Cyber Security News & Trends – 03-15-19


This week, vote for SonicWall in 2019 CRN Channel Madness, Facebook suffers an outage worldwide, and one U.S. County pays a $400,000 ransom.

SonicWall Spotlight

SonicWall’s HoJin Kim has been nominated in the 2019 CRN Channel Madness Tournament.

  • CRN’s fifth annual Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs pits some of the channel’s best-known executives against in each other. Vote for HoJin Kim now!

SonicWall Launches Security Solutions for Wireless Networks, Cloud Apps and Endpoints – CRN (India)

  • SonicWall’s Debasish Mukherjee is quoted talking about the release of new SonicWall products and the expansion possibilities for SonicWall in the Indian market.

SonicWall Now a California Multiple Award Schedule (CMAS) Vendor – SonicWall Blog

  • Being a CMAS vendor allows SonicWall to support K-12 education through the E-rate program, a Federal funding program that allows technology products and services to be purchased by school districts and libraries.

Cyber Security News

Hackers Use Slack to Hide Malware Communications – CSO Online

  • Cyberattackers have been using a previously undocumented backdoor program to launch an attack on users of Slack. A fully patched computer will prevent the attack but in cases where the exploit runs successfully it triggers a damaging multi-stage infection.

Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Calls for ‘Fight’ Against Hacking and Abuse on its 30th Birthday – CNN

  • On the 30th anniversary of its launch, the inventor of the world wide web called out three major “sources of dysfunction” affecting it; deliberate malicious intent, system design and the unintended negative consequences of benevolent design.

Facebook’s Daylong Malfunction Is a Reminder of the Internet’s Fragility – New York Times

  • A technical error by Facebook led to a worldwide outage that affected Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. The New York Times looks at how the more tightly woven a computer network becomes, the more likely it is that a small problem can grow into a large one.

Applicant Data Hacked and Ransomed at Three U.S. Colleges – Fortune

  • Three U.S. colleges recently suffered successful ransomware attacks. The hackers were able to fool college staff members into handing over passwords and then took control of databases that housed student applicant information.

Hackers Cop a FILA Thousands of UK Card Deets After Slinking Onto Clothing Brand’s Servers – The Register (UK)

  • Sportswear brand FILA are the latest company to suffer from a damaging malware infection with an attack similar to Magecart infecting card payments on their website.

US Senators Want to Know How Many Times They’ve Been Hacked – ZDNet

  • Two US senators have requested the US Senate Sergeant at Arms to provide each senator with both annual statistics about cyberattacks and a commitment to disclosing breaches within five days of discovery.

Georgia County Pays a Whopping $400,000 to Get Rid of a Ransomware Infection – ZDNet

  • Officials in Jackson County, Georgia, negotiated with cybercriminals to pay a $400,000 ransom after being successfully infected with ransomware.

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