Weekly updates: Top of The News

Coronavirus: More Companies Backing Out of RSA Conferences

AT&T Cybersecurity and Verizon have decided not to attend the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week, citing concerns about the coronavirus. IBM announced its decision not to attend RSA on February 15. The conference is taking place this week as scheduled. Sony and Facebook’s Oculus have pulled out of the Game Developer Conference scheduled for March 16-20 in San Francisco. Coronavirus worries have already caused the cancellation of the World Mobile Congress that was to have taken place in in Barcelona February 24-27. Black Hat Asia 2020 has been postponed to fall 2020, and Cisco has cancelled its Cisco Live! Conference that was scheduled to be held in Melbourne, Australia early next month.

Read more in:
– www.scmagazine.com: AT&T, Verizon join RSA exodus over Coronavirus fears

Car Thieves Disabling OnStar, Replacing Vehicle Computers(February 11, 2020)
 In “a recent string of stolen Chevrolet Silverado pickups,” thieves disabled the OnStar anti-theft technology almost immediately, reducing the likelihood of the vehicles’ recovery. Surveillance video has shown how fast the thieves operate – pop the lock, open the hood, change the computer, and disable OnStar tracking.
Read more in:
– gmauthority.com
: Chevrolet Silverado Thieves Disable OnStar Tracking

Median Dwell Time for Breaches is Falling Worldwide

According to the M-Trends 2020 Report, the global median “dwell time” – the time from initial intrusion to detection – fell from 78 days to 56 days in just one year. The report also found that while intrusions are being detected more quickly, they are more often discovered by third parties rather than internally.

Read more in:
– content.fireeye.com: M-Trends 2020 (PDF)
– www.zdnet.com: Cybersecurity: Hacking victims are uncovering cyberattacks faster – and GDPR is the reason why

U.S. Defense of Department DISA Breach Exposed PII of 200,000 People(February 20 & 24, 2020)
 The US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has acknowledged a network breach that compromised the personal information of at least 200,000 individuals. On February 11, 2020, DISA sent letters to the people whose data were compromised, telling them that the breach occurred between May and June 2019. DISA secures and manages White House communications.
Read more in:
– threatpost.com: Data Breach Occurs at Agency in Charge of Secure White House Communications

Wyden Pushing for Release of ShiftState Voatz Audit Results

US Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) is asking a company that conducted an audit on the Voatz mobile voting app to disclose the results. While ShiftState’s audit gave Voatz “high marks,” researchers at MIT recently published a paper enumerating security concerns present in Voatz. Specifically, Wyden wants to know how many “ShiftState personnel that audited Voatz [have] experience in election security, cryptographic protocol design and analysis, side channel analysis, and blockchain security;” whether ShiftState detected the same flaws the MIT researchers found; and whether the company agrees or disagrees with the MIT findings and why.

Read more in:
– www.meritalk.com
: Sen. Wyden Questions ShiftState on Voatz Audit


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