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Security and Compliance Weekly Roundup - Jan 16, 2017

Posted by Jim Whitecotton on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 @ 02:06 PM
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Welcome to this week's Security and Compliance Weekly Roundup. 

This is a weekly series of posts highlighting some of the most read or interesting security and compliance news stories as well as those that peaked the interest of the staff here at Omni in the past week.


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Reintroduced Bill Would Stop Government from Searching Your Emails without a Warrant

NextGOV, 10 Jan 2017: Government agencies might soon need a warrant before seizing your emails. Reps. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., reintroduced legislation Monday that would require government agencies to obtain a warrant before requiring providers to share customers' email communications.

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FTC goes after D-Link for shoddy security in routers, cameras

IDG News Service, 6 Jan 2017: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on D-Link for selling wireless routers and internet cameras that can easily be hacked, the regulator said Thursday.

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Ransomware Authors Are Now Cold Calling Their Victims

Forbes, 9 Jan 2017: Deception is key when it comes to distributing ransomware. From phishing emails to bogus applications, the attacks are only effective if they're believable.

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49% of businesses fell victim to cyber ransom attacks in 2016

Tech Republic, 10 Jan 2017: Nearly half of businesses report that they were the subject of a cyber-ransom campaign in 2016, according to Radware's Global Application and Network Security Report 2016-2017.

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Netflix Users Under Attack as Hackers Try to Steal Credit Card Info

Softpedia, 10 Jan 2017: Security company FireEye detected a new wave of attacks aimed at Netflix users, with cybercriminals now turning to phishing schemes in order to steal their personal information, including credit card data, social security numbers, and other details.

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Los Angeles college reportedly pays hackers $28G ransom

FoxNews.com, 11 Jan 2017: A Los Angeles college reportedly paid hackers a $28,000 ransom after a cyberattack kept students and faculty locked out of their accounts.

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Juniper warns: Borked upgrade opens root on firewalls

TheRegister, 11 Jan 2017: Juniper is warning users of its SRX firewalls that a borked upgrade leaves a root-level account open to the world.

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Get ready for the rise of spymail, the hottest trend in email hacking

Tech Republic, 11 Jan 2017: A dramatic spike in malicious email code that monitors user behavior used in phishing attacks has cost business over $3 billion in recent years.

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‘Hacktivists’ increasingly target local and state government computers

GCN, 10 Jan 2017: Early last year, hackers launched a cyberattack against the state of Michigan’s main website to draw attention to the Flint water crisis. In May, they targeted North Carolina government websites to protest a controversial state law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificate. And in July, they took aim at the city of Baton Rouge’s website after the fatal police shooting of a black man.

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Election systems get ‘critical infrastructure’ designation

GCN, 10 Jan 2017: In the wake of allegations of Russian hacking U.S. political parties’ computers and various states' voter registration files, the Department of Homeland Security moved to make state election systems one of the critical infrastructure sectors under its protection.

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