Five For Friday

Five For Friday is your weekly cyber security news update on current security and cyber threats. Each week, EdgeWave will highlight five current stories on security incidents, cyber-attacks, security threats and much more. Give Us Your Feedback!

June 23rd, 2017


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How An Entire Nation Became Russia’s Test Lab For Cyberwar

The clocks read zero when the lights went out. It was a Saturday night last December, and Oleksii Yasinsky was sitting on the couch with his wife and teenage son in the living room of their Kiev apartment. The 40-year-old Ukrainian cybersecurity researcher and his family were an hour into Oliver Stone’s film Snowden when their building abruptly lost power.

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The RNC Files: Inside The Largest US Voter Data Leak

In what is the largest known data exposure of its kind, a misconfigured database containing the sensitive personal details of over 198 million American voters was left exposed to the internet by a firm working on behalf of the RNC in their efforts to elect Donald Trump.

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Honda Shut Down Plant Impacted By Wannacry

Honda, one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world, announced Wednesday that it was forced to shut down production at one of its Japanese plants after it was hit by the WannaCry ransomware.

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Brutal Kangaroo: CIA-developed Malware For Hacking Air-Gapped Networks Covertly

WikiLeaks has published a new batch of the ongoing Vault 7 leak, this time detailing a tool suite – which is being used by the CIA for Microsoft Windows that targets “closed networks by air gap jumping using thumb drives,” mainly implemented in enterprises and critical infrastructures.

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Why So Many Top Hackers Hail From Russia

Conventional wisdom says one reason so many hackers seem to hail from Russia and parts of the former Soviet Union is that these countries have traditionally placed a much greater emphasis than educational institutions in the West on teaching information technology in middle and high schools.