Friday Five: 5/1 Edition



Your weekly roundup of information security news.

It’s Friday! See what’s been going on in the cybersecurity world with our picks for this week’s hottest articles from the IT and security presses:

  1. Cyberthieves Steal Nearly $5 Million from Ryanair” by Paul Wagenseil
    Ryanair is a budget airline based in Dublin, Ireland. It has been confirmed that last week $5 million was taken from one of the airline’s bank accounts via an electronic transfer through a Chinese bank. To learn more, check out this article.
  2. What third-party app crashed American Airlines pilots' iPads and caused flight delays?” by Darlene Storm
    Airlines have been taking a lot of heat the past couple of weeks over their planes’ susceptibility to hacking. American Airlines is no exception as about two dozen of their flights were delayed on Tuesday due to pilots’ iPads crashing. To find out what caused these malfunctions, give this article a read.
  3. A Day in the Life of a Stolen Healthcare Record” by Brian Krebs
    Healthcare organizations have become a popular target for hackers over the years. But what makes these stolen healthcare records so valuable and how do they get around? Krebs answers these questions in this article as he explains how health care records are used and transported by cybercrimals.
  4. Partners HealthCare Reports Breach” by Marianne K. McGee
    In November of 2014, a group of Partners HealthCare employees received a batch of phishing emails to which they replied, believing they were legitimate. This week Partners HealthCare has notified about 3,300 customers, alerting them that their heath information might have been compromised by last year’s email attack. For more, read this article.
  5. Silk Road Judge Denies Retrial Despite Agents’ Alleged Corruption” by Andy Greenberg
    Ross Ulbricht, the convicted mastermind behind the Silk Road, has been denied a second chance at freedom as his hopes of getting a retrial have been diminished. Although two agents involved in investigating the online black market have been accused of blackmailing Ulbricht, judge Katherine Forrest has denied the motion for a new trial. To find out why, check out Greenberg’s article.
Brandon Vasciannie

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