Weekend Update

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


The WannaCrypt ransomware scam – what you need to know [PODCAST]

A hoax about ransomware called “WannaCrypt” has been widely spammed out. But is an attack of this sort technically possible?


Volkswagen and Audi car infotainment systems hacked remotely

More IoT vulnerabilities. The latest example of this has arrived from researchers at Dutch pen-testers Computest, who decided to see what security woes they could uncover in two 2015 models, the Volkswagen Golf GTE and an Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, both made by Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG).


350,000 cardiac devices need a security patch

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month approved a firmware patch for devices made by Abbott’s (formerly St Jude Medical) that are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks and which are at risk of sudden battery loss.


Medical devices vulnerable to KRACK Wi-Fi attacks

Medical devices from Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) that rely on Wi-Fi networks encrypted by Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) encryption are vulnerable to the KRACK Wi-Fi attacks, the company said in a security advisory.


Facebook’s getting a clear history button

In these days of post-Cambridge Analytica/Cubeyou privacy-stress disorder, privacy advocates, members of Congress and users have been telling Facebook that we want more than the ability to see what data it has on us.


Check your router – list of routers affected by VPNFilter just got bigger

The VPNFilter router malware, a giant-sized IoT botnet revealed two weeks ago, just went from bad to somewhat worse.

Two great articles that explain the VPNFilter exploit in detail.

Why the FBI wants you to reboot your router — and why that won’t be enough next time – by Brue Schneier

VPNFilter malware infecting 500,000 devices is worse than we thought – Ars Technica

Might be time to buy a new router!!  (DSL and Cable Modems are routers)


Why Intel’s smallest spin qubit chip could be a turning point in quantum computing

The chip, which is smaller than a pencil eraser, could lend itself to dramatic scalability for future computing scenarios.


 

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Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. 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. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.
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