August 2018 - Breach and Attack Simulations made easy.

No Surprise, Security Spending is on the Rise 📈

Is today your birthday? If it is, you share it with the legend Davy Crockett, the American frontiersman who died at the Battle of the Alamo. Happy birthday, remember the Alamo, and share the Brief with your friends and colleagues!   Information Security Spending to Rise 8.7% Next Year, Gartner Says The Security as a Service

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Fighting Against Sexual Harassment in Cybersecurity 🙅

“Statistics for harassment and abuse at cybersecurity events have never been measured. I wanted to ensure nothing like this happened again, so I began developing a code of conduct.” Sexual Harassment In The Cybersecurity Industry—How One Woman Is Fighting Back. Fight back against Thursday workday by scrolling down to today’s daily brief.   Intel Reveals New

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FBI: Global ATM Heist Could Happen This Week 🏦

“The old line about Macs not getting viruses is sadly just a bad joke these days. Mac malware is alive and well, and just as with Windows, Apple’s software developers play a fun game of hide and seek with hackers when it comes to defenses.” How hackers can get past one of macOS’s best defenses against

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You Could Go to Jail for Not Unlocking Your Phone 📵

“The link from the Chipotle ad redirected consumers to an Amazon gift card scam that presents the viewer with a fraudulent message that is intended to prompt a click to steal the user’s personal information.” Hackers Use Chipotle Ad To Spread Malware. As long as they’re not spreading E. Coli? Fill up on Tuesday’s daily brief.

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Water Heaters & Fax Machines—Vulnerability Exposed 📠

“This new vector poses a serious threat to organizations who may well not be aware of how accessible their entire network is, and how all their most sensitive information may be exposed, via a piece of equipment that is still sitting on the shelf collecting dust.” Hackers can steal data from the enterprise using only a

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MacBook Hacked on First Wi-Fi Connection 💻

“The attack is so powerful that some government would probably be incentivized to put in the work to do it.” Security researchers take control of a brand new Mac on first Wi-Fi connection. No big deal. It’s Friday! Start your weekend right with today’s daily brief.   A New Pacemaker Hack Puts Malware Directly on the

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Online Stock Trading Has Serious Security Flaws 📉

Of all the hacked smart devices I’ve heard about recently, this one has to be my favorite: Hackers could turn your garden sprinklers into a cyber weapon. Kicking Thursday off with today’s daily brief.   Security flaws exposed partial addresses & social security numbers of 26M Comcast users One of the flaws related to an

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WhatsApp Flaw Allows Fake Messages 📝

“It’s not something we should throw to the V.C. wolves or allow bleeding-edge technologies to mess with, without serious and deep inquiry and interrogation.” A Boston-based start-up promises to let West Virginians vote via app. Ready to get over this week’s hump with today’s daily brief?   Manufacturing Industry Experiencing Higher Incidence of Cyberattacks According to

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Black Hat Adds Focus to Mental Health and People 🎩

“The system could pave the way for smarter online avatars and even translate into physical interactions with the real world.” Researchers at Carnegie Mellon teach an AI how to dribble a basketball. I can’t even dribble a basketball in real life—but I can dunk you with today’s brief. Haha…   Medical Records of 90 Million

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GDPR-based Extortion Could Be Next Cybercrime Trend 💸

“We’ll show them the products, programs, and systems for which we plan to establish these Bug Bounties,” Ammann said. “Then we’ll put them in a comfortable environment—ply them with pizza and Red Bull or whatever they might need—and turn them loose.” General Motors President, Dan Ammann, on increasing their bug bounty efforts. We’re launching into Monday

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