Welcome to another news recap, so let’s see what’s in store this week.
- First, some news on the privacy side of things. FTC has appointment an EFF board member as it’s Chief Technologist. This should in theory be a good thing, as EFF has always been a strong pro-privacy group and have fought for years to ensure our digital rights are protected.
- Read More @ yro.slashdot.org/story/15/12/06/0448202/ftc-appoints-eff-board-member-lorrie-cranor-as-chief-technologist
- Next, another story on PoS malware. This time FireEye researchers have a new article on the “Nemesis” financial malware that has now been updated to include a new persistent mechanism that loads the malware prior to the OS making it all but impossible to ifnd through anything other than memory analysis. This is the first I’ve heard of PoS malware modifying the boot record as a persistence mechanism.
- Read More @ https://threatpost.com/persistent-financial-malware-nemesis-targets-boot-record/115572/
- Next, a story from Krebs on Security that provides a look into the underground credit card trading economy. What makes this story interesting is the idea that the underground market might actually have some form of “cop detection” system that alerts them to any purchases potentially being places by law enforcement. Fun read.
- Read More @ http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/12/when-undercover-credit-card-buys-go-bad/
- Last story for the week is about a new Bill that just passed the House aimed at strengthening our cyber defense capabilities. The “The State and Local Cyber Protection Act of 2015 ” aims to fund local and state governments to help them bolster their cyber security defenses.
- Read more @ http://www.scmagazine.com/bill-to-strengthen-cyber-defenses-passes-house/article/459251/