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What did this month's hearing uncover about the Equifax and Yahoo! breaches?

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  • 20 November 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
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Equifax and Yahoo! testify in front of the Senate

Earlier this month, two former CEO’s had to testify in front of Congress their accounts of events surrounding two of the largest data breaches in history. Marissa Mayer, former CEO of Yahoo!, and Richard Smith, former CEO of Equifax, sat in front of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and detailed to the best of their ability the nature of these breaches that occurred under their watch; what caused them, who is responsible for them, and how they will be prevented in the future. The Senate committee also doesn’t fail to publicly shame these executives for endangering their customer’s sensitive information for decades to come, while themselves exiting their respective companies with millions of dollars in compensations and bonuses. We’ve summarized the hearing with a few main points you need to know:

Time to Patch Your Device

A new vulnerability affects most Wi-Fi enabled devices

  • 26 October 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
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Fatal WPA2 protocol flaw puts most Wi-Fi enabled devices at risk

                By now, you may have heard of the most recent high-profile security vulnerability to surface in the last couple weeks. You may even know the name attached to it – “KRACK attacks”. This vulnerability mainly exists within WPA2, which is a level of security certification developed by the Wi-FI Alliance, and is the standard protocol for many public and private access points. The vulnerability allows an attacker to intercept, decrypt, manipulate and hijack a victim’s wireless traffic, and doesn’t even need to connect to the network itself. Microsoft, Linux, Cisco, Apple and others have all released or announced patches.

Yahoo Raises Number of Those Affected by 2013 Breach to 3 Billion

Richard Smith, formerly of Equifax, tells us what happened

  • 5 October 2017
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Yahoo breach from 2013 affected 3 billion accounts

                This week, former Equifax CEO Richard Smith testified in front of government officials, including the Senate Banking Committee. The discussions worked to unpack exactly how hackers gained access to the sensitive files of a company worth $13 billion, and at the conclusion, many representatives were still scratching their heads. To add to the turmoil, Yahoo revealed this week that a data breach from 2013 affected more accounts than they originally thought-- all of them. That’s right. The hack was originally thought to have compromised about 1 billion accounts, but this week that total is revealed to be closer to 3 billion. This news marks the biggest case of data theft in history. 

New Ransomware "Defray" Broken Down

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  • 28 September 2017
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Amidst the summer chaos, a sneakier ransomware variant lurks 

There has been a large focus on some high-profile cyberattacks this summer- the Equifax breach, WannaCry and Petya-like Ransomware, and the HBO hack to name a few. If you haven’t yet heard of Defray ransomware, you aren’t alone. This sneaky, less publicized strain has recently garnered attention after Proofprint documented it at the end of August.  The name “defray” is derived from the command and control server hostname from the first observed attack. It is being spread via email attachments that are disguised as Microsoft Word documents. The attack campaigns are very narrow and selective. Each organization is specifically targeted and malicious material is custom crafted and socially engineered to deceive the victims. If you work in Healthcare or Education, you may need to be extra vigilant for signs of Defray ransomware being spread. 

Is Bluetooth the Newest Attack Vector?

Equifax breach: Some important stuff you need to know

  • 21 September 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
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Security Update: Turn off Bluetooth when not using it.

                Would you be surprised to learn that hackers have found a way to exploit the Bluetooth capabilities on your devices? With all of the headlines floating around nowadays, nothing hackers try should come as a shock. Nonetheless, it has been done, and now it is your duty to take the necessary, albeit inconvenient, steps to protect yourself by turning off Bluetooth when not in use. The malware has been dubbed “Blueborne”, and we are going to unpack it more in depth in this week’s post, as well as shed light on a security application that had been bundled with malware unbeknownst to them. We’ll also give you the latest on the Equifax security breach. 

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