Sat.Dec 01, 2018 - Fri.Dec 07, 2018

What the Marriott Breach Says About Security

Krebs on Security

We don’t yet know the root cause(s) that forced Marriott this week to disclose a four-year-long breach involving the personal and financial information of 500 million guests of its Starwood hotel properties.

Bad Consumer Security Advice

Schneier on Security

There are lots of articles about there telling people how to better secure their computers and online accounts. While I agree with some of it, this article contains some particularly bad advice: 1. Never, ever, ever use public (unsecured) Wi-Fi such as the Wi-Fi in a café, hotel or airport.

Five tips for getting the most out of your records digitization pilot

TAB OnRecord

Although most organizations can agree that pilot projects in general have beneficial outcomes, your pilot project can run into numerous pitfalls if you do not get the basics quite right.

Top Republican Email Accounts Compromised

Data Breach Today

National Republican Congressional Committee Emails Spied On For Months Thousands of emails from four senior aides within the National Republican Congressional Committee were exposed after their accounts were compromised for several months earlier this year, Politico reports on Tuesday.


A Breach, or Just a Forced Password Reset?

Krebs on Security

Software giant Citrix Systems recently forced a password reset for many users of its Sharefile content collaboration service, warning it would be doing this on a regular basis in response to password-guessing attacks that target people who re-use passwords across multiple Web sites.

MY TAKE: Massive Marriott breach continues seemingly endless run of successful hacks

The Last Watchdog

I have a Yahoo email account, I’ve shopped at Home Depot and Target , my father was in the military and had a security clearance, which included a dossier on his family, archived at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management , I’ve had insurance coverage from Premera Blue Cross and I’ve stayed at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. Related: Uber hack shows DevOps risk. The common demonitor: All of those organizations have now disclosed massive data breaches over a span of the past five years.

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Incident Response: Why a Tabletop Exercise Is Essential

Data Breach Today

Attorney Ronald Raether on Building a Cybersecurity Culture Tabletop exercises are a critical way to make sure an organization's incident response plan is effective and everyone knows their roles, says Ronald Raether of the law firm Troutman Sanders

Jared, Kay Jewelers Parent Fixes Data Leak

Krebs on Security

The parent firm of bling retailers Jared and Kay Jewelers has fixed a bug in the Web sites of both companies that exposed the order information for all of their online customers.

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GUEST ESSAY: Atrium Health data breach highlights lingering third-party exposures

The Last Watchdog

The healthcare industry has poured vast resources into cybersecurity since 2015, when a surge of major breaches began. While the nature of these breaches has evolved over the last four years, the growth in total healthcare incidents has unfortunately continued unabated. Related: How to get of HIPAA hit list. The recent disclosure from Atrium Health that more than 2.65

Banks Attacked through Malicious Hardware Connected to the Local Network

Schneier on Security

Kaspersky is reporting on a series of bank hacks -- called DarkVishnya -- perpetrated through malicious hardware being surreptitiously installed into the target network: In 2017-2018, Kaspersky Lab specialists were invited to research a series of cybertheft incidents.

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Face Off: Researchers Battle AI-Generated Deep Fake Videos

Data Breach Today

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Bomb Threat Hoaxer, DDos Boss Gets 3 Years

Krebs on Security

The ringleader of a gang of cyber hooligans that made bomb threats against hundreds of schools and launched distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against Web sites — including KrebsOnSecurity on multiple occasions — has been sentenced to three years in a U.K.

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GUEST ESSAY: 5 security steps all companies should adopt from the Intelligence Community

The Last Watchdog

The United States Intelligence Community , or IC, is a federation of 16 separate U.S. intelligence agencies, plus a 17th administrative office. The IC gathers, stores and processes large amounts of data, from a variety of sources, in order to provide actionable information for key stakeholders. And, in doing so, the IC has developed an effective set of data handling and cybersecurity best practices. Related video: Using the NIST framework as a starting point.

The DoJ's Secret Legal Arguments to Break Cryptography

Schneier on Security

Earlier this year, the US Department of Justice made a series of legal arguments as to why Facebook should be forced to help the government wiretap Facebook Messenger. Those arguments are still sealed. The ACLU is suing to make them public. aclu cryptowars cryptography nationalsecuritypolicy

Another Electronic Health Records Vendor Hacked

Data Breach Today

Ransomware Attack Hits Cloud-Based EHR Firm, Affecting Data of Eye Clinic Yet another cyberattack against a cloud-based electronic health records vendor has been revealed. This one involved a ransomware attack that potentially exposed data on 16,000 patients of a California eye clinic.

114 Million US Citizens and Companies Found Unprotected Online

Adam Levin

The data of 114 million businesses and individuals has been discovered in an unprotected database.

Manafort and Cohen Sentencing Documents Put Donald Trump in Spotlight

WIRED Threat Level

The Mueller investigation has a long way to go, but the worst case scenario seems increasingly likely. Security

Security Risks of Chatbots

Schneier on Security

Good essay on the security risks -- to democratic discourse -- of chatbots. lies nationalsecuritypolicy propaganda risks

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3 Top Security Challenges in Healthcare

Data Breach Today

Chris Bowen of ClearDATA on Improving 'Change Management' Understanding where data is stored so it can be protected, overcoming security misconfiguration and improving vendor management diligence are three top challenges for healthcare organizations, says Chris Bowen of ClearDATA

Mozilla Releases Annual Privacy Guide to Holiday Shopping

Adam Levin

The Mozilla Foundation has released the second installation of *Privacy Not included, the organization’s annual privacy guide to internet-connected gifts. The list was started to promote the idea that privacy and security by design can and should be a major selling point.

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

WIRED Threat Level

Opinion: The VA needs to take preventative measures to protect vets—and more broadly, our democracy—from digital manipulation and fraud. Security Opinion

Auditing your GDPR practices

IT Governance

Follow our advice to make sure your organisation is GDPR-compliant and avoids disciplinary action. After a relatively quiet few months, the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is back in the news.


Emails Expose Sensitive Internal Facebook Discussions

Data Breach Today

Material Gives Insight Into Company's Views on Data Security A batch of documents meant to be kept under court seal lay bare Facebook's strategic brokering of access to user data to reward partners and punish potential rivals. The material also demonstrates Facebook's views at the time on privacy and the risks of leaking data

Financial Services Data – More at risk than you’d believe

Thales Data Security

One of the top findings from the 2018 Thales Data Threat Report, Financial Services Edition was that data breaches in U.S. financial services organizations are increasing at an alarming rate. Not only are breaches at record highs – with 65% of U.S.

14 Questions Robert Mueller Knows the Answer To

WIRED Threat Level

The Russia investigation's known unknowns give valuable hints about the special counsel's next moves. Security

Is It Time for a Federal U.S. Data Protection Law?


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12 States File Data Breach Lawsuit Against EHR Vendor

Data Breach Today

In Wake of Massive Data Breach, Attorneys General Allege Violations of HIPAA, State Laws In a groundbreaking effort, the attorneys general of a dozen states have jointly filed a federal lawsuit against a cloud-based electronic health records vendor that reported a 2015 data breach affecting 3.9

IT Security Lessons from the Marriott Data Breach

eSecurity Planet

500 million people are at risk because of a data breach at Marriott's Starwood hotel chain. What steps can your organization take to limit the risk of suffering the same fate

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New Scam Apps Take Advantage of iPhone Touch ID

WIRED Threat Level

Touch ID is seamless, which makes it great for unlocking your phone—and for App Store scammers. Security

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A look back on 2018: What was hype and what was, perhaps, underrated

Thales Data Security

As we close in on the final few days of the year and look ahead to the clean slate that 2019 represents, I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on 2018 – specifically, what tech innovations and predictions held true, which fell a bit flat and which were entirely unexpected.

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Kubernetes Alert: Security Flaw Could Enable Remote Hacking

Data Breach Today

Patch Container-Orchestration System Now or Risk Serious Consequences A severe vulnerability in Kubernetes, the popular, open-source software for managing Linux applications deployed within containers, could allow an attacker to remotely steal data or crash production applications. Microsoft and Red Hat have issued guidance and patches, and recommend immediate updating

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CVE-2018-15982 Adobe zero-day exploited in targeted attacks

Security Affairs

Adobe released security updates for Flash Player that address two vulnerabilities, including a critical flaw, tracked as CVE-2018-15982, exploited in targeted attacks.

Australia's Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact the World

WIRED Threat Level

Australia has passed a law that would require companies to weaken their encryption, a move that could reverberate globally. Security

Artificial Intelligence Is Set to Rewrite the Rules of Insurance


Few industries stand to gain as much by adopting artificial intelligence as insurance. From customizing policies to processing claims to preventing fraud, the opportunities to reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction can be found throughout the value chain.