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Risk Radar Free Cyber Newsletter – Aug 29, 2017

Cyber Security Newsletter

Emergent threats, trends, and news annotated by some of the most well known and respected experts in the industry.

Phishers Plumb the Depths of Hurricane Harvey’s
The nature of humanity is on display when it comes to responses to Harvey. While many are looking to help, some are looking to scam the people that want to help.  Domains have been registered for use in phishing emails. The article covers safe ways to donate to the Harvey recovery.
Critical infrastructure not ready for DDoS attacks: FOI data report
Like the U.S. the UK’s critical infrastructure systems are vulnerable to DDoS attacks. The worrisome thing is the lack of security is due to not implementing basic security policies. The problems this poses to UK infrastructure is serious, disruptions of critical services are a real concern.
Discoveries of new Mac malware reach unprecedented levels in 2017, analysis shows
As Mac’s continue to grow in popularity the possibility of being a target of malware grows also. Malwarebytes has issued a report showing accelerated malware growth on Macs in 2017 compared to 2016. The report is predicting the Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP) will show a big uptick in 2018 on macs. No matter what OS you are using it pays to be cautious.
Banner Day for Botnets: 1,700 IoT Credentials Leaked
A list of login credentials for IoT devices has showed up on Pastbin. Open telnet servers and factory default login/password combos were present on many of the devices. It is a snapshot of the whole of IoT devices, but we can expect to see similar issues on the remaining IoT devices.
Mayweather-McGregor Match Draws Millions to Illegal, Pirated Streams
I don’t know if the fight lived up to the hype, but many internet users were trying to find illegal streams to the fight. The battle to stop illegal streams of high profile events is likely to increase as we go forward.
Study, dark web vendors taking precautions after AlphaBay and Hansa takedowns
First Silk Road was taken down, recently AlphaBay and Hansa have been taken down. These recent events are producing some interesting changes in the dark web as new sites are made and users move over. The article makes the case that recent take downs of these sites is slowly reducing the number of people of on these type of sites.