4 Million Records Stolen – U.S. Office of Personnel Management Hacked!

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According to datalossdb.org, the U.S Department of the Interior, U.S. Office of Personnel Management lost 4 Million records from a massive data breach. Dataloss lists “At least 4 million names, dates and place of birth, Social Security numbers, benefit selections, job assignments, performance ratings and training information of current and former Federal employees compromised by hackers”. USNEWS.com wrote the following article about this breach found below (original post found HERE).  Continue reading

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Nasa and Verizon plan to monitor US drone network from phone towers

drone1Have you ever thought about building a drone? Or maybe buying one? Well according to a post on theguardian.com, Nasa may start monitoring your efforts using their own drone system. The original article can be found HERE. What is interesting is the massive increase in commercial drone usage. For example, check out this video about Lilly, a drone camera that will follow and film you HERE while you are doing outdoor activities such as snow boarding. How does Nasa plan to monitor these as they become more popular?  I feel like that drone scene from Starwars episode 1 is becoming a reality.

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Exclusive: Federal agency is developing technology to track commercial and civilian drones via cell coverage, with first tests of air traffic control system set for this summer. Continue reading

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Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we are not bailing you out

Can-I-sue-my-auto-insurance-company-2The theregister.co.uk wrote a fantastic article about a topic we all need to be concerned with (original post found HERE). In summary, a healthcare provider was breached due to their weak cyber security investments and tried to use insurance money to make up for the financial loses. The insurance company is fighting back by suing the healthcare provider since the healthcare provider did not provide adequate security protection.

Hopefully this helps companies justify investing in security since passing along the risk using insurance may not be a viable option anymore. This is huge since many companies such as healthcare are playing roulette with OUR DATA without our knowledge. Maybe this will eventually even make its way to the government one day … like for example the IRS recently leaking a bunch of records (that story found HERE). Here is the original story from theregister.co.uk Continue reading

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Bug will Crash every Apple iOS Device right now

iOS6bugMy buddy drchaos posted about a bug that impacts all iOS devices. The original post can be found HERE. I also added a update on another method to resolve the issue.

An iOS bug has been uncovered that allows potential attackers to send specific rendered text messages that in turn cause Apple iOS devices to crash. It specifically affects iOS version 8.3. When the victim receives the text message, the device either crashes or reboots. Continue reading

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Hackers Access IRS Accounts of Approximately 100,000 Tax Payers

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said that hackers accessed the personal information of approximately 100,000 tax payers in what the agency is calling a “sophisticated” attack. You can find the IRS’s official message about the breach HERE. The IRS said that criminals managed to access data such as Social Security numbers, dates of birth and street addresses from an outside source, allowing them to clear a multi-step authentication process to gain access to its “Get Transcript” online app.

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Fortinet Announces Agreement to Acquire Meru Networks

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Fortinet just announced they will be acquiring Meru Networks to boost its wireless business. The official announcement can be found HERE as well as seen below.

SUNNYVALE, Calif – May 27, 2015 – Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), the global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, and Meru Networks (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in intelligent Wi-Fi networking, today announced a definitive agreement for Fortinet to acquire Meru. The acquisition is synergistic with Fortinet’s secure wireless vision and enterprise growth focus, broadens the company’s solutions portfolio, and expands its opportunity to uniquely address the $5B global enterprise Wi-Fi market with integrated and intelligent secure wireless solutions. Leading the trend to provide broad security for wired and wireless networks and devices, Fortinet also announced today a new FortiGuard mobile security subscription service to protect mobile devices and applications across the enterprise. Continue reading

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Logjam Encryption Flaw Threatens Secure Communications On Web

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Jai Vijayan from darkreading.com wrote a great article covering the Logjam Encryption Flaw. The original post can be found HERE.

Most major browsers, websites that support export ciphers impacted

More than 80,000 of the top 1 million HTTPS domains on the Internet are vulnerable to a bug in the basic design of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol that is used to encrypt communications between browser clients and web servers. Continue reading

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Identity Services Engine 1.4 Out Now – What is new and upgrade procedure

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Cisco recently released Identity Services Engine (ISE) 1.4 (official release notes can be found HERE). For those unfamiliar with ISE, it is Cisco’s flagship network access control solution. This provides features such as device profiling, advanced guest access, BYOD, posture enforcement, and so much more for all LAN, VPN and Wireless devices. This post will provide a overview of the new features and how I upgraded my ISE 1.3 lab to the latest version. Continue reading

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