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Cybersecurity News for the Week of, December 3, 2017

Cyber Security News

 

CYBER SECURITY NEWS

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Individuals at Risk

Cyber Update

MacOS High Sierra Users: Change Root Password Now: A newly-discovered critical flaw in macOS High Sierra — Apple’s latest iteration of its operating system — allows anyone with local (and, apparently in some cases, remote) access to the machine to log in as the all-powerful “root” user without supplying a password. Fortunately, there is a simple fix for this until Apple patches this inexplicable bug: Change the root account’s password now. KrebsOnSecurity, November 28, 2017

Cyber Defense

How secure are cryptocurrency mobile apps? 90 Android Apps analyzed by High-Tech Bridge: Are the mobile apps you’re using to store or handle your cryptocurrency stash, track the currencies’ price, or interact with cryptocurrency exchanges secure? Judging by the results of a recent audit by High-Tech Bridge, the chances are slim. HelpNetSecurity, December 1, 2017

Shopping Online Securely: The holiday season is nearing for many of us, and soon millions of people around the world will be looking to buy the perfect gifts. Many of us will choose to shop online in search of great deals and to avoid long lines and impatient crowds. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year many cyber criminals create fake shopping websites to scam and steal from others. Below, we explain the risks of shopping online and how to get that amazing deal safely. SANS, November 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

‘Blocking and Tackling’ in the New Age of Security: In a pep talk to CISOs, the chief security strategist at PSCU advises teams to prioritize resilience in addition to security. DarkReading, December 1, 2017

Defense Contractors Take Note: NIST’s Compliance Deadline is Almost Here!: The end of the year approaches and that means Department of Defense (DoD) contractors must make changes to their own unclassified information systems to comply with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations. Steptoe Cyberblog, December 1, 2017

Cyber Awareness

How Can I Tell This is an Attack? – Amazon Support Phish: Quite a few folks have been asking how can they tell this Amazon email is a Phish. Below are the indicators. I like this example as it demonstrates how the bad guys are constantly evolving and adapting in their attacks. Notice in this email how there is no malicious link or infected attachment to click on, making it much more difficult for perimeter defenses to detect and stop it. Notice how all the domains used in the attack are legitimate and owned by Amazon, including any links you hover over. SANS, November 29, 2017

Cybersecurity Culture

How Facebook’s Annual “Hacktober” Campaign Promotes Cybersecurity to Employees: While the word “cybersecurity” may evoke thoughts of highly sophisticated attacks that require fancy computing equipment and skilled hackers, the reality is that most attacks — especially in a corporate environment — involve simpler strategies that depend upon one thing: exploiting human behavior. Harvard Business Review, November 29, 2017

Cyber Defense

What is SIEM software? How it works and how to choose the right tool: Evolving beyond its log-management roots, today’s security information and event management (SIEM) software vendors are introducing machine learning, advanced statistical analysis and other analytic methods to their products. CSO, November 28, 2017

Cyber Update

Cisco Patches Critical Playback Bugs in WebEx Players: Cisco Systems issued a Critical alert on Wednesday warning of multiple vulnerabilities in its popular WebEx player. Six bugs were listed in the security advisory, each of them relating to holes in Cisco WebEx Network Recording Player for Advanced Recording Format (ARF) and WebEx Recording Format (WRF) files. ThreatPost, November 30, 2017

Cybersecurity in Society

Cyber Crime

Video shows cyberthieves stealing Mercedes with keys locked inside the house: Do you own a Mercedes or other fancy car that starts with a keyless fob – and which you’d rather not see thieves drive off in? Naked Security, December 1, 2017

Chicago: Uber’s claim that hackers fully deleted stolen data is “nonsensical”: Uber’s been sued at least 11 times in just 1 week, faces new scrutiny from Senate. ars technica, November 28, 2017

Driving Privacy Regulators Crazy: UK Probes Uber Breach: British regulators have launched a probe of the massive data breach suffered by taxi competitor Uber, which is scrambling to notify 57 million individuals in an unspecified number of countries that their details were exposed last year (see Uber Concealed Breach of 57 Million Accounts For A Year). BankInfoSecurity, November 22, 2017

Cyber Attack

Iraqi Hacking Group Posting Porn On ISIS Websites: Growing up Muslim, ideas around sexuality are often suppressed and forbidden. No one ever really talks about sex or tells you about it. When I saw that scene in Titanic when DiCaprio’s hand slides down the foggy window, I was told to look away from the screen—my imagination was forced to fill in the gaps. When I first saw porn, it pretty starkly opposed the innocent picture my mind had conjured up about romance. I felt a little sick and very ashamed, then a little pissed off that my parents had been doing that. And then I felt sick again. VICE, November 30, 2017

National Cybersecurity

UK National Cyber Security Centre issues Kaspersky Labs warning to government departments with national security systems: The British government has issued a fresh warning about the security risks of using Russian anti-virus software. BBC, December 2, 2017

Ex-NSA Hackers Worry China And Russia Will Try to Arrest Them: The US government has been indicting foreign government hackers, and American government hackers are worried China and Russia might start doing the same to them. Motherboard, December 1, 2017

Who Was the NSA Contractor Arrested for Leaking the ‘Shadow Brokers’ Hacking Tools?: In August 2016, a mysterious entity calling itself “The Shadow Brokers” began releasing the first of several troves of classified documents and hacking tools purportedly stolen from “The Equation Group,” a highly advanced threat actor that is suspected of having ties to the U.S. National Security Agency. According to media reports, at least some of the information was stolen from the computer of an unidentified software developer and NSA contractor who was arrested in 2015 after taking the hacking tools home. In this post, we’ll examine clues left behind in the leaked Equation Group documents that may point to the identity of the mysterious software developer. KrebsOnSecurity, November 27, 2017

Cyber Government

Cybersecurity reigns as top priority for city and county CIOs in 2017: New research from the Public Technology Institute shows that security is dominating local government investment in new projects and initiatives. State Scoop, December 1, 2017

Cyber Law

Lawsuits Pile Up on Uber: Washington AG files multimillion-dollar consumer protection lawsuit; multiple states also confirm they are investigating the Uber breach, which means more lawsuits may follow. DarkReading, November 30, 2017

How the Supreme Court Could Keep Police From Using Your Cellphone to Spy on You: The cellphones we carry with us constantly are the most perfect surveillance device ever invented, and our laws haven’t caught up to that reality. That might change soon. Schneier on Security, November 28, 2017

Uber’s security practices come under fire (again) after new evidence comes to light in the Alphabet lawsuit: A former Uber employee claims some of the company’s security officers worked to actively avoid creating a “paper trail.” recode, November 28, 2017

Cyber Sunshine

Russian involved in massive debit card hack sentenced in U.S. to 14 years in prison: A Russian cybercriminal who officials say helped hackers get fraudulent access to millions of debit card numbers and steal millions of dollars was sentenced this week in Atlanta to spend 14 years in prison — a sentence that will be served simultaneously with a 27-year term he was already serving. The Los Angeles Times, December 1, 2017

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Cybersecurity News of the Week of, October 15, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Identity Theft

Equifax Hackers Stole Info on 693,665 UK Residents: Equifax Inc. said today an investigation into information stolen in the epic data breach the company disclosed on Sept. 7 revealed that intruders took a file containing 15.2 million UK records. The company says it is now working to inform 693,665 U.K. consumers whose data was stolen in the attack. KrebsOnSecurity, October 10, 2017

Cyber Privacy

Equifax Credit Assistance Site Served Spyware: Big-three consumer credit bureau Equifax says it has removed third-party code from its credit report assistance Web site that prompted visitors to download spyware disguised as an update for Adobe’s Flash Player software. KrebsOnSecurity, October 12, 2017

Accenture left a huge trove of highly sensitive data on exposed servers: Technology and cloud giant Accenture has confirmed it inadvertently left a massive store of private data across four unsecured cloud servers, exposing highly sensitive passwords and secret decryption keys that could have inflicted considerable damage on the company and its customers. ZDNet, October 10, 2017

Equifax Breach Fallout: Your Salary History: In May, KrebsOnSecurity broke a story about lax security at a payroll division of big-three credit bureau Equifax that let identity thieves access personal and financial data on an unknown number of Americans. Incredibly, this same division makes it simple to access detailed salary and employment history on a large portion of Americans using little more than someone’s Social Security number and date of birth — both data elements that were stolen in the recent breach at Equifax. KrebsOnSecurity, October 8, 2017

Cyber Update

Microsoft’s October Patch Batch Fixes 62 Flaws: Microsoft on Tuesday released software updates to fix at least 62 security vulnerabilities in Windows, Office and other software. Two of those flaws were detailed publicly before yesterday’s patches were released, and one of them is already being exploited in active attacks, so attackers already have a head start. KrebsOnSecurity, October 11, 2017

Cyber Defense

Think Twice Before Logging on to Public Wi-Fi: At the airport, in a coffee shop or hotel lobby? Think twice before logging on to that free Wi-Fi. Robert Braun, JMBM Cybersecurity Lawyer Forum, October 11, 2017

Cyber Warning

The malware that won’t die: Is Locky reclaiming its title as king of ransomware?: Not so long ago it was thought to be dead, but now Locky ransomware is back as one of the most commonly distributed forms of malware. ZDNet, October 12, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Cyber Defense

10 Major Cloud Storage Security Slip-Ups (So Far) this Year: Accenture is the latest in a string of major companies to expose sensitive cloud data this year, following Verizon, Deloitte, and Dow Jones. Dark Reading, October 13, 2017

Cybersecurity evolution brings shifts for network security: Bloggers explore cybersecurity evolution and its impact on network security, new network fabrics from Extreme and take a deep dive on routing protocols, such as BFD. TechTarget, October 13, 2017

Kaspersky Lab and the AV Security Hole: It’s unclear what happened in the reported theft of NSA data by Russian spies, but an attacker would need little help to steal if he or she had privileged access to an AV vendor’s network, security experts say. DarkReading, October 12, 2017

Cybersecurity in Society

Cyber Freedom

How Facebook’s Ad System Works: SAN FRANCISCO — In early September, Facebook revealed that it had identified about $100,000 in ads purchased on its social network by a Russian company linked to the Kremlin. Distributed between June 2015 and May of this year, the more than 3,000 ads added to evidence that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election. The New York Times, October 12, 2017

How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics: YouTube videos of police beatings on American streets. A widely circulated internet hoax about Muslim men in Michigan collecting welfare for multiple wives. A local news story about two veterans brutally mugged on a freezing winter night. The New York Times, October 9, 2017

Google uncovers Russian-bought ads on YouTube, Gmail and other platforms: SAN FRANCISCO — Google for the first time has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company’s platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the company’s investigation. The Washington Post, October 9, 2017

THE U.S. ELECTION SYSTEM REMAINS DEEPLY VULNERABLE, BUT STATES WOULD RATHER CELEBRATE FAKE SUCCESS: WHEN THE DEPARTMENT of Homeland Security notified 21 states that Russian actors had targeted their elections systems in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, the impacted states rolled out a series of defiant statements. “Oregon’s security measures thwarted Russian government attempts to access the Secretary of State computer network during the 2016 general election,” chest-thumped Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. The Interept, October 3, 2017

National Cybersecurity

How North Korean hackers stole 235 gigabytes of classified US and South Korean military plans: In September 2016, North Korean intelligence services stole a huge batch of classified US and South Korean military plans — including a plan to assassinate North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un and other top government officials. VOX, October 13, 2017

Hackers steal restricted information on F-35 fighter, JDAM, P-8 and C-130: Add the Australian defence industry to the already long list of those who’ve suffered at the hands of security weaknesses in third-party contractors. NakedSecurity, October 13, 2017

Germany: ‘No Evidence’ Kaspersky Software Used by Russians for Hacks: BERLIN — Germany’s BSI federal cyber agency said on Wednesday it had no evidence to back media reports that Russian hackers used Kaspersky Lab antivirus software to spy on U.S. authorities. The New York Times, October 11, 2017

Israeli Spies Found Russians Using Kaspersky Software for Hacks: Media: WASHINGTON — Israeli intelligence officials spying on Russian government hackers found they were using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software that is also used by 400 million people globally, including U.S. government agencies, according to media reports on Tuesday. The New York Times, October 11, 2017

Israel hacked Kaspersky, then tipped the NSA that its tools had been breached: In 2015, Israeli government hackers saw something suspicious in the computers of a Moscow-based cybersecurity firm: hacking tools that could only have come from the National Security Agency. The Washington Post, October 10, 2017

Cyber Crime

Hyatt Hotels hit by credit card data-stealing malware – again: Hotel group says guests who stayed at 41 of its properties between March and July this year could have had their details stolen by hackers. ZDNet, October 13, 2017

Cyber Attack

Hackers have turned Politifact’s website into a trap for your PC: PolitiFact has been an invaluable resource for debunking politicians’ misstatements and falsehoods. But now, it seems, some unknown actor is trying to profit off the website’s popularity — by hooking visitors’ computers into a virtual currency mining operation. The Washington Post, October 13, 2017

Know Your Enemy

Ransomware is now big business on the dark web and malware developers are cashing in: The total value of ransomware sales on dark web market places has rocketed from $250,000 to over $6m in just a year, as demand for the file-encrypting malware grows. ZDNet, October 11, 2017

Cyber Law

Supreme Court: Hacking conviction stands for man who didn’t hack computer: High court refuses to hear appeal of hacking conviction, one-year prison sentence. ars technica, October 10, 2017

Cyber Miscellany

IRS suspends contract with Equifax after malware discovered: The IRS said late Thursday that it has temporarily suspended the agency’s $7.1 million data security contract with Equifax (EFX) after malware found on the credit bureau’s website again called its security systems into question. CBS, October 12, 2017

SecureTheVillage Calendar

SecureTheVillage: Cybersecure Los Angeles 2017 — Get Cyber Prepared: SecureTheVillage joins UCLA Extension for its first cybersecurity conference. Learn from leading information security professionals and law enforcement, including: information security providers, cyber-insurance, financial services, law, the FBI, LA County District Attorney’s Office, and more. Leave with SecureTheVillage’s Information Security Management and Leadership ResourceKit: A practical guide for implementing an information security management and leadership program in your organization. October 19, 9:00 – 2:00, UCLA Extension, Figueroa Courtyard

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Cybersecurity News of the Week of, October 8, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Identity Theft

Fear Not: You, Too, Are a Cybercrime Victim!: Maybe you’ve been feeling left out because you weren’t among the lucky few hundred million or billion who had their personal information stolen in either the Equifax or Yahoo! breaches. Well buck up, camper: Both companies took steps to make you feel better today. KrebsOnSecurity, October 4, 2017

Former Equifax CEO says breach boiled down to one person not doing their job: In a continued effort to pass on any responsibility for the largest data breach in American history, Equifax’s recently departed CEO is blaming it all on a single person who failed to deploy a patch. Tech Crunch, October 3, 2017

The Equifax Hack Has the Hallmarks of State-Sponsored Pros: In the corridors and break rooms of Equifax Inc.’s giant Atlanta headquarters, employees used to joke that their enormously successful credit reporting company was just one hack away from bankruptcy. They weren’t being disparaging, just darkly honest: Founded in the 19th century as a retail credit company, Equifax had over the years morphed into one of the largest repositories of Americans’ most sensitive financial data, which the company sliced and diced and sold to banks and hedge funds. In short, the viability of Equifax and the security of its data were one and the same. Bloomberg, September 29, 2017

Cyber Privacy

USPS ‘Informed Delivery’ Is Stalker’s Dream: A free new service from the U.S. Postal Service that provides scanned images of incoming mail before it is slated to arrive at its destination address is raising eyebrows among security experts who worry about the service’s potential for misuse by private investigators, identity thieves, stalkers or abusive ex-partners. The USPS says it hopes to have changes in place by early next year that could help blunt some of those concerns. KrebsOnSecurity, October 2, 2017

Cyber Defense

Should Apple iPhone X Trust Facial Recognition for Security?: Your face is the future of smartphone security. Apple made that clear last week when it unveiled the pricey iPhone X, which trades in the familiar home button and TouchID fingerprint scanner for a new camera system that unlocks the device using facial recognition. Scientific American, October 2, 2017

Cyber Warning

4 ways you can get hacked through your smartphone: The relationship between smartphones and securing personal information can be complicated. Yahoo, October 6, 2017

Malware That Hijacks Your Computer to Mine Cryptocurrency Is Swarming Across the Internet: An increasing number of websites are turning the computers of unsuspecting visitors into cryptocurrency miners. Aside from slowing down CPU performance, these tools violate the privacy of users. Futurism, October 6, 2017

Hackers Are Using LinkedIn to Tailor their Phishing Attacks Just for You: Hackers have begun using LinkedIn, the popular social network for business professionals, to create better phishing attacks. Already, one breach – at Vevo – has been attributed to the practice. HashedOut, October 5, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Security Leadership

Leaderships’ evolving role in cybersecurity: As the volume and severity of computer crime has grown, one group has stayed somewhat quiet about the issue: CEOs. Cybersecurity is a difficult topic for many business executives to discuss. They aren’t comfortable with the technology and they worry that speaking out will betray their naïveté. They fear being breached but are reluctant to discuss their own vulnerability. They may even assign security a lower priority because it doesn’t have a clear ROI. Altogether, this creates the impression that they don’t care about an issue that may actually worry them a great deal. CSO, October 3, 2017

Information Security Management and Governance

8 Tough Questions Every CISO Should Be Ready to Answer: When a major security incident, such as the recent massive Equifax data breach, grabs headlines, CEOs start asking more questions about data security. BankInfoSecurity, October 5, 2017

Cyber Awareness

New Report: 7 in 10 employees lack the awareness needed to prevent common cyber incidents: Bothell, Wash., Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Seven in 10 employees lack the awareness to stop preventable cybersecurity incidents, according to the second-annual State of Privacy and Security Awareness Report, released by MediaPro. Business Insider, October 3, 2017

Cyber Defense

81% of organizations fail to properly address cloud vulnerabilities, report says: RedLock’s recent Cloud Security Trends details the rise of data exposures, changes in cloud security, and what businesses need to do to address these issues. TechRepublic, October 6, 2017

The Five Tenets of Cyber Security: In the two day MGT433 Securing the Human course, we start the class by defining what risk is. Security awareness is nothing more than a control to manage human risk. To manage risk, you have to first define it. What stuns me is how often security professionals that have been in this field 5, 10 or even 15 years are so lost in the technical weeds they forget (or never truly learned) the fundamentals of what we do. So, just to recap for those of us who have forgotten (and those who are new to the field), here are the five key tenets of cyber security. SANS, October 5, 2017

Cybersecurity skills shortage leads more organizations to outsource CISO and other talent Do you have confidence that your in-house security personnel has the knowledge, experience and technology to defend against cyberattacks? If so, there’s a chance that you may be fooling yourself. CSO, October 5, 2017

How Businesses Should Respond to the Ransomware Surge: Modern endpoint security tools and incident response plans will be key in the fight against ransomware. DarkReading, October 5, 2017

Cybersecurity in Society

Cyber Crime

FDIC hit by 50+ breaches in a two year period: A new report suggests that the FDIC could have been breached numerous times between 2015 and 2016, leading to the leak of PII data. TechRepublic, October 6, 2017

World’s Biggest Data Breaches – Interactive map of world biggest data breaches, leaks and hacks. Information is Beautiful, September 10, 2017

Breaches up 27%, losses up 23% in 2017 Ponemon – Accenture Cost of Cyber Crime Study: Over the last two years, the accelerating cost of cyber crime means that it is now 23 percent more than last year and is costing organizations, on average, US$11.7 million. Whether managing incidents themselves or spending to recover from the disruption to the business and customers, organizations are investing on an unprecedented scale—but current spending priorities show that much of this is misdirected toward security capabilities that fail to deliver the greatest efficiency and effectiveness. Ponemon, 2017

Cyber Attack

EFF fights off phishing attack – Phish For the Future: This report describes “Phish For The Future,” an advanced persistent spearphishing campaign targeting digital civil liberties activists at Free Press and Fight For the Future. Between July 7th and August 8th of 2017 we observed almost 70 spearphishing attempts against employees of internet freedom NGOs Fight for the Future and Free Press, all coming from the same attackers. EFF, September 27, 2017

Cyber Defense

National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2017: As hacks, data breaches, and other cyber-enabled crime become increasingly commonplace, this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an important reminder of the need to take steps to protect yourself and your family when using the Internet. Launched in 2004 by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, the annual campaign held every October is designed to help the public stay safe online and to increase national resiliency in the event of a cyber incident. FBI, October 2, 2017

Cyber Freedom

US Top Law Enforcement Calls Strong Encryption a ‘Serious Problem’: BOSTON—Top U.S. law enforcement and policy makers touched the third-rail issue of encryption Wednesday with several high-ranking officials lamenting their inability to crack open phones, laptops and communications protected with strong encryption. ThreatPost, October 6, 2017

States work together to improve cybersecurity management: With protection from cyberthreats an ever-present concern for IT leaders at all levels, five states presented their approaches at NASCIO’s annual conference in Austin. GovernmentTechnology, October 4, 2017

National Cybersecurity

Russian Theft of NSA Secrets: Many Questions, Few Answers: Hackers working for Russia gained access to the home computer of an NSA employee in 2015, pilfering highly classified material and spying code that was apparently detected by Kaspersky Lab’s anti-virus software (see Report: NSA Secrets Stolen From Computer Using Kaspersky Software). BankInfoSecurity, October 5, 2017

Russian government hackers used antivirus software to steal U.S. cyber capabilities: Russian government hackers lifted details of U.S. cyber capabilities from a National Security Agency employee who was running Russian antivirus software on his computer, according to several individuals familiar with the matter. The Washington Post, October 5, 2017

Interview w Jeremy Rabkin, co-author, Striking Power. Evolving cyberwar rules: In a delightfully iconoclastic new book, Jeremy Rabkin and John Yoo take the air out of 75 years worth of inflated claims about the law of war. They do it, not for its own sake, though God knows that would be enough, but as prelude to discussing how to use the new weapons – robots, space, and cyber — that technology makes possible. Brian Egan and I interview Jeremy Rabkin about these and other aspects of “Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War.” Steptoe Cyberblog, September 25, 2017<

Secure the Village

SecureTheVillage Leadership Council Member Michael Gold Nominated as a Leader in Cybersecurity Law by Los Angeles Business Journal: LOS ANGELES—Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) is pleased to announce that Michael A. Gold, co-chair of JMBM’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Group and co-author of the Cybersecurity Lawyer Forum, has been nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a “Leader in Law” in the area of Cybersecurity. Michael is a member of the SecureTheVillage Leadership Council. Cybersecurity Lawyer Forum, October 5, 2017

Cyber Miscellany

The Coming Software Apocalypse & What Might Prevent It: There were six hours during the night of April 10, 2014, when the entire population of Washington State had no 911 service. People who called for help got a busy signal. One Seattle woman dialed 911 at least 37 times while a stranger was trying to break into her house. When he finally crawled into her living room through a window, she picked up a kitchen knife. The man fled. The Atlantic, September 26, 2017

SecureTheVillage Calendar

Glendale Tech Week: SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl will join Louie Sadd, Datastream Managing Partner and SecureTheVillage Leadership Council member, and other cybersecurity panelists. October 12, 10:00 – 11:00, Glendale Central Library.

Securing Our Village & Our Country’s Election Process. Stan Stahl to Speak at Impact Roundtable: Our freedoms and democratic way of life are under attack — and we must act now to create a cybersecurity-sensitive culture. Event Date: Friday October 13, 2017

SecureTheVillage: Cybersecure Los Angeles 2017 — Get Cyber Prepared: SecureTheVillage joins UCLA Extension for its first cybersecurity conference. Learn from leading information security professionals and law enforcement, including: information security providers, cyber-insurance, financial services, law, the FBI, LA County District Attorney’s Office, and more. Leave with SecureTheVillage’s Information Security Management and Leadership ResourceKit: A practical guide for implementing an information security management and leadership program in your organization. October 19, 9:00 – 2:00, UCLA Extension, Figueroa Courtyard

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Cybersecurity News of the Week of, October 1, 2017

Cyber Security News

CYBER SECURITY NEWS

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Individuals at Risk

Identity Theft

Here’s What to Ask the Former Equifax CEO: Richard Smith — who resigned as chief executive of big-three credit bureau Equifax this week in the wake of a data breach that exposed 143 million Social Security numbers — is slated to testify in front of no fewer than four committees on Capitol Hill next week. If I were a lawmaker, here are some of the questions I’d ask when Mr. Smith goes to Washington. KrebsOnSecurity, September 29, 2017

Equifax or Equiphish?: More than a week after it said most people would be eligible to enroll in a free year of its TrustedID identity theft monitoring service, big three consumer credit bureau Equifax has begun sending out email notifications to people who were able to take the company up on its offer. But in yet another security stumble, the company appears to be training recipients to fall for phishing scams. KrebsOnSecurity, September 24, 2017

Identity Theft – How to Protect Yourself: List of Resources: As you might have heard by now, Equifax was hacked and it’s up to you to take steps to protect yourself against identity theft. However, we’re here to help! We’ve collated some information from SANS Security Awareness here to help you get answers quickly. The Economist recently wrote an article on identity theft, utilizing SANS Security Awareness Director, Lance Spitzner to weigh in on credit monitoring and how much work is involved in undoing the damage of identity theft. He says, “The best step is to establish a credit freeze at all of the Credit Bureaus…”. Of course, there are other actions you can be taking to protect yourself, your family and your organization. We’ve identified ways you can protect yourself and your company through this blog post. SANS, September 20, 2017

How to “Freeze” Your Credit Files: If you live in California, you have the right to put a “security freeze” on your credit file. A security freeze means that your file cannot be shared with potential creditors. A security freeze can help prevent identity theft. Most businesses will not open credit accounts without first checking a consumer’s credit history. If your credit files are frozen, even someone who has your name and Social Security number would probably not be able to get credit in your name. ca.gov

Stan Stahl discusses the Equifax mess with Larry Marino: Stan Stahl, President CEO of Citadel Information Group and Non Profit Secure the Village – Updates the Equifax hack that involves the stealing of approximately 143 Million American’s personal information records.. Sunday Morning Newsmakers, October 1, 2017

Cyber Privacy

What If We Told You About Your Digital Copies: This ‘digital copy’ is a very real and expanding entity that is both representing you and as a proxy and revealing more and more detailed aspects about your personal and private life. Shocking as that may sound, you are the very one who is feeding that copy by providing information freely in large proportions. Every day, we trade our personal information (and our privacy) for things like ‘free’ email, faster product shipping, and social news feeds that connect us with friends and family. This very public copy is not going away anytime soon, so the question is “Is that something that is helping or hindering you?” ITSP, September 2017

Cyber Defense

Tips for protecting your #CryptoCurrency: Intrigued by the many possibilities of cryptocurrencies – not least by the prospect to “earn” serious money while doing nothing – you’ve decided to take the plunge and invest in some. HelpNetSecurity, September 29, 2017

How Credit Card Companies Spot Fraud … And Advice for Consumers: Credit card companies and banks, to protect your account and themselves, have gotten good at detecting credit fraud, such as when a purchase is made in an unlikely location or for an unusual amount, or when transactions occur at odd times. The Motley Fool, September 29, 2017

Answers to 5 Computer Security Questions Readers Keep Asking: After my contemporary thriller Kill Big Brother came out readers started asking how they can protect themselves online. Many more also called into radio shows I was a guest on. As I began answering, radio show hosts would often ask me to stay on for another segment because the phone lines were lighting up. Over time I found people were mostly asking the same five questions—and they are important and topical questions. Forbes, September 28, 2017

Email Do’s and Don’ts – SANS Awareness Newsletter: Email is still one of the primary ways we communicate, both in our personal and professional lives. However, we can quite often be our own worst enemy when using email. In this newsletter, we will explain the most common mistakes people make with email and how you can avoid them in your day-to-day lives. Sans, September 2016

Cyber Warning

Chaos and hackers stalk investors on cryptocurrency exchanges: LONDON, SHANGHAI, NEW YORK (Reuters) – Dan Wasyluk discovered the hard way that trading cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin happens in an online Wild West where sheriffs are largely absent. Reuters, September 29, 2017

Many Macs vulnerable to firmware attacks, despite OS and security updates http://: Several updated Mac models don’t receive EFI security fixes, putting machines at risk for targeted cyberattacks. DarkReading, September 29, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

Cisco Chief Information Security Officer Shares Strategy for Fighting Cybercrime: Steve Martino, chief information security officer at Cisco, shares his advice for assisting a worried Board of Directors. Business Insider, Sep 30, 2017

Company directors are increasingly involved with cybersecurity: According to a new survey by BDO USA, 79% of public company directors report that their board is more involved with cybersecurity than it was 12 months ago and 78% say they have increased company investments during the past year to defend against cyber-attacks, with an average budget expansion of 19 percent. HelpNetSecurity, September 29, 2017

Six Key Traits of an Effective Cyber Risk Advisor: What makes a good cyber risk advisor? What skills do they need to help board directors address cybersecurity? According to a report by BayDynamics, board directors “may not be experts in security, but they do know how to steer a business away from risk and toward profit by listening to subject matter experts. However, they expect those experts to frame that advice around relevant business concerns.” SecurityIntelligence, September 28, 2017

Cyber Awareness

Getting an Earful: Convincing Employees to Care About Network Security: Employees remain the biggest source of corporate cyber risk. According to the “IBM X-Force 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index,” staff members are responsible for 60 percent of all digital attacks endured by enterprises. In most cases, there’s no malicious intent. Employees may subvert network security by opening infected email attachments, falling for well-crafted phishing attacks, accessing compromised third-party apps or accidentally posting confidential information on social media sites. SecurityIntelligence, September 29, 2017

What’s Your Tech-to-Human Security Ratio?: Ever wonder why some security awareness programs successfully change and secure human behavior while others fail? One of the most common reasons for failure is minimal investment. Many organizations are heavily investing in their cyber security programs. The problem is they are stuck in the 1990s focusing only on bits-n-bytes. While technology is where every organization should start, we have hit the point of diminishing returns. In today’s world organizations need to start investing in their human security also. To see where your organization stands, determine your Tech-to-Human security ratio. There are two ways to do this. SANS, September 25, 2017

Cyber Defense

Oregon Medicaid System Shut Down Allegedly by Ex-Staffer After Inadequate Adverse Termination: A federal criminal case alleges that a former Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Corp. employee shut down Oregon’s Medicaid information systems for several hours after the vendor laid him off. Security experts caution organizations to take steps to minimize risks from workers who are laid off or fired. “When an employee is suddenly fired, a few minutes of unfettered access to information systems can lead to a lot of damage,” says privacy attorney Adam Greene of the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine. BankInfoSecurity, September 29, 2017

Cyber Insurance

Cyberinsurance is gaining steam for smaller businesses: Cyberinsurance used to be only for large corporations, but policies are becoming available for small and medium-sized businesses. Read advice about what to consider before purchasing a cyber policy. TechRepublic, September 18, 2017

Cybersecurity in Society

Cyber Crime

Malware attacks San Ysidro School District, demands $19K ransom: Malware infected computers at a local school district this month, deleting emails and forcing the district to temporarily shut down part of its systems. inewsource.org, September 29, 2017

Whole Foods taprooms and restaurants hit by hack, credit card information stolen: If you ate or drank at Whole Foods recently, you might want to keep a close eye on your credit card transactions. CNet, September 29, 2017

Source: Deloitte Breach Affected All Company Email, Admin Accounts: Deloitte, one of the world’s “big four” accounting firms, has acknowledged a breach of its internal email systems, British news outlet The Guardian revealed today. Deloitte has sought to downplay the incident, saying it impacted “very few” clients. But according to a source close to the investigation, the breach dates back to at least the fall of 2016, and involves the compromise of all administrator accounts at the company as well as Deloitte’s entire internal email system. KrebsOnSecurity, September 25, 2017

Cyber Privacy

DOJ demands Facebook information from ‘anti-administration activists’: Washington (CNN)Trump administration lawyers are demanding the private account information of potentially thousands of Facebook users in three separate search warrants served on the social media giant, according to court documents obtained by CNN. CNN, September 30, 2017

Cyber Defense

Google plans to stop trusting current Symantec certificates: Here’s what tech pros need to know: Validity concerns with existing Symantec SSL certificates are provoking some changes in upcoming Google Chrome releases. Learn the details involved. TechRepublic, September 29, 2017

Know Your Enemy

Cybercriminals increasingly focusing on credential theft: Criminal tactics used to access user credentials are growing in prevelance, and that a record 47 percent of all malware is new or zero day, and thus able to evade signature-based antivirus solutions, according to WatchGuard. HelpNetSecurity, September 29, 2017

Cyber Freedom

Securing Our Village & Our Country’s Election Process. Stan Stahl to Speak at Impact Roundtable: Our freedoms and democratic way of life are under attack — and we must act now to create a cybersecurity-sensitive culture. Event Date: Friday October 13, 2017

Cyber Culture

Cybersecurity CEO Emphasizes Sharing & Collaboration as Critical Defense against Cybercrime: Want to protect what you’ve built? Then you’ll need to work differently, according to Melanie Rieback. Entrepeneur, September 29, 2017

Cyber Gov

Many federal agencies still weak on information security, GAO report finds: In a time of rampant cybersecurity concerns, a recently released Government Accountability Office report expresses frustration with the information security at federal agencies. fedscoop, September 29, 2017

Cyber Research

Scientists hold world’s first intercontinental video conference using quantum encryption: Two scientists in Austria and China have held the first intercontinental video conference to have been encrypted using quantum technology. Independent, September 29, 2017

SecureTheVillage Calendar

Glendale Tech Week: SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl will join Louie Sadd, Datastream Managing Partner and SecureTheVillage Leadership Council member, and other cybersecurity panelists. October 12, 10:00 – 11:00, Glendale Central Library.

Securing Our Village & Our Country’s Election Process. Stan Stahl to Speak at Impact Roundtable: Our freedoms and democratic way of life are under attack — and we must act now to create a cybersecurity-sensitive culture. Event Date: Friday October 13, 2017

SecureTheVillage: Cybersecure Los Angeles 2017 — Get Cyber Prepared: SecureTheVillage joins UCLA Extension for its first cybersecurity conference. Learn from leading information security professionals and law enforcement, including: information security providers, cyber-insurance, financial services, law, the FBI, LA County District Attorney’s Office, and more. Leave with SecureTheVillage’s Information Security Management and Leadership ResourceKit: A practical guide for implementing an information security management and leadership program in your organization. October 19, 9:00 – 2:00, UCLA Extension, Figueroa Courtyard

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Cybersecurity News of the Week of, September 24, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Identity Theft

Why didn’t Equifax protect your data? Because corporations have all the power: When the credit-reporting agency Equifax announced this month that hackers had accessed the accounts of 143 million of its customers — over 40 percent of the population of the United States — it was another example of how little power consumers have over their own money and personal information. Indeed, it unfolded in a familiar way: Equifax isn’t communicating with its customers, and no one can make it. The Washington Post, September 21, 2017

Experian Site Can Give Anyone Your Credit Freeze PIN: An alert reader recently pointed my attention to a free online service offered by big-three credit bureau Experian that allows anyone to request the personal identification number (PIN) needed to unlock a consumer credit file that was previously frozen at Experian. KrebsOnSecurity, September 21, 2017

Equifax, the Credit Reporting Industry, and What Congress Should Do Next: Even for the experts, the recent data breach at Equifax was staggering. The data that undergirds the credit records of 143 million consumers was compromised. Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and drivers’ license records are used to authenticate identity. It is not difficult to change a credit card number, but changing Social Security numbers and birth dates is a whole different matter. Data breaches are on the rise in the United States. It’s time for Congress to act. Why does this require action by Congress? There are at least five major reasons that the private sector cannot handle this issue on its own. Harvard Business Review, September 20, 2017

Equifax Breach: Setting the Record Straight: Bloomberg published a story this week citing three unnamed sources who told the publication that Equifax experienced a breach earlier this year which predated the intrusion that the big-three credit bureau announced on Sept. 7. To be clear, this earlier breach at Equifax is not a new finding and has been a matter of public record for months. Furthermore, it was first reported on this Web site in May 2017. KrebsOnSecurity, September 20, 2017

Someone Made a Fake Equifax Site. Then Equifax Linked to It: People create fake versions of big companies’ websites all the time, usually for phishing purposes. But the companies do not usually link to them by mistake. The New York Times, September 20, 2017

Equifax Suffered a Hack Almost Five Months Earlier Than the Date It Disclosed: Equifax Inc. learned about a major breach of its computer systems in March — almost five months before the date it has publicly disclosed, according to three people familiar with the situation. Bloomberg, September 18, 2017

New evidence raises doubts about executives’ handling of the Equifax breach: New evidence calls into question Equifax’s handling of the breach reported last week, which compromised 143 million user details including Social Security numbers, birthdates, and addresses. The Verge, September 19, 2017

The learned helplessness of Equifax: Is there a formal name for the fallacy of assuming that the status quo is sane? Such a name would become more useful with each passing year. There are a shocking number of examples, but I give you, as a perfect, vivid, front-of-mind example, the credit rating system of the United States of America, as exemplified by that radioactive disaster of a company called Equifax. TechCrunch, September 17, 2017

Equifax Should Be a Public Utility: Credit bureaus have little incentive to take hackers seriously. Only government oversight can change that. Harvard Business Review, September 15, 2017

Cyber Privacy

Motel 6 to revamp privacy, data sharing policies after Phoenix locations send guest info to ICE: Motel 6 employees in the Phoenix area who voluntarily and routinely handed guest registers to ICE officials without the benefit of a warrant may not have run afoul of the company’s privacy policy, but the hotel chain said it would take steps to shut down or prevent similar operations at its other properties nationwide. SC Magazine, September 18, 2017

Cyber Update

iOS 11 Update includes Patches for Eight Vulnerabilities: iOS 11 is out today and along with a new look and feel on the iPad especially comes a handful of patches for the Apple mobile OS. ThreatPost, September 19, 2017

Cyber Warning

iOS 11’s Control Center may say Bluetooth, Wi-Fi are off, but that’s just not true: Apple has made changes in iOS 11 that push its devices towards Wi-Fi and Bluetooth being enabled by default, which may make users more vulnerable to attacks. ZDNet, September 21, 2017

Hackers are locking people out of their MacBooks – here’s how to stay safe: Hackers using stolen iCloud credentials have been able to use Apple’ Find My Device features to remotely lock down computers and demand Bitcoin ransoms from affected users. However, that doesn’t mean Apple’s iCloud was hacked. Instead, hackers are likely trying their luck with some of the many available username and password combinations that resulted from recently publicized hacks. BGR, September 21, 2017

This is why you shouldn’t use texts for two-factor authentication: For a long time, security experts have warned that text messages are vulnerable to hijacking — and this morning, they showed what it looks like in practice. A demonstration video posted by Positive Technologies (and first reported by Forbes) shows how easy it is to hack into a bitcoin wallet by intercepting text messages in transit. The Verge, September 18, 2017

Critical Bluetooth flaw could put nearly every connected device at risk of cyberattack: The vulnerability, discovered by Armis Labs, is an airborne attack targeting Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux devices. It would allow hackers to take complete control of the device. TechRepublic, September 13, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Cyber Warning

Hackers hid malware in CCleaner software: Hackers have successfully breached CCleaner’s security to inject malware into the app and distribute it to millions of users. Security researchers at Cisco Talos discovered that download servers used by Avast (the company that owns CCleaner) were compromised to distribute malware inside CCleaner. “For a period of time, the legitimate signed version of CCleaner 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner,” says the Talos team. TheVerge, September 18, 2017

CEOs beware: Your email address is spoofed most often for cyberattacks: A recent Trend Micro report identified that CEOs and managers are most likely to have their email spoofed, while CFOs are the biggest targets of these attacks. TechRepublic, September 12, 2017

Cyber Defense

Where Do Security Vulnerabilities Come From?: There are three major causes: code quality, complexity, and trusted data inputs. DarkReading, September 22, 2017

Cyber Law

Canada’s Tough New Breach Reporting Regulations: Canada had been lagging behind the U.S. and some other nations in terms of breach notification regulations, but now it’s catching up, says attorney Imran Ahmad, who explains new requirements that are coming into effect. BankInfoSecurity, September 21, 2017

Cybersecurity in Society

Cyber Crime

Report: SMBs paid $301M to ransomware hackers last year: About 5% of SMBs fell victim to ransomware attacks in the past year, leading to financial strain from downtime and data loss, according to a new survey from Datto. TechRepublic, September 21, 2017

Know Your Enemy

Low-cost tools making cybercrime more accessible: SecureWorks: A report from the security vendor has said the increasing affordability of cybercrime tools is providing budding criminals with a low barrier of entry into the game. ZDNet, September 19, 2017

Cyber Freedom

Feds Share More Details w States re Russian Election Hacking; Establish Coordinating Council: One of the public’s unanswered questions about Russia’s attempts to break into election systems last year was which states were targeted. On Friday, states found out. NPR, September 22, 2017

Facebook to Turn Over Russian-Linked Ads to Congress: WASHINGTON — Under growing pressure from Congress and the public to reveal more about the spread of covert Russian propaganda on Facebook, the company said on Thursday that it was turning over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to congressional committees investigating the Kremlin’s influence operation during the 2016 presidential campaign. The New York Times, September 21, 2017

Political campaigns prep for battle with hackers: Candidates are quizzing prospective campaign managers on anti-hacking plans. Democratic committees like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which was breached last year, have switched internally from email to encrypted messaging apps. And both parties are feverishly trying to spread advice and best practices to new campaigns before they become targets. Politico, September 19, 2017

Facebook hands over ads, account info to Mueller: After special counsel Robert Mueller produced a search warrant, Facebook handed over records associated with fake accounts that purchased and planted $100,000 worth of ads on behalf of Russian interests to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. SC Media, September 18, 2017

Financial Cyber Security

SEC Hack Threatens a Bedrock of U.S. Capitalism: Transparency: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hails its database of company filings as an innovation that’s dramatically boosted corporate transparency. But a hack that led to the theft of market-moving secrets is the latest sign that technology also brings dangers the SEC is struggling to combat. Bloomberg, September 22, 2017

Cyber Research

Malware Steals Data From Air-Gapped Network via Security Cameras: Proof-of-concept malware called aIR-Jumper can be used to defeat air-gapped network protections and send data in and out of a targeted network. The technique uses security cameras and infrared LED lights that can blink back and forth to each other transmitting data that has been converted into data streams. ThreatPost, September 20, 2017

SecureTheVillage Calendar

SecureTheVillage: San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable: The San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable is designed to support communication and collaboration between C-Suite executives, IT managers, and cybersecurity experts. The San Fernando Valley-East Roundtable is intended for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The Roundtable functions as a cross-organizational “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from cybercrime. September 28, 7:30 -10AM. Datastream, Glendale.

Glendale Tech Week: SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl will join Louie Sadd, Datastream Managing Partner and SecureTheVillage Leadership Council member, and other cybersecurity panelists. October 12, 10:00 – 11:00, Glendale Central Library.

SecureTheVillage: Cybersecure Los Angeles 2017 — Get Cyber Prepared: SecureTheVillage joins UCLA Extension for its first cybersecurity conference. Learn from leading information security professionals and law enforcement, including: information security providers, cyber-insurance, financial services, law, the FBI, LA County District Attorney’s Office, and more. Leave with SecureTheVillage’s Information Security Management and Leadership ResourceKit: A practical guide for implementing an information security management and leadership program in your organization. October 19, 9:00 – 2:00, UCLA Extension, Figueroa Courtyard

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Cybersecurity News of the Week of, September 10, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Identity Theft

Equifax Hack Exposes Regulatory Gaps, Leaving Consumers Vulnerable: Despite the wealth of sensitive information in their databases, credit bureaus don’t face the same kind of scrutiny and oversight that banks do. The New York Times, September 8, 2017

Here are all the ways the Equifax data breach is worse than you can imagine: Another day, another massive data breach. Except this one involves Equifax, one of the credit-monitoring companies you might expect to be ultrasensitive to the importance of safeguarding your personal information from hackers. LA Times, September 8, 2017

Equifax Breach Response Turns Dumpster Fire: I cannot recall a previous data breach in which the breached company’s public outreach and response has been so haphazard and ill-conceived as the one coming right now from big-three credit bureau Equifax, which rather clumsily announced Thursday that an intrusion jeopardized Social security numbers and other information on 143 million Americans. KrebsOnSecurity, Septeber 8, 2017

Equifax Breach: 8 Takeaways: After Equifax on Thursday warned that 143 million consumers’ personal details may have been stolen by hackers, criticism of the consumer credit reporting agency – and data broker – has been swift. BankInfoSecurity, September 8, 2017

Outrage builds after Equifax executives banked $2 million in stock sales following data breach: The sale of nearly $2 million in corporate stock by high-level Equifax executives shortly after the company learned of a major data breach has sparked public outrage that could turn into another hurdle for the credit rating agency. The Washington Post, September 8, 2017

Equifax Says Cyberattack May Have Affected 143 Million in the U.S.: Criminals gained access to certain files in the company’s system from mid-May to July, according to an investigation by Equifax. The New York Times, September 7, 2017

Cyber Defense

Password Managers: One of the most important steps you can take to protect
yourself online is to use a unique, strong password for every one of your accounts and apps. Unfortunately, it is most likely impossible for you to remember all your different passwords for all your different accounts. This is why so many people reuse the same password. SANS, September 2016

Information Security Management in the Organization

Cyber Warning

New Dridex Phishing Campaign Delivers Fake Accounting Invoices: A new variant of the banking trojan Dridex is part of a sophisticated phishing attack targeting users of the cloud-based accounting firm Xero. ThreatPost, September 7, 2017

Cyber Defense

Are you an easy hacking target? Cybersecurity tips for small business: Small businesses and self-employed people are big targets for hackers, and the financial implications can be crippling. Gone are the days of thinking “It’ll never happen to us”. A total of 61% of all data breaches this year occurred in businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees, according to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. Estimates vary on how much a breach truly costs, but it can often be millions of pounds. The Guardian, September 8, 2017

The 5 cyber attacks you’re most likely to face: As a consultant, one of the biggest security problems I see is perception: The threats companies think they face are often vastly different than the threats that pose the greatest risk. For example, they hire me to deploy state-of-the-art public key infrastructure (PKI) or an enterprise-wide intrusion detection system when really what they need is better patching. CSO, August 21, 2017

Cyber Talent

Meet the WISOs: 10 Women Information Security Officers to watch: As girls and young women become interested in cybersecurity, they can look to these Women Information Security Officers for inspiration. CSO, September 8, 2017

Cybersecurity in Society

Cyber Freedom

German hackers find security hole in software used for vote counts: Serious security flaws in the software used to register voting tallies in Germany and transmit them across the country have been found by a hackers’ collective, who have warned of the possibility of external attacks. The Guardian, September 8, 2017

Cash-strapped states brace for Russian hacking fight: The U.S. needs hundreds of millions of dollars to protect future elections from hackers — but neither the states nor Congress is rushing to fill the gap. Politico, September 3, 2017

Fake News

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election: Posing as ordinary citizens on Facebook and building “warlists” of Twitter accounts, suspected Russian agents intervened last year in the American democratic process. The New York Times, September 7, 2017

The Fake-News Fallacy:Old fights about radio have lessons for new fights about the Internet: On the evening of October 30, 1938, a seventy-six-year-old millworker in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, named Bill Dock heard something terrifying on the radio. Aliens had landed just down the road, a newscaster announced, and were rampaging through the countryside. Dock grabbed his double-barrelled shotgun and went out into the night, prepared to face down the invaders. But, after investigating, as a newspaper later reported, he “didn’t see anybody he thought needed shooting.” In fact, he’d been duped by Orson Welles’s radio adaptation of “The War of the Worlds.” Structured as a breaking-news report that detailed the invasion in real time, the broadcast adhered faithfully to the conventions of news radio, complete with elaborate sound effects and impersonations of government officials, with only a few brief warnings through the program that it was fiction. The New Yorker, September 4, 2017

National Cybersecurity

The Cyberlaw Podcast – Stewart Baker interviews Michael Mainelli: In Episode 177, fresh from hiatus, we try to summarize the most interesting cyber stories to break in August. Paul Rosenzweig kicks things off with the Shunning of Kaspersky. I argue that the most significant – though unsupported – claim about Kaspersky is Sen. Shaheen’s assertion that all of the company’s servers are in Russia. If true, that’s certainly an objective reason not to let Kaspersky install sensors in non-Russian computers. The question that remains is how much due process companies like Kaspersky should get. That’s a question unlikely to go away, as DOD is now comprehensively shunning DJI drones, issuing guidance that sounds a lot like Edward Snowden demanding that users uninstall all DJI apps and remove all batteries and storage media. Steptoe Cyberblog, September 5, 2017

The first quantum-cryptographic satellite network will be Chinese: IN THE never-ending arms race between encryptors and eavesdroppers, many of those on the side that is trying to keep messages secret are betting on quantum mechanics, a description of how subatomic particles behave, to come to their aid. In particular, they think a phenomenon called quantum entanglement may provide an unsubvertable way of determining whether or not a message has been intercepted by a third party. Such interception, quantum theory suggests, will necessarily alter the intercepted message in a recognisable way, meaning that the receiver will know it is insecure. This phenomenon depends on the fact, surprising but true, that particles with identical properties which are created simultaneously are entangled in a way that means one cannot have its properties altered without also altering the other, no matter how far apart they are. The Economist, August 31, 2017

Cyber Law

Could CareFirst Data Breach Case Be Headed to Supreme Court?: Could the class action lawsuit filed against CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield after a 2014 cyberattack impacting 1.1 million individuals be the first data breach case headed to the Supreme Court? A recent ruling by a federal court makes that a possibility. BankInfoSecurity, September 8, 2017

SEC Chief: Regulators must do more to help small investors better understand cyber crime and online fraud: NEW YORK (Reuters) – Regulators must do more to help mom-and-pop investors better understand the potential risks posed by cyber crime and new technologies used to commit fraud, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton said on Tuesday. Reuters, September 5, 2017

Cyber Medical

DHS Warns of 8 Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Smiths Medical Wireless Infusion Pumps: The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (DHS ICS-CERT) on Thursday issued an advisory detailing eight cybersecurity vulnerabilities found in Smiths Medical’s Medfusion 4000 wireless infusion pumps. RAPS, September 8, 2017

Critical Infrastructure

Symantec Report: Hackers found to gain direct operational access to US power grid controls: In an era of hacker attacks on critical infrastructure, even a run-of-the-mill malware infection on an electric utility’s network is enough to raise alarm bells. But the latest collection of power grid penetrations went far deeper: Security firm Symantec is warning that a series of recent hacker attacks not only compromised energy companies in the US and Europe but also resulted in the intruders gaining hands-on access to power grid operations—enough control that they could have induced blackouts on American soil at will. Wired, September 6, 2017

Internet of Things

IoT Security: What’s Plan B?: In August, four US Senators introduced a bill designed to improve Internet of Things (IoT) security. The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 is a modest piece of legislation. It doesn’t regulate the IoT market. It doesn’t single out any industries for particular attention, or force any companies to do anything. It doesn’t even modify the liability laws for embedded software. Companies can continue to sell IoT devices with whatever lousy security they want. SchneierOnSecurity, September 2017

Cyber Miscellany

If Blockchain Is the Answer, What Is the Security Question?: Like any technology, blockchain has its strengths and weaknesses. But debunking three common myths can help you cut through the hype. DarkReading, September 8, 2017

Boston Red Sox Used Apple Watches to Steal Signs Against Yankees: When confronted by Major League Baseball, the Red Sox admitted they were using Apple Watches in a scheme to gain an edge at the plate. The New York Times, September 5, 2017

Cyber Research

Security researchers in China send silent commands to speech recognition systems with ultrasound: Security researchers in China have invented a clever way of activating voice recognition systems without speaking a word. By using high frequencies inaudible to humans but which register on electronic microphones, they were able to issue commands to every major “intelligent assistant” that were silent to every listener but the target device. TechCrunch, September 6, 2017

SecureTheVillage Calendar

PIHRA: Information Security Awareness: The Cyber Tsunami!: Citadel’s Kimberly Pease will facilitate a discussion of (i) steps to take to protect a company’s information from hackers and cyber criminals; (ii)tips to protect yourselves as consumers; (iii) understanding who the criminals are and why you are a target; (iv) real stories and scary examples that could happen to you. September 20, 7:30 – 9:30, The City Club

SecureTheVillage: Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable: The Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable is a cross-organizational, cross-functional “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from bank fraud, credit card theft, identity theft and other forms of cyber crime. September 22, 7:30 – 10:00, Grandpoint Bank

SecureTheVillage: San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable: The San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable is designed to support communication and collaboration between C-Suite executives, IT managers, and cybersecurity experts. The San Fernando Valley-East Roundtable is intended for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The Roundtable functions as a cross-organizational “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from cybercrime. September 28, 7:30 -10AM. Datastream, Glendale.

Glendale Tech Week: SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl will join Louie Sadd, Datastream Managing Partner and SecureTheVillage Leadership Council member, and other cybersecurity panelists. October 12, 10:00 – 11:00, Glendale Central Library.

SecureTheVillage: Cybersecure Los Angeles 2017 — Get Cyber Prepared: SecureTheVillage joins UCLA Extension for its first cybersecurity conference. Learn from leading information security professionals and law enforcement, including: information security providers, cyber-insurance, financial services, law, the FBI, LA County District Attorney’s Office, and more. Leave with SecureTheVillage’s Information Security Management and Leadership ResourceKit: A practical guide for implementing an information security management and leadership program in your organization. October 19, 9:00 – 2:00, UCLA Extension, Figueroa Courtyard

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Cyber Security News for the Week of, September 3, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Identity Theft

700 Million-Plus Email Addresses Leaked by Spam Operation: A sloppy spamming operation has exposed on a server in the Netherlands gigabytes of files that include 711 million email addressees and some associated account passwords. BankInfoSecurity, August 31, 2017

Cyber Privacy

Hackers are selling millions of Instagram celeb accounts on web. Selena Gomez among victims: A group of hackers used a bug earlier this week to scrape the phone numbers and email addresses of six million Instagram accounts and are now selling that information on the web. TechCrunch, September 1, 2017

Cyber Danger

Is Your Mobile Carrier Your Weakest Link?: More online services than ever now offer two-step authentication — requiring customers to complete a login using their phone or other mobile device after supplying a username and password. But with so many services relying on your mobile for that second factor, there has never been more riding on the security of your mobile account. Below are some tips to ensure your mobile device (or, more specifically, your mobile carrier) isn’t the weakest link in your security chain. KrebsOnSecurity, August 27, 2017

Victim of crypto-currency theft describes how cybercriminals hacked his cellphone: At about 9pm on Tuesday, August 22 a hacker swapped his or her own SIM card with mine, presumably by calling T-Mobile. This, in turn, shut off network services to my phone and, moments later, allowed the hacker to change most of my Gmail passwords, my Facebook password, and text on my behalf. All of the two-factor notifications went, by default, to my phone number so I received none of them and in about two minutes I was locked out of my digital life. TechCrunch, August 23, 2017

Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual Currency: Hackers have discovered that one of the most central elements of online security — the mobile phone number — is also one of the easiest to steal. The New York Times, August 23, 2017

Cyber Defense

On what basis are we to trust online file conversion services?: Let’s imagine that you just received an attachment on your phone, such as an image, a document or a spreadsheet. Naked Security, September 1, 2017

Cyber Warning

Beware of Hurricane Harvey Relief Scams: U.S. federal agencies are warning citizens anxious to donate money for those victimized by Hurricane Harvey to be especially wary of scam artists. In years past we’ve seen shameless fraudsters stand up fake charities and other bogus relief efforts in a bid to capitalize on public concern over an ongoing disaster. Here are some tips to help ensure sure your aid dollars go directly to those most in need. KrebsOnSecurity, August 29, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Cyber Warning

Locky Ransomware Campaign Returns via Spam and Dropbox-Themed Phishing Attacks: In today’s digital world, boundaries are blurring. Driven by “need it now” business demands, cloud applications are surfacing in business environments everywhere, often with little or no IT involvement. We’re allowing access to a growing and dynamic user population that includes not only employees but partners, customers, channels and contractors. And, while the always-on mobile and BYOD landscape offers much-needed convenience for users, it further blurs personal and corporate access boundaries. Ultimately, we need to find a way to embrace today’s boundaryless business world, while maintaining security confidence, ensuring that we meet increasing compliance demands, and doing so in a way that’s completely seamless and easy for our users. BankInfoSecurity, Event on September 5, 2017

Cyber Talent

CISOs’ Salaries Expected to Edge Above $240,000 in 2018: Other IT security professionals may garner six-figure salaries as well, new report shows. DarkReading, September 1, 2017

The Haves And Have-Nots In Cybersecurity: How Your Company Can Level The Playing Field: We all know about the income-inequality debate in America, and the controversy about too much wealth being held by the “one percent”. But did you know there’s also an inequality issue when it comes to our country’s cybersecurity? Forbes, August 29, 2017

Cybersecurity in Society

Cyber Crime

Canadian university scammed out of $11.8 million: MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, is the latest confirmed victim of scammers. HelpNetSecurity, September 1, 2017

A server hosting dozens of popular file converter sites has been hacked: The server hosting the sites had been “tampered with for months on end, without the server owner noticing it.” ZDNet, August 31, 2017

Know Your Enemy

Hackers Host Ransomware on US Government Site to Infect Site-Visitors: As recently as Wednesday afternoon, a U.S. government website was hosting a malicious JavaScript downloader that led victims to installations of Cerber ransomware. ThreatPost, September 1, 2017

Cyber Law

Judge Nixes Bid to Quash Suit Filed by Yahoo Breach Victims: A federal judge in California has ruled that a consolidated class-action lawsuit filed by those affected by three Yahoo data breaches can proceed. BankInfoSecurity, September 1, 2017

Cyber Freedom

Open source or proprietary: how should we secure voting systems?: The stakes are always high when it comes to software security, which is why the ongoing debate over open-source vs. proprietary tends to be passionate. NakedSecurity, September 1, 2017

Software Glitch or Russian Hackers? Election Problems Draw Little Scrutiny or Analysis: The calls started flooding in from hundreds of irate North Carolina voters just after 7 a.m. on Election Day last November. The New York Times, September 1, 2017

National Cybersecurity

WikiLeaks alleges CIA created bogus software upgrade to steal data from FBI, NSA: The CIA didn’t trust its security service partners to share biometric information with it, so it created a bogus software upgrade to steal the data. ZDNet, August 25, 2017

Cyber Government

Trump’s Cabinet Leaves Key Cybersecurity Reports Unfinished: Major cybersecurity reports looking at the American government’s ability to defend itself from hacking are unfinished months after the deadline set by President Donald Trump. Newsweek, September 1, 2017

Cyber Medical

Pacemaker recall due to cybersecurity vulnerability affects at Least 456,000 US patients: Around 465,000 Americans with pacemakers fitted are being advised to visit their doctor to get an important software upgrade – otherwise their life-saving inner gadget could be vulnerable to a hacking attempt. Science Alert, September 1, 2017

Internet of Things

Leak of more than 1,700 valid passwords could make the IoT mess much worse: Security researchers have unearthed a sprawling list of login credentials that allows anyone on the Internet to take over home routers and more than 1,700 “Internet of things” devices and make them part of a destructive botnet. ars technica, August 25, 2017

Cyber Sunshine

Mirai Malware Attacker Extradited From Germany to UK: Admitted Mirai malware mastermind Daniel Kaye, 29, has been extradited from Germany to the United Kingdom, where he faces charges that he launched cyberattacks against two of Britain’s biggest banks. BankInfoSecurity, August 31, 2017

Tech Firms Team Up to Take Down ‘WireX’ Android DDoS Botnet: A half dozen technology and security companies — some of them competitors — issued the exact same press release today. This unusual level of cross-industry collaboration caps a successful effort to dismantle ‘WireX,’ an extraordinary new crime machine comprising tens of thousands of hacked Android mobile devices that was used this month to launch a series of massive cyber attacks. KrebsOnSecurity, August 28, 2017

Fake News

The Intimidators: Twitter bots unleashed in a social media disruption tactic: Overnight from August 28 to August 29, a major Twitter botnet opened a new front in its ongoing attempts to intimidate @DFRLab, creating fake accounts to impersonate and attack our team members. DFR Lab, August 30, 2017

Fake Twitter bots w Russian fingerprints used to intimidate and disrupt social media: I awoke this morning to find my account on Twitter (@briankrebs) had attracted almost 12,000 new followers overnight. Then I noticed I’d gained almost as many followers as the number of re-tweets (RTs) earned for a tweet I published on Tuesday. The tweet stated how every time I tweet something related to Russian President Vladimir Putin I get a predictable stream of replies that are in support of President Trump — even in cases when neither Trump nor the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign were mentioned. KrebsOnSecurity, August 30, 2017

SecureTheVillage Calendar

National Assn of Corporate Directors — Southern California Chapter: Join SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl, the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance (NCFTA) CEO and former secret service agent Matt Lavigna, Apria Healthcare’s CISO Jerry Sto. Thomas and former SaaS CEO and PwC Partner, Bob Zukis. Learn about Southern California’s unique risks and local efforts to fight cybercrime. September 6, Noon Luncheon, California Club.

PIHRA: Information Security Awareness: The Cyber Tsunami!: Citadel’s Kimberly Pease will facilitate a discussion of (i) steps to take to protect a company’s information from hackers and cyber criminals; (ii)tips to protect yourselves as consumers; (iii) understanding who the criminals are and why you are a target; (iv) real stories and scary examples that could happen to you. September 20, 7:30 – 9:30, The City Club

SecureTheVillage: Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable: The Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable is a cross-organizational, cross-functional “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from bank fraud, credit card theft, identity theft and other forms of cyber crime. September 22, 7:30 – 10:00, Grandpoint Bank

SecureTheVillage: San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable: The San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable is designed to support communication and collaboration between C-Suite executives, IT managers, and cybersecurity experts. The San Fernando Valley-East Roundtable is intended for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The Roundtable functions as a cross-organizational “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from cybercrime. September 28, 7:30 -10AM. Datastream, Glendale.

Glendale Tech Week: SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl will join Louie Sadd, Datastream Managing Partner and SecureTheVillage Leadership Council member, and other cybersecurity panelists. October 12, 10:00 – 11:00, Glendale Central Library.

SecureTheVillage: Cybersecure Los Angeles 2017 — Get Cyber Prepared: SecureTheVillage joins UCLA Extension for its first cybersecurity conference. Learn from leading information security professionals and law enforcement, including: information security providers, cyber-insurance, financial services, law, the FBI, LA County District Attorney’s Office, and more. Leave with SecureTheVillage’s Information Security Management and Leadership ResourceKit: A practical guide for implementing an information security management and leadership program in your organization. October 19, 9:00 – 2:00, UCLA Extension, Figueroa Courtyard

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Cyber Security News for the week of August 27, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Identity Theft

Why It’s Still A Bad Idea to Post or Trash Your Airline Boarding Pass: One reason may be that the advice remains timely and relevant: A talk recently given at a Czech security conference advances that research and offers several reminders of how being careless with your boarding pass could jeopardize your privacy or even cause trip disruptions down the road. KrebsOnSecurity, August 24, 2017

Cyber Danger

Bank-fraud malware not detected by any AV found in Chrome Web Store. Twice in 17 days:A researcher has uncovered an elaborate bank-fraud scam that’s using a malicious extension in Google’s Chrome Web Store to steal targets’ passwords. Ars Technica, August 16, 2017

Cyber Defense

Backup & Recovery: If you use a computer or mobile device long enough, sooner or later something will go wrong, resulting in you losing your personal files, documents, or photos.SANS Securing the Human, August 2017

10 browser extensions to help keep you safe on the web: These 10 browser extensions can help add more than just peace of mind; they can step in where the average web browser fails and protect you from common threats. Tech Republic, August 25 2017

Cyber Warning

Adware Spreading Via Social Engineering, Facebook Messenger: Attackers have taken to Facebook Messenger with a combination of social engineering and malicious JavaScript to spread adware, something that’s likely earning them a small chunk of change in the process. ThreatPost, August 24, 2017

Secret chips in replacement parts can completely hijack your phone’s security: Booby-trapped touchscreens can log passwords, install malicious apps, and more. Ars Technica, August 18, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

Board Directors Need to Get Involved With Cyber Risk Governance: They know that it’s only a matter of time before their organization suffers a cyber incident, and all eyes will naturally be on the directors themselves to see if they were properly exercising their risk oversight. SecurityIntelligence, August 24, 2017

Fallout From Cybersecurity Regulatory Crackdown Pushing Companies to Strengthen Security Management: The rise in cyberattacks has led to more regulations, which in turn has forced companies to look into cyberinsurance. Forbes, August 25, 2017

Security Culture

Charts Like This are Why Information Security is Failing: Out of the 57 controls listed, ONLY ONE is dedicated to the Human Operating System. SANS Securing the Human, August 22, 2017

New SANS survey identifies & addresses root cybersecurity cultural challenges: Working with hundreds of security awareness programs has taught me one thing, people are key.SANS Securing the Human, August 24, 2017

Cyber Warning

Ransomware Hiding in Word Files Seen Targeting Education, Healthcare Industry:Researchers observed a new, albeit small and selective ransomware campaign earlier this month targeting both education and healthcare verticals. ThreatPost, August 25, 2017

Cyber Law

Eighth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Scottrade Data Breach Suit: The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed the district court’s dismissal of a putative class action brought by customers of the brokerage firm Scottrade in the wake of an alleged data breach impacting Scottrade in 2013. Alston & Bird Privacy & DataBlog, August 25, 2017

Cyber Talent

7 Tips for Recruiting the Infosec Talent You Need Now: New ways to attract job candidates and keep them around. BankInfoSecurity, August 23, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

Cryptocurrency Ethereum Cyber Fraud Has Cost Victims $225 Million This Year, Says Report: Here’s another reason to be leery of the initial coin offerings being done at a staggering pace in the cryptocurrency world: there’s a one-in-10 chance you’ll end up a victim of theft. Bloomberg Technology, August 23, 2017

The HBO hackers just sent us the end of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: The so-called Mr. Smith hacking group that’s responsible for stealing approximately 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO just released what they’re calling the sixth wave of leaks — and it just so happens this data dump contains what they claim is the end to Season 7 of Game of Thrones. Mashable Technology, August 25, 2017

Cyber Privacy

DoJ Subject to Strict Judicial Oversight in Anti-Trump Site Investigation: A US judge has ruled that the Department of Justice (DoJ) must operate under strict court oversight when searching data associated with an anti-Trump website to find a group of alleged rioters. InfoSecurityGroup, August 25, 2017

Know Your Enemy

Zero-Day Broker Zerodium Offers $500K for Encrypted Messaging Exploits: There’s another option for governments trying to overcome the end-to-end encryption barrier: buy a zero-day software exploit. BankInfoSecurity, August 24, 2017

How lower barriers and increased profits have lead to a surge in cybercrime .. And what you need to do: Nowadays, nearly all crimes have an element of cyber to them and we’re seeing more ‘traditional’ criminals get into the cybercrime industry. CSO, August 25, 2017

No coding skills required: Android app allows wannabe cybercriminals to build custom ransomware: A free tool available on hacking forums allows budding hackers to build their own Android ransomware simply by filling out a few forms. ZDNet, August 25, 2017

Cyber Gov

Government ranks near bottom in cybersecurity review of 18 critical industries: Data breaches and hacks of US government networks, once novel and shocking, have become a problematic fact of life over the past few years. Wired, August 24, 2017

Critical Infrastructure

Is the Power Grid Getting More Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks?: Rising computerization opens doors for increasingly aggressive adversaries, but defenses are better than many might think. Scientific American, August 23, 2017

Internet of Things

Industrial Collaboration Robots (Cobots) Highly Vulnerable to Hacking, Says New Report:Researchers at IOActive have found nearly 50 vulnerabilities in industrial collaborative robots, machines that work side-by-side with people in manufacturing and other settings, that can be abused to possibly cause physical harm to workers, or even configured to spy on their surroundings. ThreatPost, August 22, 2017

Cyber Enforcement

The Imperfect Crime: How Blockchain Might Lead to the WannaCry Hackers: Even if they can exchange their ransom, the criminals will have a hard time accessing their money anonymously. Scientific American, August 16, 2017

Cyber Sunshine

Chinese national arrested for allegedly using malware linked to OPM hack: A Chinese national was arrested in Los Angeles this week on charges he used a rare type of computer malware that was also deployed to access millions of sensitive U.S. records from the Office of Personnel Management. The Washington Post, August 24, 2017

Accused ‘Hacker for Hire’ for Russia Pleads Not Guilty: Canadian allegedly aided Russians who perpetrated massive yahoo data breach. BankInfoSecurity, August 24, 2017

Cyber Miscellany

Quantum Internet Is 13 Years Away. Wait, What’s Quantum Internet?: A year ago this week, Chinese physicists launched the world’s first quantum satellite. Wired, August 15, 2017

SecureTheVillage Calendar

National Assn of Corporate Directors — Southern California Chapter: Join SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl, the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance (NCFTA) CEO and former secret service agent Matt Lavigna, Apria Healthcare’s CISO Jerry Sto. Thomasand former SaaS CEO and PwC Partner, Bob Zukis. Learn about Southern California’s unique risks and local efforts to fight cybercrime. September 6, Noon Luncheon, California Club.

PIHRA: Information Security Awareness: The Cyber Tsunami!: Citadel’s Kimberly Pease will facilitate a discussion of (i) steps to take to protect a company’s information from hackers and cyber criminals; (ii)tips to protect yourselves as consumers; (iii) understanding who the criminals are and why you are a target; (iv) real stories and scary examples that could happen to you. September 20, 7:30 – 9:30, The City Club

SecureTheVillage: Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable: The Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable is a cross-organizational, cross-functional “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from bank fraud, credit card theft, identity theft and other forms of cyber crime. September 22, 7:30 – 10:00, Grandpoint Bank

SecureTheVillage: San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable: The San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable is designed to support communication and collaboration between C-Suite executives, IT managers, and cybersecurity experts. The San Fernando Valley-East Roundtable is intended for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The Roundtable functions as a cross-organizational “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from cybercrime. September 28, 7:30 -10AM. Datastream, Glendale.

Glendale Tech Week: SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl will join Louie Sadd, Datastream Managing Partner and SecureTheVillage Leadership Council member, and other cybersecurity panelists. October 12, 10:00 – 11:00, Glendale Central Library.

SecureTheVillage: Cybersecure Los Angeles 2017 — Get Cyber Prepared: SecureTheVillage joins UCLA Extension for its first cybersecurity conference. Learn from leading information security professionals and law enforcement, including: information security providers, cyber-insurance, financial services, law, the FBI, LA County District Attorney’s Office, and more. Leave with SecureTheVillage’s Information Security Management and Leadership ResourceKit: A practical guide for implementing an information security management and leadership program in your organization. October 19, 9:00 – 2:00, UCLA Extension, Figueroa Courtyard

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Cybersecurity News for the Week of August 20, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Cyber Privacy

Cars Suck Up Data About You. Where Does It All Go?: Automakers, local governments, retailers, insurers and tech companies are looking to leverage the data that cars generate. New York Times, July 27, 2017

Cyber Warning

New Android malware records calls, intercepts texts, and steals credit card info: A new version of Faketoken was identified by Kaspersky and poses a huge threat to anyone who stores bank card information for in-app purchases. TechRepublic, Aug 18, 2017

Repairing your smartphone? Replacement parts can hijack phone security, steal passwords: Booby-trapped touchscreens can log passwords, install malicious apps, and more. Ars Technica, Aug 18, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

HBO Hack Illustrates That It’s Hard to Tell Exactly What’s Been Compromised: There may be much more missing than the headlines suggest. Robert Braun, SecureTheVillage Leadership Council, Cybersecurity Lawyer Forum, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell, Aug 17, 2017

Cyber Warning

New Survey Finds Failure to Remove Access from ex-Employees a Major Contributor to Breaches: Businesses drive the risk for data breaches when they fail to terminate employees’ access to corporate apps after they leave. DarkReading, Aug 18, 2017

Cyber breach at shipper illustrates dangers of business email compromise: Weak defences are leaving cargo vessels vulnerable to cyber-attacks, say experts. BBC, Aug 18, 2017

Cyber Defense

The importance of network segmentation as a key network security strategy: Cybercrime is getting worse. Keep your company safe by following the latest recommendations in network security. Inc, August 18, 2017

Caution advised with information security surveys: Cybersecurity reports based on answers from respondents often produce misleading or inaccurate statistics, and they can lead to industry confusion. CSO, August 15, 2017

Cyber Update

Cybercriminals found exploiting a vulnerability that Microsoft patched in April. Update now!!!: Attackers are targeting companies, and their goal is to get their hands on information that will allow them to steal money from the victims’ accounts. HelpNetSecurity, Aug 18, 2017

Cyber Law

Developments in New York and Colorado Cybersecurity Regulations: For the first time since New York’s Cybersecurity Regulation (23 NYCRR Part 500) became effective on March 1, 2017, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued Frequently Asked Questions to assist Covered Entities in their compliance and provide guidance into the DFS’s interpretation and enforcement of its newly adopted regulation. National Law Review, Aug 18, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

Maersk says impact of NotPetya may be as much as $300 Million: Danish shipping giant A.P. Møller – Maersk faces a loss of up to $300 million as a result of the NotPetya global malware outbreak. BankInfoSecurity, Aug 17, 2017

Cyber Privacy

Justice Department wants data on anti-Trump protesters. An L.A. tech firm is resisting: Los Angeles tech company is resisting a federal demand for more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify who visited a website set up to coordinate protests on President Trump’s Inauguration Day — a request whose breadth the company says violates the Constitution. LA Times, Aug 15, 2017

Cyber Attack

Inside the New York hospital hackers took down for six weeks (video): The medical industry is the new No. 1 target for hackers. CBS News, Aug 18, 2017

Cyber Defense

Amazon Macie automates cloud data protection with machine learning. Can it catch Microsoft and Google?: Amazon promises AWS S3 customers that they will be able to identify and protect sensitive data faster with Macie, but is it enough to catch up to what Microsoft and Google offers? CSO, Aug 17, 2017

LA launches public-private CyberLab to share threat information with region’s businesses:The new tech platform and public-private partnership aims to protect critical IT infrastructure and aid businesses to fight cyberattacks in real time. StateScoop, Aug 16, 2017

Know Your Enemy

Microsoft cloud cybersecurity attacks up 300% in last year, report says: In volume 22 of Microsoft’s Security Intelligence Report, the Redmond giant outlined some of the biggest cyberthreats facing its users. TechRepublic, Aug 18, 2017

Cyber Freedom

In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking: For the first time, an actual witness has emerged in the hack of the Democratic National Comittee, and he has been interviewed by the F.B.I. New York Times, Aug 16, 2017

Did New York Times get the story wrong about Ukraine malware expert: It’s a good read, as long as you can ignore that the premise of the piece is completely wrong. KrebsOnSecurity, Aug 18, 2017

Unprotected Backup of Chicago Voter Roll Found in Cloud. 1.8 Million Voter Records At-Risk: Voter registration data belonging to the entirety of Chicago’s electoral roll—1.8 million records—was found a week ago in an Amazon Web Services bucket configured for public access. ThreatPost, Aug 18, 2017

National Cybersecurity

Russian-Speaking APT Group Said to Be Engaged in G20 Themed Attack: Turla, a long operating advanced persistent threat group (APT) with presumed ties to the Russian government, appears to be actively targeting G20 participants and those interested in its activities including policymakers, member nations and journalists. DarkReading, Aug 18, 2017

Cyber Government

Annual cybersecurity review for state and local government approaches: Non-federal agencies still ride low on the maturity benchmark, but the increased political attention around cybersecurity could improve results in the coming survey period. StateScoop, Aug 18, 2017

Cyber Medical

Commentary: Why information security is a patient safety issue: Cybersecurity requires strategy to succeed and that means putting your priorities in the right place. CISOs and other infosec pros must up their game to make protecting patients the top concern. Healthcare IT News, Aug 15, 2017

SecureTheVillage Calendar

National Assn of Corporate Directors — Southern California Chapter: Join SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl, the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance (NCFTA) CEO and former secret service agent Matt Lavigna, Apria Healthcare’s CISO Jerry Sto. Thomasand former SaaS CEO and PwC Partner, Bob Zukis. Learn about Southern California’s unique risks and local efforts to fight cybercrime. September 6, Noon Luncheon, California Club.

PIHRA: Information Security Awareness: The Cyber Tsunami!: Citadel’s Kimberly Pease will facilitate a discussion of (i) steps to take to protect a company’s information from hackers and cyber criminals; (ii)tips to protect yourselves as consumers; (iii) understanding who the criminals are and why you are a target; (iv) real stories and scary examples that could happen to you. September 20, 7:30 – 9:30, The City Club

SecureTheVillage: Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable: The Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable is a cross-organizational, cross-functional “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from bank fraud, credit card theft, identity theft and other forms of cyber crime. September 22, 7:30 – 10:00, Grandpoint Bank

SecureTheVillage: San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable: The San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable is designed to support communication and collaboration between C-Suite executives, IT managers, and cybersecurity experts. The San Fernando Valley-East Roundtable is intended for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The Roundtable functions as a cross-organizational “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from cybercrime. September 28, 7:30 -10AM. Datastream, Glendale.

Glendale Tech Week: SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl will join Louie Sadd, Datastream Managing Partner and SecureTheVillage Leadership Council member, and other cybersecurity panelists. October 12, 10:00 – 11:00, Glendale Central Library.

SecureTheVillage: Cybersecure Los Angeles 2017 — Get Cyber Prepared: SecureTheVillage joins UCLA Extension for its first cybersecurity conference. Learn from leading information security professionals and law enforcement, including: information security providers, cyber-insurance, financial services, law, the FBI, LA County District Attorney’s Office, and more. Leave with SecureTheVillage’s Information Security Management and Leadership ResourceKit: A practical guide for implementing an information security management and leadership program in your organization. October 19, 9:00 – 2:00, UCLA Extension, Figueroa Courtyard

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Cyber Security News for the Week of, August 13, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Cyber Update

Google Patches 10 Critical Bugs in August Android Security Bulletin: Google patched 10 critical remote code execution bugs in its August Android Security Bulletin issued Monday. ThreatPost, August 8, 2017

Mozilla Fixes 29 Vulnerabilities in Firefox, Makes Flash Click-To-Activate: Mozilla fixed three critical vulnerabilities when it released Firefox 55 on Tuesday, including bugs that could have triggered a crash of the browser and allowed for the execution of arbitrary code. ThreatPost, August 9, 2017

Critical Security Fixes from Adobe, Microsoft: Adobe has released updates to fix dozens of vulnerabilities in its Acrobat, Reader and Flash Player software. KrebsOnSecurity, August 8, 2017

Cyber Defense

Five Cybersecurity Tips for Your Summer Vacation: Whether you’re hitting the same old beach town or taking a cycling tour of Provence, follow these Top Five steps to stay cyber secure while soaking up the sun. ITSP Magazine

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

Culture Change Metaphor: Teach everyone to avoid a hot stove and you have no-cost burn care: It’s ironic: when global threats are in the news every day, their ubiquity makes them easy to ignore.” Robert Braun, co-chair of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Law Group, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell and SecureTheVillage Leadership Council. Cyber Security Lawyer Forum, August 3, 2017

New analysis shows cyber-breach has large impact on stock price: When it comes to thinking about cyber-attacks, many of the folks running businesses are relying on a heavy combination of faith (“it won’t happen to us”), reliance on cyber-insurance (“any losses will be covered”), and the unfounded belief that the long-term consequences won’t be that bad (“if it does happen, we’ll be back in business in no time”). ITSP Magazine, August 7, 2017

Data Breach Cost Calculator – IBM Security & Ponemon Institute: Companies face the constant, rising threat of data breaches each year. However, the cost of a data breach differs for every organization. How much would it cost yours? IBM Security, 2017

Cyber Awareness

Social cybersecurity: Influence people, make friends and keep them safe: Jason Hong talks about Carnegie Mellon’s work in social cybersecurity, a new discipline that uses techniques from social psychology to improve our ability to be secure online. Tech Target, August 2017

Cyber Warning

IRS Warns Tax Preparers of Fake Software Update Scheme that Steals Passwords: Just in time for the seasonal upgrading of tax software, the IRS is warning of phishing emails that try to trick tax professionals into downloading software updates, but in fact steer victims into divulging login credentials. BankInfoSecuirty, August 9, 2017

Cyber Defense

Assessing Risks and Remediating Threats With a Layered Approach to Vulnerability Management: Companies need to do more than just scan for known problems and provide huge vulnerability reports to system and network administrators for remediation. Security Intelligence, August 9, 2017

Most of what we know about passwords is wrong, and how businesses should respond: Bill Burr, who wrote the guidelines for modern password standards, claims that he gave the wrong advice on how people should go about creating passwords. TechRepublic, August 9, 2017

10 bad habits cybersecurity professionals must break: Cybersecurity workers face many challenges on the job. Here are 10 bad habits they must avoid in order to be most effective. TechRepublic, August 10, 2017

Beware of Security by Press Release: The DirectDefense – Carbon Black Brouhaha: On Wednesday, the security industry once again witnessed an all-too-familiar cycle: I call it “security by press release.” KrebsOnSecurity, August 10, 2017

“White Hat” Hackers: Privileged Accounts Provide Fastest Access to Sensitive, Critical Data: Nearly 75 percent state traditional perimeter security firewalls and antivirus are now irrelevant or obsolete. DarkReading, August 9, 2017

Protecting Personal Information: A Practical Guide for Business – FTC: Most companies keep sensitive personal information in their files—names, Social Security numbers, credit card, or other account data—that identifies customers or employees. Federal Trade Commission

Cyber Law

Nationwide Insurance Breach Settlement Agreement: $5.5 million & stronger security management practices: Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. will pay a $5.5 million settlement and update its security practices as a result of an agreement with attorneys general in 32 states and the District of Columbia in the wake of a 2012 data breach affecting more than 1.2 million individuals. BankInfoSecurity, August 9, 2017

Cyber Talent

Majority of MSPs struggle to find enough cybersecurity pros to hire: Two out of three managed service providers (MSPs) suffer from a shortage of qualified cybersecurity staff—leading to challenges keeping customers safe from ransomware attacks, according to a report from Kaspersky Lab, released Wednesday. TechRepublic, August 10, 2017

Five strategies to address the cybersecurity skills shortage: The ability to detect and respond to threats is greatly impeded by a lack of cybersecurity skills and staff. CSO, August 10, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

HBO Cyber Attack

Game of Thrones stars’ personal details leaked as HBO hackers demand ransom: Hackers of US television network HBO have released personal phone numbers of Game of Thrones actors, emails and scripts in the latest dump of data stolen from the company, and are demanding a multimillion-dollar ransom to prevent the release of whole TV shows and further emails. The Guardian, August 8, 2017

Watch the ransom video hackers sent to HBO (set to Game of Thrones music): HBO is at the center of a massive cyberattack putting 1.5 terabytes of valuable intellectual property and private information at risk. Mashable, August 9, 2017

HBO Hackers Leak Email From Network That Offers Them $250,000: The email dated July 27 indicates a negotiation between the network and the hackers. Hollywood Reporter, August 10, 2017

Know Your Enemy

Hackers & Pirate Websites Conspire In Malware Extortion Schemes: Hackers have become an inescapable part of the Hollywood narrative, on and off the screen. Deadline, August 8, 2017

Russia’s ‘Fancy Bear’ Hackers Used Leaked NSA Tool to Target Hotel Guests: Since as early as last fall, the Russian hacker group known as APT28, or Fancy Bear, has targeted victims via their connections to hacked hotel Wi-Fi networks, according to a new report from security firm FireEye, which has closely tracked the group’s intrusions, including its breach of the Democratic National Committee ahead of last year’s election. Wired, August 11, 2017

Cyber Freedom

Voting Machine “White-Hat” Hackers Have 5 Tips to Save the Next Election: American Democracy depends on the sanctity of the vote. Wired, August 6, 2017

National Cyber Security

A Vulnerable Castle in Cyberspace … Embracing the ‘information warfare’ mindset: The topic of cybersecurity seems to affect just about everything these days. US News, August 11, 2017

Financial Cyber Security

Uptick in Malware Targets the Banking Community: A number of recent attacks, using tactics old and new, have made off with an astonishing amount of money. DarkReading, August 9, 2017

Cyber Medical

DHS Warning: Vulnerabilities Found in Some Siemens Medical Imaging Devices Open Door to Hackers: The Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert warning about cyber vulnerabilities in certain Siemens medical imaging products running Windows 7 that could enable hackers to “remotely execute arbitrary code.” BankInfoSecurity, August 8, 2017

Cyber Sunshine

Alleged sextortionist caught after FBI plants malware on video of victim: A Bakersfield, Calif. man who allegedly tried to extort pornographic video footage from underage victims was tracked down and apprehended after investigators secretly hid malware on a digital video file sent from the intended victim’s computer, according to a criminal complaint filed in Indiana. SC Media, August 10, 2017

Alleged vDOS Operators Arrested, Charged — Krebs on Security: Two young Israeli men alleged by this author to have co-founded vDOS — until recently the largest and most profitable cyber attack-for-hire service online — were arrested and formally indicted this week in Israel on conspiracy and hacking charges. KrebsOnSecurity, August 09, 2017

 SecureTheVillage Calendar

SecureTheVillage: San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable: SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl will speak on High-Performance Information Security Management & Leadership Teams. August 17, 2017, 7:30 -10AM. Datastream, Glendale.

National Assn of Corporate Directors — Southern California Chapter: Join SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl, the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance (NCFTA) CEO and former secret service agent Matt Lavigna, Apria Healthcare’s CISO Jerry Sto. Thomas and former SaaS CEO and PwC Partner, Bob Zukis. Learn about Southern California’s unique risks and local efforts to fight cybercrime. September 6, Noon Luncheon, California Club.

PIHRA: Information Security Awareness: The Cyber Tsunami!: Citadel’s Kimberly Pease will facilitate a discussion of (i) steps to take to protect a company’s information from hackers and cyber criminals; (ii)tips to protect yourselves as consumers; (iii) understanding who the criminals are and why you are a target; (iv) real stories and scary examples that could happen to you. September 20, 7:30 – 9:30, The City Club

SecureTheVillage: Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable: The Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable is a cross-organizational, cross-functional “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from bank fraud, credit card theft, identity theft and other forms of cyber crime. September 22, 7:30 – 10:00, Grandpoint Bank

SecureTheVillage: San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable: The San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable is designed to support communication and collaboration between C-Suite executives, IT managers, and cybersecurity experts. The San Fernando Valley-East Roundtable is intended for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The Roundtable functions as a cross-organizational “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from cybercrime. September 28, 7:30 -10AM. Datastream, Glendale.

Glendale Tech Week: SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl will join Louie Sadd, Datastream Managing Partner and SecureTheVillage Leadership Council member, and other cybersecurity panelists. October 12, 10:00 – 11:00, Glendale Central Library.

SecureTheVillage: Cybersecure Los Angeles 2017 — Get Cyber Prepared: SecureTheVillage joins UCLA Extension for its first cybersecurity conference. Learn from leading information security professionals and law enforcement, including: information security providers, cyber-insurance, financial services, law, the FBI, LA County District Attorney’s Office, and more. Leave with SecureTheVillage’s Information Security Management and Leadership ResourceKit: A practical guide for implementing an information security management and leadership program in your organization. October 19, 9:00 – 2:00, UCLA Extension, Figueroa Courtyard

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Cyber Security News for the Week, August 6, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Cyber Privacy

Google wants to track you in real life – privacy group says, ‘No way!’: There’s a long-term marketing bugaboo that Google has plans to fix: how to convince its clients that their ad dollars are turning into sweet payola. NakedSecurity, August 4, 2017

Cyber Defense

Mozilla sets up private, encrypted file sharing service for large files: Mozilla has launched an online service for private sharing of encrypted files between two users. It’s called Send, and it’s meant to ensure users’ shared files do not remain online forever. HelpNetSecurity, August 4, 2017

Flash Player is Dead, Long Live Flash Player!: Adobe last week detailed plans to retire its Flash Player software, a cross-platform browser plugin so powerful and so packed with security holes that it has become the favorite target of malware developers. To help eradicate this ubiquitous liability, Adobe is enlisting the help of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla. But don’t break out the bubbly just yet: Adobe says Flash won’t be put down officially until 2020. KrebsOnSecurity, August 2, 2017

Backup and Recovery – Securing the Human: If you use a computer or mobile device long enough, sooner or later something will go wrong, resulting in you losing your personal files, documents, or photos. For example, you may accidently delete the wrong files, have a hardware failure, lose a device, or become infected with malware, such as ransomware. At times like these, backups are often the only way you can rebuild your digital life. In this newsletter, we explain what backups are, how to back up your data, and how to develop a simple strategy that’s right for you. SANS, August 2017

Cyber Warning

iOS users beware: You’re the biggest target for mobile phishing attacks: Phishing continues to be a problem, and attacks are moving away from the email inbox. A new report found that iOS is the biggest target, with most attacks coming from game apps. TechRepublic, August 4, 2017

How Cyber Criminals Are Targeting You Through Text Messages: Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting victims through a text message scam called “smishing” that can infect your smartphone and let thieves steal your personal information. NBC, July 20, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

How to Budget Cybersecurity Spending At Your Firm: Businesses understand today that poor cybersecurity protocols are not just a security risk, but a financial and reputational risk which can cost firms greatly whether through a data breach or ransomware. As a result, global cybersecurity spending is set to reach new highs in 2017, with global spending on informational security to reach $90 billion in 2017 and $113 billion by 2020. AccountingWeb, August 4, 2017

Separation of duties and IT security: Muddied responsibilities create unwanted risk and conflicts of interest. New regulations such as GDPR now require that you pay more attention to roles and duties on your security team. CSO, August 3, 2017

Cyber Warning

Business Email Compromise: The Cybercrime Scheme That Attacks Email Accounts And Your Bank Accounts: Cybercrime is ever present, and there is one particular fraud we all should be aware of—particularly anyone who sends or receives bank wiring instructions or the funds themselves. The fraud involves the hacking or impersonating of email accounts, it might be called business email compromise (BEC) fraud, CEO fraud, or CFO fraud, and it demonstrates that criminal participants are infinitely adaptable in pursuit of profitable schemes. Cybercrime is not always a technical attack, but often about social engineering—tricking a person into performing an action—which means we need to stay informed, be alert, and exercise sound judgment. Huffington Post, August 3, 2017

Cyber Defense

Amazon reaches out to AWS customers with bad security before the crooks do: We’ve read plenty of stories recently about the accidental exposure of data stored in the cloud because of users’ poor configuration choices. NakedSecurity, August 4, 2017

New Survey. Same Old Story. Poor Network Security Hygiene & Inadequate User Awareness Makes it Easy for Hackers: The level of security of Wi-Fi networks and user awareness regarding information security has fallen significantly; a Positive Technologies security audit says mostly due to common vulnerabilities not needing much skill to implement. SC Magazine, August 4, 2017

Cyber Talent

What Women in Cybersecurity Really Think About Their Careers: New survey conducted by a female security pro of other female security pros dispels a few myths. DarkReading, August 4, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

Someone has emptied the ransom accounts from the WannaCry attack: For months, the ransom money from the massive WannaCry cyberattack sat untouched in online accounts. Now, someone has moved it. CNN, August 3, 2017

Cyber Attack

Spoiler Alert: Hackers Are Gunning for Hollywood (Guest Column): The 2014 hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment was a watershed moment for the entertainment industry. This week, yet another targeted attack — this one against HBO — reminds us that cybercriminals continue to target Hollywood. Variety, August 4, 2017

HBO Hack: New Threat Promises Emails to Be Released Sunday: An email purported to be from the hacker or hackers behind the HBO breach is making a fresh wave of threats against the network. While the sender of the email, received by The Hollywood Reporter, appeared to use a pseudonym, the sender offered evidence of hacked materials to buttress the claim. Hollywood Reporter, August 3, 2017

HBO says full email system likely not compromised in data breach: HBO is the latest victim of a large-scale security breach, and the company is still investigating just how big it is. CNN, August 3, 2017

HBO Hack: Insiders Fear Leaked Emails as FBI Joins Investigation: The company is reeling from a sophisticated cyberattack that potentially compromised seven times the amount of data stolen in the Sony hack as the FBI investigates potential culprits. Hollywood Reporter, August 2, 2017

HBO hacked: Upcoming episodes, Game of Thrones data leaked online: HBO has joined the ranks of Hollywood entertainment companies to suffer a major cyber attack. Entertainment Weekly, July 31, 2017

Cyber Freedom

DEF CON Hackers Got Into Many Voting Machines and an E-Poll Book: How long will defenders of America’s electronic voting systems ignore the present danger hacking presents to U.S. elections? Alternet, August 2, 2017

“White Hat” Hackers easily break into voting machines at security conference: When the password for a voting machine is “abcde” and can’t be changed, the integrity of our democracy might be in trouble. CNet, July 30, 2017

National Cyber Security

States Take a Comprehensive Approach to Improving Cybersecurity: The National Governors Association has been focused on engaging states when it comes to cybersecurity, and now a multistate compact stands as another positive sign of progress. Governemnt Technology, August 3, 2017

White House officials tricked by email prankster: (CNN)A self-described “email prankster” in the UK fooled a number of White House officials into thinking he was other officials, including an episode where he convinced the White House official tasked with cyber security that he was Jared Kushner and received that official’s private email address unsolicited. CNN, August 1, 2017

Internet of Things

New Bill Seeks Basic IoT Security Standards: Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate today introduced a bill that would set baseline security standards for the government’s purchase and use of a broad range of Internet-connected devices, including computers, routers and security cameras. The legislation, which also seeks to remedy some widely-perceived shortcomings in existing cybercrime law, was developed in direct response to a series of massive cyber attacks in 2016 that were fueled for the most part by poorly-secured “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices. KrebsOnSecurity, August 1, 2017

Cyber Research

Arrest of WannaCry researcher sends chill through security community: The Wednesday arrest of cybersecurity researcher Marcus Hutchins is sending chills through the cyber community. The Hill, August 4, 2017

SecureTheVillage Calendar

Cyber Security Awareness Presented by Marcum LLP, DiamondIT, LBW Insurance & Citadel Information Group: Speakers Include: David Rice, COO of DiamondIT; Stan Stahl, President of Citadel Information Group / President of SecureTheVillage; Howard Miller, Senior Vice President of LBW Insurance. Event Date: August 10, 2017, 4 – 7 PM.

SecureTheVillage Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable: The Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable is a cross-organizational, cross-functional “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from bank fraud, credit card theft, identity theft and other forms of cyber crime. Event Date: August 11, 2017, 7;30 – 10AM

SecureTheVillage: San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable: The San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable is designed to support communication and collaboration between C-Suite executives, IT managers, and cybersecurity experts. The San Fernando Valley-East Roundtable is intended for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The Roundtable functions as a cross-organizational “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from cybercrime. Event Date: August 17, 2017, 7:30 -10AM

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Cyber Security News for the Week, July 30, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Cyber Privacy

Crossing the U.S. Border? Here’s How to Securely Wipe Your Computer: Many people crossing the U.S. border are concerned about the amount of power that the government has asserted to search and examine travelers’ possessions, including searching through or copying contents of digital devices, like photos, emails, and browsing history. The frequency of these intrusive practices has been increasing over time. Electronic Frontier Foundation, July 26, 2017

“Perverse” malware infecting hundreds of Macs remained undetected for years: A mysterious piece of malware that gives attackers surreptitious control over webcams, keyboards, and other sensitive resources has been infecting Macs for at least five years. The infections—known to number nearly 400 and possibly much higher—remained undetected until recently and may have been active for almost a decade. ars technica, July 24, 2017

Cyber Update

Bug in top smartphones could lead to unstoppable malware, researcher says: A recently patched bug found in the chips used to provide wifi in iPhones, Samsung Galaxies and Google Nexus devices could be used to build malware which jumps unstoppably from device to device, according to Nitay Artenstein, the researcher who discovered the flaw. The Guardian, July 27, 2017

Cyber Defense

Going on holiday? Here are our tips for a security-minded trip: With August looming, we at Naked Security won’t be the only ones getting ready to head off on holiday, so with the beach in mind, we’ve come up with some tips to help you plan a safer summer holiday (and with apologies to our readers in the southern hemisphere winter!) Naked Security, July 28, 2017

How to guard against identity theft and bank fraud: Reports of data breaches involving credit card networks at stores and hotels seem to be increasing. So maybe it’s not surprising that consumers are worrying more about it happening to them, and what it might mean. Consumer Affairs, July 27, 2017

NIST Has Spoken – Death to Entropy, Love Live the Passphrase!: PMNIST has spoken, and I could not be more excited. For years the security community has inflicted one of the most painful behaviors to date, the dreaded, complex password. I’ve watched many times in horror as security researchers made fun of ordinary computer users for using simple passwords, often calling out hacked databases of passwords and bemoaning what is wrong with the world. In reality, these very same people should have taken the time to look in the mirror and see what they were inflicting on others. SANS, July 27, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

CSO survey: 61% of boards still see security as IT issue rather than corporate governance issue: The past year has been tough for enterprise security teams. Attacks like Petya and NotPetya suggest that the impact scale is increasing dramatically. The recent leak of government-developed malware and hoarded vulnerabilities has given cybercriminals greater capabilities. IT is struggling to keep pace with the flow of important security software patches and updates, and the continued adoption of new technologies like the internet of things (IoT) creates new vulnerabilities to contend with. CSO, July 28. 2017

Cyber Defense

How the DHS responds to cyberthreats, and what businesses can learn: Any organization can fall victim to cybercrime. Learn how the DHS deals with threats and how to apply their response plan to your business. TechRepublic, July 27, 2017

Facebook’s Stamos preaches defensive security research in Black Hat keynote: LAS VEGAS — Black Hat 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the conference and during the show’s opening keynote, Facebook CSO Alex Stamos urged the community to take advantage of the voice it had and focus on bigger problems than just those that make good presentations and to expand that focus beyond traditional defensive security efforts. SearchSecurity, July 26, 2017

Cyber Career

How to Build a Path Toward Diversity in Information Security: Hiring women and minorities only addresses half the issue for the IT security industry — the next step is retaining these workers. DarkReading, July 27, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

Google Study Quantifies Ransomware Profits: LAS VEGAS—Over the past two years, 35 unique ransomware strains earned cybercriminals $25 million, with Locky and its many variants being the most profitable. ThreatPost, July 27, 2017

Cyber Defense

State Attorneys General Appear in Anti-Piracy PSA Campaign: WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of 15 state attorneys general have launched a public service campaign to warn consumers about the risk of malware from visiting piracy sites. Variety, July 25, 2017

Cyber Espionage

Iranian hackers used female ‘honey pot’ on social media to lure targets, finds new research: Hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government have impersonated a young female photographer on social media for more than a year, luring men working in industries strategically important to Tehran’s regional adversaries, according to new research. The Independent, July 28, 2017

Know Your Enemy

North Korea hackers ‘want cash not secrets’: North Korean hackers are increasingly trying to steal cash rather than secrets, a South Korean government-backed report suggests. BBC, July 28, 2017

The rise and rise of Cybercrime as a Service: When cybercriminals wanted to launch cyberattacks, they once had to know how to code. No longer. Bad actors can now search among any number of underground online sites to buy or lease potent cyberweapons. CSO, July 27, 2017

The Lazy Habits of Phishing Attackers: Most hackers who phish accounts do little to hide their tracks or even mine all of the data they can from phished accounts, mostly because they can afford to be lazy. DarkReading, July 27, 2017

It’s a myth that most cyber-criminals are ‘sophisticated’: News reports and pop culture continually paint cyber-criminals as cunning and devious hackers, with almost magical computer skills. Is that actually true? BBC, July 26, 2017

Cyber Freedom

“White Hat” Hackers Scour Voting Machines for Election Bugs: LAS VEGAS — Hackers attending this weekend’s Def Con hacking convention in Las Vegas were invited to break into voting machines and voter databases in a bid to uncover vulnerabilities that could be exploited to sway election results. The New York Times, July 28, 2017

U.S. elections are an easier target for Russian hackers than once thought: When Chris Grayson pointed his Web browser in the direction of Georgia’s elections system earlier this year, what he found there shocked him. The LA Times, July 28, 2017

Over 100 cybersecurity and voting experts advise Congress on securing U.S. elections : More than 100 cybersecurity and voting experts are urging the government to make the U.S. voting system more secure. CNN, June 21, 2017

Cyber Government

IRS fails to resolve dozens of information security deficiencies, GAO says: The IRS’s ability to protect sensitive financial and taxpayer data is limited by its failure to resolve numerous information security deficiencies identified by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Hill, July 27, 2017

Financial Cyber Security

Hackers are making their online bank-fraud malware more powerful by copying WannaCry and Petya ransomware tricks: Hackers responsible for one of the most common forms of banking Trojans have learned lessons from the global WannaCry ransomware outbreak and the Petya cyberattack, and have equipped their malware with a worm propagation module to help it spread more efficiently. ZDNet, July 28, 2017

HIPAA

HIPAA “Wall of Shame” Gets Update from OCR: Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced the launch of a newly revised HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool. The tool, commonly referred to as the “Wall of Shame,” is a publically available listing of reported breaches of unsecured protected health information (“PHI”) affecting 500 or more individuals. National Law Review, July 27, 2017

Critical Infrastructure

Should you stay awake at night worrying about hackers on the grid?: Analysis The energy sector across multiple Western countries is under intensified assault by hackers. Security experts warn that industrial systems are wide open to potential exploit once hackers secure a foothold, the most difficult part of the hacking process, using targeted phishing or similar tactics. The Register, July 28, 2017

Researchers Release Free Tool to Analyze ICS Malware: CrashOverride/Industroyer malware used against Ukraine’s power grid the inspiration for the reverse-engineering tool. DarkReading, July 27, 2017

Internet of Things

Will Blockchain Improve Internet of Things (IoT) Security?: Because the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating its own ecosystem, the biggest challenge for the industry is how companies secure and manage the exponential growth of decentralized endpoint devices. Unfortunately, most security experts only know how to defend against attacks from a centralized perspective. Most Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) only understand centralized networks and depend on choke points or linear cyber kill chains that focus on traditional perimeter and inbound security protocols to defend against malware, viruses and other attacks that inevitably overwhelm networks and damage servers, devices and workstations. One of the potential solutions available to improve the distributed nature of IoT security is blockchain. Forbes, July 28, 2017

Cyber Warning

Researchers at Black Hat show how hackers ‘could make car wash attack’: Researchers say they have found a way to hack an internet-enabled carwash and make it “attack” users. BBC, July 28, 2017

Cyber Enforcement

Feds Indict Russian Over BTC-e Bitcoin Exchange: Police in Greece on Tuesday arrested Alexander Vinnik, 38, for allegedly running a massive money laundering operation that processed $4 billion in bitcoins, many of which may be tied to the largest bitcoin exchange heist in history. BankInfoSecurity, July 27, 2017

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Cyber Security News for the Week, July 23, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Cyber Warning

How A Billion-Dollar Internet Scam Is Breaking Hearts And Bank Accounts. Criminal networks defraud lonely people around the world with false promises of love and romance. … Modern online romance scams are premeditated, organized crimes that steal millions ― potentially billions ― of dollars from vulnerable, lonely people over the internet. HuffPost, July 20, 2017
 

Cyber criminals are targeting you a new way: through ‘smishing.’ Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting victims through a text message scam called “smishing” that can infect your smartphone and let thieves steal your personal information. … That means social security numbers, addresses, and even your credit card information can all be vulnerable through a simple, unassuming text message you receive. NBC News, July 20, 2017

Cyber Update

Apple Patches BroadPwn Bug in iOS 10.3.3. Apple released iOS 10.3.3 Wednesday, which serves as a cumulative update that includes patches for multiple vulnerabilities including the high-profile BroadPwn bug that allowed an attacker to seize control of a targeted iOS device. threatpost, july 19, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Cyber Awareness

Who’s responsible for cybersecurity: the employee or the firm? Question: All we keep hearing about at my firm is “cybersecurity.” I get what I’m supposed to do: Don’t click on strange links in e-mails. Watch out for phishing attempts. Verify distribution requests with my clients verbally. Beyond that, isn’t it the firm’s responsibility to make sure its systems are buttoned up? Financial Planning, July 21, 2017
 

Your Organization’s Greatest Threat? It’s Bob. You know Bob who works for your organization? That’s right, Bob, the CFO. Nice guy. Organized, always on time, gets the job done. Good guy (except when he got tanked at the Christmas party but let’s not talk about that). Well, there’s something you might not know about Bob: He’s incredibly dangerous to your business. He’s potentially a one man wrecking crew who could put you out of business and you know why? It’s your fault; you haven’t trained him. ITSP, July, 2017
 

Cyber Defense

Companies unprepared to measure incident response. Companies struggle to keep up with and respond to cyberattacks due to lack of resources, according to Demisto. For example, more than 40 percent of respondents said their organizations are not prepared to measure incident response, and only 14.5 percent of respondents are measuring MTTR (Mean Time to Respond). Help Net Security, July 21, 2017

35 cyber security statistics every CIO should know in 2017. Cybercrime is now part of every business and IT decision. Discover the latest trends, and the implications behind them, in our essential round-up of the key stats you need to know. HP, February 17, 2017

HIPAA

Five Steps to Ensuring Your Risk Assessment Complies with OCR Guidelines. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and healthcare technology have changed significantly over the past 20 years. Covered entities and their business associates face an ever-evolving risk environment in which they must protect electronic protected health information (ePHI). Although healthcare security budgets may increase this year, the cost of implementing and maintaining adequate security controls to protect an entity’s ePHI far exceeds what is often budgeted. As a result, some ePHI may be under-protected and vulnerable to data breach. A long-term, consistent and cost-conscious approach to HIPAA compliance is needed. Healthcare Informatics Magazine, July 14, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

In each “Evil Internet Minute,” $858,153 is Lost to Cybercrime: RiskIQ Report. With cybercriminals costing the global economy $454 billion last year alone, RiskIQ took a closer look at the growing volume of malicious activity on the internet during a single “internet minute.” … Every minute, close to $858,153 is lost to cybercrime, and 1,080 people fall victim. Despite businesses’ best efforts to guard against external cyberthreats, which spend up to $143,936 in 60 seconds, bad actors continue to proliferate online. RiskIQ, July 2017

$32 million worth of digital currency ether stolen by hackers. Around 153,000 ether tokens , a digital currency similar to bitcoin, worth $32.6 million were taken by hackers on Wednesday. A vulnerability in Parity’s multisignature wallet was exploited by the hackers. This latest theft follows an incident on Monday where $7 million worth of ether tokens were stolen.

Miscreants pillaged credit cards from Trump Hotels’ booking system. If you stayed at one of 14 Trump hotel properties between July 2016 and March 2017, there’s a chance your credit card data and other personal information may have been pilfered. ars technica, july 12, 2017

Cyber Freedom

Read the Undisclosed Plan to Counter Russian Hacking on Election Day. Time Exclusive. resident Obama’s White House quietly produced a plan in October to counter a possible Election Day cyber attack that included extraordinary measures like sending armed federal law enforcement agents to polling places, mobilizing components of the military and launching counter-propaganda efforts.Time Magazine, July 20, 2017
 

Security experts from Google, Facebook, Crowdstrike join with Harvard group to save US elections. A new group at Harvard University staffed by the former campaign managers of the Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney campaigns, along with other top security experts, have banded together to help mitigate various types of online attacks that threaten American democracy. … The initiative, dubbed “Defending Digital Democracy,” will be run by former chief of staff for the secretary of defense, Eric Rosenbachars technica, july 18, 2017

Microsoft using lawsuits to attack Russian hacking group Fancy Bear. Microsoft is going after Fancy Bear, the Russian hacking group that targeted the DNC, by wresting control of domain names controlled by the foreign spies. … A new offensive by Microsoft has been making inroads against the Russian government hackers behind last year’s election meddling, identifying over 120 new targets of the Kremlin’s cyber spying, and control-alt-deleting segments of Putin’s hacking apparatus. … How are they doing it? It turns out Microsoft has something even more formidable than Moscow’s malware: Lawyers. Daily Beast, July 20, 2017

Please Prove You’re Not a Robot. When science fiction writers first imagined robot invasions, the idea was that bots would become smart and powerful enough to take over the world by force, whether on their own or as directed by some evildoer. In reality, something only slightly less scary is happening. Robots are getting better, every day, at impersonating humans. When directed by opportunists, malefactors and sometimes even nation-states, they pose a particular threat to democratic societies, which are premised on being open to the people. The New York Times, July 15, 2017

National Cyber Security

UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatari govt sites, planted fake news, say U.S. intelligence officials. The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in late May that sparked the ongoing upheaval between Qatar and its neighbors, according to U.S. intelligence officials. Washington Post, July 16, 2017
 

Cyber Government

FCC has no documentation of DDoS attack that hit net neutrality comments. The US Federal Communications Commission says it has no written analysis of DDoS attacks that hit the commission’s net neutrality comment system in May. … In its response to a Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) request filed by Gizmodo, the FCC said its analysis of DDoS attacks “stemmed from real time observation and feedback by Commission IT staff and did not result in written documentation.” Gizmodo had asked for a copy of any records related to the FCC analysis that concluded DDoS attacks had taken place. Because there was no “written documentation,” the FCC provided no documents in response to this portion of the Gizmodo FoIA request. ars technica, july 20, 2017

Financial Cyber Security

US Banks Targeted with Trickbot Trojan. The Necurs botnet has begun delivering the Trickbot banking Trojan to financial institutions in the United States, a sign of increasingly larger and more complex attacks on the industry. … Trickbot, which specifically threatens businesses in the financial sector, has been behind man-in-the-browser (MitB) attacks since 2016. Until now, its webinject configuration was only used to hit organizations outside the US. DARKReading, July 20, 2017

Cyber Medical

Healthcare Industry Lacks Awareness of IoT Threat, Survey Says. Healthcare networks are teeming with IoT devices from glucometers to infusion pumps, but a study found that the majority of IT decision makers may be operating with a false sense of security regarding their ability to protect these devices from cyber attacks. … According to a survey of more than 200 healthcare IT decision makers, more than 90% of healthcare IT networks have IoT devices connected to the systems, according to a report released Wednesday by ZingBox. DARKReading, July 20, 2017 

Internet of Things

IoT in the Enterprise: The Next Big Thing. Millions of connected devices already have been potentially compromised – inside and outside of the enterprise. Phil Marshall discusses when and how attackers will take advantage of these in the next big IoT strike. Phil Marshall, Tolaga Research. BankInfo Security, July 20, 2017

Experts in Lather Over ‘gSOAP’ Security Flaw. Axis Communications — a maker of high-end security cameras whose devices can be found in many high-security areas — recently patched a dangerous coding flaw in virtually all of its products that an attacker could use to remotely seize control over or crash the devices. … The problem wasn’t specific to Axis, which seems to have reacted far more quickly than competitors to quash the bug. Rather, the vulnerability resides in open-source, third-party computer code that has been used in countless products and technologies (including a great many security cameras), meaning it may be some time before most vulnerable vendors ship out a fix — and even longer before users install it. Krebs on Security, July 18, 2017

A smart fish tank left a casino vulnerable to hackers. Most people know about phishing — but one casino recently learned about the dangers of actual fish tanks. … Hackers attempted to steal data from a North American casino through a fish tank connected to the internet, according to a report from security firm Darktrace. … Despite extra security precautions set up on the fish tank, hackers still managed to compromise the tank to send data to a device in Finland before the threat was discovered and stopped. CNN Tech, July 19, 2017

Know Your Enemy

Surprisingly stealthy botnet has been targeting users for years. ESET researchers have unearthed a botnet of some 500,000 infected machines engaged mostly in ad-related fraud by using malicious Chrome extensions, but also Facebook fraud and brute-forcing Joomla and WordPress websites. The compromised machines are also equipped with a fully featured backdoor, which allows the operators to spy on all the victims, and to download additional malware on the computers. Help Net Security, July 21, 2017

Cyber Enforcement

Police Seize World’s Two Largest Darknet Marketplaces. At a Thursday news conference, the FBI and Europol announced that they’ve jointly seized the world’s two biggest darknet – or dark web – marketplaces, AlphaBay and Hansa, which were collectively responsible for more than 10 times the volume of sales as the notorius Silk Road marketplaceBankInfo Security, July 20, 2017

After AlphaBay’s Demise, Customers Flocked to Dark Market Run by Dutch Police. Earlier this month, news broke that authorities had seized the Dark Web marketplace AlphaBay, an online black market that peddled everything from heroin to stolen identity and credit card data. But it wasn’t until today, when the U.S. Justice Department held a press conference to detail the AlphaBay takedown that the other shoe dropped: Police in The Netherlands for the past month have been operating Hansa Market, a competing Dark Web bazaar that enjoyed a massive influx of new customers immediately after the AlphaBay takedown. Krebs on Security, July 20, 2017

Krebs Exclusive: Dutch Cops on AlphaBay ‘Refugees.’  Following today’s breaking newsabout U.S. and international authorities taking down the competing Dark Web drug bazaars AlphaBay and Hansa Market, KrebsOnSecurity caught up with the Dutch investigators who took over Hansa on June 20, 2017. When U.S. authorities shuttered AlphaBay on July 5, police in The Netherlands saw a massive influx of AlphaBay refugees who were unwittingly fleeing directly into the arms of investigators. What follows are snippets from an exclusive interview with Petra Haandrikman, team leader of the Dutch police unit that infiltrated Hansa. Krebs on Security, July 20, 2017

Cyber Law

Anthem Settles Data Breach Litigation for Record-Setting $115M. Health insurance giant Anthem, Inc. agreed to the largest data breach settlement to-date last week, ending multi-district consumer litigation over a 2015 data breach for $115 million.  The data breach, which resulted from a hacker-orchestrated cyberattack following the theft of an employee password, exposed personally identifiable information (“PII”) and protected health information (“PHI”) of nearly 80 million people.  The stolen information included the names of current and former clients, dates of birth, addresses, social security numbers, and other medical information. Alston & Bird Privacy & Data SecurityBlog, July 2017

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Cyber Privacy

White House releases sensitive personal information of voters worried about their sensitive personal information: The White House on Thursday made public a trove of emails it received from voters offering comment on its Election Integrity Commission. The commission drew widespread criticism when it emerged into public view by asking for personal information, including addresses, partial social security numbers and party affiliation, on every voter in the country. The Washington Post, July 14, 2017

Cyber Update

Adobe, Microsoft Push Critical Security Fixes: It’s Patch Tuesday, again. That is, if you run Microsoft Windows or Adobe products. Microsoft issued a dozen patch bundles to fix at least 54 security flaws in Windows and associated software. Separately, Adobe’s got a new version of its Flash Player available that addresses at least three vulnerabilities. KrebsOnSecurity, July 11, 2017

Cyber Defense

Keep security in mind on your summer vacation: When you travel, there probably are a few must-haves in your suitcase: your toothbrush, deodorant, socks, shoes – you get the idea. But one travel must-have we don’t always think about is security. While you’re away from home, you might be using public Wi-Fi, tagging your locations (whether or not you realize it), carrying around your passport, and using your credit card more often. Those things could put you at a higher risk of identity theft. Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Information, July 13, 2017

Cyber Warning

macOS users beware: A new and nearly undetectable malware is on the rise: Often thought of as impenetrable, macOS is falling prey to a sneaky malware that’s stealing bank credentials, bypassing Gatekeeper, and disabling attempts to remove it. Find out more here. TechRepublic, July 14, 2017

Watch out for this money stealing macOS malware which mimics your online bank: OSX Dok now attempts to steal money from Apple Mac users — and could be being prepared for use in further attacks. ZDNet, July 14, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

Beyond Breach Notification: Ever since California adopted the nation’s first breach notification law in 2002, companies that have suffered a data breach have focused on whether and how to notify their customers, employees and others of the nature and extent of the breach. California’s law has been amended multiple times, and has been followed by breach notification laws in almost every state, as well as the notification requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPPA”). As these laws developed, a tandem requirement has emerged: the obligation to take reasonable steps to protect data, and companies are, increasingly focused on taking steps to ensure the security of their data. Robert Braun, SecureTheVillage Leadership Council, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell Cybersecurity Lawyer Forum, July 7, 2017

Cyber Awareness

How to Avoid Being the Weakest Link in Your Company’s Information Security: When you think of hackers, you probably think of some spy movie where they come down from the ceiling to steal a computer off of a desk and then whisk it away to their laboratory where they input lines of code to crack the encryption. In reality, hacking is often as simple as learning about a user and then guessing their password or even asking them for it: a process called social engineering. INC, July 13, 2017

Why your company needs clear security policies: A cautionary tale: An IT employee was recently almost fired for storing documents on Dropbox. Here’s how the employee and the company could have prevented that situation. TechRepublic, July 13, 2017

Using Feedback Loops to Enhance End User Security: The security world abounds with case studies demonstrating that end users are a weak point within the organization. End users are constantly bombarded by phishing attacks, are notorious for using weak account credentials and are preyed on by malware relying on the user to introduce malicious software into an environment. All of these examples may lead to significant damage to the organization and negative headlines. SecurityIntellegicen, August 9, 2017

Cyber Warning

Darkweb Hackers Begin Offering Functional Mac Malware and Ransomware as a Service: With the popularity of both ransomware and the creation of macOS malware on the rise with hackers, Apple users face a growing number of threats. It now appears that others have turned their attention to the creation of new malware to spy on Mac users — but these programmers have gone a step further. Rather than developing a tool and deploying it personally, they have taken to the dark web to offer their products for sale. Known respectively as MacSpy and MacRansom, the hackers provide the malware to users while operating a centralized web portal. The authors’ continued involvement is why this threat is often called malware- or “ransomware-as-a-service.” SecureMac, June 29, 2017

Cyber Defense

To update or not to update: There is no question: Updating software has become one of the many keys to data security. Jack Wallen explains why the excuses for failing to update must become a thing of the past. TechRepublic, July 13, 2017

IT is NOT Cybersecurity: Having IT isn’t enough anymore, businesses need a separate security team also. Policemen and firefighters are a good examples of this, both of them will help you in your time of need, but each of them has very specific training for specific functions. CSO, July 11, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

Half-Year Roundup: The Top Five Data Breaches of 2017 — So Far: Data breaches aren’t slowing down. If anything, they’re set to break last year’s record pace. As noted by 24/7 Wall Street, the 758 breaches reported this year mark nearly a 30 percent increase from 2016. If cybercriminals keep it up, the total number of attacks could break 1,500 by the end of 2017. SecurityIntelligence, July 13, 2017

Self-Service Food Kiosk Vendor Avanti Hacked: Avanti Markets, a company whose self-service payment kiosks sit beside shelves of snacks and drinks in thousands of corporate breakrooms across America, has suffered of breach of its internal networks in which hackers were able to push malicious software out to those payment devices, the company has acknowledged. The breach may have jeopardized customer credit card accounts as well as biometric data, Avanti warned. KrebsOnSecurity, July 8, 2017

Cyber Espionage

Vault 7 reports new WikiLeaks dump details CIA’s Android SMS snooping malware: Since launching its Vault 7 project in March, WikiLeaks has dumped documents outlining the CIA’s efforts to exploit Microsoft and Apple technology. In this week’s latest release, it focuses on malware called HighRise, which the agency used to target Android devices. Naked Security, July 14, 2017

Know Your Enemy

With this $7 malware, anyone can be a hacker for cheap: Proofpoint security researchers examined the Ovidiy Stealer malware, which steals credentials and operates primarily in Russian-speaking regions. TechRepublic, July 14, 2017

National Cyber Security

Private Email of Top U.S. Russia Intelligence Official Hacked: On Tuesday morning, a hacker going by the name Johnnie Walker sent a group email to an unknown number of recipients claiming to have a trove of emails from the private account of a U.S. intelligence official. Foriegn Policy, July 14, 2017

Governors ask Congress to create cybersecurity committee: The leadership of the National Governors Association, including incoming chairman Gov. Brian Sandoval, repeated a plea to Congress on Friday to create a national committee to address cybersecurity threats. Las Vegas Review Journal, July 14, 2017

States Pledge to Meet Cyber Threats; Publish Resource Guide: National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe kicked off the 2017 NGA Summer Meeting with a discussion on how states continue to develop strategies to thwart cyber threats. Dark Reading, July 14, 2017

Stewart Baker interviews DSB’s Jim Miller re cyber conflict & deterrence: In this episode, we interview Jim Miller, co-chair of a Defense Science Board panel that reported on how the US is postured for cyberconflict and the importance of deterrence. The short answer: deterring cyberconflict is important because our strategic cyberconflict posture sucks. The DSB report is thoughtful, detailed, and troubling. Jim Miller manages to convey its message with grace, good humor, and clarity. Steptoe Cyberblog, July 10, 2017

Stewart Baker interviews ex-NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett: Today we deliver the second half of our bifurcated holiday podcast with an interview of Richard Ledgett, recently retired from his tour as NSA’s deputy director. We cover much recent history, from Putin’s election adventurism to questions about whether NSA can keep control of the cyberweapons it develops. Along the way, Rick talks about the difference between CIA and NSA approaches to hacking, the rise of NSA as an intelligence analysis force, the growing effort to keep Kaspersky products out of sensitive systems, and the divergence among intel agencies about whether Putin’s attack on the American election was intended mainly to hurt Hillary Clinton or to help Donald Trump. Steptoe Cyberblog, July 5, 2017

Financial Cyber Security

Thieves Used Infrared to Pull Data from ATM ‘Insert Skimmers’: A greater number of ATM skimming incidents now involve so-called “insert skimmers,” wafer-thin fraud devices made to fit snugly and invisibly inside a cash machine’s card acceptance slot. New evidence suggests that at least some of these insert skimmers — which record card data and store it on a tiny embedded flash drive — are equipped with technology allowing them to transmit stolen card data wirelessly via infrared, the same communications technology that powers a TV remote control. KrebsOnSecurity, July 13, 2017

HIPAA

HIPAA: Five Steps to Ensuring Your Risk Assessment Complies with OCR Guidelines: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and healthcare technology have changed significantly over the past 20 years. Covered entities and their business associates face an ever-evolving risk environment in which they must protect electronic protected health information (ePHI). Although healthcare security budgets may increase this year, the cost of implementing and maintaining adequate security controls to protect an entity’s ePHI far exceeds what is often budgeted. As a result, some ePHI may be under-protected and vulnerable to data breach. A long-term, consistent and cost-conscious approach to HIPAA compliance is needed. healthcare informatics, July 14, 2017

Critical Infrastructure

Your Guide to Russia’s Infrastructure Hacking Teams: Since reports first surfaced that hackers targeted more than a dozen American energy utilities, including a Kansas nuclear power plant, the cybersecurity community has dug into the surrounding evidence to determine the culprits. Without knowing the perpetrators, the campaign lends itself to a broad range of possibilities: a profit-seeking cybercriminal scheme, espionage, or the first steps of hacker-induced blackouts like the ones that have twice afflicted Ukraine in the last two years. WIRED, July 12, 2017

U.S. officials say Russian government hackers have penetrated energy and nuclear company business networks: Russian government hackers were behind recent cyber-intrusions into the business systems of U.S. nuclear power and other energy companies in what appears to be an effort to assess their networks, according to U.S. government officials. The Washington Post, July 8, 2017

Combating a Real Threat to Election Integrity: Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election may not have altered the outcome of any races, but it showed that America’s voting system is far more vulnerable to attack than most people realized. Whether the attackers are hostile nations like Russia (which could well try it again even though President Trump has raised the issue with President Vladimir Putin of Russia) or hostile groups like ISIS, the threat is very real. The New York Times, July 8, 2017

Internet of Things

The Threat From Weaponized IoT Devices: It’s Bigger Than You Think!: IoT devices, such as smart meters, smart watches and building automation systems, are prolific. You may think that compromised IoT devices pose a danger only to the devices’ owners — for example, it’s easy to understand the privacy violation of an attacker viewing a web camera feed without the owner’s permission. SecurityIntelligence, July 20, 2016

Cyber Sunshine

Darknet Marketplace AlphaBay Offline Following Raids: A joint law enforcement investigation involving the United States, Canada and Thailand appears to have resulted in the takedown of the world’s largest darknet marketplace, called AlphaBay. Meanwhile, one of its alleged operators has been found dead in a Bangkok jail cell. BankInfoSecurity, July 14, 2017

Cyber Miscellany

Pew Report: Whose job is it to keep us safe from online harassment?: A new report has found that 41% of Americans have personally experienced online harassment, 66% have seen it directed to others, and 62% consider it a major problem. Naked Security, July 14, 2017

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Cyber Update

Make sure your Skype is up to date because there’s a nasty hole in it: Infosec researchers have discovered a nasty and exploitable security vulnerability in older versions of Skype on Windows. The Register, June 27, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

Middle-Market Companies Require a Customized Approach for Successful Cybersecurity:Middle-market companies have cultures, goals and business needs that are distinct from larger firms, and nowhere is that more true than with cybersecurity. Michael Gold, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell and SecureTheVillage Leadership Council,  Cybersecurity Lawyer Forum, June 26, 2017

Cyber Warning

A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For’: NEWARK — There have been times over the last two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness. The New York Times, June 22, 2017

Cyber Defense

Wannacry Attack: Enterprise Security Focus Must Include Rapid Threat Detection & Culture Change: The WannaCry ransomware attack shows patching and perimeter defenses aren’t enough. Enterprises should combine preventative measures with threat detection tactics. DarkReading, June 29, 2017

10 Immutable Laws of Security Administration – Originally Published November 2000. Still Accurate: We recently published the 10 Immutable Laws of Security, a listing of ten facts of life regarding computer security. We realized that administrators have their own set of immutable laws, one that’s entirely separate from the list for users. So, we canvassed the network administrators, security gurus, and other folks here at Microsoft, and developed the list that follows, which encapsulates literally hundreds of years of hard-earned experience. Microsoft Technet, November 2000

Cyber Update

Microsoft Issues ‘Important’ Security Fix for Azure AD Connect: Microsoft is warning customers of a bug in its Azure Active Directory Connect product that could allow an adversary to escalate privileges and reset passwords and gain unauthorized access to user accounts. ThreatPost, June 28, 2017

Cyber Law

New Chinese Cybersecurity Law and Regulations Advisory: On Monday, June 26, 2017, Alston & Bird’s Kim Peretti, Justin Hemmings, and Emily Poole issued an advisory on recent changes in Chinese Cybersecurity Law. The new law asserts greater control over all data collection and generation in China, as well as the processing of data from Chinese data subjects. While the law entered into force on June 1, 2017, there is still uncertainty as to how the law will be interpreted and enforced, including which companies are subject to the law. Alston & Bird, June 26, 2017

$115 Million Settlement in Massive Anthem Breach Case: Health insurer Anthem has agreed to a proposed $115 million deal to settle a class action lawsuit over a 2015 cyberattack that resulted in a breach affecting nearly 78.9 million individuals. HealthcareInfo Security, June 23, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

How Hollywood Got Hacked: Studio at Center of Netflix Leak Breaks Silence: Larson Studios president Rick Larson and his wife and business partner, Jill Larson, didn’t recognize the number that sent them these two short text messages via their personal cell phones two days before Christmas last year, so they simply ignored them. “We didn’t really think much of them,” said Jill Larson. Variety, June 20, 2017

Cyber Privacy

Should Vault 7 and the Shadow Brokers End the Encryption Debate?: When law enforcement argues it needs a “backdoor” into encryption services, the counterargument has typically been that it would be impossible to limit such access to one person or organization. If you leave a key under the doormat, a seminal 2015 paper argues, a burglar eventually finds it. And now recent events suggest an even simpler rebuttal: Why entrust a key to someone who gets robbed frequently? Wired, June 30, 2017

Who’s watching? Face recognition means goodbye to hiding in crowds: Governments, retailers and social networks are driving multiple-use scenarios toward ubiquitous facial recognition capability, a technology that’s moved out of the realm of fiction and Hollywood (George Orwell’s novels, or Mission Impossible, Bourne Ultimatum, Minority Report or Matrix Reloaded) into the realm of everyday acceptance. NakedSecurity, June 29, 2017

Cyber Attack

Malware attack mangles Monticello operations: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello was hit by a ransomware attack this week that hampered the historic home’s electronic systems. The Daily Progress, June 29, 2017

Law Firm DLA Piper Reels Under Cyber Attack, Fate of Files Unclear: A prominent global law firm, which has touted its expertise on cybersecurity, is still struggling to recover from vicious computer attacks unleashed on Tuesday by hackers. Fortune, June 29, 2017

Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much worse: Tuesday’s massive outbreak of malware that shut down computers around the world has been almost universally blamed on ransomware, which by definition seeks to make money by unlocking data held hostage only if victims pay a hefty fee. Now, some researchers are drawing an even bleaker assessment—that the malware was a wiper with the objective of permanently destroying data. ars technica, June 28, 2017f

Massive cyberattack hits Europe with widespread ransom demands: MOSCOW — A new wave of powerful cyberattacks hit Europe and beyond on Tuesday in a possible reprise of a widespread ransomware assault in May. Affected were a Russian oil giant, a Danish shipping and energy conglomerate, and Ukrainian government ministries, which were brought to a standstill in a wave of ransom demands. The virus even downed systems at the site of the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, forcing scientists to monitor radiation levels manually. The Washington Post, June 27, 2017

Several Ohio government websites hacked Sunday afternoon apparently by supporters of Islamic state: DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An investigation is underway Sunday after seven Ohio government websites were hacked. Now, officials are trying to figure who exactly is behind it. WDTN, June 25, 2017

National Cyber Security

Questions re WSJ Story That GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implying Flynn Connection: You’ve no doubt seen the Wall Street Journal article about the GOP operative and money man who assembled a team to get a hold of Russia-hacked Clinton emails and claimed he was working in concert with disgraced Trump advisor Mike Flynn. From my read, this is one of those articles which is as interesting for what it doesn’t say as what it does. It raises all sorts of questions, a number of which the Investigations Desk will be digging into today. TalkingPointsMemo, June 30, 2017

Despite Hacking Charges, U.S. Tech Industry Fought to Keep Ties to Russia Spy Service:WASHINGTON/MOSCOW — As U.S. officials investigated in January the FSB’s alleged role in election cyber attacks, U.S. technology firms were quietly lobbying the government to soften a ban on dealing with the Russian spy agency, people with direct knowledge of the effort told Reuters. The New York Times, June 30, 2017

Kaspersky Lab Faces More U.S. Scrutiny Over Potential Russian Govt. Influence: Lawmaker proposes ban on DoD use of Moscow-based security vendor’s products. DarkReading, June 29, 2017

Stewart Baker Discusses Russia Election Cyberattack w Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima:Our guest, Ellen Nakashima, was coauthor of a Washington Post article that truly is a first draft of history, though not a chapter the Obama administration is likely to be proud of. She and Greg Miller and Adam Entous chronicle the story of Russia’s information operations attack on the 2016 presidential election. Steptoe Cyberblog, June 26, 2017

Cyber Liberty

‘Our Phones Are Being Monitored’: How a Hacking Story Unfurled: Azam Ahmed: One morning earlier this year, I got a call from Mario E. Patrón, a prominent human rights lawyer in Mexico. He wanted to talk in person. When he arrived at The New York Times’s Mexico bureau, he took a seat in the conference room and asked me for my phone. He then collected the phones of everyone else in the room, walked them outside and placed them in our lobby. Out of earshot. “Our phones are being monitored,” he told me. The New York Times, June 19, 2017

Using Texts as Lures, Government Spyware Targets Mexican Journalists and Their Families:MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s most prominent human rights lawyers, journalists and anti-corruption activists have been targeted by advanced spyware sold to the Mexican government on the condition that it be used only to investigate criminals and terrorists. The New York Times, June 19, 2017

Cyber Medical

Fears of hackers targeting US hospitals, medical devices for cyber attacks: Cybersecurity experts are rushing to analyze the new ransomware known by some as “Petya” that quickly spread to countries around the world Tuesday, including the United States, with hackers holding computers hostage for ransom payouts. ABC News, June 29, 2017

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Identity Theft

Employment-related identity theft much bigger than previously thought: The number of victims of employment-related identity theft is far larger than previously estimated and the Internal Revenue Service’s processes aren’t able to keep up, according to a new report. AccountingToday, June 22, 2017

Cyber Privacy

Republican Data Broker Exposes 198M Voter Records: Name, Address, Religion, TV Habits, Politics, etc: In what is the largest known data exposure of its kind, UpGuard’s Cyber Risk Team can now confirm that a misconfigured database containing the sensitive personal details of over 198 million American voters was left exposed to the internet by a firm working on behalf of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in their efforts to elect Donald Trump. The data, which was stored in a publicly accessible cloud server owned by Republican data firm Deep Root Analytics, included 1.1 terabytes of entirely unsecured personal information compiled by DRA and at least two other Republican contractors, TargetPoint Consulting, Inc. and Data Trust. In total, the personal information of potentially near all of America’s 200 million registered voters was exposed, including names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details, as well as data described as “modeled” voter ethnicities and religions. UpGuard, June 23, 2017

Cyber Warning

Beware this Android banking malware posing as a software update: Latest version of the mobile malware can steal login credentials from at least 40 banking, retail and social media apps. ZDNet, June 23, 2017

More Android apps from dangerous Ztorg family sneak into Google Play: For the second time this month, Google has removed Android apps from its Google Play marketplace. Google did so after a security researcher found the apps contained code that laid the groundwork for attackers to take administrative “root” control of infected devices. ars technica, June 20, 2017

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Information Security Management and Governance

Talking Cyber-Risk with Executives: Explaining risk can be difficult since CISOs and execs don’t speak the same language. The key is to tailor your message for the audience. DarkReading, June 23, 2017

Wells Fargo CISO describes risk-managed approach to 4 types of cybersecurity threats: Banks have long been forced to the front lines of cybersecurity and at the 2017 Borderless Cyber event, the CISO of Wells Fargo explained how to pick your battles. TechRepublic, June 22,2017

Cybersecurity: How Business Is Protecting Itself: Business is under assault from cybercriminals like never before, and the cost to companies is exploding. Here’s what you need to know about safeguarding your digital assets. Fortune, June 22, 2017

IBM’s Etay Maor: Information security strategies to keep up with Cybercrime: IBM’s Etay Maor believes businesses must rethink their approach to cybercrime and offers suggestions for how they can protect themselves. TechRepublic, June 21, 2017

The Chief Information Security Officer: Traditionally, CPAs have considered the chief financial officer (CFO) as the guardian of a business’s organizational data. It was and remains the CFO’s responsibility to maintain a system of internal controls that provides reliance for the accuracy and integrity needed to prepare and attest to the financial statements. These statements and the accompanying opinion continue to be relied on by stakeholders when making financial decisions. The increasing use of rapidly developing technology, software obsolescence, and the change in user preference from desktop to mobile computing platforms have created the need for a new type of data guardian responsible for protecting all types of information in a digital world. The chief information security officer (CISO) is the person performing this role in many organizations and has become an important consideration for CPAs, both in traditional auditing and advisory services. CPA Journal, June 2017

Cyber Defense

Defenders use bugs in Remote Admin Trojans to hack attackers: A small number of Remote Administration Tools have vulnerabilities which can enable attack targets to turn the tables on threat actors. DarkReading, June 23, 2017

Different sites need different passwords. Hackers still sell passwords from 2012 LinkedIn breach: Thousands of passwords belonging to British officials are being traded among Russian hackers, according to a report. CNet, June 22, 2017

Ready To Connect, But Is Your IP PBX Secure?: With the emergence of IP telephony in recent years, VoIP in the workplace is becoming something of the norm. Unified communications can be found in use throughout the business world, uniting branch offices across the globe, creating consolidated business platforms. ITSP Magazine, June 2017

Cyber Talent

Cybersecurity job market to suffer severe workforce shortage: The global cybercrime epidemic – predicted to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021 – is creating an unprecedented shortage of cybersecurity workers. CSO, June 22, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Attack

Cyber-attack on parliament leaves MPs unable to access emails: Parliament has been hit by a “sustained and determined” cyber-attack by hackers attempting to gain access to MPs’ and their staffers’ email accounts. Both houses of parliament were targeted on Friday in an attack that sought to gain access to accounts protected by weak passwords.The Guardian, June 25, 2017

Cyber Crime

New FBI Online Crime Report Indicates Few Victims Report Ransomware Attacks to FBI: Ransomware may have been the most prevalent internet threat of 2016, and WannaCry certainly made it a mainstream conversation, but that doesn’t mean people are reporting incidents to law enforcement. Threatpost, June 23, 2017

FBI: Extortion, CEO Fraud Among Top Online Fraud Complaints in 2016: Online extortion, tech support scams and phishing attacks that spoof the boss were among the most costly cyber scams reported by consumers and businesses last year, according to new figures from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). KrebsOnSecurity, June 23, 2017

Web host agrees to pay $1m after it’s hit by Linux-targeting ransomware: A Web-hosting service recently agreed to pay $1 million to a ransomware operation that encrypted data stored on 153 Linux servers and 3,400 customer websites, the company said recently. ars technica, June 19, 2017

Cyber Espionage

WikiLeaks: How the CIA infects air-gapped networks: Documents published Thursday purport to show how the Central Intelligence Agency has used USB drives to infiltrate computers so sensitive they are severed from the Internet to prevent them from being infected. ars technica, June 22, 2017

Know Your Enemy

Threat Intelligence Identifies Social Engineering, Malicious Spam, and Malvertising as Major Threats: Good news: Exploits kits remain in decline, thanks in large part to concerted efforts to disrupt their efficacy. Unfortunately, criminals are focusing instead on social engineering attacks – including tech-support scams – and malicious spam campaigns as malware distribution mechanisms, as noted by Brad Duncan, a threat intelligence analyst for the Unit 42 security research group at Palo Alto Networks, in a Wednesday blog post. BankInfoSecurity, June 22, 2017

Explainer: How malware gets inside your apps: Malicious software on popular mobile platforms such as iOS and Android is at best a nuisance and at worst a security threat to individuals and businesses. GCN, June 22, 2017

Why So Many Top Hackers Hail from Russia: Conventional wisdom says one reason so many hackers seem to hail from Russia and parts of the former Soviet Union is that these countries have traditionally placed a much greater emphasis than educational institutions in the West on teaching information technology in middle and high schools, and yet they lack a Silicon Valley-like pipeline to help talented IT experts channel their skills into high-paying jobs. This post explores the first part of that assumption by examining a breadth of open-source data. KrebsOnSecurity, June 22, 2017

National Cyber Security

Former Obama intelligence official: Russian hack ‘the political equivalent of 9/11’: Former President Barack Obama’s top intelligence official at the Pentagon said Saturday that the Russian interference in the 2016 elections was “the political equivalent of 9/11.”  Michael Vickers, who served as Obama’s undersecretary of defense, said in an interview with NBC News that there’s little evidence of a response from the Trump administration to protect the next election. The Hill, June 24, 2017

Homeland Security official: Russian government actors tried to hack election systems in 21 states: People connected to the Russian government tried to hack election-related computer systems in 21 states, a Department of Homeland Security official testified Wednesday. The Washington Post, June 21, 2017

Cyber Law

Appellate Court to Rule on FTC’s Case vs. LabMD: The long-running data security dispute between cancer testing laboratory LabMD and the Federal Trade Commission is now in the hands of a panel of three federal appellate court judges who heard oral arguments this week. They will make a ruling later this year in the case, which dates back to 2013. BankInfoSecurity, June 22, 2017

Critical Infrastructure

Senators Push Trump for Answers on Power Grid Malware Attack: In one of his first public statements on his priorities as president, Donald Trump promised to develop a “comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyberattacks.” That has not yet materialized. And as new evidence has emerged that a piece of sophisticated malware caused a blackout in the Ukrainian capital last December, one group of senators wants answers now about the threat of Russian grid-hacking. Wired, June 22, 2017

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Microsoft, Adobe Ship Critical Fixes: Microsoft today released security updates to fix almost a hundred flaws in its various Windows operating systems and related software. One bug is so serious that Microsoft is issuing patches for it on Windows XP and other operating systems the company no longer officially supports. Separately, Adobe has pushed critical updates for its Flash and Shockwave players, two programs most users would probably be better off without. KrebsOnSecurity, June 13, 2017

Cyber Defense

Victims of Jaff and EncrypTile ransomware: New decryptors can get your files back:Ransomware victims can take advantage of two new tools released by security firms that can recover data for free. As a result, victims won’t even have to consider whether they should pay criminals a ransom in an attempt to recover their forcibly encrypted data. BankInfoSecurity, June 15, 2017

Cyber Warning

New Android malware Xavier quietly steals your data: Trend Micro has discovered a new Trojan malware that is pretty nasty. The security analysts identified the malware as “ANDROIDOS_XAVIER.AXM” or Xavier for short. It is an ad library that quietly sends user data to a remote server. What makes it so nasty is the methods it uses to cover its tracks and disguise its activities. Techspot, June 16, 2017

Login-stealing phishing sites targeting Android users conceal their evil with lots of hyphens in URL: Researchers at PhishLabs recently spotted a trend emerging in malicious websites presented to customers: mobile-focused phishing attacks that attempt to conceal the true domain they were served from by padding the subdomain address with enough hyphens to push the actual source of the page outside the address box on mobile browsers. ars technica, June 15, 2017

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Cyber Warning

Fileless malware targeting US restaurants undetected by anti-virus programs: Researchers have detected a brazen attack on restaurants across the United States that uses a relatively new technique to keep its malware undetected by virtually all antivirus products on the market. ars technica, June 14, 2017

Cyber Defense

Three Key Factors in Building a Strong Application Security Program: Organizations need to put more time, resources, and care into building and implementing their application security programs. In a recent survey we conducted of 28 large, mostly North American financial institutions, 75% of respondents stated that they regarded application security as a high or critical priority.. DarkReading, June 16, 2017

Cyber Career

Lack of Experience Biggest Obstacle for InfoSec Career: A majority of wanna-be infosec professionals find they need more experience to be a contender to enter this career, according to a recent Tripwire poll. DarkReading, June 16, 2017

Want a career in cybersecurity? Here are 10 jobs to explore: There are currently 1 million open cybersecurity jobs worldwide. Here are 10 different career options to investigate in the field. TechRepublic, June 15, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

Credit Card Breach at Buckle Stores: The Buckle Inc., a clothier that operates more than 450 stores in 44 U.S. states, disclosed Friday that its retail locations were hit by malicious software designed to steal customer credit card data. The disclosure came hours after KrebsOnSecurity contacted the company regarding reports from sources in the financial sector about a possible breach at the retailer. KrebsOnSecurity, June 17, 2017

Canadian Mining & Casino Industries Extortion Victims of Newly Identified Cybercrime Gang, FIN10: Previously unknown threat actor has extracted hundreds of thousands of dollars from Canadian companies in a vicious cyberattack campaign that dates back to 2013, FireEye says. DarkReading, June 16, 2017

Cyber Privacy

Backlash emerges against changed ISP privacy rules as states & some in Congress fight back: Since Congress voted to prevent the implementation of new ISP privacy protections there has been a committed and sometimes loud call for new rules. The fear is, without adequate safeguards in place, ISPs will be free to build detailed customer profiles that include names, addresses and online activities. That data can then be sold to, or used by, an advertiser without the user’s consent. ThreatPost, June 16, 2017

Cyber Attack

WannaCry severely flawed, made little money for hackers. Was it released prematurely?:Coding and implementation mistakes made by the WannaCry developers may have spared a good chunk of the world some grief on May 12, but they also lend credence to the theory that the ransomware wasn’t contained properly and spread before it was meant to be unleashed. ThreatPost, June 16, 2017

Cyber Defense

Essential Security Hygiene for a Technology Craving Society: For almost 30 years, I’ve had the privilege to defend some of the most important critical infrastructure organizations in the communications, critical manufacturing, information technology, and financial services sectors that touch people’s daily lives in some way. ITSP Magazine, June 2016

Raising Security Awareness Essential for a Technology Craving Society: Even if you’re not a big fan of government being too heavily involved, think about food safety. When you go to a restaurant, you know that the Department of Health has assessed it by their grading report, which is posted in the front window, and if you go to a restaurant that has failed, you’ll know it because they’ll be closed. If you look at public health and safety on a larger scale, there are global organizations like the Center of Disease Control that support worldwide health needs. ITSP Magazine, June 2016

Know Your Enemy

Inside a Porn-Pimping Spam Botnet: For several months I’ve been poking at a decent-sized spam botnet that appears to be used mainly for promoting adult dating sites. Having hit a wall in my research, I decided it might be good to publish what I’ve unearthed so far to see if this dovetails with any other research out there. KrebsOnSecurity, June 15, 2017

National Cyber Security

Wikileaks Alleges Years of CIA D-Link and Linksys Router Hacking Via ‘Cherry Blossom’ Program: Wikileaks released details of what it claims is a CIA-developed wireless router hacking program targeting home wireless routers and business wireless networks. The program is called Cherry Blossom and leverages custom router firmware called FlyTrap, according to the organization’s latest leak posted Thursday. ThreatPost, June 16, 2017

North Korea’s Sloppy, Chaotic Cyberattacks Also Make Perfect Sense: North Korea is arguably the least-understood nation on the planet. And that also applies to its state-sponsored hackers whose global cyberattacks have been almost as erratic and inscrutable as the government they work for. They hide behind strange front groups and fake extortion schemes. They steal tens of millions of dollars, a kind of digital profiteering more common among organized criminals than government cyberspies. And they’re now believed to have launched WannaCry, the ransomware that sparked an indiscriminate global crisis, with almost no apparent benefit to themselves. Wired, June 16, 2017

US Government issues detailed advisory, warns of North Korean Hacking: The U.S. government on Wednesday issued its most direct and technically detailed advisory about North Korea’s hacking activity to date, warning that the country continues to target U.S. media, aerospace, financial and critical infrastructure sectors. BankInfoSecurity, June 15, 2017

Georgia election system found rife with vulnerabilities weeks before crucial special election: To understand why many computer scientists and voting rights advocates don’t trust the security of many US election systems, consider the experience of Georgia-based researcher Logan Lamb. Last August, after the FBI reported hackers were probing voter registration systems in more than a dozen states, Lamb decided to assess the security of voting systems in his state. What he found should make you very concerned about the integrity of the Georgia election systemars technica, June 14, 2017

US Cybersecurity in Need of Rapid Repair, Senators Told: Cybersecurity in the United States is in a severe state of disrepair, leaving the country vulnerable to attack from hacking groups backed by its opponents, two witnesses testified in a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday. Rollcall, June 14, 2017

Washington Post reports NSA has linked the WannaCry computer worm to North Korea:The National Security Agency has linked the North Korean government to the creation of the WannaCry computer worm that affected more than 300,000 people in some 150 countries last month, according to U.S. intelligence officials. The Washington Post, June 14, 2017

Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known: Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported. Bloomberg, June 13, 2017

Trump-Comey Feud Eclipses a Warning on Russia: ‘They Will Be Back’: WASHINGTON — Lost in the showdown between President Trump and James B. Comey that played out this past week was a chilling threat to the United States. Mr. Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., testified that the Russians had not only intervened in last year’s election, but would try to do it again. The New York Times, June 10, 2017

Stewart Baker Discusses Online Censorship w NY Times David Sanger: Episode 168 features the Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance of global censorship, as Filipino contractors earning minimum wage delete posts in order to satisfy US tech companies who are trying to satisfy European governments. In addition to Maury Shenk, our panel of interlocutors includes David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, and Karen Eltis, Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa. Even if you think that reducing Islamic extremist proselytizing on line is a good idea, I conclude, that’s not likely to be where the debate over online content ends up. Indeed, even today, controls on hate speech are aimed more at tweets that sound like President Trump than at extremist recruiting. Bottom line: no matter how you slice it, the first amendment is in deep trouble.Steptoe Cyberblog, June 5, 2017

Cyber Medical

Now doctors need to be hackers, too: As far as anyone knows, there hasn’t been a real-life hack attack on someone’s pacemaker. Which is surprising. Security researchers have shown us that it’s a very real possibility. Even the FTC has been urging connected-medical-device makers to adopt security best practices, with multiple 2017 reports stressing the issue. engadget, June 16, 2017

Cybersecurity for healthcare a “public health concern,” task force says: A federal task force called healthcare cybersecurity a “public health concern” that needs “immediate and aggressive attention,” and said increased digital connectivity places a greater responsibility on healthcare organizations to secure their equipment and patient data. HealthITPulse, June 16, 2017

Critical Infrastructure

Cyber crime: a ticking time bomb for municipalities & muni bond market: A rise in cyber attacks on U.S. public sector targets so far has had little impact in the $3.8 trillion municipal debt market, but interested parties are started to take notice of the possible financial risks associated with an attack. Reuters, June 14, 2017

‘Crash Override’: The Malware That Took Down a Power Grid: At midnight, a week before last Christmas, hackers struck an electric transmission station north of the city of Kiev, blacking out a portion of the Ukrainian capital equivalent to a fifth of its total power capacity. The outage lasted about an hour—hardly a catastrophe. But now cybersecurity researchers have found disturbing evidence that the blackout may have only been a dry run. The hackers appear to have been testing the most evolved specimen of grid-sabotaging malware ever observed in the wild. Wired, June 12, 2017

Cyber Education

Girl Scouts to add a cybersecurity badge in partnership with Palo Alto Networks.: Your favorite cookie sellers are in training to become white hat hackers. Fortune, June 16, 2017

Internet of Things

IoTs Pose A Threat To Anything And Everyone Connected: A primer on challenges & defenses: Loosely defined, the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the general idea of things that are readable, recognizable, locatable, addressable, and/or controllable via the Internet. It encompasses devices, sensors, people, data, and machines. As broad as the definition of IoT are the cybersecurity challenges that pose a threat to anything and everyone connected. A well thought out risk-management security posture for the evolving cybersecurity threats to IoT is an imperative. ITSP Magazine, June 2017

Cyber Sunshine

Engineer Sentenced to Prison for Hacking Utility, Disabling Water Meter-Readers: A Pennsylvania man is sentenced to more than a year in prison after hacking into a remote water meter reading system run by his former employer. Dark Reading, June 16, 2017

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Cyber Security News for the Week of June 11, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Cyber Defense

Google game teaches kids about online safety: Talking to kids about online safety is a difficult undertaking for many adults, and making the lessons stick is even harder. HelpNetSecurity, June 9, 2017

Cyber Warning

Say hello to Dvmap: The first Android malware with code injection: A powerful Android trojan with novel code injection features that posed as a game was distributed through the Google Play Store before its recent removal. The Register, June 9, 2017

Hackers exploit Intel chip management ‘feature’ to bypass security & install malware onto computers: Advanced attackers operating in Southeast Asia are abusing a feature in Intel chips to quietly load malware and exploits onto compromised machines. ThreatPost, June 9, 2017

Novel ‘mouse hovering’ malware delivery scheme in PowerPoint identified: Cybercriminals have started using a new technique to infect computers that only requires a victim place their cursor over a malicious hyperlink for the malware to be injected. SCMagazine, June 8, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

Are Businesses Shortchanging Cybersecurity Or Shortchanging Change Itself?: At a recent private gathering of cybersecurity professionals, I watched how the conversation gravitated toward an analysis of two interesting facts: First, according to a survey commissioned by Gartner (paywall), businesses are increasing their cybersecurity budgets at a rate of 18%; second, data breaches increased at a rate of more than 40% from 2015 to 2016, based on a Bloomberg report. Forbes, June 9, 2017

Ponemon Study: While data breach has significant brand impact, 66% of IT says “not our responsibility”: Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, commissioned a new Ponemon research study that revealed data security breaches can negatively impact an entire organization — including sales, marketing and IT — and have a significant negative impact on company finances and shareholder value. Specifically, the study found that the stock value index of 113 companies declined an average of five percent the day the breach was disclosed and experienced up to a seven percent customer churn. What’s more, thirty-one percent of consumers impacted by a breach stated they discontinued their relationship with an organization that experienced a data breach. And while the study found a data breach has a significant impact on brand reputation, a surprising 66 percent of IT practitioners don’t believe their company’s brand is their responsibility. Centrify, May 15, 2017

Cyber Awareness

Successful Security? Stop Blaming Users: To encourage individuals to improve their security practices, begin by not blaming them. BankInfoSecurity, June 9, 2017

The Cybersecurity Brand: Nudging Towards Security (Touchpoints) – Part 5: What is a touchpoint? A touch point is a point of contact or interaction. Be it any organization, the Information Security team has a lot of user touch points. A few examples are classroom presentations, brown bag sessions, town halls, computer based training, awareness emails, newsletters, security forums and meetings, Intranet microsites, webinars, posters and screensavers. SANS, June 6, 2017

Cyber Defense

Your Information Isn’t Being Hacked, It’s Being Neglected: To stop customer information from being compromised, we must shore up the most vulnerable parts first, the day-to-day IT operations work that builds, configures, and changes systems. DarkReading, June 9, 2017

Don’t Wait for the Next WannaCry — IT Depts Need to Update SMB Protocol: Much has been written about WannaCry, and the security community has learned countless valuable lessons from the unprecedented ransomware attack. One thing that is seldom mentioned, however, is how to protect your infrastructure against future Server Message Block (SMB) exploits. SecurityIntelligence, June 9, 2017

BitSight Study: Outdated systems significantly increase likelihood of breach. Patch. Patch. Patch.: BitSight analyzed more than 35,000 companies from industries across the globe over the last year, to better understand the usage of outdated computer operating systems and Internet browsers, the time to it took to update operating systems once a new release was made available, and how these practices correlate to data breaches. The data shows that there are large gaps in asset management programs across the globe. HelpNetSecurity, June 9, 2017

Cyber Update

VMware Patches Critical Vulnerabilities in vSphere Data Protection: VMware fixed two critical vulnerabilities in its vSphere Data Protection solution this week that could have allowed an attacker to execute commands on the virtual appliance, among other outcomes. ThreatPost, June 8, 2017

Cyber Insurance

How To Streamline The Cybersecurity Insurance Process: If you’ve ever suffered through the application process for cybersecurity insurance, you know that “suffered” is the right word because of a triple whammy. ITSP Magazine, June 2017

Cyber Career

Looking for a job in cybersecurity? Healthcare hiring is about to pick up: While the crisis in cybersecurity staffing grows, healthcare IT and HR executives could be in a good position to lure cybersecurity talent. HealthcareITNews, June 8, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Know Your Enemy

Bitcoin Experts to Congress: Overseas Exchanges Are Enabling Cybercrime: Bitcoin and blockchain experts are urging US lawmakers to ramp up pressure on unlicensed offshore exchanges. CoinDesk, June 9, 2017

Move Over, Mirai: Persirai Now the Top IP Camera Botnet: The success of the massive Mirai botnet-enabled DDoS attacks of last year has spawned a lot of me-too malware designed to break into and exploit vulnerable Internet of Things devices. DarkReading, June 8, 2017

Russia is struggling to keep its cybercrime groups on a tight leash: Russia’s control of cybercrime groups that have come to play a part in its espionage activity is crumbling, according to Cybereason. The Register, June 6, 2017

You’ll never guess where Russian spies are hiding their control servers: A Russian-speaking hacking group that, for years, has targeted governments around the world is experimenting with a clever new method that uses social media sites to conceal espionage malware once it infects a network of interest. ars technica, June 6, 2017

Following the Money Hobbled vDOS Attack-for-Hire Service: A new report proves the value of following the money in the fight against dodgy cybercrime services known as “booters” or “stressers” — virtual hired muscle that can be rented to knock nearly any website offline. KrebsOnSecurity, June 6, 2017

National Cyber Security

Comey: Hundreds of Organizations Targeted by Russia: Former FBI Director’s James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday affirmed Russia’s cyber interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. While largely quiet about the ongoing investigation, Comey trickled a handful of new details that contribute to a broader picture of Russian hacking. BankInfoSecurity, June 9, 2017

Cyber Medical

Task force tells Congress health IT security is in critical condition: A congressionally mandated healthcare industry task force has published the findings of its investigation into the state of health information systems security, and the diagnosis is dire. ars technica, June 8, 2017

Critical Infrastructure

Infrastructure Software Vulnerabilities Raise Concern Among Cybersecurity Experts: (TNS) — Vulnerabilities in software that automates everything from factories to traffic lights has become the nation’s top cybersecurity threat, an agent on the FBI’s Denver Cyber Task Force said Thursday in Colorado Springs. Government Technology, June 9, 2017

Internet of Things

Why Car Companies Are Hiring Computer Security Experts: It started about seven years ago. Iran’s top nuclear scientists were being assassinated in a string of similar attacks: Assailants on motorcycles were pulling up to their moving cars, attaching magnetic bombs and detonating them after the motorcyclists had fled the scene. The New York Times, June 7, 2017

Fake News

Want Instagram likes? Now you can buy popularity from a vending machine: I was talking to an IT headhunter the other day who’s been slaving away on his YouTube channel, filling it with tutorials full of career tips that are really quite helpful, albeit woefully under-Liked. NakedSecurity, June 9, 2017

Al-Jazeera claims to be victim of cyber attack as Qatar crisis continues: Broadcaster targeted after hackers planted “fake news” on Qatar’s state news service. ars technica, June 8, 2017

Qatar investigation finds state news agency hacked: foreign ministry: A preliminary investigation has confirmed that Qatar’s state news agency was hacked, and false statements attributed to the country’s ruler were posted that helped ignite a rift with other Gulf states, the Qatari foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Reuters, June 7, 2017

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Cyber Security News of the Week, June 4, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Cyber Privacy

Little users can do as thousands of enterprise apps found to be exposing data on back-end servers.Something is going badly wrong with the way the mountain of big data generated by enterprise mobile apps is being stored on back-end servers, a new analysis has shown. NakedSecurity, June 2, 2017

Cyber Defense

A reminder of good cyber-hygiene practices every user needs to implement: If you work without concern for security, your data will be breeched. Jack Wallen offers up a few bits of advice that will help you to use your devices intelligently and avoid malware. TechRepublic, June 1, 2017

Cyber Warning

FIREBALL – The Chinese Malware of 250 Million Computers Infected: Check Point Threat Intelligence and research teams recently discovered a high volume Chinese threat operation which has infected over 250 million computers worldwide. The installed malware, Fireball, takes over target browsers and turns them into zombies. Fireball has two main functionalities: the ability of running any code on victim computers–downloading any file or malware, and hijacking and manipulating infected users’ web-traffic to generate ad-revenue. Currently, Fireball installs plug-ins and additional configurations to boost its advertisements, but just as easily it can turn into a prominent distributor for any additional malware. CheckPoint, June 1, 2017

Hackers Hide Cyberattacks in Social Media Posts: SAN FRANCISCO — It took only one attempt for Russian hackers to make their way into the computer of a Pentagon official. But the attack didn’t come through an email or a file buried within a seemingly innocuous document. The New York Times, May 28, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Cyber Awareness

Teach employees to guard against malicious malware. Distrust & Caution: What strategies should organisations follow to block malware attachments which continue to account for two-thirds of malware infections that result in data breaches? ComputerWeekly, June 2017

Lessons From WannaCry | SANS Security Awareness Newsletter: Recently, you most likely watched widespread news coverage of a new cyber attack called WannaCry. It infected over 200,000 computers worldwide and locked numerous organizations out of their data, including hospitals in the United Kingdom. There are several reasons this attack gained so much attention. SANS, June 2017

Cyber Warning

OneLogin Breach Requires IT Department Action; Reignites Concerns over Password Managers:Entrusting all your passwords to a single organization creates a single point of failure, experts say in the wake of a new data breach at OneLogin. DarkReading, June 1, 2017

OneLogin Notifies Customers of Breach Exposing Customer Encrypted Information: OneLogin, an online service that lets users manage logins to sites and apps from a single platform, says it has suffered a security breach in which customer data was compromised, including the ability to decrypt encrypted data. KrebsOnSecurity, June 1, 2017

Cyber Defense

How to conduct a production outage post-mortem: Production outages can be stressful, but they can also result in valuable lessons. Here’s are some tips on conducting a post-mortem to prevent repeat occurrences. TechRepublic, June 2, 2017

Is Security weakened by too much technology packaged in too many solutions from too many vendors?: Businesses are suffering from an influx of too much security technology packaged into too many solutions offered by too many vendors, says former RSA Chairman Art Coviello, who’s now a partner at venture capital firm Rally Ventures. He claims the proliferation of products isn’t helping improve cybersecurity. BankInfoSecurity, May 30, 2017

Think your SaaS provider has your information security completely covered? Think again: As the first decade of cloud computing draws to a close, confidence in the way SaaS- and cloud service providers manage data protection and security is very high. Occasionally surveys will highlight concerns, but these are significantly diminished compared to past years. SC Magazine, May 30, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

Hackers publish private photos from cosmetic surgery clinic in cyber-extortion attempt: Hackers have published more than 25,000 private photos, including nude pictures, and other personal data from patients of a Lithuanian cosmetic surgery clinic, police say. The Guardian, May 31, 2017

Credit Card Breach at Kmart Stores. Again.: For the second time in less than three years, Kmart Stores is battling a malware-based security breach of its store credit card processing systems.KrebsOnSecurity, May 31, 2017

Chipotle says hackers stole customers’ data at vast majority of its 2,000+ restaurant locations:Restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill says customers’ payment card data was stolen by hackers via malware installed at the vast majority of its more than 2,000 restaurant locations.BankInfoSecurity, May 29, 2017

Know Your Enemy

Cyber Criminals or State-Backed Hackers? It’s Getting Harder to Tell…: Veteran espionage researcher Jon DiMaggio was hot on the trail three months ago of what on the face of it looked like a menacing new industrial espionage attack by Russian cyber spies. Insurance Journal, June 2, 2017

National Cyber Security

Maybe Private Russian Hackers Meddled in Election, Putin Says: MOSCOW — Shifting from his previous blanket denials, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia suggested on Thursday that “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers could have been involved in cyberattacks last year that meddled in the United States presidential election. The New York Times, June 1, 2017

WikiLeaks reveals CIA exploit for using compromised servers to infect other network devices:WikiLeaks just published details of a purported CIA operation that turns Windows file servers into covert attack machines that surreptitiously infect computers of interest inside a targeted network. ars technica, June 1, 2017

Cybersecurity leadership absence in full view as U.S. Rep blames others for her non-compliance:Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose office equipment U.S. Capitol Police seized in a criminal investigation into congressional network security violations, admitted she violates official information security policy and blamed the House’s chief administrative officer for not stopping her. The Daily Caller, May 31, 2017

Shadow Brokers Offers NSA 0-Days Subscription Service. Should Good Guys Buy from Cyber Thieves?: The mysterious group that over the past nine months has leaked millions of dollars’ worth of advanced hacking tools developed by the National Security Agency said Tuesday it will release a new batch of tools to individuals who pay a $21,000 subscription fee. The plans, announced in a cryptographically signed post published Tuesday morning, are generating an intense moral dilemma for security professionals around the world. ars technica, May 30, 2017

Why the NSA Makes Us More Vulnerable to Cyberattacks: There is plenty of blame to go around for the WannaCry ransomware that spread throughout the Internet earlier this month, disrupting work at hospitals, factories, businesses, and universities. First, there are the writers of the malicious software, which blocks victims’ access to their computers until they pay a fee. Then there are the users who didn’t install the Windows security patch that would have prevented an attack. A small portion of the blame falls on Microsoft, which wrote the insecure code in the first place. One could certainly condemn the Shadow Brokers, a group of hackers with links to Russia who stole and published the National Security Agency attack tools that included the exploit code used in the ransomware. But before all of this, there was the NSA, which found the vulnerability years ago and decided to exploit it rather than disclose it. Schneier on Security, May 30, 2017

Stewart Baker Interviews FireEye’s Kevin Mandia: Episode 166 is the interview that goes with episode 165’s news roundup, released separately to ensure the timeliness of the news. Steptoe Cyberblog, May 26, 2017

Stewart Baker – WannaCry Festivus celebration: Episode 165 is a WannaCry Festivus celebration, as The Airing of Grievances overtakes The Patching of Old Machines. Michael Vatis joins me in identifying all the entities who’ve been blamed for WannaCry, starting with Microsoft for not patching Windows XP until after the damage was done. (We exonerate Microsoft on that count.) Steptoe Cyberblog, May 22, 2017

Cyber Law

EFF sues FBI for records of alleged informants at Best Buy: The rights group worries that the warrantless searches of devices circumvents customers’ Fourth Amendment rights. CNet, May 31, 2017

China’s New Cybersecurity Law Leaves Foreign Firms Guessing: BEIJING — As China moves to start enforcing a new cybersecurity law, foreign companies face a major problem: They know very little about it. The New York Times, May 31, 2017

Financial Cyber Security

FDIC Needs to Improve Controls over Financial Systems and Information, Says New GAO Report:The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) implemented numerous information security controls intended to protect its key financial systems. However, further actions are needed to address weaknesses in access controls—including boundary protection, identification and authentication, and authorization controls—and in configuration management controls. For example, the corporation did not sufficiently isolate financial systems from other parts of its network, ensure that users would be held accountable for the use of a key privileged account, or establish a single, accurate listing of all IT assets in its environment. GAO, May 31, 2017

Russian Cybersecurity Company Pins European Bank Attacks on North Korea: Russian threat intelligence firm Group-IB alleges that North Korea is behind recent attacks against financial institutions in Europe employing fraudulent SWIFT messages. But other experts caution that such conclusions shouldn’t be made solely based on technical data. BankInfoSecurity, May 30, 2017

Cyber Medical

HHS task force wants cybersecurity treated as a patient safety issue: The Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force today released the final version of its cybersecurity report, calling on the government to write policies that would help healthcare organizations boost their defenses—a need made even more evident after last month’s WannaCry ransomware attacks. Modern Healthcare, June 2, 2017

Cyber Disinformation

Researchers Unravel Russian Cyber-Espionage Attacks Used to Spread Disinformation: A “single cyber espionage campaign” apparently linked to Russia has targeted more than 200 people in 39 countries with phishing attacks, according to privacy researchers at University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab. BankInfoSecurity, May 30, 2017

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