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October 13, 2017
Not Your Father’s Cybersecurity Tips: Think Outside the Box to Protect Your Identity During NCSAM
This year, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) comes on the heels of one of the most devastating cybersecurity breaches in history, which exposed Social Security numbers and other important consumer data belonging to about half the U.S. population. In an age where the volume of breached data has increased more than eightfold in the past five years alone, the basic cybersecurity tips that consumers have relied on in the past aren’t necessarily the best ways to stay afloat in the modern threat landscape.
‘Crypto Anchors’ Might Stop The Next Equifax-Style Megabreach
Firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and even encryption haven’t kept hackers out of hoards of data like the ones stolen in the catastrophic breaches of Equifax or Yahoo. But now, some Silicon Valley firms are trying a deeper approach, building security into the basic design of how data moves between a company’s servers. The method aims not to seal intruders out of sensitive systems, but to tighten the rim of the cookie jar around their wrist, trapping their grabby hands inside.
U.S. Voting Machines Are Easily Hackable, DEF CON Report Says
A number of voting machines used in U.S. elections are easily hackable, a report from DEF CON, one of the world’s largest hacker conventions, found. The report is based on the Voting Village experiment at July’s DEF CON conference in Las Vegas. Over the course of four days, hackers were invited to explore and tinker with voting machines to expose their vulnerabilities.
Microsoft’s October Patch Batch Fixes 62 Flaws
Microsoft on Tuesday released software updates to fix at least 62 security vulnerabilities in Windows, Office and other software. Two of those flaws were detailed publicly before yesterday’s patches were released, and one of them is already being exploited in active attacks, so attackers already have a head start.
Akamai Identifies 14K-Strong Fast Flux Botnet
Researchers at Akamai have identified a botnet of over 14,000 IP addresses used in malware distribution operations. The botnet is still up and running, and experts believe it will be hard to take it down because its operators are employing a clever technique called Fast Flux.