Weekend Update

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

US-CERT: Alert (TA17-181A) Petya Ransomware

Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows operating systems


This Alert has been updated to reflect the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center’s (NCCIC) analysis of the “NotPetya” malware variant.

The scope of this Alert’s analysis is limited to the newest Petya malware variant that surfaced on June 27, 2017. This malware is referred to as “NotPetya” throughout this Alert.

On June 27, 2017, NCCIC [13] was notified of Petya malware events occurring in multiple countries and affecting multiple sectors. This variant of the Petya malware—referred to as NotPetya—encrypts files with extensions from a hard-coded list. Additionally, if the malware gains administrator rights, it encrypts the master boot record (MBR), making the infected Windows computers unusable. NotPetya differs from previous Petya malware primarily in its propagation methods. More…

Jeff Bezos dethrones Bill Gates, is now world’s richest person

In case you care department

Talk about Amazon prime: Jeff Bezos is now richer than Bill Gates, which makes him the world’s wealthiest person.

The Amazon CEO’s net worth is up to about $91.3 billion because his company shares are surging ahead of its scheduled earnings report Thursday. The net worth of Gates, the Microsoft co-founder who has been the world’s richest person since 2013, is at $90 billion, according to Forbes’ real-time wealth tracker.

Roomba Wants To Sell Your Home Floorplan

I was an early adopter when the first Roomba floor system came on the market in 2002.  We spent a lot of time dragging the Roomba out from beneath the tangle of chair legs under the dining room table.  It also seemed that certain parts of the room were never cleaned, while other parts were swept repeatedly.  Eventually this appliance went into the secret room for abandoned “great ideas.”  I am sure the algorithms improved in that last 15 years, but we never tried again.

Now that Roomba is contemplating selling the interior layout of your home to others, I am glad that I never went back.  Read more on Naked Security…

Your pacemaker could be put in the witness box against you

What happens when a wearable or embedded medical device tells a different story to someone suspected of a crime?

Why You Might Want A VPN

Because they are illegal in China and Russian?  Is that good enough for you, Bucky?

VPN bans:

  • Apple removes VPN apps from its App Store in China. (AP)
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin signs law that bans virtual private networks in that nation. (Reuters)

Why Worry About Russians Hacking Our Elections?

When we can do it ourselves – Hackers breach 30 voting machines at DEF CON. (Hill)



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 Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, 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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