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The Tanium 10 for the week ending June 23, 2017:
- With great power comes great responsibility. The Mexican government bought advanced smartphone spyware, promising to only use it against terrorists and drug cartels. Instead, they targeted human rights lawyers, journalists, and anti-corruption activists.
- Meanwhile, back in Washington D.C., President Donald Trump convened top tech executives from Apple, Amazon, and Google. The President called for a “sweeping transformation of the federal government’s technology.”
- Are you doing IT training wrong? New research says teaching mindfulness is more effective than a straightforward, structured approach to spotting phishing techniques.
- A loophole in U.S. breach reporting rules allows some ransomware attacks on hospitals to go unreported, according to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required). Why is this concerning? Because hospitals which may be vulnerable to the same attacks will have little warning. And healthcare is a juicy target: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says it faces 500 million hack attempts each week.
- Long read of the week: Wired on “How An Entire Nation Became Russia’s Test Lab For Cyberwar.”
- Some good news, finally: the average total cost of a data breach globally declined slightly last year, for the first time. While the strong dollar was a factor, the report also suggests investing in prevention and detection has made an impact.
- Next time you find yourself Googling medical conditions, you may want to activate private browsing to fend off nosy digital onlookers. At least one company tracks and identifies people by the health conditions they look up online and then targets them with (snail)mailed letters offering the chance to participate in clinical studies.
- Biometrics, photon communicators, and virtual networks. Are these technologies the future of military IT?
- Hackers would love to tap into the supercomputers powering the world’s largest particle collider. Here’s how CERN’s cybersecurity team is trying to stay ahead.
- Post-Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency still hasn’t adequately closed the gaps in its armor that made sensitive intelligence vulnerable.
And another thing…
Do you own your iPhone, or does your iPhone own you? This is one of the many existential questions raised in an LA Times OpEd celebrating the ubiquitous device’s 10th birthday.
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