Cloud Security News: Week in Review is our blog series, grabbing the more interesting cloud security scoops from the web. Sit back, relax, and catch up on all you should know about this week.
The Yahoo breach news made big noise last week, but it isn’t quite over. This week Yahoo faced even more scrutiny as a group of senators dubbed the handling of the breach ‘unacceptable.’ Next on the wow-ing news agenda was the first Presidential Debate of 2016 as it made “cyber history” with Clinton and Trump facing off in a segment dedicated to securing the nation. While Clinton voiced concern over cyber attacks stemming from Russia, Trump was quick to question the claims, interestingly offering a bevy of other options. And the so-called cherry on top – 2.9M voter database profiles were leaked from the state of Louisiana. Read the juicy details below.
Politico: Cyber history made at the first debate
By Cory Bennett (@Cory_Bennett)
Our presidential candidates faced off on Monday in a debate segment dedicated to cybersecurity. While both Clinton and Trump emphasized the importance of using both offense and defense in protecting the U.S. from cyber-attacks, there was much debate (as expected) on other topics in the segment. Cory Bennett shares highlights from the discussion in his Politico briefing.
By Claire Reilly (@reillystyley)
Cybersecurity was a hot topic of the first presidential debate of the election. In a “Securing America” segment, candidates were asked to comment on the biggest threats America’s cybersecurity has to face. Clinton described cyber warfare as “one of the biggest challenges facing the next president.” Referencing the recent attack on the Democratic National Committee, Trump said, “She’s saying Russia, Russia, Russia. Maybe it was. It could be Russia but it could be China, it could be lots of people. It could be somebody that sits on their bed that weighs 400 pounds. You don’t know who broke into DNC.”
By Waqas (@Writerblues)
A security researcher discovered a publicly available database containing voters’ data of 2.9 million Louisiana natives. The database holds full names, email addresses, gender and race details, voter status, registration date and numbers, political party code, phone numbers, and voting history details. The databases have since been secured by the researcher, Chris Vickery. In researching the source of the leak, Vickery found that the State of Louisiana sells voter listings to the highest bidder. With the recent focus on data protection within our election, Waqas reminds us to look inside when securing sensitive data.
The Wall Street Journal: Yahoo Breach: Senators Demand Answers
By Robert McMillan (@bobmcmillan)
News of the Yahoo data breach has Americans searching for answers. In a letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, six U.S. senators noted that the breach occurred in late 2014 and highlighted that Yahoo knowingly left user data at risk for two years. The breach was reportedly carried out by “state-sponsored” actors. Although The Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo notified the FBI of the incident in the fall of 2014, Yahoo denies their knowledge of the incident at this time. The senators requested a timeline of the breach along with a briefing of how Yahoo and law enforcement handled the incident in an effort to protect future customers.