August 19, 2016

Herjavec Security News Watch: August 13 – 19, 2016

Stay up to date on the latest cybersecurity news, activity, trends and breaches. Follow Herjavec Group’s Security News Watch each week and stay informed.

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Man hacks Android app to get free beer: Researcher Kuba Gretzky tested the security of a mobile rewards app and was able to successfully hack the app to get free beer. 

Malware strikes Starwood, Marriott and Hyatt hotels, exposing customer card data: Credit card data from 20 U.S. hotels of the popular HEI Hotels chain were stolen following a major data breach. The full list of all affected hotels can be found here.  

The NSA hack — what, when, where, how, who & why?: By now, everyone has likely heard of the NSA hack but this report nicely summarizes everything in case you missed it.

All U.S. and Canadian Eddie Bauer stores infected by point-of-sale malware: Approximately all 350 Eddie Bauer stores fell victim to a point-of-sale (POS) machine malware that resulted in stolen customer card data. 

Shadow Brokers leak just revealed how the NSA broke American-made encryption: Using a vulnerability found in Cisco’s PIX product, the NSA was able to spy on any organization that used the product to secure their communications. 

Security researcher turns the tables on cyber-scammers: After his parents almost fell victim to a customer support cyber scam, French security researcher Ivan Kwiatkowski turned the tables on the scammers by sending them the Locky ransomware. 

Police arrest Sage employee at airport following data breach: An employee of Sage was arrested after it was discovered that her computer held sensitive data that included information like bank account and salary details. 

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We need a Manhattan Project for cyber security: With the seriousness of cyber threats in this day and age, Marc Goodman asks whether or not a Manhattan Project for cybersecurity is necessary or not. 

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New method for detecting hardware Trojans: Computer scientists from UCSD devised a new technique to detect hardware Trojans by likening the information flow in the computer’s circuit logic gates to traffic flow on the streets.

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