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Cisco Talks up IoT as Disruptor, Unveils New Security Portfolio

In-brief: Cisco Systems new CEO Chuck Robbins talked up the disruptive potential of IoT, while also announcing new Cisco products geared at key verticals and a new security portfolio for IoT. 

Parent Firm of Ashley Madison Faces Extinction Level Hack

In-brief: Following a security breach, Avid Life Media, the parent of Ashley Madison and other adult-focused hookup sites, said that it was on the trail of the culprits. The question is whether ALM and its various properties will survive the incident.

Report finds Hackers Delving Deep Into Compromised Networks

In brief: A report studying compromised networks from the firm Vectra finds a big jump in “lateral movement,” as hackers delve deeper into hacked organizations.

New Clues In Sony Hack Point To Insiders, Away from DPRK

A strong counter-narrative to the official account of the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment has emerged in recent days, with the visage of the petulant North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, replaced by another, more familiar face: former Sony Pictures employees angry over their firing during a recent reorganization at the company. Researchers from the security firm Norse allege that their investigation of the hack of Sony has uncovered evidence that leads, decisively, away from North Korea as the source of the attack. Instead, the company alleges that a group of six individuals is behind the hack, at least one a former Sony Pictures Entertainment employee who worked in a technical role and had extensive knowledge of the company’s network and operations. [Read Security Ledger coverage of the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment.] If true, the allegations by Norse deal a serious blow to the government’s account of the incident, which placed the blame squarely on […]