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The Tanium 10 for the week ending July 14, 2017:
- Hackers have set their sights on nuclear power stations and other energy facilities and manufacturing plants, according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These hackers, possibly state-sponsored, used highly targeted spearphishing tactics to email fake resumes containing malware to senior industrial control engineers working at these critical industrial systems. It is unclear whether the goal is espionage or damage.
- Are you a good manager? One in three tech employees say their boss has a negative impact on company culture. Communication is the No. 1 skill employees want managers to improve on.
- Despite namesake CEO Eugene Kaspersky’s fervent denials, Bloomberg obtained emails showing Kaspersky Lab has a closer working relationship with Russian intelligence than previously admitted—including reportedly having developed security technology at the request of state security organization FSB. The company complains it is a “pawn” in the larger geopolitical fight between Russia and the United States.
- Oh, the irony: the CEO of Sweden’s largest security firm had his identity stolen and was declared bankrupt before he even realized what had happened.
- Work-from-home privileges are more common than ever, but permanent telecommuting may be going out of style.
- Nearly 20% of U.S. federal employees say their government agency still relies primarily on paper records. How very 20th century.
- Web-based companies from Google and Facebook to Snapchat and PornHub protested plans to roll back rules protecting “net neutrality” with a “Day of Action” on Wednesday.
- It was a busy week for data breach news. Up to 6 million Verizon subscriber records were exposed on an unprotected Amazon S3 storage server controlled by Israeli-based Nice Systems. Also, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos and Loews Hotels informed customers that they may have had their credit card information stolen by hackers in a breach of a third-party reservation software service.
- Electronic health records pioneer Neal Patterson died on Sunday at age 67 due to complications of cancer. As the CEO of Cerner for 38 years, Patterson helped shape the computerization of hospital records and became a billionaire as his company capitalized on the trend.
- The first wirelessly charging laptop will run you $1,750.
And another thing…
Beam me up, Scotty: Chinese scientists set a new record by teleporting tiny photons from Earth to a satellite 300 miles away in space. Star Trek-like human teleporters are still a distant dream.
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