Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days. This week, the Council of the European Union reviewed a bill dubbed the “ePrivacy” Regulation, which targets message-sharing services like WhatsApp and Skype. Also, a failed Georgian cybersecurity bill gives a glimpse into the future of cybersecurity laws in the U.S.
Read on to learn more.
_Dozens of federal agencies have cybersecurity programs that aren’t properly equipped to deal with cyber intrusions in their networks, according to a new report released by the White House. _
Already, current cellular network technologies such as 3G and 4G allow fast wireless communication. But the next evolution, 5G, is set to afford even faster connections along with greater reliability.
A recently discovered malware named MnuBot functions as a remote access trojan (RAT) and uses Microsoft SQL server database as command and control (C&C) server.
One gas station failed its PCI compliance test due to security holes in its automated gas tank gauge configuration, researcher says.
_A hacker who worked for a Russian spy agency was sentenced to five years in prison for using data stolen in a massive Yahoo data breach to gain access to private emails. _
The WannaCry cybersecurity attack in May, 2017, targeted tens of thousands of computers scattered across more than 70 countries. The attackers, thought to a be a group located in North Korea, demanded ransom fees in bitcoin. They promised to unfreeze computers in return.
Thousands of Android devices owned by users in over 100 countries, including the U.S., Russia, Germany, the U.K., Greece, France, and Venezuela, have been found preinstalled with the adware Cosiloon.
The GDPR is in full effect, and the next legal battle over data protection in Europe is here: the fight for “ePrivacy” Regulation.
Using our IoT Smart Checker, a tool that scans networks for potential security risks, we looked into home and other small network environments and the vulnerabilities that connected devices usually encounter.
_Not long after Atlanta disclosed a citywide ransomware attack, the state government proposed a cybercrimes bill that was met with security industry criticism. _
Cryptocurrency mining attacks have begun to take hold, and experts predict that they won't stall anytime soon – on the other hand, cybercriminals may only increase this abuse of resources.
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