Sat.Jan 05, 2019

Did Aurora Ransomware infect you? You can decrypt file for free

Security Affairs

Victims of the Aurora Ransomware could use a decryptor tool developed by the popular malware researcher Michael Gillespie to decrypt their data for free.

The 'Twinning' Fad, the Weather Channel, and More Security News

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A rogue PewDiePie fan, Marriott hack details, and more of the week's top security news. Security

High Severity DoS bug affects Several Yokogawa products

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A serious DoS flaw affects several industrial automation products manufactured by the Yokogawa Electric. The DoS vulnerability in several Yokogawa Electric products affects the Open Communication Driver for Vnet/IP, a real-time plant network system for process automation.

Corporation not liable for misdeeds of employees

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“Three Former Credit Suisse Bankers Arrested for Involvement in Mozambique Debt Deals,” The Wall Street Journal , January 4, 2019. “The indictment alleges that the former employees worked to defeat the bank’s internal controls, acted out of a motive of personal profit and sought to hide these activities from the bank.”. Normally, an employer is liable for the acts of its employees. But not here.

Governing how other people handle information about you

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Starting out the New Year with a story highlighting the three major aspects of this blog: the intersections between Governance, Compliance, and Information. “Equifax Is Back in Washington’s Crosshairs,” The Wall Street Journal , January 2, 2019. Congress planning new legislation for credit-reporting companies after the Equifax hack affecting nearly 150 million people.

Projections as “information”

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“Fracking’s Secret Problem—Oil Wells Aren’t Producing as Much as Forecast,” The Wall Street Journal , January 3, 2018. Actual production from oil wells doesn’t measure up to what investors were told. Two or three points here. First, projections and forecasts are, in certain respects, “information.” ” You use these to make a decision to buy or not to buy. But, like opinions, they may be somewhat divorced from “truth.”

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Keeping secrets

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“Congo Keeps Voters in the Dark About Election Results,” The Wall Street Journal , January 3, 2019. Government blocks the internet while votes are being counted. Certainly, a Governance issue, with incumbent government having the power (if not the right) to do this, and the government does have control of the process.

TMI

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“Popular Weather App Collects Too Much User Data, Security Experts Say,” The Wall Street Journal , January 3, 2019. Weather App in the US, Canada, and third-world countries collects your location, your email address, and your phone’s device id; all this information is stored on severs in China. Also reports of forcing users to subscribe to other services, at a cost. Doesn’t work on iPhones.