Orange is the new hack | This week in cybersecurity
A hacker who claims to have stolen unreleased television shows from several major networks shared the coming season of the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” on Saturday after the person said the streaming service failed to meet its ransom requests. Read more.
The days of malware being just a problem for Windows users are long gone, with malicious software now appearing for all major operating systems. The latest, and most dangerous to hit the Mac yet, is called OSX/Dok. It targets any and all versions of Mac OS X and will take complete control of your Mac if you let it. Read more.
The National Security Agency (NSA) has put an end to a part of its warrantless surveillance—the so-called “about” data collection—of non-U.S. persons who are outside the U.S. under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is due to expire by year's end, the New York Times reported. Read more.
IBM warns of malware on USB drives shipped to customers
IBM has urged customers to destroy USB drives which shipped with some of its Storewize storage systems because they may contain malware. In a support advisory, the company has said an unspecified number of USB flash drives containing the Storewize initialization tool for V3500, V3700, and V5000 Gen 1 systems are infected with malicious code. Read more.
Hackers Fly High with Air Force Bug Bounty
Following up on its by-all-accounts successful Hack the Army bug bounty trial, the Pentagon has announced that the Air Force has become the second US military branch to invite hackers to do their worst. The initiative, part of the Cyber Secure campaign sponsored by the Air Force’s CIO, is broadening the participation pool this time to include not just US citizens, but also white-hat hackers from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Read more.
An unusual computer attack that mimicked Google’s cloud-based document software spread across U.S. news organizations and other institutions on Wednesday. The attack involved malicious emails masquerading as a message from Google Docs, often sent from a known source. Read more.
The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency accused Russian rivals of gathering large amounts of political data in cyber attacks and said it was up to the Kremlin to decide whether it wanted to put it to use ahead of Germany's September elections. Read more.