Weekly Recap of Cybersecurity News 11/3

In case you missed it, here are some of the biggest stories in cybersecurity from the past week!


Data Breaches Rose By 164% in First Half Of 2017
Data protection systems were a sieve in the first half of this year, according to a study by Gemalto, a digital security firm based in Europe. Read More


Malicious URL Emails Soar 600% in Q3
The volume of malicious emails blocked in Q3 climbed by 85%, versus the previous three months, with ransomware by far the most common threat according to new data from Proofpoint. Read More


Health-Care Industry Increasingly Faces Cybersecurity Breaches
The scenarios are chilling: A busy hospital suddenly cannot use any of its electronic medical records or other computerized systems. The victim of a ransomware attack, the hospital will not regain access without paying those who locked down the records — if at all. Read More


Bug in Google’s Bug Tracker Lets Researcher Access List of Company’s Vulnerabilities
A series of bugs allowed hackers to snoop into one of Google’s most sensitive internal systems. Read More


Equifax breach puts new energy into data legislation
The congressional itch to “do something” on cybersecurity is especially pronounced after the Equifax breach, but whether lawmakers will go large, small or not at all is decidedly unclear. Read More


Web Attacks Spike in Financial Industry
Web application compromise beats human error as the top data breach cause, putting finance companies at risk for larger attacks, according to a new study. Read More


Day trader made $700,000 in a scheme targeting hacked online brokerage accounts, prosecutors say
A Pennsylvania resident describing himself as a day trader piggybacked off trades made in hacked brokerage accounts to generate $700,000 of illicit profit, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn and the Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday. Read More


Malaysia data breach comprises 46.2M mobile numbers
Suspected to have originated from a 2014 attack, the breach is estimated to affect 46.2 million mobile numbers and compromise data such as home addresses and SIM card information. Read More


A surge of sites and apps are exhausting your CPU to mine cryptocurrency
The Internet is awash with covert crypto currency miners that bog down computers and even smartphones with computationally intensive math problems called by hacked or ethically questionable sites. Read More


Biggest 2017 Data Breaches and What We Can Learn From Them
As bad as 2016 was for cybersecurity, 2017 data breaches might just set a record for online crime. Read More


Apple Warned Over Evil Wi-Fi Attack That Installs Malware On An iPhone
Apple’s security team is having a busy week thanks to Wi-Fi issues. First, it patched the scary KRACK vulnerability revealed in October to have exposed Wi-Fi encryption. And now researchers from Tencent’s Keen Lab have just shown off a hack that took advantage of four bugs to run malware on an iPhone 7 running the latest operating system, iOS 11.1, again via Wi-Fi. Read More


Ukraine says NotPetya hackers likely behind BadRabbit malware
Hackers behind the NotPetya virus that hit Ukraine and spread around the world in June probably also designed malware called BadRabbit used in a more recent strike, a Ukrainian presidency official said on Tuesday. Read More


Oracle pushes out emergency fix for remote system hijack vulnerability
The vulnerability, as bad as it gets, allows attackers to remotely take over enterprise software without authentication. Read More


Here’s How Much Hilton Will Pay to Settle Data Breach Inquires
Hilton Worldwide agreed to pay $700,000 and bolster security to resolve probes into two data breaches that exposed more than 363,000 credit card numbers, the attorneys general of New York and Vermont announced on Tuesday. Read More


Lawmakers Release New Data On Kremlin-Linked Facebook Ads
Lawmakers on Wednesday publicly released a sample of the 3,000 Facebook advertisements purchased by Kremlin-linked actors designed to sow political and social division in the U.S. and interfere with the 2016 presidential election. Read More