You thought you were safe, and we thought bad things were going to happen, and we were right. I just cannot believe so many people still have their heads in the sand and refuse to believe anything is wrong. Everyone’s pointing the finger at Trump, but guess what : you’d better point into a mirror!
- Think Apple computers are still malware immune? This new attack proves otherwise
- UK military chief warns Nato must step up defences against Russian cyber warfare
- Op-ed: The Internet belongs to the people, not powerful corporate interests
- Former NSA director: It’s time to trash the federal cybersecurity hierarchy
- Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer won’t be receiving her bonus worth millions
- Patcher ransomware encrypts your macOS machine, throws away the key
- Google Is Going To Make Browsing The Web On Your Mac Lot Safer
- House Dems push FCC to adopt stronger cybersecurity measures
- America has a ‘cybersecurity crisis’: Symantec CEO
- Cybersecurity, Human Error and Online Reputation
- Game Theory Could Improve Cyberwarfare Strategy
- It’s Time To End Net Neutrality
Think Apple computers are still malware immune? This new attack proves otherwise
Mac computers don’t fall prey to viruses and malware—at least that’s been the prevalent myth surrounding them for the past few decades. For a long time that was true but now Apple’s macOS devices control a higher share of the tech market, and that makes them a ripe target.
Case in point, Bitdefender just shared preliminary research on a new form of malware that targets macOS devices and is particularly insidious. Bitdefender believes it was created by APT28, also known as Fancy Bear, the same Russian government-affiliated group behind the 2016 election hacking and leaks.
Patcher ransomware encrypts your macOS machine, throws away the key
. . . . now we’ve learned of a fun new ransomware for Apple’s desktop operating system. Patcher ransomware encrypts your macOS device, though the way it is coded leaves no way for anybody to ever unlock your files. Ever.
Google Is Going To Make Browsing The Web On Your Mac Lot Safer
While we know Google has been friendly to the cybercrime industry for years, they’re touting this new development to keep Chrome users “safe.”
Safe Browsing is broadening its protection of macOS devices, enabling safer browsing experiences by improving defenses against unwanted software and malware targeting macOS. As a result, macOS users may start seeing more warnings when they navigate to dangerous sites or download dangerous files
UK military chief warns Nato must step up defences against Russian cyber warfare
A top British Nato commander has warned the alliance must increase its efforts to combat Russian cyber warfare.
General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, Nato’s deputy supreme allied commander, warned Russian president Vladimir Putin might use political disinformation and cyber attacks, like those used to destabilise Crimea before its 2014 annexation by Russia.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer won’t be receiving her bonus worth millions
Yahoo’s chief executive Marissa Meyer will not receive her 2016 cash bonus while the company’s top lawyer Ronald Bell has resigned following their mishandling of security breaches which compromised the personal date of millions of users.
In addition to forfeiting the bonus of around $2m, Ms Meyer is voluntarily forgoing stock awards worth millions, calling for the money to be shared among the company’s 8,500 staff
Josie Cox Business Editor
House Dems push FCC to adopt stronger cybersecurity measures
House Democrats on Thursday introduced a slew of bills aimed at making the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) strengthen its cybersecurity policies.
The three bills being pushed by the minority members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee would require the FCC to adopt rules to protect communications networks, set up an interagency panel to handle cybersecurity investigations and require Internet of Things devices to have certified cybersecurity standards.
Harper Neidig on The Hill
America has a ‘cybersecurity crisis’: Symantec CEO
Do you feel safe browsing online? Have you ever been a victim of credit card fraud?
Thirty-nine percent of North Americans have been affected by cybersecurity crime in the past year alone, Symantec Chief Executive Greg Clack told CNBC on Thursday. “I think that’s a very big crisis.”
Cybersecurity, Human Error and Online Reputation
At a recent security conference, one of the main themes was human error. We know that cyber criminals target organizations with hacking efforts and denial of service attacks, and in some cases companies get infiltrated as the bad guys find ways around firewalls and cyber-defenses.
At the seminar, information technology professionals, cybersecurity experts and even the FBI confirmed that the biggest weakness in cybersecurity remains the human element. Everything from easily hacked passwords to elaborate “phishing” e-mail scams enables the bad guys to gain access to personal or corporate data.
John P. David, Contributor – www.huffingtonpost.com
Former NSA director: It’s time to trash the federal cybersecurity hierarchy
Former NSA Director Keith Alexander told senators Thursday that the government should undertake a massive reorganization effort that would consolidate some current cybersecurity responsibilities split between the FBI, Homeland Security Department, Defense Department and intelligence community, into a single entity.
Alexander, who now runs a private cybersecurity firm based in Fulton, Maryland, spoke before the Senate Armed Service Committee with other prominent experts about cyber-operations strategy and policy.
Game Theory Could Improve Cyberwarfare Strategy
Whether a nation should retaliate against a cyber attack is a complicated decision, and a new framework guided by game theory could help policymakers determine the best strategy.
The “Blame Game” was developed in part by Robert Axelrod, a University of Michigan political scientist who is well known for solving a version of the classic game theory scenario known as “the prisoner’s dilemma.” Axelrod is the Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding at the U-M Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
It’s Time To End Net Neutrality
The change in Administration brings fresh thinking to what had become an epicenter of 1934 regulatory thought – the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Under the prior Administration, the FCC was twice chastised by the courts for attempting to impose net neutrality on Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
The net neutrality moniker suggests benign “equality for all” but it prevents anyone who wants a superior service from paying for it. Thus, it dissuades any provider from offering it. The new FCC leadership will consider whether mandatory equality in service has enough merit to offset the damage to consumer choice and innovation that it imposes.
Alan Daley — Writer, American Consumer Institute
Op-ed: The Internet belongs to the people, not powerful corporate interests
US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is a guest opinion writer for Ars today, arguing that the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules should remain in place.
While Republican lawmakers have proposed overturning or changing the rules, Schumer writes that Congress should codify the full rules into statute to prevent the FCC from throwing them out. We’ve also published a counterpoint by US Sen. John Thune (R-SD), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. Also see :
Is There Life After Net Neutrality? Republicans Want to Find Out
US Senator Chuck Schumer