IT Security Stories to Watch: Was U.S. Census Bureau Breached?
Hackers last week launched a cyber attack against the U.S. Census Bureau. And as a result, the Census Bureau tops this week’s list of IT security news makers, followed by Neiman Marcus, ThreatTrack Security and the GamaPoS malware.
What can managed service providers (MSPs) and their customers learn from these IT security news makers? Check out this week’s list of IT security stories to watch to find out:
1. Census Bureau suffers data breach
Cyber attackers attempted to access the Census Bureau’s Federal Audit Clearinghouse (FAC), according to Director John H. Thompson.Compromised information included the names of people who submitted information, addresses, phone numbers, usernames and other data.
“I assure you that we will continue to safeguard the information and data of both the public and our employees,” Thompson wrote in a blog post. “Your trust is paramount to our mission.”
2. Neiman Marcus faces class action lawsuit
Neiman Marcus was breached in 2013, and the retailer is now facing a class action lawsuit after it allegedly failed to protect its customers’ sensitive information against hackers.
“Those victims have suffered the aggravation and loss of value of the time needed to set things straight, to reset payment associations after credit card numbers are changed and to pursue relief for unauthorized charges,” the judges wrote in their decision.
3. ThreatTrack Security launches ThreatSecure Network
Cyber threat solutions provider ThreatTrack Security has released ThreatSecure Network, which enables enterprises “to identify and stop advanced attacks in progress with real-time analysis of discovered threats and anomalous network behavior.”
The new solution delivers advanced malware protection, ThreatTrack Security said, because it provides visibility across an enterprise’s network.
“ThreatSecure Network gives incident responders the real-time visibility they need to reveal malicious intent – the malware infections, lateral movement, replication and exploration across a network which indicate a breach or attack is in progress. And if we discover a threat, we can stop it and remediate it,” ThreatTrack Security Chief Product Officer Usman Choudhar said in a prepared statement.
4. Introducing the GamaPoS malware
Security researchers recently discovered a new point-of-sale (PoS) malware that is affecting organizations across the United States and Canada.
The malware, GamaPOS, impacts victims who access malicious emails that contain attachments that include macro-based malware or links to compromised websites, PYMNTS noted.
Initial security scans revealed that GamaPOS has affected users in 14 locations.