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Security and Compliance Weekly Roundup - Nov 29, 2016

Posted by Jim Whitecotton on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 08:57 AM
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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.


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‘Ransomware’ attack halts payments on San Francisco Muni network

San Francisco commuters using the Muni railway stations got an unexpected boost to their wallets at the end of last week when payment machines starting reading “out of service”.

Nothing extraordinary in that perhaps except that computer screens at nearby ticket kiosks started displaying a more alarming message suggesting this was no ordinary technical glitch: “You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted. Contact For Key(cryptom27@yandex.com)ID:681 ,Enter.”

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Healthcare industry targeted with Gatak Trojan

The healthcare industry is coming under attack by the actors behind the Gatak Trojan. Gatak, or Stegoloader as it is otherwise known, is not a new malware. The Trojan was first identified in 2011 and has since been used to attack a wide range of targets. However, according to a recent report by Symantec, the actors behind the malware have now set their sights firmly on the healthcare industry.

40% of the most affected organizations are now in the healthcare sector. This signifies a change in targeting, as previously the Trojan has been primarily used to attack insurance companies. While 40% of attacks have not been attributed to any industry sector, the next most targeted industries – which each account for 5% of attacks – are the automotive, education, gambling, and construction.

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Hackers break into U.S. Navy computer, steal personal information of 130,000 sailors

Hackers broke into the U.S. Navy’s database and swiped the personal information of more than 130,000 sailors, including Social Security numbers and names.

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Why 'Low Severity' Vulnerabilities Can Still Be 'High Risk'

The Hazards of Focusing Only on Fixing 'High' and 'Critical' Severity Vulnerabilities.

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Don't fall for the latest Facebook scam

Once again, a money-making scam is slowly taking over Facebook — and experts are warning the "Blessing Loom" is simply a new version of an old scam.

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Google Warns Users of Government-Backed Hack Attacks on Their Accounts

Google is reportedly sending a new batch of warning emails to users, informing them that government-backed attackers might be trying to steal their passwords and providing a few extra steps to secure accounts.

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DOJ gets new legal tool to go after botnets

The Justice Department is eliminating a key legal gap that has stymied or killed past federal botnet investigations, Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general announced. Under new rules, federal law enforcement won't be required to file in almost 100 individual federal districts for search warrants to track down and kill sprawling national botnet attacks.

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