Risk Radar Free Cyber Security Newsletter – Feb. 16, 2016

Bipartisan House Bill Will Seek To Prevent States From Mandating Encryption Backdoors
The encryption backdoor issue gets more interesting as the House of Representatives introduces a bill preventing state mandated encryption backdoors. This is in response to the bills that California and New York have introduced requiring encryption backdoors. This brings up some interesting state’s rights questions.


Power Grid Honeypot Puts Face on Attacks
A Power grid honeypot has shown attacking power grids is a complicated attack. A researcher at Kaspersky Lab Security Analyst Summit goes into details of a sophisticated attack. There are state actors that have the resources and skills to do these attacks, but it is not an attack that most NSA hackers can pull off.


Skimmers Hijack ATM Network Cables
Have you noticed telephone or Ethernet cables going into an ATM and it concerned you? You were right to be concerned. Brian Krebs goes over some of the new attacks hackers are using to go beyond the normal magnetic strip card attacks. The article lays out things to watch for with ATM’s, one of the main ones is to just move on to another ATM if it doesn’t look right.


Don’t Set Your iPhone Back to 1970, No Matter What
Setting the date on your iPhone to 1970 will turn your new phone into a brick. Why would you set the date to 1970 on your iPhone? The article covers a hidden Easter egg lie to tempt you into doing this date reset. You will need a trip to the Apple store, maybe even a new phone to fix the problem.


7 Android tools that can help your personal security
Here is an interesting article covering seven tools you can layer to make your Android phone more secure.  These steps go beyond just installing a malware-scanning suite like Lookout, Norton, or AVG. The seven steps include native apps and some third-party apps. Having additional security layers is a good thing on Android phones.


It’s official: Older versions of IE are now at risk
This week Microsoft withheld security updates on old versions of Internet Explorer. Microsoft has warned users of this security change back in 2014. Hopefully users and companies have moved off of these old IE versions. If you are using an old version of IE you will need to move IE11 or Edge browsers.