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Cybersecurity Biweekly Newsletter - October 11, 2017

Russians using Kaspersky software for hacks

Israeli intelligence officials spying in Russian government hackers found they were using  Kaspersky Lab antivirus software that is also used by 400 million people globally, including U.S. government agencies. Israeli spies had also found in Kaspersky's network hacking tools that could only have come from the U.S. National Security Agency. After an investigation, the NSA found that those tools were in possession of the Russian government. The Israeli officials who had hacked into Kaspersky's network over two years ago then warned their U.S. counterparts of the Russian intrusion. That led to a decision in Washington only last month to order Kaspersky software removed from government computers.


Ransomware Will Target Backups: 4 Ways to Protect Your Data

Backups are the best way to take control of your defense against ransomware, but they need protecting as well. The most consistent defense against ransomware continues to be good backups and a well-tested restore process. Companies that consistently back up their data and can quickly detect a ransomware attack should be able to restore their data and operations with a minimum of disruption. But cybercriminals behind ransomware have begun targeting the backup processes and tools. The strategy is straightforward: Encrypt the backup and individuals or companies are likely to lose the ability to restore data and are more likely to pay a ransom. Attackers are escalating their efforts beyond infecting single workstations and aim to destroy the backups, too. Find out here here four recommendations to help companies protect their backups against ransomware attacks.


6 big data privacy practices every company should adopt in 2018

Issues surrounding data privacy are as legally unresolved today as they were two years ago, but the recent Equifax breach now puts a clear focus on them that strikes fear into the hearts of CIOs. The Equifax data that was breached was not big data. However, big data is a major privacy concern for IT because so much of it is coming into enterprise data repositories from so many sources; and it comes in many shapes and sizes. It's never too early to start planning for the next year. Taking steps toward protecting your company's data now could pay off big in the future. What operational steps can IT take to assure at a grass root level that sound data privacy practices are employed for their big data?


Small businesses are cyber targets whether they know it or not

The cybersecurity challenge for small businesses is a difficult one. Large corporations have cybersecurity budgets in the millions of dollars and an army of well-paid cybersecurity professionals. For SMBs, they don’t have those kind of resources and too often, they don’t even think of themselves as a potential target. In the United States, hackers have breached half of the 28 million small businesses according to the State of SMB Cybersecurity Report. This trend is likely to continue. Cybercriminals like to exploit the path of least resistance, and too many smaller businesses unknowingly leave themselves wide open to attacks. The good news for the SMB community is there are many basic steps they can take to significantly reduce their risk of attack that do not require giant budgets or a large cybersecurity staff. What can SMBs do?


Yahoo: 3 Billion Accounts Breached in 2013

Yahoo says its entire user base of 3 billion accounts was compromised by an August 2013 data breach. While the breach had been previously disclosed, the count of victims is triple Yahoo's December 2016 estimate that 1 billion accounts were compromised. The revised count comes as the result of "new intelligence" gathered by third-party digital forensic experts who have been working with Yahoo following its June acquisition by Verizon. The 2013 breach exposed names, email addresses, phone numbers and birthdates. In some cases, unencrypted versions of security questions and answers that were used to recover account access were also stolen. The breach also exposed passwords that have been hashed using the MD5 algorithm, which at the time was already considered an unsafe password-handling practice.


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