Tag Archives: Los Angeles

Security Never Sleeps- Chicago Voters, Maersk Attack

Personal data of 1.8 million Chicago voters accidentally exposed by vendor

“Roughly 1.8 million affected”

Almost 2 million Chicago voters had their phone numbers, addresses, and partial social security numbers have been left exposed on a cloud-storage website. The site was maintained by the Omaha election-services company, and the sensitive information was left vulnerable until a cybersecurity researcher discovered it earlier this week.

Ukraine central bank warns of new cyber-attack risk

“Bank warns lenders of new malware”

Today the Ukrainian central bank has issued warnings to both private and state-owned lenders of the apparent spark of a new malware program making its way through the internet. Ukrainian security forces say this program resembles the NotPetya attacks, which ended up knocking out many global systems on June 27th as it spread rapidly through corporate networks of multinational firms and suppliers in Eastern Europe.

New Android malware that spreads via text can steal victims’ credit card details from other apps

“Even apps you trust might be unsafe”

Most of us have the good sense to not enter credit card details or other financial information into sketchy looking apps or websites out of fear of theft, but hardly anyone would do a doubletake on apps like Amazon. Alas, even our favorite applications may not be a sanctuary for our sensitive information, detailed by security firm Kaspersky Labs recent blog post. The blog claims that a new malware is able to quietly steal victims data when they are put into applications, as well as spy remotely on texts and phone calls

Cyberattack cost Maersk as much as $300 million and disrupted operations for 2 weeks

“Huge costs in goods transport”

A June attack that left shipping operations crippled worldwide, even briefly shutting down the Port of Los Angeles largest cargo terminal, has cost Danish shipping firm A.P. Moller Maersk between $200-$300 million as reported by the firm earlier this week. The unprecedented severity of the attack prompted workers to coordinate improvised communications via social media networks like Twitter, WhatsApp, and even post-it notes to get goods moving from ships to the shore again.

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Security Never Sleeps- Uber Breach, LA Cybersecurity

FTC: Uber Failed To Protect 100,000 Drivers In 2014 Hack

“Uber lacking security in several areas”

The Federal Trade Commission had ruled that Uber must upgrade its security systems after reviewing its current programs and finding them lacking. The review revealed evidence that a 2014 data theft had been twice as large as originally reported,where details of 100,000 drivers leaked to an intruder. The leak was made possible when the cybercriminal  was able to view driver data on an Amazon Web Services store in plain text.

Los Angeles plans to launch a cybersecurity threat-sharing group with city businesses

“Expected to lead as part of larger trend between state and business”

The city of Los Angeles has now officially announced a collaboration of cybersecurity threats with businesses that operate in the city. Industry organizations and federal agencies have made certain agreements that threat-share with each other in the past, however none have reached the scope and incorporation of SME’s that Los Angeles is orchestrating. Initial partners include video game production firm Riot Games, law firm O’Melveny and Myers and mall operator Westfield.

Automating cloud compliance

“Headchange needed for quality security”

Security systems are often viewed by individuals and firms as point-in-time activities. Standards and regulations are often based on this model, especially in cloud computing where customers are generally more in flux and rarely static. But in reality, constant compliance, auditing, and assurance programs are the only real way to ensure the viability of your protection.

Greed drives malevolent insider to steal former employer’s IP

“Remote IP theft”

Design and engineering firm Allen & Hoshall has fallen victim to a growing trend in IP crime. Remote theft of company data and ideas is growing, and Jason Needham, after founding the competing firm HNA-Engineering, helped himself to their ideas and research remotely via hacking.

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