2017 cyberattacks proved more numerous, sophisticated, and ruthless than in years past.
WannaCry, NotPetya, ransomware-as-a-service, and fileless attacks abounded. And, that’s not everything. The victims of cybercrime ranged from private businesses to the fundamental practices of democracy. Read The Cylance Threat Report: 2017 Year in Review Report and learn about the threat trends and malware families their customers faced in 2017.
December 6, 2018.
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Canadian authorities detained Huawei's CFO, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver yesterday at the request of the US Justice Department. US prosecutors want Ms Meng extradited to face charges related to alleged violations of sanctions against Iran (Wall Street Journal). The daughter of Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei, she's become the face of the company (Wall Street Journal). The arrest apparently triggered a stock sell-off in European markets, which dropped to a two-year low after the arrest was announced (Reuters). How the collar will affect the Sino-American 90-day trade-war truce is unclear (South China Morning Post).
Reuters reports that "private investigators" attribute the Marriott data breach to Chinese intelligence services. Anonymous sources (anonymous because they weren't authorized to talk) said investigators found "hacking tools, techniques and procedures" previously linked to China's government. This evidence is of course both anonymously sourced and also circumstantial. Forbes has an outline of the history of Marriott security incidents since its Starwood acquisition.
A US Federal grand jury in Atlanta has brought additional charges against the two Iranian men previously indicted for their deployment of SamSam ransomware. The new charges specifically address the attack on the city of Atlanta. The two accused remain at large, and they're also not SamSam's only possible controllers. The FBI and US Department of Homeland Security warn that SamSam is being actively deployed against critical infrastructure targets, including utilities (SecurityWeek).
A Flash zero-day, now patched (Help Net Security) was used to attack a Russian hospital, possibly in retaliation for the Kerch incident (SecurityWeek).
Today's edition of the CyberWire reports events affecting Australia, Canada, China, India, Iran, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.
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Beware Ransomware Doctors Peddling Fake ‘Cures’, Warns Check Point(Information Security Buzz) Researchers from leading cybersecurity vendor Check Point have uncovered a Russian IT consultancy named Dr. Shifro [...] that claims to unlock and recover consumers’ and businesses’ encrypted files. But in fact, the company simply pays the ransomware’s creator themselves and passes the cost onto the victim at a 75%-plus profit margin. Dr. Shifro offers only …
Chinese stocks plummet as Huawei CFO arrest raises trade fears(TechCrunch) A string of Chinese stocks fell hard on Thursday after the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver deepened concerns over US-China trade tensions. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index of Chinese companies listed in Hong Kong was off 2.76 percent as of 12:40 p.m. …
Huawei security fears - paranoia, blowback, or both?(ComputerworldUK) BT has made the decision to strip the equipment of Huawei from its core EE 4G network among growing security concerns about the Chinese telecom infrastructure giant's critical infrastructure footprint. Can - or should - any blame be laid on Huawei, or is this a result of paranoia, projection, or a severe lack of government oversight?
You Could Have SD-WAN Already… Just Turn It On!(Watchguard) SD-WAN products offer similar features that closely align to the functional definitions proposed by industry experts; however, network security providers deliver more substantial security features as illustrated in this table.
Microsoft and Mastercard partner to build a universally-recognized digital identity(Security Boulevard) Mastercard has partnered with Microsoft to help people better manage and use their digital identity. Current identity management systems are complex in proving user identity and managing their data. Following this, Mastercard and Microsoft are provided a way for people to instantly verify their digital identity with whomever they want, whenever they want using a The post Microsoft and Mastercard partner to build a universally-recognized digital identity appeared first on Packt Hub.
The Case for a Human Security Officer(Dark Reading) Wanted: a security exec responsible for identifying and mitigating the attack vectors and vulnerabilities specifically targeting and involving people.
Marriott breach spurs new privacy law push(TheHill) Lawmakers are fired up after Marriott International suffered what is believed to be the nation’s second-largest data hack, in which hundreds of millions of its customers had their personal data stolen.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Privacy(Virtru) “...our data is our property. It represents us as individuals and has immense value. Unfortunately, it has been hijacked for private profit and too often used for nefarious purposes, without our explicit consent.”
Britain is blind to the crimes of its friends(Times) ‘Is this any way to treat an ally?” That was the understandable reaction to the life sentence given to Matthew Hedges last month. But the real question, of course, was “is this any way to treat...
Atlanta U.S. Attorney Charges Iranian nationals for City Of Atlanta ransomware attack(US Department of Justice) A federal grand jury in Atlanta has returned an indictment charging Faramarz Shahi Savandi and Mohammed Mehdi Shah Mansouri with committing a sophisticated ransomware attack on the City of Atlanta in March 2018 in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.A federal grand jury in Atlanta has returned an indictment charging Faramarz Shahi Savandi and Mohammed Mehdi Shah Mansouri with committing a sophisticated ransomware attack on the City of Atlanta in March 2018 in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
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International Cyber Risk Management Conference(Hamilton, Bermuda, December 6 - 7, 2018) Now in its fourth year in Canada, the International Cyber Risk Management Conference (ICRMC) has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most trusted cyber security forums. We are proud to bring ICRMC...
2018 Cloud Security Alliance Congress(Orlando, Florida, USA, December 10 - 12, 2018) Today, cloud represents the central IT system by which organizations will transform themselves over the coming years. As cloud represents the future of an agile enterprise, new technology trends, such...
Wall Street Journal Pro CyberSecurity Executive Forum(New York, New York, USA, December 11, 2018) The WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Executive Forum will bring together senior figures from industry and government to discuss how senior executives can best prepare for hacking threats, manage breaches, and work...
National Cyber League Fall Season(Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA, December 15, 2018) The NCL is a defensive and offensive puzzle-based, capture-the-flag style cybersecurity competition. Its virtual training ground helps high school and college students prepare and test themselves against...
SINET Global Institute CISO Series(Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, January 15 - 16, 2019) By invitation only. These intimate CISO workshops address the challenges that Board of Directors are placing on security and risk executives, and how to successfully manage and communicate today’s enterprise...
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