This past week the hype was all about the latest TeslaCrypt version. If you didn’t get the chance to read our dedicated security alert, the most important thing that you should know about it is this: the fourth version of TeslaCrypt comes with unbreakable encryption. If the victim doesn’t have a backup, then tough luck: the encrypted data will be impossible to recover.

Two other essential data protection guides you should check out:

Before you close your web browser and disconnect for the weekend, here are the 10 most important security news of the past week:


Security articles of the week



1. “Who viewed your profile” – scam alert for Instagrammers

Eager to find out who viewed your Instagram profile? Hold your horses, Instagram (and Facebook, for that matter) doesn’t offer that option. Instead, you might realize that cyber attackers took advantage of your curiosity and stolen your account credentials.


2. Facebook will alert you if someone is trying to impersonate you

Facebook is working on a system that will automatically alert us if someone is trying to impersonate us. Kudos to that.


3. At Twitter’s 10th anniversary: 10 ways Twitter improved online security

Since Twitter just turned 10, here’s 10 ways that they improved their online security.


4. Paris attackers used burner phones, not encryption, to evade detection

The title is pretty much explanatory, right?

Here’s our favorite part of the article:

“This new information that the Paris attackers did not routinely use encryption, if at all, but turned instead to the tried-and-tested technique of burner phones, undermines the argument that everyone’s communications must be weakened in order to tackle terrorism.”


5. Admins will be able to disable Macros all over the network

Great move from Microsoft: with the latest Microsoft Office version, administrators will be able to block Macros from running on machines on their network.

If you’re asking why this is important: 98% of threats that target Office are macros-based.


6. Phishing attacks targeting W-2 data hit 41 organizations in Q1 2016

In the first quarter of 2016, 41 businesses were hit with phishing attacks targeting employee tax records. Seagate and Snapchat were among the victims.

We talked about this recently in one of our articles, it’s one of the reasons why it’s important to educate your employees on cyber security matters, especially on spear-phishing.


7. The FBI now says that it may crack iPhone without Apple’s help

Guess that FBI found their own backdoors to iPhone and don’t need Apple‘s assistance anymore.


8. Uber launches bug bounty program

If you have any hacking and cracking skills, you might want to take your chances with Uber. The company will reward hackers who find bugs in their software with up to $10.000.


9. IT experts say that passwords are failing at security

Experts in IT are starting to lose their faith in passwords. 77% of them believe that passwords are becoming ineffective and 53% say that passwords don’t live up to the new and advanced security challenges.


10. One in five employees would sell passwords to an outsider

Well of course passwords are failing when one in 5 employees would sell them to third parties.




Now for the part that gave the title to this week’s security roundup: Don’t reboot it, just patch! Enjoy:


Uptown Funk Parody By OpenSUSE Linux team [With Subtitles]

Don’t reboot it just patch.

This UpTown Funk Linux parody is the best thing you’ll see today.

More OpenSUSE parody videos here:

Posted by It’s FOSS on Saturday, March 19, 2016

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