Top CyberSecurity News For October 14th 2016

1. Verizon signals Yahoo data breach may affect acquisitionFrom CSO Online. 

Verizon has signaled that Yahoo’s massive data breach may be enough reason to halt its US$4.8 billion deal to buy the internet company.

On Thursday, Verizon’s general counsel Craig Silliman said the company has a “reasonable basis” to believe that the breach involving 500 million Yahoo accounts has had a material impact on the acquisition. This could give the company room to back out or get a large discount.


Top CyberSecurity News For 22nd September 2016

  1. Yahoo Confirms At Least 500 Million Accounts Were HackedFrom Fortune. 

    Yahoo said on Thursday that information for at least 500 million user accounts was stolen from its network in 2014 by what it believed was a state-sponsored actor, a theft that appeared to the biggest cyber breach ever.

    Yahoo said data stolen may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and encrypted passwords but that unprotected passwords, payment card data, and bank account information did not appear to have been compromised, the company said.

    “This is the biggest data breach ever,” said well-known cryptologist Bruce Schneier.

Top CyberSecurity News For 1st May 2016

  1. CyberSecurity Market ReportFrom Cybersecurity Ventures. 
    • Market research firm Gartner says global spending on IT security is set to increase 4.7 percent in 2015 to $75.4 billion, and the world will spend $101 billion on information security in 2018.
    • The cyber security market is estimated to grow to $170 billion (USD) by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.8 percent from 2015 to 2020, according to a report from Markets and Markets. The aerospace, defense, and intelligence vertical continues to be the largest contributor to cybersecurity solutions.
  2. North Korea’s missiles don’t frighten me, but the realities of cyber warfare are chillingFrom The Telegraph. The advent of cyber warfare means that you do not need to construct the vast infrastructure of a missile programme to cause mayhem; the only requirement is a team of able people with laptops and internet connections. If they are clever enough, this hit squad of nerds can knock out power grids, disable banking systems and paralyse normal life in a target country. And they can do all this from the safety of their office thousands of miles away.

  3. Indian hackers hack 100 Pak websites after attack on actor Mohanlal’s websiteFrom India Today. “We have launched an attack on Pakistani sites and have brought down several government and online sites of Pakistan. We are also defacing websites of some prominent actors and we will continue to do this till Pakistani hackers do not stop such attack on Indian cyber space,” said a hacker of Indian Cyber Security Force, which claims to be an NGO.
  4. Cayman under cyber-attack, says ICTA. From Cayman News Service.  As local telecommunications provider Flow issued another alert about phishing scams impacting its customers, the managing director of the Information & Communications Technology Authority warned that Cayman is being targeted by cyber criminals. Earlier this week Flow warned customers about an email purporting to be from LIME, its previous brand, regarding spam security issues which asked them to click on a link. But this is just one of many problems email users are experiencing. Although the ICTA could not be certain of a connection,

  5. Ransomware Seen as Growing Cyber Threat. From  Miscellaneous errors accounted for the largest number of data security breaches last year, while ransomware is becoming a more common form of cyber attack, according to Verizon. The telecom company said in its 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report that miscellaneous errors were at fault for 17.7% of breaches, followed by insider and privilege misuse (16.3%) and physical theft and loss (15.1%).