Organizations continue to deal with cyber attacks across the world

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Com­pa­nies world­wide strug­gled to recov­er after a wave of pow­er­ful cyber attacks crip­pled com­put­er sys­tems in Europe, Asia and the Unit­ed States with a virus sim­i­lar to the glob­al ran­somware assault in May that infect­ed com­put­ers. Researchers at Kasper­sky Lab said a region­al Ukrain­ian web­site was hacked and used to dis­trib­ute the ran­somware, which attacked around 2,000 users across the globe. The com­pa­ny said that its pre­lim­i­nary find­ings sug­gest the mal­ware is a new kind of ran­somware not seen before. The virus downed sys­tems at the site of the for­mer Cher­nobyl nuclear pow­er plant in Ukraine, forc­ing sci­en­tists to man­u­al­ly mon­i­tor radi­a­tion lev­els. Dan­ish ship­ping giant A.P. Moller-Maer­sk said it was work­ing to restore its oper­a­tions. In the Unit­ed States, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal giant Mer­ck report­ed that its com­put­er net­work was com­pro­mised. France’s biggest bank, BNP Paribas, said that its real estate unit was hit. Jens Stoltenberg, Nato sec­re­tary gen­er­al, said alliance mem­bers agreed last year that a cyber attack could trig­ger Arti­cle 5, the mutu­al defense clause, in the same way as a con­ven­tion­al mil­i­tary assault. Sources: The Wash­ing­ton Post; The (Unit­ed King­dom) Telegraph

British parliament deals with aftermath of email hack

Staff at the U.K. Par­lia­ment remain ham­pered after a cyber attack that com­pro­mised about 90 law­mak­ers’ email accounts. To pre­vent the attack­ers from gain­ing access to vital data, Par­lia­ment has lim­it­ed the abil­i­ty of mem­bers to access the Legislature’s com­put­er net­work remote­ly. Source: Bloomberg

Breach notification rules expected to be part of defense bill

Law­mak­ers are express­ing con­fi­dence that this year’s defense pol­i­cy bill will include a mea­sure requir­ing that the defense com­mit­tees be noti­fied with­in 48 hours of a sen­si­tive mil­i­tary cyber oper­a­tion. The mea­sure is intend­ed to boost con­gres­sion­al over­sight of the Pentagon’s sen­si­tive cyber oper­a­tions. Source: The Hill

Apple, Cisco hope arrangement lowers insurance costs

Apple is work­ing with Cis­co to help busi­ness­es that pri­mar­i­ly use gear from both com­pa­nies to get a dis­count on cyber­se­cu­ri­ty insur­ance pre­mi­ums, Apple Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer Tim Cook said. “The think­ing we share here is that if your enter­prise or com­pa­ny is using Cis­co and Apple, the com­bi­na­tion of these should make that (cyber­se­cu­ri­ty) insur­ance cost sig­nif­i­cant­ly less,” Cook said. Source: Reuters

Investment companies check cybersecurity before M&A deals

Com­pa­nies and invest­ment funds are screen­ing pos­si­ble acqui­si­tions for cyber­se­cu­ri­ty risks. “There’s a risk you’re buy­ing an emp­ty shell,” over­pay­ing for a tar­get whose patents have been spied on and copied, or whose sen­si­tive cus­tomer data has been stolen, said Michael Bit­tan, head of Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Ser­vices unit in France. “Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty is not about get­ting tech­ni­cal, it’s about busi­ness impact, and ulti­mate­ly val­u­a­tions. It will become a pil­lar of M&A deci­sions.” Source: Bloomberg

New British Navy ship’s computers might not be secure

Britain’s new air­craft car­ri­er, HMS Queen Eliz­a­beth, could be vul­ner­a­ble to a cyber attack, as it appears to be using an out­dat­ed sys­tem. But offi­cers aboard the 3.5 bil­lion pound ($4.5 bil­lion) car­ri­er, which is the biggest and most pow­er­ful ves­sel ever built for the Roy­al Navy, insist that they are well pre­pared to defend against such attacks. A team tour­ing the car­ri­er said they saw screens using what appeared to be the out­dat­ed 2001 Win­dows XP oper­at­ing sys­tem. That OS was tar­get­ed by the Wan­naCry ran­somware attack in May. Source: The Guardian

Some government sites hacked, show ISIS messages

Gov­ern­ment web­sites were hacked with a mes­sage that pur­ports to be sup­port­ive of the Islam­ic State of Iraq and Syr­ia. A mes­sage post­ed on the web­site of Repub­li­can Ohio Gov. John Kasich said, “You will be held account­able Trump, you and all your peo­ple for every drop of blood flow­ing in Mus­lim coun­tries.” The mes­sage, left by “Team Sys­tem Dz,” also end­ed, “I love the Islam­ic state.” Source: CBS News

Analysis gives banks, government agencies poor security grades

Web­sites run by the country’s largest banks and the U.S. fed­er­al gov­ern­ment scored the poor­est in a secu­ri­ty and pri­va­cy analy­sis. The non­prof­it Online Trust Alliance anony­mous­ly audit­ed more than 1,000 web­sites for their site secu­ri­ty, email secu­ri­ty and pri­va­cy prac­tices, and found that web­sites run by the country’s largest banks and the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment had the most fail­ing grades. Source: NBC News

 Health insurance giant settles data breach case for $115 million

Anthem, the largest health insur­ance com­pa­ny in the Unit­ed States, agreed to set­tle a class-action law­suit over a 2015 data breach for a record $115 mil­lion. The set­tle­ment still has to be approved by U.S. Dis­trict Judge Lucy Koh, who is sched­uled to hear the case on Aug. 17. Anthem isn’t admit­ting any wrong­do­ing or that “any indi­vid­u­als were harmed as a result of the cyber attack.” Source: CNet

Illinois wants consumers to give permission on location ID apps

Illi­nois law­mak­ers passed a bill requir­ing app devel­op­ers, ad net­works and oth­er online com­pa­nies to obtain con­sumers’ opt-in con­sent before col­lect­ing or dis­clos­ing infor­ma­tion about their phys­i­cal loca­tions. The Geolo­ca­tion Pri­va­cy Pro­tec­tion Act appears to be the first loca­tion-pri­va­cy bill in the coun­try. Source: Media Post

Justice to ask Supreme Court to allow access to emails on overseas servers

The Depart­ment of Jus­tice is try­ing to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a land­mark email pri­va­cy case that bars the gov­ern­ment from access­ing emails held by U.S. com­pa­nies but stored on over­seas servers. Jus­tice Depart­ment attor­neys filed a motion to take the case to the nation’s high­est court, claim­ing a low­er fed­er­al court “seri­ous­ly mis­in­ter­pret­ed” the Elec­tron­ic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Pri­va­cy Act (ECPA). Source: Gov­Tech

Snapchat says new map feature not a cause for privacy concern 

Snapchat wants to allay pri­va­cy con­cerns over its new Snap Map fea­ture, which lets users share their loca­tion with friends on a map. Snapchat says users can con­trol who, if any­one, sees them, as loca­tion-shar­ing is off by default and is option­al. Source: Fox News