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!
Police investigating the hacking of Chinese toy company Vtech have made an arrest. On Tuesday, U.K. police arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of two offenses under the Computer Misuse Act: unauthorized access to a computer, and causing a computer to enable unauthorized access to data.
Trend Micro predicts that one of the most successful infection vectors around – malvertising – might finally be on the way out in 2016 thanks to a rise in awareness and increased availability and use of ad-blocking technology. But beware: cybercriminals are a resilient bunch.
Twitter has issued its first ever warning about a possible hack by state-sponsored actors, as the social media site steps up its scrutiny of possible security breaches. The alert highlights growing concern over hacking activity backed by foreign governments after a year in which high-profile cyber attacks included the breach of 22m personnel profiles at the US Department of Homeland Security.
In an effort to start having serious conversations around how to address the issue, the Consumer Technology Association and CyberVista Inc. will host the first-ever Cybersecurity Forum at CES 2016. The event will feature a lineup of cyber experts, including Tom Kellerman, Chief Cybersecurity Officer at Trend Micro.
2015 was yet another exciting (and terrifying) year for the security industry. Growth for the market is astronomical, with worldwide information security spending expected to hit $75.4 billion in by the end of the year, according to Gartner. At the same time, the threats have become more serious than ever with a continued onslaught of breaches across every industry.
Privacy advocates have launched a last-ditch campaign to block a major piece of cybersecurity legislation that could soon be added to an expected omnibus spending deal. The bill would encourage companies to share more data on hackers with the government.
Cybersecurity researcher Peter Kruse, founder of CSIS Security Group in Denmark, thought his mother was calling. Her number appeared on his phone, but when he answered, it wasn’t her. Instead, a male voice told him to stop what he was doing as a computer expert. While this secretive lifestyle might be alluring to some, most cybersecurity researchers are, by nature, geeks. Computer science taught in high-school and at university level did not prepare them for what can only be described as spy games.
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