Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology, Amy Krohn delivers the following recap of the cybersecurity happenings for March 2017.
Industrial Sector Becoming a Common Target for Attacks: According to Kaspersky Labs, the industrial sector is increasingly becoming a common target. This information is based on data collected by the company in the second half of 2016. The problem is the devices used by network administrators, developers and contractors can freely connect to the Internet, and there is the vulnerability. For email, hackers use common topics (e.g. UPS, bank messages) to send the malware. Be on the lookout for documents like Word, NSIS, AutoCAD, HTML, Java, BAT, PDF and Excel files. Run a virus scan first before opening.
Apple Patches Hundreds of Vulnerabilities Across Product Lines: On March 27, 2017, Apple released security patches for its macOS and macOS Server, iOS, watchOS, tvOS, Safari, and Pages, to address over 200 vulnerabilities.
Google Researcher Finds New Flaw in LastPass: Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy has identified yet another serious vulnerability in the LastPass browser extension. The developers of the password manager are aware of the flaw and are working on a patch.
FBI Warns Healthcare Industry of FTP Attacks: FBI warns the healthcare industry that threat actors are targeting FTP servers that have anonymous authentication enabled. Talk to your System Administrators about the disable methods.
Botnet Pummels Retail Websites in Hunt for Gift Card Balances: A recently discovered Internet bot is conducting sustained attacks against retailers and checking millions of gift card numbers to determine if any have balances, Distil Networks researchers warn.
CIA’s Mac, iPhone Vulnerabilities Already Patched: Apple’s initial analysis shows that the iPhone and Mac exploits disclosed by the website WikiLeaks have already been patched, and Apple told WikiLeaks to submit vulnerabilities through the normal process.
About Veracity Consulting
Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.
We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Management and Analytics, Strategy and Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, and Security.
About Amy Krohn
Amy Krohn has served as a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years. Her areas of expertise include leading organizations and companies in executive leadership, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, as a mentor, leadership development, organizational change management, delivery management, vendor management, service management, and process improvements. Amy currently serves as Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology.