Weekly Security Roundup #91: Accidents – A Call for Backup Plans
Remember to always have a Plan B (and even C, D, E)
Before we dive into the most important cyber security news of this week, I have to show you something. Something that’s fresh out the oven and we’re all very excited about: our first video! 🙂
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Security articles of the week
Patch Tuesday was here, which means just one thing: update, update, update!
WordPress also released a new security and maintenance update.
How cellphones and mobile phone networks are vulnerable because of a security flaw discovered in Signaling System Seven (SS7).
“We’re going to have enough problems in the cyber space with non-state actors who are engaging in theft and using the internet for all kinds of ilicit practices. We cannot have a situation where this becomes the Wild Wild West.”
New malware comes disguised as a legitimate Microsoft Windows update and tricks consumers into downloading it.
One of Europe’s biggest manufacturer of wires and electrical cables lost €40 million because of an online scam that tricked one of its financial officers into transferring funds into the wrong bank account.
“[…] what’s so scary is that a hacker with some common, off-the-shelf, malware can steal more votes than any corrupt mayor or governor.”
Looks like every vulnerability or privacy issue reported for consumer connected home and wearable technology products since November 2015 could have been easily avoided.
The first thing you must come to terms with is that social networks can’t secure their own environments, let alone yours.
Last Saturday, a lound sound caused a bank’s data center to shut down (and it remained like that for 10 hours). Because of it, millions of people weren’t able to pay with their credit cards.
This should be a lesson for us to always have backup (in form of cash), in case the payment systems fail.
Since cyber threats are so varied and can even be caused by accidents, remember to always have a backup plan (or multiple backups, if possible).
In case the current one fails, plan B will act as your safety net. It will help you save energy and resources that would otherwise go to waste.