Cool News Story Bro! Week of 02-06-2015

by Otakun
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Hey guys!

Welcome to another edition of our news recap, hope your week is going better than mine. Being sick with the flu is hardly the ideal blogging situation but the news must be heard! Also, we actually got some pretty big things going on this week as well, so let’s get to it.

  1. The Pirate Bay is back online after almost two months

    1. The first story of the week is about the good ol’ Pirate Bay. Few months ago they went offline but noone really thought it would be permanent as it has happened numerous times before, and like a Phoenix they just keep springing back up out of the ashes. Well this time was no different, and after a cryptic countdown the site is back in all it’s glory.
    2. Read More @ http://venturebeat.com/2015/01/31/the-pirate-bay-is-back-online-after-almost-two-months/
  2. Citing Tax Fraud Spike, TurboTax Suspends State E-Filings

    1. It looks like TurboTax was forced to suspend state tax E-Filings due to a number of fraudulent submissions. Customers complained that after logging into their TurboTax account that it showed their return has already been filed by someone else. The company claims that this didn’t occur because of a breach of their systems, but most likely through account information obtained elsewhere.
    2. Read More @ http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/02/citing-tax-fraud-spike-turbotax-suspends-state-e-filings/
  3. White House Debuts Dot-Gov Cyber Enforcement Squad

    1. President Obama announced the creation of a new cyber unit that will be responsible for a number of security related government measures, including things like timely breach disclosure for breaches, and the like.
    2. Read More @ http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/02/white-house-debuts-dot-gov-cyber-enforcement-squad/104313/
  4. Sony Exec Resigns Post In Wake Of Data Breach

    1. In a move that will surprise no one at this point, the Co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment has resigned. There was always bound to be an executive level casualty as a result of the massive SPE breach and I would be surprised if this was the last of it either.
    2. Read More @ http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/sony-exec-resigns-post-in-wake-of-data-breach-/d/d-id/1318991?_mc=sm_dr
  5. Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht convicted on all charges

    1. Looks like the trial for the infamous Silk Road founder is finally over, as he was convicted on all charges. He is looking at a minimum sentence of 30 years, and a maximum of life in prison. The defense plans to appeal but it seems like Dread Pirate Roberts will sail no more.
    2. Read More @ http://www.scmagazine.com/jury-finds-ross-ulbricht-guilty-of-all-charges/article/396599/
  6.  Health insurer Anthem hit by massive cybersecurity breach

    1. For the biggest news story of the week, it looks like the health insurance company “Anthem Inc” was a victim of a massive breach that effects something to the tune of 80 million customers.  The breach did not include health, or financial data but other personal information.
    2. Read More @ http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/05/us-anthem-cybersecurity-idUSKBN0L907J20150205
  7. Exclusive: Mandiant speaks on Anthem attack, custom backdoors used

    1. Anthem brought in the security consulting firm Mandiant in order to help investigate the breach, and they provide some interesting information on the attack, including the use of custom backdoors that they believe makes this a targeted attack.
    2. Read More @ http://www.scmagazine.com/anthem-brings-in-mandiant-to-investigate-resolve-breach/article/396749/
  8. A Mere 8 Days After Breach, Anthem Healthcare Notifies Customers

    1. Continuing the “Anthem Inc” breach news, in a pleasantly surprising move Anthem notified it’s customers, government, and media of the breach a mere 8 days after discovering the breach. This is significantly faster than most breaches, and even sooner than the required guidelines. Good on them.
    2. Read More @ http://www.darkreading.com/risk/a-mere-eight-days-after-breach-anthem-healthcare-notifies-customers-/d/d-id/1318979?_mc=sm_dr
  9. China To Blame in Anthem Hack?

    1. Krebsonsecurity.com brings us an interesting article on the potential attribution for the Anthem hack. Some of the evidence found during this investigation seems to point the finger at a state sponsored Chinese hacking group referred to as “Deep Panda” by CrowdStrike. Similarities in the tools used and the attack methods, as well as an FBI flash warning hinting at this possibility seem to point the finger towards China, yet again. Would anyone be surprised?
    2. Read More @ http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/02/china-to-blame-in-anthem-hack/
  10. Buyers seeking Anthem data on underground forums, marketplaces

    1. In the last article for the week, it looks like there are quite a number of scammers interested in getting their hands on Anthem breach data. Security researchers have scoured some of the underground forums and marketplaces and found indicators of potential buyers trying to gain access to the Anthem data.
    2. Read More @ http://www.scmagazine.com/buyers-seeking-anthem-data-on-underground-forums-marketplaces/article/396977/
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