Weekly Security Roundup #93: Conversation Still Revolves Around Data Breaches
Data leaks are a kick in the back, but also a step forward
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As for the cyber security news of the week, the talk revolved mostly around the old Yahoo data breach, with new details about it emerging every day. The presidential debate also took the spotlight, as the candidates briefly covered digital security and privacy, a key issue for governments and companies all over the world.
Here are the most important cyber security news from the past week:
Security articles of the week
New details about the Yahoo huge mega data breach surfaced in the past week. Like the fact that Marissa Mayer declined to reset Yahoo users’ passwords 2 years ago.
To sum it up, they feared that people would stop using the company’s products if they added extra security.
Last week, Brian Krebs’ website was hit with one of the biggest DDoS attacks known – somehwere between 600 and 700 gigabits of traffic per second.
It looks like such attacks use botnets made up of tens of thousands of IoT (Internet of Things) devices, from IP cameras to digital video records and routers.
James B. Comey, the FBI director, declared that hackers have attempted more intrusions into vote registration databases.
Almost 16,000 WordPress websites have been compromised so far this year, most of them serving up malware.
This week was the first USA presidential debate, during which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump briefly talked about cyber security.
“After a steady series of hacking debacles, regulators are stepping in and ordering companies to tighten up. Soon companies in the financial sector — banks, brokerages, and insurance firms — will have to comply with cybersecurity rules that include encrypting sensitive information and appointing a security chief.”
Intel published the 10th annual McAfee list of the most dangerous celebrities, based on the likelihood of getting hit with malware when searching for their names.
And turns over this information to law enforcement agencies with a valid court order.
Of course scammers are taking advantage of the Brangelina split. This one’s the most recent (and effective) Facebook hoax.
It’s a HUGE list, probably the biggest so far, and it doesn’t even count the Yahoo data breach (that one dates back to 2014, even if its details just surfaced).
The huge data breach that compromised 500 million Yahoo accounts is not a happy event, but it’s a moment that will hopefully initiate critical change in cyber security.
I’m hoping that it will ignite serious conversations and regulations among companies and users, on cyber security matters. They must be forced to rethink their priorities and embrace a more proactive cyber security approach, as the responsibilities and risks are way too big to be toying with such things.
A kick in the back is a step forward, as they say.