Weekly Security Summary Around The World

January 6, 2018 Arrunadayy Koul No comments exist

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Before we tell you about the most relevant cyber security news of the first week of this new year, We want to wish you all “Happy New Year” and a very safe and secure 2018! It’s been only 5 days of this year and we already learn about two major and severe security flaws found in CPUs: Meltdown and Spectre, which are affecting computers worldwide. If you haven’t done it already, we recommend keeping all your devices and applications up to date!

Here’s what happened in this first week of 2018 in cyber security, as we’ve summed up the most important stories of this week in our weekly security round-up.

1. A Simple Explanation of the Differences Between Meltdown and Spectre

You’ve probably read a lot about this topic these recent two days, but we recommend this one which explains concise and clear the main differences about these two security flaws found in Intel CPUs.

2. 240,000 Homeland Security Employees, Case Witnesses Affected by Data Breach

New year, new info about another data breach revealed. This time, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has confirmed the breach of the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) Case Management System (CMS), affecting around 240,000 employees in 2014. They may have been impacted by a “privacy incident”, stated DHS.

3. Ransomware and DoS Attacks Will Continue to Grow in 2018

According to the senior security researcher Kyle Wilhoit, ransomware and DoS attacks will continue to grow and be among the most popular cybersecurity threats in 2018.

4. 10 Cybersecurity Trends: What to Expect in 2018

Curious to learn more about the cybersecurity trends of this new year? In this article you’ll read some cybersecurity predictions of 2018 which include more and big breaches, online proxy wars, GDPR fines and many others.

5. Forever 21 Says PoS Systems Exposed Customer Data for 8 Months

Do you remember about a breach made public in November by Forever 21? The company now said that the affected PoS terminals allowed hackers to install malicious software for nearly 8 months in 2017.

6. GPS Tracking Vulnerabilities Leave Millions of Products at Risk

Two researchers have disclosed problems with hundreds of vulnerable GPS services using open APIs and trivial passwords (123456), which resulted in a multitude of privacy issues.

7. 36 Malicious Apps Advertised as Security Tools Spotted in Google Play

If you are an Android user, we recommend being careful about the apps you download from the online store. Trend Micro researchers informed Google that 36 malicious apps on Google Play are posing as security tools.

8. Apple Confirms ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ Vulnerabilities Impact All Macs and iOS Devices, Some Fixes Already Released

Apple confirmed that Meltdown and Spectre security flaws affect all Mac and iOS devices, and that has released iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 updates for them.

9. Ad Scripts Track Users via Browser Password Managers

Security researchers discovered a new technique practiced by advertising companies to track web users that can’t be stopped by private browsing, clearing cookies or even changing devices.

10. Behavioral Biometrics will Replace Passwords by 2022 – Gartner

According to a forecast by Gartner, we can all safely forget about passwords we use to secure and unlock our devices in the future. And think more of the idea that on-device AI will render password-based authentication obsolete.

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