It’s been a long week for the cyber security world. We’ve had plenty of news on critical patches for important softwares, but also an equal share of data breaches and phishing attacks. We also had a good laugh at some stories, like the one where the bad guys were caught before stealing $1 billion from banks, because they mistyped the name of where the money should be transferred. Our inner grammar nazi was deeply satisfied.

Before we go into the weekly news recap, make sure you check out my colleague Andra’s article about DROWN – a vulnerability that causes headaches to millions of website users.


Security articles of the week



1. It was Patch Tuesday for Microsoft and Adobe

On Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released 13 security updates, six of them marked as critical – with a total of more than 39 vulnerabilities that were solved.

Adobe also announced that they fixed serious issues for its Reader, Acrobat and Flash products.

Patch it up, patch it up!


2. Google Chrome updates + Google updates Android on Nexus devices, fixes 19 vulnerabilities

A roundup of updates came from Google as well.

They released new versions of Chrome for mobile (Android, iOS) and desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux), fixing some servere bugs.

And if you have a Nexus phone, you probably noticed that they pushed the monthly an Android security update, that fixed 19 vulnerabilities.


3. How a hacker’s spelling mistake helped stop a $1 billion bank heist

What happens when you try to steal $1 billion from banks and misspell the account where the money should be transferred.


4. Seagate Phish Exposes All Employee W-2’s

We had a deja-vu when we ran into this story: it’s exactly the same with last week’s Snapchat attack.

Long story short, an employee falls into a spear-phishing attack and sends W-2 tax form information on 10.000 current and former Seagate employees.


5. New system, same old security issues: IRS shut down its identity protection service

After the fraud attempts from the past year, the IRS (U.S. Internal Revenue Service) tried to strengthen the system by issuing personal identification numbers for people. The trouble with this plan? It’s as vulnerable as the methods used before, so the IRS already put a stop to it.


6. Actual pirates hack shipping biz servers to pinpoint vessels carrying precious booty

Modern day piracy: you hack into a transportation system, find out all you need to know about valuable cargo and then hijack it.



7. Mac-targeting ransomware hits Transmission users

The rise and fall of the first ransomware to target Mac users.

Cyber security experts said they expect to see more attacks on Macs as the KeRanger hackers and other groups look for new ways to infect Mac computers.


8. Now you see it, now you don’t – Amazon will bring back encryption to Fire tablets

Shortly after finding out that Amazon removed encryption for its Fire tablets, the company representatives announced that they changed their mind. The option will return this spring, with a Fire OS update.


9. Don’t post about me on social media, say kids

Kids don’t want their parents to post about them on social media. Take them seriously.


10. Funny hacker photos

We’re ending the security roundup in a funnier note. Check out this collection of stock photos with hackers.




It’s all fun and games until you lose your data and money. Cyber crime now jumped to second place on the most reported kind of economic crime, with losses climbing continuously. That’s why it’s important that you always set up multiple layers of security. If one of them falls, you’ll have several others to protect you.

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