Cyber Security March 2018

This posting is here to collect security alert news in February 2018.

I post links to security vulnerability news to comments of this article.



  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Pirate Site Visits Lead to More Malware, Research Finds
    BY ERNESTO ON MARCH 18, 2018

    New research from Carnegie Mellon University reveals that more time spent on pirate sites increases the risk of running into malware. The same effect was not found for other categories, such as social networks, shopping or gambling sites. While the results show an increased threat, it’s doubtful that the absolute numbers will impress hardened pirates.

    In recent years copyright holders have been rather concerned with the health of pirates’ computers.

    They regularly highlight reports which show that pirate sites are rife with malware and even alert potential pirates-to-be about the dangers of these sites.

    The recent “Meet The Malwares” campaign, targeted at small children, went as far as claiming that pirate sites are the number one way through which this malicious software is spread. We debunked this claim, but it’s hard to deny that pirate sites have their downsides.

    Anti-Piracy Video Scares Kids With ‘Fake’ Malware Info

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cambridge Analytica’s Board Suspends CEO Nix Amid Inquiry

    Action comes after comments on U.K. Channel 4 News report
    Firm also under fire for harvesting data from Facebook users

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Privacy and security is important:

    Facebook has lost nearly $50 billion in market cap since the data scandal
    That’s the stock’s biggest-ever two-day drop.

    Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data debacle could be more damaging to the company than any of its other recent missteps.

    The news that the data analytics firm that helped Donald Trump get elected president was able to amass data on 50 million users without their permission has sent Facebook’s market value down nearly $50 billion since Friday. That’s the stock’s biggest two-day decline ever.

    There have been a number of reasons for shareholder concern.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Hackers gain access to 880K credit cards from Orbitz customers

    Another day, another breach. Today, online travel agency Orbitz disclosed that hackers managed to get both credit card data and personal information (though no Social Security numbers and passwords) from users who made their travel purchases on the site between January 1, 2016 and December 22, 2017. In total, the company says, that’s about 880,000 payment cards that were accessed from what the company calls a “legacy Orbitz platform.”

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Private Internet Access releases software as open source

    Private Internet Access, a company best known for its VPN Service of the same name, announced today that it started the process of releasing all of its software as open source.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Facebook is making it harder for developers to “steal” data, but what they should be doing is making it easier for users to delete their old data, e.g. everything over a year old. Currently you have to delete either your entire account or nothing at all.

    Facebook’s Zuckerberg Outlines Steps to Protect User Data

    Social network will audit all apps that had broad access
    Sandberg says she ‘deeply regrets’ company didn’t do more

    Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg outlined some concrete steps the social network will take to protect user data, his first public response to the crisis over Cambridge Analytica’s access to information from the platform.

    Zuckerberg laid out the timeline of events leading up to the current predicament, explaining what Facebook knew and when about Cambridge Analytica’s access to the data of 50 million users. The co-founder also said Facebook still hasn’t independently confirmed reports from news organizations over the weekend that kicked off the controversy.


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