The Tanium 10: Must See TV: Mr. Robot | Is Hacking A New Olympic Event?

Susan Nunziata Posted on 10.13.17 — by Susan Nunziata

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The Tanium 10

The Tanium 10 for the week ending October 13, 2017:

  1. Shameless Tanium Plug, Mr. Robot Edition: Did you happen to catch the season premiere of Mr. Robot on USA Network this week? Please indulge us in a wee bit of self-congratulation. We couldn’t be more proud of Ryan Kazanciyan, Tanium’s chief security architect, who serves as a technical consultant on the show. Read Ryan’s story about how each hack is crafted on the show.
  2. The latest example of fact being more fascinating than fiction involves the Israeli intelligence officers who tracked Russian hackers as they were searching computers around the world for the code names of American intelligence programs. The hackers were allegedly using an improvised search tool based on anti-virus software from the Russia-based company Kaspersky Lab. We can’t make this stuff up…
  3. Tensions on the Korean peninsula ratcheted up another notch after a breach of South Korea’s military database was uncovered. (Note: registration required to view the full article.)
  4. About 10 million people use Google’s Chrome browser and extensions. So when we learn 37,000 downloaded a fake Adblock Plus extension, who can blame us for wondering if that number is merely a drop in the bucket. The potential for more far-reaching, far worse security issues kinda makes our heads hurt. Just sayin’.
  5. U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticized U.S. tech companiesfor building strongly encrypted products. He suggested the firms are putting sales ahead of stopping crime. It’s part of a long-running debate about strong encryption, pitting the U.S.Department of Justice against those who object to the idea of giving the government a “backdoor” to access people’s devices and applications.
  6. Next year’s Winter Olympics could be a venue for “digital manipulations” given the amount of hackable technology employed at sporting events. Researchers from the University of California suggest a setting like the Games lends itself to cyber-mischief, and more.
  7. Is privacy dead in the online world? The BBC posed that question to four experts. Ben Wizner, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, asks us to consider the cost of giving up privacy. Former Amazon chief scientist Andreas Weigend opines that “privacy is an illusion.” Sven Eckhart, a German journalist, points to how easy it is to get other people’s information. Privacy International’s Gus Hosein says taking privacy and security more seriously is a necessity.
  8. Cybersecurity expert Kirstjen Nielsen was nominated to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She is currently deputy to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, and previously served in that role when Kelly ran the DHS.
  9. DefCon’s Voter Village, a gathering of hackers who got to mess with electronic voting machines, raises questions about the trustworthiness of machines that are assembled using parts made in other countries. The findings from the three-day Voter Village event increase the urgency to secure U.S. voting systems before the 2018 midterm elections.
  10. Attendees to the CyberSec European Cybersecurity Forum heard Sir Julian King, European Commissioner for the United Kingdom Security Union, admonish Internet of Things (IoT) manufacturers for forgetting about security.

And another thing…

In Switzerland, they flush money down the drain. Literally. Researchers found 3 metric tons of silver and 43 kilograms of gold — amounting to $3.1 million — in the country’s wastewater plants.

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