The Tanium 10: 143 Million U.S. Consumers May Be Affected By Breach

Susan Nunziata Posted on 09.08.17 — by Susan Nunziata

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The Tanium 10

The Tanium 10 for the week ending September 8, 2017:

  1. A European Union cybersecurity report due later this month calls for increasing technology investments and improving cooperation among law enforcement agencies to halt incoming attacks.
  2. More than 143 million U.S. consumers may have had their birth dates and social security numbers exposed in the Equifax breach announced Thursday. The intrusion, which was enabled by a website vulnerability, was discovered July 29. If this news hasn’t sent you scurrying to review all your company’s websites, the discovery of a critical remote code execution vulnerability in Apache Struts just might. According to security researchers at lgtm.com, all versions of Struts since 2008 are affected and all web applications using the framework’s popular REST plugin are vulnerable.
  3. Are programmers the new blue-collar workers?
  4. A Symantec report reveals malicious email campaigns have been used to gain entry into the operational networks of energy organizations in the United States, Turkey, and Switzerland, and likely other countries well. While early reports identified the activity as a dramatic escalation by the hacking group known as Dragonfly, other researchers said it was unlikely the attacks could be used to cause widespread blackouts.
  5. Researchers have created a Mirai malware vaccine to protect Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
  6. A survey of 36,000 Millennial workers from across the technology sector reveals nearly one in five 18- to 35-year-olds (19%) think their job will be replaced by a robot in the next 10 years. All hail our robot overlords.
  7. From ridesharing to artificial intelligence: Uber Engineering unveiled Michaelangelo, its machine learning-as-a-service platform. Uber is not the only large company creating in-house machine learning platforms. Airbnb, AWS, and Google are among those making major ML strides.
  8. UK universities are being breached by cyber hackers hundreds of times every single year. In 2016-2017 so far, there have been 1,152 intrusions into U.K. university networks, with thieves looking to steal information on defense technologies as well as research into novel fuels and better batteries. Universities have become significant targets due to the amount of intellectual property they own. Oxford, Warwick, and University College London have all suffered cyber hacks that aimed to steal research data and documents.
  9. As any parent knows, Legos come with big storage requirements. Apparently, so do Lego movies. The 3D animated film The Lego Movie required the storage of 345 terabytes of data, and subsequent sequels had similar demands. Fans will have to wait until 2019 for the next installment in the Lego movie franchise. Despite the big-screen fame, Lego is struggling with declining sales and has announced plans to cut 8% of its workforce.  
  10. How much time do you spend managing your technology vendors? A recent survey of 240 IT professionals found that 47% of respondents are managing more than 10 vendors, while 57% said they’re spending more time wrangling vendors than they did a mere two years ago.

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