ICE dropping 17,000 BlackBerrys, Verizon releases industry-by-industry cybercrime stats and more

October 24, 2012
Cyber Security
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Here are today’s top cyber news and stories.

  • ICE is dropping 17,000 BlackBerrys in favor of iPhones – this is one of the first large federal agencies to drop the incumbent BlackBerry smartphone. The agency states that, “The RIM technology, however, can no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency,” which is both damning and may foretell a huge USG swing away from the standard. BlackBerry was the on of the first message-centric phones, replete with security and FIPS 140 compliance, it will be interesting to see how they fare without one of their largest customers. Via Ars Technica, more here.
  • Verizon has released their latest snapshot of industries that use their networks – The “Verizon 2012 and 2011 Data Breach Investigations,” are designed to help organizations better protect from data breaches themselves. They have key finds for financial and insurance fields, health care, retail, accommodations and food services, and IP theft. Via KEWS, more here.
  • New Malware is bypassing Antivirus – an USB dropper/spreader “can bypass commercial antivirus products.” These viruses slide right by Anti-virus programs because they are not in the AV catalog. This is evidence of why it is important to find anti-virus programs that track activities, not scan for signatures. Via ISSSource, more here.
  • AlienVault launches threat intelligence resource center & iOS mobile Apps – AlienVault Mobile Console and OTX Mobile puts security visibility in any user’s hands. These applications can provide threat intelligence from an open-sourced community. The Mobile Console provides mobile access to AlienVault management consoles. Via Fort Mill Times, more here.
  • Google Headhunter E-Mail reveals massive net security hole – when a mathematician received what seemed to be a Google Headhunting email, he unraveled a huge security hole in their DKIM key used for emails. Google was using 512-bit keys instead of 1024-bit (called for by the DKIM standard). Via Wired, more here.

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