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Security Never Sleeps- U.S. Security, IoT Vaccines?

U.S. Government Cybersecurity Ranks 16th Out of 18 Industry Sectors

“Very small improvement over last year”

The U.S. government’s cybersecurity standing (both state and federal) is ranked 16th of 18 industry sectors in a new report published by SecurityScorecard, a firm that seeks to help business manage third- and fourth-party risk. This is a very small improvement on the nations position last year, which was 18th out of 18. This still presents a disappointing  and dangerous scenario of public sector readiness to defend systems against cybercrime and cyber espionage. The report was generated by collecting and analyzing subject data through its own data engine, ThreatMarket — which uses 10 categories such as web applications, network security, and DNS health.

Is Your Mobile Carrier Your Weakest Link?

“Mobile security more important than ever”

Now that more online services than ever now offer two-step authentication, i.e., requiring customers to complete a login using their phone or other mobile device after supplying a username and password, many services relying on your mobile devices for that second factor, there has never been more riding on the security of your mobile account. Click the link for a few tips to ensure your mobile device (or, more specifically, your mobile carrier) isn’t the most vulnerable link in your security chain.

This Mirai malware vaccine could protect insecure IoT devices

“Poorly protected IoT devices are the source of many problems”

The hazard of unsophisticated and poorly secured Internet of Things devices came to the front last year with the Mirai DDoS attack that involved nearly a million bots. Many of these devices remain a threat. Researchers have now posed an original solution to the problem: Use the vulnerability of these devices to inject a ‘white worm’ that secures the devices. It is an epidemiological approach that creates immunity with a vaccine by exposing the immune system to a weakened form of the disease.

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U.K. to Ban Apple Watch in Cabinet Meetings

“Russian hacking attempts feared”

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has now restricted the use of Apple watches from government cabinet meetings, according to The Telegraph. Russian hacking attempts have become a leading concern for those worrying about the cybersecurity in the British government, fearing Russian hackers listening in on classified conversations.

Source code for DDOS app Mirai Released

“C code designed to run on IP cameras”

The creator of Mirai have allegedly released the source code of the botnet on Github. This same program, designed to exploit insecure IoT devices to run huge DoS attacks. It attempts several root passwords and infects the device if successful.

Nuclear Power Plant Disrupted by Cyber Attack

“A serious threat of militant attacks reported”

Director of the IAEA Yukiya Amano has announced that a nuclear power plant was attacked by cybercriminals two to three years ago. Nuclear plants have been a target of bad actors for years, as Amano also cited a case of an individual tried to smuggle enriched uranium to build a ‘dirty bomb,’ and it is widely speculated by experts that cyber-attacks may often be a ‘tip of the iceberg’ of a serious threat.

US may attempt sanctions against Russia for potential election hacks

“Many potential measures being considered”

Economic sanctions, among many other options, are being considered by the White House to respond to the alleged Russian hacking attempts. Congressman Gardner has proposed legislation to move this proposal forward, paralleling his similar attempt against North Korea for its hack of Sony early in 2015.