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  1. When we enter sensitive information – our names, passwords, payment card information, medical information, what have you – into websites, we do it with the expectation that it will be kept confidential and safe and will not be misused by the company running the site. Most tech-savvy users know that there are many ways this kind of information can end up in the wrong hands: machines infected with keyloggers, traffic interception/man-in-the-middle attacks, sniffing of unencrypted … More
  2. Popular Git repository hosting service GitHub has introduced a new feature to help developers keep their projects safer: security alerts for vulnerabilities in software packages which their projects depend on. GitHub hosts some 67 million code repositories, and is among the largest collections of open source data. According to their statistics, 45% of the 100 largest companies in the United States (by revenue) use GitHub Enterprise to build software. Over 75 percent of GitHub projects … More
  3. Organizations experienced an average of 237 DDoS attack attempts per month during Q3 2017 – equivalent to 8 DDoS attack attempts every day – as hackers strive to take their organisations offline or steal sensitive data, according to Corero Network Security. The data, which is based on DDoS attack attempts against Corero customers, represents a 35% increase in monthly attack attempts compared to the previous quarter (Q2 2017), and a 91% increase in monthly attack … More
  4. The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), Germany’s regulatory agency for public utility companies, has categorized children’s smartwatches as spying devices, and has banned their sale. Why? “The watches have a SIM card and limited telephony function that are set up and controlled using an app. This kind of listening function is often described as a monitor. The app user is able to make the watch call a desired number unnoticed by its wearer or those nearby. … More
  5. A new survey of more than 300 IT professionals, conducted by Propeller Insights in October 2017, revealed that the state of enterprise cloud infrastructure governance is extremely poor. In spite of an ever-increasing number of security breaches, 28 percent of IT professionals aren’t confident their cloud infrastructure is secure, 62 percent rely on manual reviews before infrastructure is provisioned, and 42 percent have no cloud infrastructure governance processes in place. “The cloud has completely transformed … More
  6. Here’s an overview of some of last week’s most interesting news and articles: Review: EU GDPR Documentation Toolkit The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) aims to strengthen data protection for all individuals within the EU (citizens and residents). It was adopted in April 2016, and it becomes enforceable from 25 May 2018. Sneaky malware downloader found in apps on Google Play Google has removed from Google Play eight apps that have served as downloaders for … More