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Friday Five: 9/25 Edition

Your weekly roundup of information security news.

Happy Friday! Close out the work week with our picks for the hottest articles from the IT and security presses:

  1. "OPM Now Admits 5.6m Feds’ Fingerprints Were Stolen By Hackers" by Andy Greenberg
    What’s worse than stolen passwords? Stolen fingerprints. Recently, the Office of Personnel Management has revealed that a much larger number of stolen fingerprints were exposed in its data breach than originally expected; the number is now estimated at 5.6 million. OPM added that “the ability to misuse fingerprint data is limited” – however, when asked to define those limitations, the OPM spokesperson suggested that WIRED ask a law enforcement representative. To learn more about this reveal, read this article.
  2. "Healthcare industry sees 340% more security incidents than the average industry" by Help Net Security
    There have been countless data breaches in the healthcare industry this year: Anthem, Premera, Community Health Services, and, most recently, Systema – to name a few. According to recent findings, the healthcare industry has 340% more security incidents than the average across all industries. To learn more about this study, read this article.
  3. "US Congress members urged to communicate using encrypted apps" by John Ribeiro
    After having their data stolen multiple times, U.S. Congress members are being urged to communicate with others utilizing encrypted apps such as WhatsApp. To learn more about what U.S. Congress members should do in order to avoid another exposure of sensitive data, read this article.
  4. "Adobe releases surprise security update: 23 critical vulnerabilities fixed" by Charlie Osborne
    Adobe has recently released an unexpected security update, which fixes 23 critical vulnerabilities; all of which were present in Flash Player. Further defenses have been implemented and Adobe highly recommends users to enable automatic updates for browsers which use Flash. To learn more about this surprise security update from Adobe, read this article.
  5. "AVG to flog your web browsing, search history from mid-October" by John Leyden
    AVG, the Czech provider of free antivirus software, is going to start keeping track of your browsing history; this feature is to be implemented October 15th. According to AVG, in order to keep their service free they need to make money by selling users’ browsing history to advertisers. However, the company is aware that some parts of a user’s search history may be considered as personally identifiable. If that is the case, the company will anonymize the information. To learn more about this change in policy for AVG, read this article.
Susan Xu

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