Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days.
Below you’ll find a quick recap of topics followed by links to news articles and/or our blog posts providing additional insight. Be sure to check back each Friday for highlights of the goings-on each week!
The cybersecurity industry came out swinging Tuesday in favor of Apple in its fight against the FBI’s demand that it build a backdoor into an iPhone operating system. More than 40,000 people from across the globe are attending RSA this week, a record. The issue of Apple and the FBI featured in almost every speaker’s remarks during the opening plenaries.
One of the things we’re most proud of here at Trend Micro is our ongoing work around the Deep Web and the Cybercrime Underground Economy. This week, we released a new comprehensive paper that takes all of this broad and deep research and condenses it into a compare and contrast look at the different cybercrime underground economies around the world.
A “synchronized and coordinated” cyberattack in December left parts of western Ukraine without power, US officials have confirmed. The cyberattack, which left more than 225,000 customers in the dark two days before Christmas last year, was caused by remote intrusions at three regional electric power distribution companies, according to a report by Homeland Security.
According to a new study, data security is now on the agenda in most boardrooms. Yet only 14 percent of information security chiefs report to the CEO. The report by the Information Systems audit and Control Association (ISACA) and the RSA Conference also reveals that 74 percent of security professionals expect a cyberattack in 2016 and 30 percent experience phishing attacks every day.
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) known popularly as “information sharing” has now become a law in the United States of America. In late December 2015, after closed-door negotiations, White House officials managed to get the CISA ready in time to be attached to the government spending. An unnamed White House official told CNN that the government is very happy with the new development.
Cyberattacks on taxpayer accounts may have affected more people than previously reported, the Internal Revenue Service said Friday. The IRS statement, originally reported by Dow Jones, revealed tax data for about 700,000 households might have been stolen: Specifically, a government review found potential access to about 390,000 more accounts than previously disclosed.
As if things weren’t bad enough over at the Los Angeles County Health Department, it seems some wily hackers managed to hold at least a few of their computers for ransom last week. In what’s just the latest in a growing number of “ransomware” attacks, the LA Times reports that unknown cyber-assailants took control of computers at the Health Department and demanded a ransom in order for workers to be able to access their files once again.
Officials at the University of California Berkeley said on Friday that they were alerting 80,000 people, including current and former students, faculty and vendors of a cyber attack on a system that stores social security and bank account numbers. The news comes just more than a week after a Southern California hospital paid hackers $17,000 in the digital currency Bitcoin to regain control of their computer systems after a so-called “ransomware” attack.
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