Weekly Security Roundup #87: Maybe Cyber Crooks Do Take Summer Holidays After All

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Last week I wrote a new article explaining how cyber criminals don’t take summer holidays. My main point was: stay vigilant even during the slow, summer days, don’t let your guard down so you won’t get hacked.

What followed next were exactly some slow days. I’m not sure if malicious hackers decided to go on vacation or security journalists did and there’s no one left to report the news. Or perhaps everyone’s just focused on something else these days?

But, for the moment, there are no more big data breaches, no more huge threats. Just the ones related to Pokemon Go – both cyber and real life threats, as people endangered their lives (and some even died while chasing Pokemons).

I also brought up to date an article with the best internet security blogs. If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest news related to cyber security, this is a good place to start.

The article was published by my colleague Aurelian back in 2014. Since lots of great new blogs appeared since then and a few of the older ones were forgotten, I decided to give a refresh to the whole list. I’ll try to keep it permanently updated, since the whole landscape is in a continuous change.

And my colleague Andra published the biggest collection of online security advice: 131 tips that will boost your cyber security.

Now off to the most important cyber security news of the week:



Security articles of the week


1. WikiLeaks dumped Erdogan emails after Turkey’s failed coup

Almost 300.000 emails, to be more precise.


2. Oracle patched 276 vulnerabilities in 84 products

Productive days for the company. 276 vulnerabilities were fixed in their latest Critical Patch Update.


3. Average ransomware demand doubles in six months

Double the reasons for you to backup your data.


4. Meet the Canadian man behind popular ‘Orcus RAT’

Brian Krebs published a blog article about the Canadian who created Orcus RAT.


5. And the hacker who tries to break Yahoo every day

“We can crush bugs all day, but when you apply different attack chains to your entire company, that’s when you get an idea of how strong or weak your defense is.”


6. Security readiness gap costs U.S. enterprises $3.5 million per year

According to a recent survey, companies will likely lose more than $3.5 million per year because of external cybersecurity attacks.


7. The topics everyone will be talking about at Black Hat USA 2016

Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and the next Apple vs FBI debate.


8. What’s more profitable, ransomware or a Forbes Global 2000 business?

And the answer is: ransomware. Almost 69% of the companies from Forbes Global 2000 are less profitable than the ransomware industry.


9. Japan launches ‘Pokémon Go’ safety campaign before game officially drops

Pokémon Go is still a hot subject and most likely won’t fade away too soon. Japan even launched a safety campaign before the game officially launched.


10.Hacking is sexy, but dfending is the grown-up thing to do

“Defending is an important piece of the security puzzle too often missing from the broader dialogue.”


Conclusion


I’m just gonna have to insist that you don’t let your guard down. No matter how slow these summer days are, it’s not a valid reason to drop your healthy cyber security habits.