After weeks of unrelenting chaos, the cybersecurity world took a little bit of a breather. Well, relatively, anyway. There was still one of the biggest data breaches in recent memory, compliments of UnderArmour.
But hey, everyone makes mistakes, including the world’s most elite hackers—just ask the Russian intelligence agent behind the Guccifer 2.0 persona, whose failure to use a VPN just once outed him as GRU. Or ask people who used Monero in the early days and put too much faith in its privacy protections, which a new study says aren’t as robust as they seemed, especially before a recent update. Or even ask Facebook, which left a privacy setting active for years that didn’t actually do anything. Or the City of Atlanta, which is still dealing with the fallout of a ransomware attack from over a week ago. What a world!
At least some people are getting it right, or trying to. Facebook detailed a few efforts to safeguard the election, although the social network still has a long way to go. And the trainees at Fort Gordon are learning how to fight the next generation of cyberwars. One thing they’ll need to be aware of? How jihadists are increasingly using steganography to send covert messages, through an unfortunately named app called MuslimCrypt.
But, wait, there's more! As always, we’ve rounded up all the news we didn’t break or cover in depth this week. Click on the headlines to read the full stories. And stay safe out there.
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