Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity

10/24/2017 07:32 AM EDT  Original release date: October 24, 2017

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. The month’s themes educate students and professionals about cybersecurity attack methods, best practices, and preventive measures and are geared toward informing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. According to a study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, by 2022, there will be a shortage of 1.8 million information security workers. It is critical that today’s students graduate ready to enter the workforce and are open to learning more about the growing field of cybersecurity.


How to get a job in cybersecurity

5 things that can help you get a career in cybersecurity if you don’t have any security experience


Multiple Ransomware Infections Reported

10/24/2017 01:16 PM EDT  Original release date: October 24, 2017

US-CERT has received multiple reports of Bad Rabbit ransomware infections in many countries around the world. This suspected variant of Petya ransomware is malicious software that infects a computer and restricts user access to the infected machine until a ransom is paid to unlock it. US-CERT discourages individuals and organizations from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee that access will be restored. Using unpatched and unsupported software may increase the risk of proliferation of cybersecurity threats, such as ransomware.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review US-CERT Alerts TA16-181A and TA17-132A that describe recent ransomware events. Please report ransomware incidents to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). US-CERT will provide updated information as it becomes available.


Equifax was warned millions of Americans’ personal data was exposed but did nothing: report

This is the stuff that just drives me mad.  They were told by a security researcher about the problem last December ut did nothing until June – after the breach.  Stupid and arrogant.


Revenge of the Nerds? New Bill to Legalize Revenge Hacking 

H.R.4036 – formerly called the Active Cyber Defense Certainty (ACDC) Act and informally called the hack-back bill – was introduced as an amendment to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) last week. Its backers are US Representatives Tom Graves, a Georgia Republican, and Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat. And Just like the ACDC song, we’re on the highway to hell.


How individuals can use online ad buying to spy on you

Researchers have set themselves the task of stalking individuals by using an advertising network to track people and extract information about them, including their location. They succeeded. It cost them a measly $1000. That’s all an attacker needs, plus a website for ads to direct to.


 

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About the Author:

Cybersecurity guru to business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area. Computer security and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. In 2013 I completed a course of study and certification exam to become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). In 2016 I was certified as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). As Senior Cybersecurity Engineer at Computer Integration Technologies, I help our clients experience high levels of computer security, network security, and web site security. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. The views expressed on this Web site are mine alone and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer.

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