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Technical issues disrupt UK mobile carriers. Remote work security. Money mules. HHS incident.
An outage, described as a "technical issue," not an attack, has disrupted voice service in four British mobile carriers--O2, Three, Vodafone and EE--inconveniencing many who were depending on service for remote work, the Telegraph reports.
One consequence of the pandemic-driven spike in remote work is that many of the norms that inform behavioral anomaly detection may need re-evaluation and revision. Duo Security's Decipher blog points out that people will work at unusual times and unusual places. Or they may fumble VPN access or unfamiliar multifactor authentication to such an extent that multiple login attempts will no longer indicate that some form of credential-stuffing or brute-force attack is in progress.
Another consequence of economic hardship occurring in tandem with telecommuting is an increase in the number of people being recruited as money-mules, KrebsOnSecurity reports. One of the larger operations Krebs describes, the "Vasty Health Care Foundation," strikes a high-minded tone about connecting causes with providers, tells prospective mules they're "hired," assigns busy work, and then has them "process donations"--that is, launder money.
The consensus about the incident the US Department of Health and Human Services experienced Sunday and Monday is now relatively firm: it probably wasn't an attack at all, and clearly the Department's operations didn't suffer. Some think that it might not even have amounted to a probe or a preliminary distributed denial-of-service attack. It might have been an unusually large number of visitors looking for reliable information on COVID-19, or even an artifact of the Department's Drupal instance.
Today's issue includes events affecting China, France, India, Israel, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, Syria, United Kingdom, and United States.
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Observations on corporate training for security positions.
"What we hear from employers is that not only is it costly, but it's impossible to tie the training or the career development opportunities that they give to staff back to what they're actually doing in their employment spaces. So it's being utilized as a retention tool in many cases, and there are things that are effective as retention measures, but it's not actually meeting the organizational need to have qualified people in those positions. So there's a gap in the return on investment in the expenditure you make on employer programs, especially in security training, and what that means when you bring them back into the workplace."
So training as it commonly appears may be more about employee retention than it is about employee development.
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