spread misinformation, malware and ransomware. These bots are well known for coordinating social media harassment campaigns.

Hacker Software

Not only have individuals been victims to these coordinated bot attacks, but corporations and governments too. In addition to bots, there are two other categories you have to watch out for; sockpuppets and trolls.

A sockpuppet account is created by one individual in order to appear like the account is controlled by a second, distinct individual. The second individual could be a real person, or is a poser that simply masks the identity of the real account creator. What distinguished a sockpuppet from a bot is that the sockpuppets are at least partially controlled by a human, where bots are fully automated via software code. Often a human controls multiple sockpuppet accounts, writing different content from each one, or sending or resending the same content from all of them. There are various tools available to someone who wants to coordinate mass content across multiple accounts.

A troll is an account setup that starts quarrels or just upsets people by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic content in social media systems.

By leveraging all three of these Cyber Attack account systems, Bots, Sockpuppets and Trolls; one human can overwhelm the information seeking public quit easily.

A good example of this is the Delta Airlines over reaction decision to end their NRA relationship based on what they believed was a main stream demand by the majority of Americans to do it. Their decision cost them $50 million dollars in lost sales tax savings by upsetting the Georgia conservatives. To think that a few people can leverage these Cyber Attack account systems and suddenly your targets (Delta Airlines and others) believe you have every American Citizen on the planet supporting you. These are very valuable cyber attack tools!

FedEx did not follow Delta Airlines because they were obviously protected by very good Cyber Security experts that confirmed the Bots, Sockpuppets and Trolls that attacked them with misinformation and who these human attackers where. Which probably saved Fedex millions of dollars in not upsetting individuals, governments and businesses for unnecessary actions at that time. Information is power.

What can you do when attacked?
Rule number 1 – do not get excited.
Rule number 2 – do not over react.
Rule number 3 – you will need to add protection from Social Media Disinformation Bots, Sockpuppets and Trolls to your Cyber Security Planning and software systems.

Contact us today to see how Adept Secure can help your organization with these problems and many more.

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Permit Software

What is Permit Software?

Permit software is best defined as a software activity tracking system designed specifically for meeting the needs of governmental agencies such as Cities, Counties and States that are responsible for giving authorization via official records and documents to do something.
Permit is a common name of the record and document of the authorization given to you from the government agency.

Permit software handles all processes via a Graphical User Interface and provides for a multi-user, multi-task environment. Permit software also is a part of other software systems that go together such as planning software, code enforcement software and public works software. The reason why is based on how the laws of authorization are created and how the governmental agencies are tasked to provide these services to their communities.

Permit Software

Permits can be very easy to obtain, to very complex to obtain. Simple permits to combination permits – multiple permits in one permit are expected to be easily created and managed within the permit software processes. The following are some examples of the processes that are expected to be handled with any Permit Software system.

1) Permit application and update
2) Permit status inquiry and update
3) Permit fee calculations and receipting
4) Impact fee calculations and tracking
5) Public notifications
6) Plan review routing and tracking
7) Condition setting and tracking
8) Permit approval notification
9) Permit issuance
10) Inspection recording and tracking
11) Easement tracking
12) Bond tracking
13) Code Enforcement tracking
14) Variances
15) Waiver and modification issuance
16) Record Land Plat tracking
17) Professional trade licensing and tracking
18) Subcontractor affidavits
19) Public correspondence
20) Property Parcel data inquiry and update
21) Approval and acceptance at all stages of development
22) Managing reports
23) Ad hoc inquirers for reporting purposes
24) Provides for numerous types and subtype of permits and allows for unique update, inquiry and tracking for each type and subtype of the permit.
25) Maintenance provided for each permit activity record.

Why Adept Technologies’ Permit Software?

Adept Technologies’ Permit software is a USA developed and controlled automated process software system. Eighteen years ago after the W2K scare the founders of Adept Technologies left companies that focused on government permit software. The main reason why they left was based on mergers and acquisitions of the whole industry into off shore owned companies. The permit software being licensed within the Industry was expensive and badly developed. The management of these companies did not understand the industry, and did not care about their employees that worked in the trenches. So the founders of Adept Technologies left with years of knowledge of how NOT to run software companies focused in this industry.

Working with numerous governmental agencies such as Cities, Counties and States; Adept Technologies’ Permit software was developed, implemented and supported since the beginning of Adept Technologies. As the company grew it created numerous other enterprise software systems, but the focus has always been based on permit software.

Learn more about Adept Technologies’ Permit software: https://www.adepttech.com/permitsoftware.html

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Adept Workflow A. I. Based Technology

Adept Workflow is a flexible work management system built into all the Adept Enterprise modules.

Customized workflows allow multiple users to track and manage deadlines, requested inspections and tasks that are automatically assigned based on the type and subtypes of all record activities. Staff can easily monitor action items and task outcomes and track project status, meeting agendas and correspondence that has been sent.

Photographs, documents and other materials are easily linked to individual records so all relevant information is instantly accessible within the system.

Whenever an activity record is generated, a user simply can select workflow options for a particular activity record or the system can be set-up with pre-defined timelines to automatically activate when a record is generated.

Setting-up a customized workflow for an activity record takes 5 easy steps. The workflow is labeled, the main task folders created, specific tasks are outlined in a task sequence, users assigned and lastly, the appropriate status for each task is selected.

Adept Workflow

Adept Workflow Features

 ~ Template designed and attached to projects
 ~ Data is centralized and shared between multiple departments
 ~ Search tasks and workflows by User, Status, Tracking number, Start and End dates
 ~ Changes in a specific task status updates all other member’s tasks in the workflow
 ~ Email directly from the workflow application
 ~ View complete task history
 ~ Alert notifications for task due dates, changes and critical information
 ~ Updates to documents and photograph records which are automatically linked
 ~ Assign user authentication levels for permissions
 ~ Quick search by Pending, Current, Behind Schedule, Stopped and Completed tasks

Bottom Line, the Adept Workflow is an A.I. based system that automatically routes tasks to the person, group, department or division responsible for the completion of the task based upon triggers in the Adept Enterprise system. This saves a huge amount of time in completing mission critical jobs, by the Adept system assigning, routing and alerting tasks to the correct responsible party.

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Microprocessor Speed vs Security Flaw

Microprocessor Speed vs Security Flaw

Spectre and Meltdown are both flaws in every modern microprocessors, based on the concept of predictive computing, that dates back to 1967, but wasn’t implemented into microprocessors until the 1990s.

It appears that for the last twenty years microprocessors have been built for speed over security, thus every modern microprocessor can be exploited.

Intel has rushed to release patches to address these flaws, but has run into system reboot problems and stability problems, which has caused systems to crash. Intel on Monday advised all users to not apply any of their firmware patches.

Software Attack Risks

Major Problems

Intel also isn’t the only vendor having problems patching Meltdown and Spectre. Microsoft pulled their patches after systems froze, and end users received the blue screen of death. Antivirus companies were also required to patch their systems after Microsoft patches were installed.

Many cloud vendors are still trying to figure out which of their products and services are at risk.

It seems the patch updates is getting very messy in the high target Cloud computing market where the systems can be exploited in these public shared computing environments much easier than in non-shared public environments.

For typical desktop users, the risk is less significant, it still is a problem, but less targeted.

Basically the Microprocessor Speed vs Security Flaw has come to roost, and it is and will continue to be a long term messy and costly fix.

Major Questions

The question now is with all the patches being rushed to market, and as we are seeing crashing servers, what other security flaws are being created? How safe in your data in the “Cloud”?
We then add Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook apps, website access, Google searching, and the hundreds to thousands of unknown web server sessions for your modern microprocessors to calculate, along with the hundreds to thousands of server’s microprocessors calculations, are you safe?

Are You Safe?

No you are not safe. Running your enterprise in the public cloud is a bad idea, and sadly the savings to risk analysis will only get worse.

With the constant security flaws in our modern technology world, we recommend running your enterprise with our Adept Enterprise Software, which medicates the risk of being a huge target with Cloud providers to being a very small target with Adept Technologies on-premises systems and private service systems.

It is easier to manage the risks, and it is cheaper when your systems are not a huge and easy target to exploit.

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Unsupported software systems: Microsoft shuts down support for Windows 8.1, upgrade to Windows 10 ends today.

Unsupported software systems: Microsoft shuts down support for Windows 8.1, upgrade to Windows 10 ends today.

New York, NY – Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 is essentially a dead operating system. Microsoft ended mainstream support on January 9th. There will be no new features, or bug fixes. There is a last-ditch upgrade to Windows 10 via the Microsoft assistive technology loophole, but it ends today January 16, 2018.

All software has a lifecycle. It gets developed, released, updated, and eventually completely over written for a newer version. There is nothing to stop you from using unsupported software, but the dangers are huge.

Basically the unsupported software has no further updates, no bug fixes, no technical support, then there are the security weaknesses, and security bugs that can be exploited by hackers. We have seen ransomware attacks that are designed to target unsupported software systems. Ransomware systems like Wanncry and Petya have been very active in this field.

Unsupported Software Risks

Bottom line

If your version of any software system is no longer supported, you are putting your business at risk.

Devices connected to your network are more integral to your business then you think. Which means that a virus on any device could cause a major business disruption.

Although you can believe you can accept the risk of running unsupported software, you should treat it as a temporary strategy.

Unsupported software systems will expose your corporate network to cyberattacks. The cost and resources required to replace unsupported software will be much greater then making sure your software is supported. The perceived cost and impact of an adverse event caused by the unsupported software is huge, and can possibly put your organization out of business.

If your organization has decided to allow the use of unsupported software, senior management should fully understand the risks, and they should establish a policy for preventing unsupported software on its network. Such a policy must be part of the business risk management plan. It should specifically identify resources and earmark funding to implement the policy.

What can you do?

1) Inform senior management about the risks of running unsupported software.
2) Establish a corporate wide policy for preventing unsupported software use on your networks.
3) Ensure the corporate wide policy aligns with your corporation’s risk management plan.
4) Identify resources and earmark corporate funding to implement the policy.
5) Contact Adept Technologies: www.adepttech.com.

We at Adept Technologies have replaced numerous unsupported software systems in our industry.

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