Weekend Update

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

Update Firefox now! Zero-day found in the wild

Mozilla has fixed a critical zero-day bug in the latest point releases of the Firefox web browser.

IRS Warns of New Tax Scams

Original release date: June 07, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a reminder urging consumers to look out for two new variations of tax-related phone and email scams. The phone scam involves pre-recorded messages threatening to suspend or cancel a victim’s Social Security number, and the email phishing scam involves a fake agency—the “Bureau of Tax Enforcement”—claiming that the victim owes past due taxes.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages taxpayers to review the IRS Alert and CISA’s Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information on avoiding tax scams year round. If you believe you have been a victim of a tax-related scam, visit the IRS webpage on Tax Scams – How to Report Them.

GDPR: A guide for tech and business leaders (free PDF)

The EU’s GDPR has been in place for nearly a year, but confusion and noncompliance still abound. This guide offers a detailed look at GDPR stipulations and their potential impact on your company.

5 best open source Linux server distributions

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$18 Million Later, Baltimore Explains Why It Refuses to Pay the Ransom

The latest figures from the City of Baltimore show the costs of its ransomware outbreak have topped $18 million including remediation, new hardware, and lost or deferred revenue. This has many taxpayers in Baltimore wondering: why didn’t you pay the hackers $80,000 in cryptocurrency for the keys to unlock city systems? City leaders have just answered that question…

FBI Releases Article on Protected Voices Campaign

Original release date: June 06, 2019

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an article on the Protected Voices initiative designed to mitigate the risk of cyber influence operations targeting U.S. elections.

CIS Releases 2018 Year in Review

Original release date: June 10, 2019

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) has released its 2018 Year in Review. CIS is home to the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), a Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) partner focused on cyber threat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for U.S. state, local, tribal, and territorial government entities. The review highlights the creation of the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing & Analysis Center (EI-ISAC), the collaborative production of “A Handbook for Elections Infrastructure Security,” and MS-ISAC’s advances.



About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com
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