This Week in Security News

Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days.

Below you’ll find a quick recap of topics followed by links to news articles and/or our blog posts providing additional insight. Be sure to check back each Friday for highlights of the goings-on each week!

 

Microsoft Ends Vista Support

We all know online threats are growing in volume and sophistication day by day. On April 11, Microsoft finally withdraws support for its Windows Vista operating system. That means for any of you out there who haven’t upgraded to a newer, more secure version, the time has come to do so. 

Cyber Thieves Attack Personal Data Over Financial Data

Did you know that hackers are more likely to go after your personal data – things like email addresses, social security numbers and medical insurance IDs – than your financial details? That’s why it’s extremely important to keep this data safe and secure at all times.

New Study Exposes Hacker Strategies

Just a single weak point can open the door for malicious activity that can topple a company. As enterprises seek to strengthen their protections against hackers, some of the most powerful insights are coming from the people these cybersecurity measures are meant to guard against. 

Mobile Phones Turn into a Corporate Threat

While phone scams seem like old-school hacking techniques, phones—particularly mobiles—still play important roles for both users and organizations. Just like how business email accounts are targeted by spear-phishing, corporate phones are now targeted by cybercriminals conducting socially-engineered attacks. 

Pegasus Malware Expands from iOS to Android

Mobile security researchers and Google have found a new strain of the Pegasus malware infecting a limited number of Android devices. Pegasus malware had been exclusive to iOS and was particularly interesting because it leveraged a trio of iOS vulnerabilities in order to infect devices. 

Ransomware Attack on Texas Pediatric Provider Exposes Data of 55,000 Patients

A ransomware attack at ABCD Children’s Pediatrics may have breached the data of 55,447 patients. Affected files may have included patient names, Social Security numbers, insurance billing information, dates of birth, medical records, laboratory results, procedure technology codes and more.

European Cybercrime Centre Start No More Ransom Initiative

Free tools for unlocking Bart, Merry X-Mas, and other types of ransomware have been released as part of the No More Ransom initiative. Europol and the police as part of the initiative by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, released 15 new decryption tools for various types of ransomware. 

Your Smart TV Could be Hacked More Easily than You Might Think

Your smart TV may know exactly what Netflix show you want to watch at the end of a long day, but it could also be letting hackers know more than you want them to about well, you. There’s a new hack whose proof of concept suggests that terrestrial radio signals could be used to take control of Smart TVs. 

4 Days Left to Enter Trend Micro’s 2017 ‘What’s Your Story?’ Youth Video Contest

You must be 13 or over to enter this contest and currently enrolled in school. If you’re under 18, you will need parental or guardian approval. You can also compete as a school, where teachers can register their classrooms to enter. Read the official rules for more details about who exactly can compete.

Don’t Believe These 10 Cybersecurity Myths

Cybersecurity was huge in 2016. From ransomware to weaponized Internet of Things (IoT) devices to foreign hacking of elections – last year saw it all. But many of these threats aren’t new and will never really go away.

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