Weekend Update

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


Securing New Devices

12/28/2018 03:57 PM EST  Original release date: December 28, 2018

During the holidays, internet-connected devices also known as Internet of Things (IoT) are often popular gifts—such as smart TVs, watches, toys, phones, and tablets. This technology provides a level of convenience to our lives, but it requires that we share more information than ever. The security of this information, and the security of these devices, is not always guaranteed.

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), recommends important steps you should consider to make your Internet of Things more secure:


Update now! Microsoft patches another zero-day flaw

Microsoft has released an emergency patch for a remote code execution (RCE) zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer’s Jscript scripting engine affecting all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.


Microsoft gets users test driving Patch Tuesday’s non-security updates

Are Microsoft’s new C and D updates a good idea or a beta by another name?


Fortnite hackers making a fortune from reselling stolen accounts

Teenage hackers have been making thousands selling stolen accounts for popular online game Fortnite.  Another reason to not reuse passwords!


Why cryptojacking will become an even larger problem in 2019

Cryptojacking was the runaway security problem in 2018, damaging devices in cybercriminals’ pursuit of profits. As cryptocurrency prices fall, 2019 could see more attacks.


 

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