Friday Five: 10/30 Freaky Edition

Your weekly roundup of information security news.

Happy Freaky Friday! Start off Halloweekend with our picks for the hottest articles from the IT and security presses:

  1. "EU Parliament Clears " by Andy Greenberg
    Edward Snowden may have received an early Christmas present from The European Union; this Thursday, the European Union Parliament voted on the Snowden case, allowing Snowden to leave Moscow and travel within the continent of Europe. The vote results were very close, reaching a decision by a mere margin of 4 votes: 285-281. To learn more about the EU’s new decision for Edward Snowden, read this article.
  2. "Google threatens action against Symantec-issued certificates following botched investigation by Lucian Constantin
    Google is threatening legal action after the discovery that Symantec has been issuing SSL certificates for domain names which the company does not own. To learn more about the recent certificates issued by Google, read this article.
  3. "​Apple iTunes & QuickTime Named 'Most Exposed' To Threats In US" by Sara Peters
    Updates for operating systems and other software are often neglected due to several reasons, such as requirements for stable Wi-Fi, more than 50 percent battery, enough device memory, and more. However, this negligence makes users increasing vulnerable to attack due to security holes in outdated software. According to a new report from Secunia, Apple’s iTunes and QuickTime software are the most exposed to risk due to unpatched versions. To learn more about iTunes and QuickTime security, read this article.
  4. "Skyhigh: Employees Continue to Place Sensitive Info in Cloud Services" by Michael Cusanelli
    Despite widespread adoption of cloud technology, less than 10 percent of cloud services meet Skyhigh Networks’ CloudTrust Program privacy and security requirements. That’s the key finding of a new study from Skyhigh, which also found that companies use 1,514 cloud services on average. Many employees are still practicing unsafe sharing habits, which puts sensitive data at risk. To learn more about Skyhigh Networks’ Cloud Adoption and Risk report, read this article.
  5. "Cybersecurity Information-Sharing Bill Heading for Approval in Senate" by Wayne Rash
    Is it a freaky Halloween coincidence that the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act will be most likely be passed by the senate this week; the same week that Snowden has been given a pass from the EU parliament? (Assuming it will pass). To learn more about this potential approval by the Senate, read this article.
Susan Xu

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