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Recent articles by Zack:

Marriott says 5.2 million guest records stolen in another data breach

Marriott has confirmed a second data breach in three years — this time involving the personal information on 5.2 million guests. The hotel giant said Tuesday it discovered the breach of an unspecified property system at a franchise hotel in late February. The hackers obtained the login details of two employees, a hotel statement said, […] → Read More

Saudi spies tracked phones using flaws the FCC failed to fix for years –

One lawmaker on the Senate Intelligence Committee put the blame firmly at the FCC's door. → Read More

A Norwegian school quit Zoom after a naked man ‘guessed’ the meeting link

Last year researchers showed how meeting IDs could be easily guessed or enumerated. → Read More

Better know a CSO: Indiana University Health’s Mitch Parker –

Mitch Parker has one of Indiana’s most critical jobs. As chief information security officer for Indiana University Health, Parker oversees cybersecurity for more than 30,000 employees at 18 hospitals across the state, along with countless numbers of computers, workstations and medical devices, making it the largest health system in Indiana — and the United States. […] → Read More

Microsoft says hackers are attacking Windows users with a new unpatched bug

Microsoft says attackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed security vulnerability found in all supported versions of Windows, including Windows 10. But the software giant said there is currently no patch for the vulnerability. The security flaw, which Microsoft deems “critical” — its highest severity rating — is found in how Windows handles and renders fonts, […] → Read More

Justice Dept. files its first coronavirus takedown: a bogus vaccine website

Prosecutors said the site tries to "profit from the confusion and widespread fear" surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

US State Department issues unprecedented ‘do not travel’ warning over coronavirus

It comes as the number of coronavirus infections jumped overnight. → Read More

Charter staff told to report to offices despite positive coronavirus tests –

Exclusive: Two positive COVID-19 tests, but Charter staff are still forbidden to work from home. → Read More

Hackers hit NutriBullet website with credit card-stealing malware

The security researcher who found the card stealing malware said hackers still have access to Nutribullet's infrastructure. → Read More

Staff angered as Charter prohibits working from home despite spread of coronavirus

Exclusive: CEO said in an email that staff are "more effective" working from the office, despite coronavirus concerns. → Read More

Microsoft Teams goes down — just as everyone starts working from home

Microsoft Teams is down. Perfect timing, as some might say, given that pretty much everyone who uses Microsoft Teams who can work from home is currently not working at all. The technology giant left a cryptic message — which at least is more than its users can do right now — on Twitter, stating that […] → Read More

Insight Partners sells security firm Checkmarx to Hellman & Friedman for $1.15B –

Checkmarx, an Israeli security company acquired in 2015 by private equity firm Insight Partners with an $84 million investment, was sold today to Hellman & Friedman, another private equity firm at a valuation of $1.15B. Nice little profit there, and the company will continue to hold a minority investment in the firm. Checkmarx is one […] → Read More

US slashes federal interest rates in response to the coronavirus pandemic –

The Federal Reserve announced today that it has slashed interest rates as part of an effort to stabilize the economy following a rocky week on the financial markets. The bank’s Board of Governors cut interest rates to near zero, the second time that the central bank has cut interest rates in as many weeks. The Federal […] → Read More

UK is advising against all travel to the US amid the coronavirus pandemic –

The U.K. government is advising against all travel to the U.S. in response to the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Princess Cruises, hobbled by the coronavirus, admits data breach

The data breach occurred almost a year ago, a statement said. → Read More

Hackers are jumping on the COVID-19 pandemic to spread malware

Security firms say hackers are using the coronavirus pandemic to launch cyberattacks. → Read More

Maintain data security when staff is working from home –

The coronavirus pandemic has left governments floundering, businesses unprepared and citizens scrambling for hand sanitizer like it’s worth its weight in gold. The sense of general unpreparedness has a lot of people on edge. Not surprising, since we’re on the edge of a global health emergency and it’s impossible to predict exactly how government, travel […] → Read More

US is preparing to ban foreign-made drones from government use

Exclusive: The draft order cites Chinese-manufactured drones as a national security threat. → Read More

Talkspace threatened to sue a security researcher over bug report

The therapy app sent the security researcher a cease and desist letter for his blog post describing a website bug. → Read More

Secret document says WikiLeaks cable leaks disrupted tracking of nation-state hackers

The previously unseen 'secret' document reveals a rare link between the 2010 leak diplomatic cables and the China hacks against Google. → Read More