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10Fold Security Never Sleeps- Financial Malware, TalkTalk Breach

When it comes to cybersecurity, companies need force fields, not walls

“Dire threats seem almost imperceptible”

The public often views recent headlines like the DNC or HBO data breaches and don’t work up too much anxiety over their own personal information security or insidious malware programs lurking online. However, these occurences are growing increasingly common, and nearly everyone’s sensitive information could be at risk.

TalkTalk fined £100,000 for long-forgotten 2014 data breach

“Reputation has been revived as well as legal fees”

The TalkTalk data breach of 2014 has long since faded from public view, but the associated government proceedings certainly have not. The incident saw hackers accessing the personal details of over 150,000 customers, earning the firm over £400,000 in relevant fines.

‘Hack the Air Force’ challenge most successful military bug bounty yet

“Over 200 public facing bugs found”

 The Air Force has continued its “Hack the Air Force” program which crowdsources cybersecurity testing on its public systems. This uncovered 207 patchable security flaws in about one month that could be exploited y hackers and malware, prompting Marten Mickos, chief contractor of HackerOne, to comment “It was the most successful [Department of Defense] bug bounty so far.”

Uptick in Malware Targets the Banking Community

“Incredible amount of money stolen in recent months”

New and even relatively archaic tactics have allowed cybercriminals to make off with vast sums of cash from many financial institutions of late, with both traditional banks and cryptocurrency funds being looted. Banking and financial malware has been a growing concern among researchers, and recent trends do not ease those fears.

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Hack Claims from Guccifer 2.0 Denounced by Clinton Foundation

“Widely believed to be political in motivation”

Guccifer 2.0, the hacker who claims responsibility for the Democratic National Committee leaks that aimed to expose corruption within its ranks, claims to have breached the servers of the Clinton Foundation and attained documents that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, despite denial from the Clinton Foundation itself. The hacker posted screenshots of spreadsheets online, claiming that they were documents from the institution and that: ‘… her staff don’t even bother about the information security.”

The political motivations of the cyber-attack remain obvious, as the hacker made clear favorable reference to Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks and outspoken opponent of Hillary Clinton.

Report Claims that Email Provider Yahoo Assisted in Spying on U.S. Citizens

“Raises questions of why Yahoo did not fight the order”

A program developed by Yahoo Inc. last year reportedly allows the U.S. Federal government to search through email databases for certain phrases. Anonymous former employees narrowed government agencies involved to either or both the National Security Agency or the Federal Bureau of Intelligence.

The news is surprising, given the typical resistance to government mandates to enter customer accounts that tech firms generally uphold. However, Yahoo not only complied with the order, but dedicated its own resources and staff to assist with the operation.

TalkTalk fined £400K for mistakes that led to 2015 hack

“Actions first taken to clear its reputation of highly hacked service”

After the personal data theft of over 155,000 customers Telecom firm TalkTalk has been fined £400,000 for its security vulnerabilities in 2015. Well over 15,000 of those affected had bank information stolen and suffered serious ramifications for what Information Commissioner Elizabeth Dunham reported that even the most basic of security measures failed to be acted upon and “…(the company) could have done more to safeguard its customer information.”

Malware Infested-Ads Plaguing Spotify

“Free version of service seems to open malicious sites”

Malware seems to have worked its way into the Spotify servers and is continuously serving itself to the users who use the Spotify free product to stream music. The ads have been reported to open infected sites, causing potential harm to those that travel to them.