Finland Fighting Fake News Through Education(May 21, 2019)
In 2014, the Finnish government introduced an initiative to fight fake news. The initiative includes awareness and education; schools teach digital literacy and critical thinking about misinformation. Finland’s President has called on all citizens to take responsibility to fight false information.
Moody’s Downgrades Equifax Rating Outlook Over Cyberattack(May 23, 2019)
Moody’s has downgraded its rating outlook for Equifax from stable to negative due to losses the company sustained as a result of the massive data security breach in 2017. The revised outlook came in response to Equifax’s SEC filing earlier this month. This is the first time a credit-rating agency has downgraded an organization’s outlook because of the financial repercussions of a cyberattack.
Read more in:
– www.scmagazine.com: In a first, Moody’s downgrades Equifax’s rating outlook due to cyberattack
Two Thousand Four Hundred U.S. College Students Reach the Scholarship Round in the Governors’ Cyber FastTrack
On Wednesday, 2,400 students were notified they had reached the Cyber FastTrack scholarship round where they compete for $2.5 million in scholarships for studies at their colleges and for advanced SANS courses. Twenty-five state governors launched Cyber FastTrack on April 5 as the first step in a national initiative to close the US cybersecurity skills gap. Cyber FastTrack gives every college student in each of the governors’ states a way to “play a game” to discover their aptitude to excel in the field. More than 13,000 students played and employers across the country have committed to interview the high scorers for internships and jobs.
BlueKeep Windows Remote Desktop Protocol Vulnerability(May 23, 2019)
Last week, Microsoft issued a patch for a critical input validation flaw in the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). The presence of the flaw, known as BlueKeep, is generating warnings to patch vulnerable systems. BlueKeep can be exploited with no end-user interaction. Microsoft deemed the flaw serious enough to issue fixes for older, unsupported versions of Windows, including XP, 2003, and Vista. The issue does not affect Windows 8 or Windows 10.
Read more in:
– isc.sans.edu: An Update on the Microsoft Windows RDP “Bluekeep” Vulnerability (CVE-2019-0708) [now with pcaps]
– arstechnica.com: Why a Windows flaw patched nine days ago is still spooking the Internet