Weekly News Roundup March 1-6, 2020

Posted on by Kacy Zurkus

Can you believe it’s been a week since we were all gathered together in San Francisco at RSA Conference 2020? As I read through my LinkedIn feed, I am excited to see that many folks are looking to hold on to that community engagement and continue the conversations that started at Conference.

Even if you were momentarily swept away by the magic of Penn & Teller, we realize that many attendees were never really “away” from work. Fortunately, though, some of you were able to spend time networking with cohorts and colleagues, sharing not only your experiences but how you can apply what you learned in your own security organizations.

Now it’s back to the grind, and hopefully some of what you’ve learned has helped you augment your security strategies, because critical flaws and threats continue to present challenges. We’ve made session slides and recordings available on our website for both Conference attendees and the entire global cybersecurity community to enhance their learning.

Here’s a look at some cybersecurity issues that have made headlines this week.

Mar. 6: Accenture announced it acquired the cyber-defense consultancy Context Information Security, which has handled “some of the most advanced incident response cases in the industry,” according to a press release.

Mar. 6: Infosecurity Magazine reported new Stalkerware statistics from Kaspersky that found, “the number of users targeted by these malicious surveillance apps jumped 91% from 2018 to 2019, while the global figure was 67%.”

Mar. 6: Echoing the concerns of the FBI, Microsoft has also warned of a “significant and growing” threat from a particular ransomware that can reportedly be prevented.

Mar. 5: After experiencing what it called “security issues,” Tesco released a security warning and issued new cards to 600,000 Clubcard account holders.

Mar. 5: Cisco Systems released patches for two high-severity vulnerabilities in Webex Player and Webex Network Recording Player, Threatpost reported.

Mar. 5: In this first week of March, three enterprises—J.Crew, T-Mobile and Carnival—disclosed that an unknown number of customer accounts had been illegally compromised by an unauthorized party.

Mar. 4: Indian police raided a call center in the Gurugram suburb of Delhi, which was alleged to have been scamming victims in the UK, America and Australia—charging them hundreds of pounds to “fix” their computers.

Mar. 4: The Cybersecurity 202 reported that a “slew of serious technical glitches” left many Super Tuesday voters frustrated.

Mar. 4: While 44% of small businesses will reportedly invest more in IoT connected devices, only 20% said they have plans to invest in cybersecurity software, according to a CNBC survey.

Mar. 3: Shark Tank® judge Barbara Corcoran was reportedly able to get back the $400,000 she lost after her bookkeeper fell victim to a phishing scam.

Mar. 3: The US Food and Drug Administration released a warning to “patients, health care providers and manufacturers about a set of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, referred to as “SweynTooth,” that—if exploited—may introduce risks for certain medical devices.”

Mar. 2: Government officials issued a statement ahead of the Super Tuesday primary elections advising, “A well-informed and vigilant republic is the best defense against disinformation,” The Hill reported.

Kacy Zurkus

Senior Content Manager, RSA Conference

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