It was a busy week in insurance, but arent they all these days! Its ever something when yet another Yahoo hack resolves up somehow not even cracking the top news.
What did? With the recent Custom-mades and Border Patrol crackdown, we offered a guide on how to enter the US with your digital privacy unscathed. Privacy was on Edward Snowdens mind as well, as he starts his new gig as the president of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, helping protect columnists from snooping agents. One thing that should help? Popular encrypted chat app Signal added video this week, although it comes with a potential privacy tradeoff.
Secrecy was a central issue in the White House this week as well. Encrypted apps like Confide and Signal are facilitating staffers leak, but too may be helping them destroy the laws and regulations. One thing thats certain? Leaks themselves are as American as apple pie. Although secrecy still has its lieu; for instance, its possibly not ideal to hold high-level national insurance discussions in full view in the Mar-a-Lago used breakfast nook https :// http://www.wired.com/ 2017/02/ trump-north-korea-scif /.
Not everything touched on politics the coming week, thank goodness. IBM established a cybersecurity-focused expres helper, announced Havyn, that an 11 -year-old helped invent. A chip-level flaw leaves billions of designs exposed to previously innocuous faults. And if youre using an Android app to hold your auto, well, read this quick-like.
And theres more. Each Saturday we round up the bulletin tales that we didnt break or cover in depth but that still deserve your attention. As ever, click on the headlines to read the full storey in each connect posted. And abide safe out there.
The same Russian hacking group held liable for accessing and divulging DNC emails during last years presidential campaign, APT2 8, appears to have created a variant of its go-to trojan software for Mac. Known as X-Agent, the malware has hitherto been available for iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux, but this is believed to be the first time researchers have recognized a macOS variance in the wild. Mac malware abides comparatively uncommon, but high-profile targets who use MacBooks or iMacs should know theyre not immune.
After disclosing two distinct hacks sometime last year, one of which incriminated a billion customers, Yahoo has once again sent an email to users alerting them of potentially endangered reports. The scope is more limited than previously reported infringes, but the threat is both more specific and more deceitful. This time, its from state-sponsored hackers utilizing forged cookies to dig into their report without requiring their passwords.
In a reminder that malware and phishing campaigns can target just about anyone for every reason, the Citizen Lab reported last weekend that spyware targeted antagonists of a years-old soda taxation in Mexico. The software appears to have been make use of NSO group, a shadowy Israeli organization that usually working in cooperation with nation-states in criminal or terrorism investigations. Not, as in this case, on behalf of Big-hearted Sugar.
Every month, Microsoft deems a Patch Tuesday, wherein it pushes out software fixtures that remain Windows and more secure and stable. Not this is something that February. The company first announced that it would delay the originally scheduled update, merely to cancel it wholesale shortly thereafter. The March 14 patch-fest appears to still be on track, so simply try not to click too many suspicious linked with now and then.