By: Anthony Gil

Top 7 Cybersecurity Stories This Week 03-03-2017

Too busy working to keep up with cybersecurity news this week? Here’s a round-up of the top stories from the cyberscape.

Russian cybersecurity expert charged with treason over U.S. data-sharing claims

It has been revealed that Russian authorities arrested state officers and a Kaspersky cybersecurity specialist for treason. The crime: allegedly passing state secrets to U.S. companies. Read More. 

Business still unprepared for most ransomware attacks
The grim reality of Ransomware report sponsored by Timico and Datto reveals 85 percent of ransomware attacks force victims offline for at least a week, one-third of victims are unable to access data for one month or longer and 15 percent are never able to recover their data.The report also finds 63 percent of organizations do not have a ransomware strategy in place to combat an attack. Read More.

The Unique Identification Authority of India leaves billions of Indian identities at risk

The Indian government is seeking to create a database (known as Aadhaar), with information on about 88 percent of the population of more than 1.2 billion, including children and all state services — from school admissions to passports and the purchase of cooking gas — to ensure they receive state benefits in their bank accounts. But in a nation without an overarching privacy law, Indians have few options for redress in the event of identity theft or data leaks. Read More.

An IoT teddy bear leaks 2 million voice messages from parents and kids

A maker of Internet-connected stuffed animal toys, the toys record and play voice messages that can be sent over the internet by parents and children, has exposed more than 2 million voice recordings of children and parents, as well as e-mail addresses and password data for more than 800,000 accounts. Read More.

Google reports “high-severity” bug in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer

A member of Google's Project Zero security research team has disclosed a high-severity vulnerability in Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer browsers that reportedly allows attackers to execute malicious code in some instances. According to Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, the National Vulnerability Database entry for the bug allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via vectors involving a crafted Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) token sequence and crafted JavaScript code that operates on a [table-header] element." Read More.

Security flaws found in industrial robots reveal major IoT vulnerabilities

IOActive, a computer security consulting firm, revealed significant security flaws were found in an examination of six home and industrial robots in a recent report. The report further proves the potential security challenges for the world of mobile robots. Read More.

Plugin flaw exposes over 1 million WordPress sites 

More than 1 million websites running the WordPress content management system may be vulnerable to hacks that allow visitors to steal password data and secret keys out of databases under certain conditions. Read More.

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