Monthly news roundup - August 2014 (TL;DR)

Posted by Drew Paik

Aug 29, 2014

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NEWS

It’s been a big month for security and account compromise in the news. Whether it is the theft of patient information from a healthcare system or the possible compromise of over 1 billion credentials from sites across the web, this type of story is getting more and more common. But, as this thought piece from CNET states, that doesn’t mean we should stop paying attention. Here’s the TL;DR on a few stories that we found interesting:

Topics: News

Turn that WiFi off! WiFi is for victims only.

Posted by A8 Dev Team

Aug 28, 2014

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SECURITY

A few weeks ago, we talked about how easy it is to steal data over WiFi. We even did a demonstration with a device called a WiFi Pineapple and program called Karma to prove it. Now a new set of tools called MANA has been released that makes it even easier for the bad guys to launch attacks that steal your data over compromised WiFi networks.

Topics: Security

Community Health Systems didn’t heed the FBI’s warning. Will you?

Posted by Scott Petry

Aug 18, 2014

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NEWS

Earlier today, Community Health Systems, one of the largest hospital groups in the US, reported that a cyber attack had succeeded in breaching its security to steal the personal data of 4.5 million patients. Although the company’s filings stated that the stolen information did not include credit card information, medical or clinical information, the data is still covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and by definition, it is personal data that no one wants the bad guys to have. This is a big deal.

Topics: News

Sometimes you need a disposable browser

Posted by Scott Petry

Aug 13, 2014

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SECURITY

Most Internet research projects start in the browser. And standard browsers aren’t safe. They indiscriminately download web content and cache data on your local drive. It’s no wonder that security or compliance researchers need to wipe the machine clean after every investigation.

Topics: Security

Was it really 1.2 billion passwords stolen? Actually, it doesn’t matter.

Posted by Scott Petry

Aug 8, 2014

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NEWS

Stories are all over the news that Russian hackers have amassed a database of at least 1.2 billion (with a ‘b’) usernames and passwords. We still do not know what websites the hackers managed to compromise; what the hackers will do with them; or even if the reports are true. Whatever the impact of this threat, it reminds us that password breaches have happened in the past and will always continue to happen in the future.

Topics: News

Stealing data over WiFi is easier than you think

Posted by A8 Dev Team

Aug 5, 2014

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SECURITY

More and more hotels, airports, and cafes are providing free WiFi. It’s a great, low-cost way for them to attract customers and a convenience for travelers. As with most things that are “too good to be true,” the convenience comes with a trade off. Logging in to one of these hotspots -- particularly one without a password -- exposes information to any number of compromises and attacks.

Topics: Security

Monthly news roundup - July 2014 (TL;DR)

Posted by Drew Paik

Jul 31, 2014

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NEWS

Hundreds of stories about security and account compromise hit the web each month. Here’s the TL;DR on a few we found interesting this past month:

1. Your Information Isn’t Safe: This quick story on CNN reveals that Experian, the company that Target referred victims of its massive data leak to for credit monitoring, was itself the victim of large-scale account compromise some time before the Target compromise occurred. (CNN Money, July 25)

Topics: News

Don't Let Your Business Pay The Price For Bank Fraud (Forbes)

Posted by Ramesh Rajagopal

Jul 23, 2014

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NEWS

Ramesh’s Take: When a small business’ bank account is compromised, don’t count on the bank to make everything good again. While banks generally cover losses incurred by individuals due to account breaches, the law dictates that they are not liable for business losses as long as they employ ‘reasonable security measures.’ With online attacks against businesses on the rise and no clear demarcation of liability, businesses must take steps to protect their interests.

Topics: News

How to defeat next generation malware that hits you where it hurts (your bank account)

Posted by A8 Dev Team

Jul 21, 2014

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NEWS

Over the past few weeks, a new piece of banking malware identified as EMOTET has been spreading through Germany, and now the US, through spam emails. According to Joe Salvio with Trend Micro, once introduced to a system, EMOTET downloads a configuration file with information on the banks it is targeting. It also downloads a file that intercepts and logs network traffic.

Topics: News

Customer Spotlight: Northshore Dental Associates

Posted by Scott Petry

Jul 16, 2014

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CUSTOMERS

Northshore Dental Associates serves the Muskegon and West Michigan communities with comprehensive dental services. Northshore Dental believes there is a strong connection between oral and general health, and that good dental health is the foundation of a healthy well-being. Northshore Dental’s staff focuses on general and cosmetic dentistry and is committed to partnering with patients in delivering professional care in a comfortable environment.

Topics: Customers

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