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Security and Compliance Weekly Roundup - Nov 14, 2016

Posted by Jim Whitecotton on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 @ 01:25 PM
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Welcome to this week's Security and Compliance Weekly Roundup. 

This weekly series of posts highlighting some of the most read or interesting security and compliance news stories. The following are stories that peaked the interest of those of us here at Omni in the past week.


Accenture survey reveals dangerous cybersecurity disconnect

According to a recent report from Accenture, three quarters of security executives are confident in their organization’s cybersecurity strategies, even though time and again those strategies have been shown to be ineffective.

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Cerber ransomware menace now targeting databases

Criminals behind the massive Cerber ransomware enterprise are now targeting businesses as well as individuals with a module that kills and encrypts databases, warns Intel's former security arm McAfee. Cerber had conducted more than 160 campaigns when examined in July targeting 150,000 users and raking in a cracking US$195,000 in profits in that month alone.

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Hacker used password resets to break into 1,050 university email accounts

How hard is it to break into the email accounts used by staff and students at US universities?

Based on the unsettling details of a case made public by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), in some cases not as hard as it should be.

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Mirai botnet infects devices in 164 countries

Imperva security researchers discovered that roughly 49,657 unique Internet Protocol (IP) addresses across 164 countries are hosting Internet of Things (IoT) devices infected with the Mirai botnet. The researchers found that 10 percent of the IP addresses hosting Mirai-infected devices are located in the U.S.

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British bank reports 40,000 suspicious transactions in a single weekend

Tesco Bank has frozen online transactions after being hit by a wave of fraudulent activity over the weekend. The British financial institution was prompted to take action after a total of 40,000 account holders were affected by suspicious transactions.

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Tally of Major Breaches Shows Healthcare Hacker Attacks Keep Coming

GovInfoSecurity, 7 Nov 2016: In recent weeks, many more hacker attacks - including some ransomware assaults - on healthcare entities large and small have been added to the federal tally of major breaches, continuing a trend that started in 2015.

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IG: USPS at risk of unauthorized network access

The U.S. Postal Service has an elevated risk of network intrusions because it does not know how many internet-facing hosts it has on its networks and it lacks adequate firewall protections, according to a Nov. 3 inspector general report.

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