Top 7 Cybersecurity Stories This Week 12-09-2016
The number seems unrealistic to some cybersecurity experts but there is a clear need. There's currently a severe shortage of computer scientists who know how to hack and to defend from hackers. As a result, salaries are skyrocketing, making it even harder for the government to hire cybersecurity experts. In fact, lots of the talented hackers at the FBI and NSA are leaving for the private sector. It's something FBI Director James Comey has voiced concern about. Read more.
Hackers stole more than 2 billion rubles ($31 million) from correspondent accounts at the Russian central bank, the bank said on Friday, the latest example of an escalation of cyberattacks on financial institutions around the globe. Central bank official Artyom Sychyov discussed the losses at a briefing, saying that the hackers had attempted to steal about 5 billion rubles. Read more.
Dailymotion has been breached with the hackers making off with 85 million accounts. The video hosting service, and the 113th most popular site on the internet, was robbed of its users usernames, emails and, for many, hashed passwords. First reported by LeakedSource.com, the breach notification database, the breach was apparently carried out around the October 20. Read more.
North Korea is the prime suspect in a hack of South Korea's cyber command, which resulted in the theft of confidential military documents, Yonhap News Agency reported. "It seems the intranet server of the cyber command has been contaminated with malware," an official at the Ministry of National Defense told Yonhap. "We found that some military documents, including confidential information, have been hacked." Read more.
Millions of people visiting mainstream websites over the past two months have been exposed to a novel form of malicious ads that embed attack code in individual pixels of the banners. Read more.
Sony security cameras can fall victim to botnet malware if the firmware is not updated to the latest version. Researchers from SEC Consult have found two backdoor accounts that exist in 80 models of professional Sony security cameras, mainly used by companies and government agencies given their high price. Read more.
Microsoft announced a slew of goodies today for its upcoming Windows 10 Creators update, designed to please IT admins and simplify management of Windows 10 inside large enterprises. Read more.