Predicting Drive Failures | TechSNAP 136

Predicting Drive Failures | TechSNAP 136

Preventing data at rest from rotting, Microsoft puts out the warning signal on RC4, and the International Space Station gets infected by malware.

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6 in 10 malware analysts in US have investigated or addressed a data breach that was never disclosed by their company

  • “The independent blind survey of 200 security professionals dealing with malware analysis within U.S. enterprises was conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of ThreatTrack Security in October 2013”
  • “These results indicate that known data breaches may be significantly underreported and are putting customers and partners at risk”
  • “according the survey, companies with more than 500 employees are even more likely to have had an unreported breach”
  • A device used by a member of senior management is most likely to be infected by:
  • Clicking on a malicious link in a phishing email (56%)
  • Allowing a family member to use a company-owned device (45%)
  • Visiting a pornographic website (40%)
  • Installing a malicious mobile app (33%)
  • “When asked to identify the most difficult aspects of defending their companies\’ networks from advanced malware, 67% said the complexity of malware is a chief factor; 67% said the volume of malware attacks; and 58% cited the ineffectiveness of anti-malware solutions.”

Microsoft tells developers to drop RC4 from their applications

International Space Station infected by malware

  • The Malware came aboard on a USB stick carried by a Russian Astronaut
  • “Kaspersky revealed that Russian astronauts carried a removable device into space which infected systems on the space station. He did not elaborate on the impact of the infection on operations of the International Space Station (ISS).”
  • “Kaspersky said he had been told that from time to time there were \”virus epidemics\” on the station.”
  • Until recently, the dozens of laptops on the ISS all ran Windows XP
  • Kaspersky also revealed that an unnamed Russian nuclear facility, which is also cut off from the public internet, was infected with the infamous Stuxnet malware.
  • “Russian security expert Eugene Kaspersky has also told journalists that the infamous Stuxnet had infected an unnamed Russian nuclear plant and that in terms of cyber-espionage \”all the data is stolen globally… at least twice.\””
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