While Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg was stumblingly apologizing for giving Russian-linked Cambridge Analytica access to over 50M US Facebook users' personal data, news broke that Facebook had been scraping call and text message data from Android phones for years.
The company's entire business model is built on profiting from your personal data. That's not news, but we're only now realizing just how deeply Facebook data mines each of us including our phone call and text messaging records.
WannaCry, the Windows ransomware that took off last May around the world, has landed on some computers belonging to US aircraft and weaponry manufacturer Boeing.
The Boeing production plant in Charleston, South Carolina was hit by the WannaCry ransomwear cyberattack on Wednesday.
Mike VanderWel, the chief engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane, said he was concerned that equipment used to test air frames after they roll off the production line was hit by a malicious code, which demands a ransom to restore encrypted documents and could “spread to airplane software.”
The Mozilla Foundation has expressed its discomfort at the Cambridge Analytica revelations by pulling its ads from Facebook.
While the disappearance of Mozilla's modest ad spend is hardly going to bring down The Social Network, the organization's decision to 'pause' its Facebook advertising came after Zuckerland tried to assure Mozilla that the conditions that prevailed in 2015 (when Cambridge Analytica breached its terms of service) had long been addressed.
Cambridge Analytics has been hit with an emergency data seizure order in England following an extraordinary series of events Monday night that revolved around a TV undercover expose.
Following a day in which the company became the focus of attention online in the UK & US for unethical use of user data, senior executives from the firm were then shown on camera boasting about the use of dark methods, including honey traps and fake news to entrap individuals.
DDoS attacks remain unpredictable and dangerous for enterprises, but actual details on how the threat is evolving can differ substantially by the reporting source.
Two reports released this week are good examples, both a general increase in multivector attacks and an overall decrease in the number of DDoS attacks in the Q4 of 2017 compared to Q3 but differed on the details based on data gathered from their customer engagements.
Some reports show a 12%-16% decrease in DDoS attacks between 2016 Q4 and Q3 & Q4 of 2017, others show a 25% decrease from the previous year's attacks.
A malware, dubbed Slingshot, discovered by security researchers, hid in routers for more than six years. The malware is too powerful and sophisticated, it attacks and infects users systems through compromising MicroTik routers and are run in kernel mode, which give them complete control over victims' devices.
The researchers don't know how many devices may have been infected. The attackers installed the malicious app inside MikroTik routers that Slingshot operators got access to.