Friday Five: 2/13 Edition



You Weekly Roundup of information security news.

It’s Friday! End your work week with our picks for this week’s hottest articles from the IT and security presses.

  1. New cyber center to coordinate threat intelligence” by Aaron Boyd
    In response to the ongoing cybersecurity threats faced by the U.S. government and private industries, the Obama Administration has announced a new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC). This new center will work similarly to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Check out this article to learn more!
  2. Markey Car Security Report Just the Start for Automakers” by Dennis Fisher
    With recent  innovations in automobile technology, new cars are equipped with features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and on board computers  — all of which are  vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Edward Markey believes “automakers haven’t done their part to protect us from cyber-attacks or privacy invasions.” Give this article a read to find out about the survey Markey sent out to automobile companies and the results he received.
  3. Three of Tech’s Top CEOs to Skip Obama Cybersecurity Summit” by Chris Strohm
    Today, President Obama is scheduled to give a keynote speech regarding cybersecurity at Stanford University followed by an exclusive lunch with select individuals. He believes this will “…bring everybody together — industry, tech companies, law enforcement, consumer and privacy advocates, law professors who are specialists in the field.” However, the top executives of Google, Yahoo! and Facebook won’t be in attendance. Read this article to find out why!
  4. Facebook Unveils Tool For Sharing Data On Malicious Botnets” by Cade Metz
    “We had to work together for the thing to truly go away—in perpetuity.” These are the words of Mark Hammell, the head of Facebook’s threat infrastructure team. He is describing how companies including Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest have teamed up to resolve an issue with a botnet that was using social networks to push malicious software on to computers on across the web. Read this article to get a better sense of the problem at hand and how teamwork solved it.
  5. Uber customer data exposed through online lost and found database” by Lee Munson
    The popular app-based taxi company, Uber, has had its fair share of negative press in the past and their most recent headline is no exception. Uber has accidentally leaked internal data of customer accounts that contained confidential information through their lost and found database. The information was exposed for about 5 hours before the webpage was replaced by an error message. For more information, check out Munson’s article.
Brandon Vasciannie

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