It’s time to recap another news week, and even though we have some good stuff every week…this week is especially important as we have some monumentally important news. Enjoy!
- Our first story of the week, and by far the most important one is in regards to the ongoing Net Neutrality arguments leading up to the FCC vote on the matter. Well, the vote has happened and the FCC has voted “yes” on Net Neutrality regulation! This is an incredibly important decision for the future of the Internet. Unnecessary throttling of traffic, paid prioritization, and the like are not allowed under the new regulations. This will ensure that there is an equal playing ground for anyone on the net, instead of the few that can afford it.
- Read More @ https://gigaom.com/2015/02/26/fcc-votes-for-net-neutrality-in-partisan-spectacle
- Next, another story about the script kiddie collective known as the Lizard squad. This time they are taking responsibility for the defacement of Lenovo’s website, in a supposed protest against the whole “Superfish” mess from last week.
- Read More @ http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/feb/26/lenovo-website-hacked-and-defaced-by-lizard-squad-in-superfish-protest
- Next, we finally have some news about the cost of the “Target” breach from last year. According to a new report, it looks like the cost so far is in the range of $162 million. $90 million of this is covered by insurance, and the figure also doesn’t include the impending costs that could result from the ongoing class action suits against “Target”. However you spin it, that’s a lot of cash. And to think it would have cost them a fraction to implement decent security and avoid the breach to begin with.
- Read More @ http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2015/02/27/target-s-data-breach-cost-the-company-162-million
- Keeping up with the breach related news, it looks like almost 19 million non-Anthem customers were affected by the Anthem breach. The breached database contained information for BlueCross/BlueShield customers.
- Read More @ http://threatpost.com/up-to-18-8-million-non-anthem-customers-affected-in-breach/111293
- In other Anthem related news, this article breaks down the breach by numbers of users affected, per state. It is based on reported numbers so far, and it doesn’t account for the entire 70+ million records. Interesting still.
- Read More @ http://www.scmagazine.com/victims-of-the-anthem-breach-stretch-across-multiple-states/article/400489/
- New M-Trends report by Mandiant has some interesting statistics on the breach statistics from last year. One of the more interesting ones is that nearly 70% of breaches are detected by outside parties and brought to the victim’s attention. This number seems to be fairly consistent with previous years and it looks like that trend continues. It shows that many firms still have a long way to go when it comes to detection.
- Read More @ http://www.scmagazine.com/m-trends-report-nearly-70-percent-of-breached-firms-alerted-by-outside-source/article/399928/
- In more positive Lenovo related news, the company has taken a step in the right direction when it comes to fixing the “Superfish” fiasco. Going forward they claim they will only include required applications and drivers, and will even go as far as listing everything that comes installed, along with a description of its purpose in order to provide maximum transparency, and bring focus back on privacy. I have to say, hats off to them for doing the right thing and addressing this directly.
- Read More @ http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1934
- The U.S has offered the largest bounty ever for a cyber criminal for “Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev “, who is accused of various crimes committed using the infamous “Zeus” malware. I am going to make a prediction and say that he will not be a free man for long.
- Read More @ http://www.scmagazine.com/us-offers-its-largest-bounty-for-zeus-hacker-borgachev/article/400037/