1.5m Users Hit By New Facebook Privacy Breach As Extent Of Data Misuse Exposed

Facebook’s alleged data misuse hit the headlines (again) on Thursday as Business Insider revealed that the company had “harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.” The privacy breach came to light when a security researcher questioned why Facebook was asking for email passwords when …


Remote Desktop clients analysed and found vulnerable

Microsoft shown to handle its own, complicated RDP well. Security researchers analysing Remote Desktop clients for the popular remote desktop protocol, used to connect to non-local Windows machines, have unearthed multiple vulnerabilities.   Check Point analysed the FreeRDP and rdesktop (the default client for the Kali Linux penetration testing distribution) remote access tools, along with …


The Cybersecurity 202: ‘We’re doubling down.’ DHS insists it’s not reducing election security efforts

The Homeland Security Department is actually surging its efforts to protect elections against foreign hackers during the two years leading up to the 2020 elections — not winding them down, the agency’s top cybersecurity official insists.   Chris Krebs, who leads DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, was punching back Thursday against a Daily Beast …


Houzz suffers major data breach

Home improvement site Houzz has announced that it suffered a data breach in which third-parties gained access to a file containing publicly visible user data as well private account information.   The company explained to users in an email that an unauthorized third-party obtained access to a file containing internal account information such as user …


Here’s what to expect in cybersecurity in 2019

Around this time every year, my inbox fills with the same repetitive junk.   “Would you consider putting [any random company] in your gift guide?”, “are you going to CES and if so can I pitch you [a gadget that literally won’t be around this time next year]?”, and, “do you want to cover [a …


Too few cybersecurity professionals is a gigantic problem for 2019

As the new year begins gaining steam, there is ostensibly a piece of good news on the cyber front. Major cyber attacks have been in a lull in recent months and still are.   The good tidings are fleeting, however. Attacks typically come in waves. The next one is due, and 2019 will be the …


Girl Scouts of America: New badge in cybersecurity launched

Girl Scouts of America has said it is offering girls as young as five a badge in cybersecurity.   It is part of an effort to get more young girls into science (S), technology (T), engineering (E) and maths (M) – or ‘stem’ subjects.   The scheme launched in Silicon Valley, California and it’s the …


CYBERSECURITY EXPERTS: LATEST ATTACK REVEALS NEED FOR STRONGER INDUSTRY-WIDE PROTOCOLS

The latest cyber attack on a major party campaign committee should lead to greater demands on vendors and consultants to implement stricter cybersecurity protocols.   That’s according to Brian Franklin, a Democratic media consultant who launched the cybersecurity practice Campaign Defense to better address security issues in the campaign space.   The campaign committees, he …