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 way Pokémon Go uses “augmented reality” to play out in the real world is truly unique and unprecedented. And so it is showing new, previously unforeseen risks in this kind of augmented reality game. The risks this augmented reality game exposes are physical risks to actual life and limb. Just days after its release, Pokémon Go’s real-world gameplay has been linked to armed robberies as criminals have used the game to locate and lure intended targets.
New Omni Hotels & Resorts CIO Ken Barnes is mulling how to shore up corporate defense in the wake of a cybersecurity attack that impacted 48 of its 60 hotels in North America. Barnes, who started in May, of course says he plans to improve the protection for Omni’s payment processing systems.
Officials are trying to determine whether a cyberattack was behind outages at websites affiliated with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and whether hackers were attempting to counter a Warsaw summit that is addressing both cyberspace dangers and Russian aggression.
China’s spies hacked into computers at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 2010 until 2013 — and American government officials tried to cover it up, according to a Congressional report.
The House of Representative’s Science, Space and Technology Committee released its investigative report on Wednesday.
French Dark Bet (FDB) is a new part of FDN—a place where one can take part in online gambling. This is the first time we’ve seen a “traditional” marketplace for cybercriminals also being used for illegal gambling. FDN is a well-known French cybercriminal underground marketplace where one can buy almost anything, even if it’s illegal.
The government is now trying to improve its recruiting and retention of cybersecurity professionals. This includes finding ways to improve government pay, which can be well below the private sector. This strategy was detailed Tuesday in a White House memo. In it, officials called for expanded job recruiting campaigns “in order to raise awareness of employment opportunities and compete for top cybersecurity talent.”
Cybersecurity Ventures recently reported worldwide spending on cyber defense products and services is forecast to exceed $1 trillion for the five-year period from 2017 to 2021 — driven by the dramatic rise in cybercrime, the ransomware epidemic, the refocusing of malware from PCs and laptops to smartphones and mobile device.
This summer, seven finalist teams in the Cyber Grand Challenge the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will do battle with AI systems that can autonomously scan rivals’ network servers for exploits and protect their own servers by actively finding and fixing software flaws.
Researchers examined two aspects of additive manufacturing (AM), or 3-D printing, which could have cybersecurity implications and harmful economic impact: printing orientation and insertion of fine defects. They found that because CAD files do not give instructions for printer head orientation, malefactors could deliberately alter the process without detection.
One year after hackers showed they could control a moving Jeep, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has a new solution to get computer whizzes to work more closely with it: pay them. The Italian-U. S. auto maker is launching a bug bounty program aimed at giving hackers between $150 and $1,500 every time they uncover potential cybersecurity flaws in its vehicles and alert the company.
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