Tag: privacy

Equifax named a six month old vulnerability as the cause of a devastating hack of information on 140 million people. It was patched in August.

Beset by Lawsuits, Scams, Investigations, Equifax names Source of Breach

In-brief: Beset by a plunging share price, class action lawsuits in dozens of states, pending Congressional hearings and a FTC investigation, Equifax on Wednesday finally settled speculation and named a six month old hole in a common software platform, Apache Struts, as the cause of a massive hack.

The FDA approved a patch for implantable devices made by Abbott/St. Jude Medical, more than a year after serious security holes were first reported.

A Year Later: FDA approves Software Fix for Security Flaws in Pacemakers

In-brief: The FDA as approved a software update to software security holes in pacemakers made by Abbott. But doctors and patients will have to weigh the risks of apply the patch. 

Heading to College? Job 1: Lock Down your ‘Directory Information’

Heading to College? Job 1: Lock Down your ‘Directory Information’

In-brief: Colleges in the U.S. give away personally identifying data on millions of students each year as unregulated “directory information.” Job 1 when arriving on campus: opting out and protecting your data.

Colleges, universities and K-12 schools collect lots of personal data on students. But how well do they protect it?  (Image: Yale University. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress.)

OSINT University: are Colleges and Universities protecting Student Data?

In-brief: Colleges and universities collect reams of student data – including personally identifying information- as part of their student “directory” files. They then distribute it to – basically – whomever asks. In this podcast, we talk with researcher Leah Figueroa who has researched the issue. Also: where are all those Devil’s Ivy attacks? And: companies are desperate for tools and talent to beat back sophisticated threats. Is artificial intelligence the answer? We talk with Endgame about the results of a new survey. 

FedEx said the Petya malware outbreak in its TNT subsidiary in June cost the company $300 million and will cause it to miss its fiscal first quarter earnings.

Petya-Bitten Subsidiary will materially impact FedEx

In-brief: FedEx said its TNT subsidiary was still relying on manual processes more than a week after it was ravaged by the Petya wiper malware. The attack will materially impact the company’s financial performance in 2018, FedEx said in a filing with the SEC.