The Tanium 10: HBO Hackers Target Game Of Thrones

Susan Nunziata Posted on 08.12.17 — by Susan Nunziata

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The Tanium 10

The Tanium 10 for the week ending August 11, 2017:

  1. Spoiler alert: Hackers are threatening to release upcoming Game of Thrones episodes if HBO doesn’t pay up. The episodes are reportedly part of the 1.5 TB of data stolen from the TV network. The hackers have already released scripts, emails, financial balance sheets, employment agreements, and other information.
  2. Developing a strong cybersecurity policy requires the right mindset. Here are nine do’s and don’ts.
  3. The U.S. Air Force uncovered a record 207 vulnerabilities in its major online systems during its latest Hack The Air Force bug bounty program. Unlike previous bug bounty programs, which were open only to Americans, Hack the Air Force also invited participants from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K.
  4. Businesses in the U.K. received a shock this week when the government announced plans to introduce a new Data Protection Bill. The goal is to bring the U.K. in line with the EU and implement GDPR legislation. This is the first time U.K. data protection laws have been updated since 1998. Some experts caution that many U.K. businesses are unprepared for the new rules — under which they could be fined 4% of global revenues for failing to identify cyber breaches on their systems.
  5. Is spending too much time on your smartphone killing your creativity? Here’s what the research says.
  6. Joe Paiva, CIO of the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, says the key to cutting wasteful IT spending is a government-wide adoption of cloud technology. In his eyes, the responsibility for pushing the adoption of Amazon or Microsoft cloud services falls on the CIO — “the future of the CIO is more of a trainer and an educator and less of a nerd.”
  7. Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Consumer Reports has some harsh words about Microsoft Surface.
  8. CIOs need to take charge of helping fellow C-level executives understand all the cybersecurity risks of enterprise IoT initiatives (free registration required).
  9. The guy responsible for saddling the world with kooky password requirements that confound us on a daily basis sends his regrets.
  10. Teach your kids some spreadsheets skills. It could end up boosting their college fund.

And another thing…

Scientists are unleashing artificial intelligence to speed up drug research in their battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating nerve condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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