Internet attack technology is diversifying, making it harder to counter, and other news

Security

Here’s more information about the political background of Solarwinds: DOJ: Hackers behind SolarWinds attacks targeted federal prosecutors


The expansion of ransomware is driven through well-known vectors Ransomware: These are the two most common ways hackers get inside your network as well as through innovation:

This unusual malware attack can go from first contact to launching ransomware in just 48 hours with new attackers entering the fray: Haron and BlackMatter are the latest groups to crash the ransomware party. And expertise is required to join the party: McAfee: Babuk ransomware decryptor causes encryption 'beyond repair'


Beyond ransomware, the scope and the kinds of attacks are evolving rapidly:


with new attacks affecting thousands of users:

Some of the targets are commercial: Phishers targeting everyone, from sales staff to C-suite execs while others focus on government: Here's 30 servers Russian intelligence uses to fling malware at the West, beams RiskIQ


As we know well, IT leaders put growth over security, survey finds, which leads to the fact that the Average time to fix high severity vulnerabilities grows from 197 days to 246 days in 6 months: report. While it had been unavailable for a while, PunkSpider -- the Search Engine for Web Exploits -- Rises ... This should help fixing things, as well GitLab’s open source Package Hunter detects malicious code in dependencies. In addition, Biden orders CISA and NIST to develop cybersecurity performance goals for critical infrastructure


Privacy


Even though Facebook is enjoying more ad revenue than ever , they warn of ‘headwinds’ to its ad business from regulators and Apple It’s not enough that individuals engage in disinformation, there is now Disinformation for hire: PR firms are the new battleground for Facebook


Apple supports privacy on mobile phones, but does not extend this drive to their browser: The Privacy Battle That Apple Isn’t Fighting


Google Will Require All Apps on the Play Store to Have a Privacy Policy Starting in April 2022 but will they demand actual privacy controls?


Amazon is expanding their surveillance technologies from Ring to Halo, including that Amazon will pay you $10 in credit for your palm print biometrics, leading 48 Advocacy Groups Call on the FTC to Ban Amazon Surveillance

As Marketing automation is key to reducing workloads, Zapier says users will have to use automation to delete the increased automated spam.


While many people might agree with Snowden: People Who Bankroll the Spyware Industry Should Be in Prison, is he the right person to advocate jailing people?



Regulation & Antitrust


As the largest fine it received, Amazon handed record $888 million fine from EU data privacy watchdog. Furthering privacy down under, there is New Aussie legislation to target use of personal information by social media


Antitrust is getting increasing public focus: State attorneys general will appeal dismissal of Facebook antitrust suit and Microsoft is facing a subpoena for millions of documents in Google’s antitrust case


As the App Stores have become controlling gateways to the mobile platforms Elon Musk calls Apple’s App Store fees ‘a de facto global tax on the Internet’ It’s not clear that Google Play is much different, though.


With the horse being out of the barn, so to speak, on social media and mobile platforms, it might be good to focus on AI before Big Tech can build new walled gardens: Biden’s ‘Antitrust Revolution’ Overlooks AI—at Americans’ Peril

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