Another week, another set of exciting news stories. Let’s see what’s in store this week.
- First story of the week is an interesting one. Now that the new President has been chosen, for better or worse, this story takes a look at President Elect Trump’s policies when it comes to cybersecurity. And, well, it’s not encouraging.
- Read More @ https://www.engadget.com/2016/11/11/the-consequences-of-the-trump-presidency-on-cybersecurity/
- Next, some mobile news. Apparently something to the tune of 700 million budget Android phones might be sending massive amounts of user data to a server in China. A security firm Kryptowire discovered that a backdoor belonging to a Chinese company called “AdUps” is basically sending a trove of personal information back to its servers every 72 hours. Shocking, or not.
- Read More @ http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/hacking-android-smartphone.html
- Next, it looks like the Office Supplies retailer “Office Depot” has been outed as diagnosing customer computers with nonexistent malware in order to help meet sales goals. An investigation has revealed that employees were doing this in order to push expensive protection plans and services.
- Read More @ https://consumerist.com/2016/11/16/office-depot-allegedly-diagnosing-computers-with-nonexistent-viruses-to-meet-sales-goals/
- Next, some not so good news for U.K residents when it comes to privacy. A law dubbed as “most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy” just passed and will go into effect shortly. This law extends surveillance powers in a number of ways, including forcing ISPs to retain users’ browsing history for up to a year, allowing law enforcement agencies access on demand.
- Read More @ http://www.zdnet.com/article/snoopers-charter-expansive-new-spying-powers-becomes-law/
- Keeping up with the U.K news a mobile carrier “Three” was breached in one of the biggest breaches on that side of the pond. Crooks compromised an “Upgrade” database containing information on customers eligible for upgrades on their handsets. Exact number of records compromised was not revealed.
- Read More @ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/11/17/three-hack-how-to-protect-yourself-if-youve-been-affected/
- Next, some interesting news coming out of Kaspersky. Apparently, they are releasing their own Operating System, called the “KasperskyOS”, based on Microkernel architecture. It’s built from scratch, with security in mind, and the company hopes it will be used on any device where security is of utmost importance.
- Read More @ https://eugene.kaspersky.com/2016/11/15/finally-our-own-os-oh-yes/
- Next, an article that takes a look at the increasing cyber-capabilities of the Russian government. It’s not a secret that Russian cyber capabilities are up there, but it seems like they are aiming even higher. Not terribly surprising to be honest, and I am sure Chin and the U.S are both doing the same thing.
- Read More @ https://www.scmagazine.com/russias-increasing-cyber-capabilities-underestimated/article/572041/
- Last story of the week brings news of the “Soltra” threat info sharing platform being discontinued, only 2 years after coming onto the market. The reasoning behind this is not clear, but the company behind it has announced that the product will be discontinued.
- Read More @ http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/plug-pulled-on-soltra-edge-threat-info-sharing-platform-a-9547