Reboot 2016 - Weirdest News

Reboot 2016 – Weirdest News

Top cybersecurity arrests for 2016

Jan. 28 – In a first, alleged ISIL-linked hacker extradited to U.S.: In what prosecutors are calling a “first of its kind” case, a hacker linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been extradited to the U.S. to face charges. The Kosovo citizen, Ardit Ferizi, 20, made his first appearance in…

In Memoriam

Salo Fajer, CTO at Digital Guardian, passed away on July 24. The company’s CEO Ken Levine, said “working at any company without him would have been inconceivable for me,” and praised Fajer’s drive to excellence and can-do spirit as central to the success of the company. Fajer previously served as CTO at Nitro Security and McAfee.…

Top Mergers & Acquisitions of 2016

Global spending on cybersecurity is set to top $1 trillion between 2017 to 2021, according to the Cybersecurity Market Report, published by Cybersecurity Ventures. Big ticket security deals were found to drive security to a sevenfold YOY increase in aggregate disclosed deal value to US$16.9b, according to EY’s 3Q16 Technology M&A report issued on Nov. 17. In addition,…

Top threats/malware of 2016

Mirai: The Internet of Things Malware responsible for launching DDoS attacks of historical proportions became even more severe when its source code was leaked in October. Since its initial use on the website of Security researcher Brian Krebs and Dyn DNS, variants of the malware have been suspected in DDoS attacks against both nation states…

Five cyber films of 2016

Zero Days – Documentarian Alex Gibney offers a chilling account of the Stuxnet worm attack that temporarily sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program, but also may have opened a Pandora’s box, paving the way for future nation-sponsored cyberattacks against critical infrastructure. Snowden – Director Oliver Stone and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt combine forces to portray the life of…

Biggest breaches of 2016

Gone are the days of mega-breaches when a single security incident would dominate customer attention for weeks at a time. Throughout 2016, customers and users were distracted by a seemingly endless stream of organizations hit by devastating breaches. Information security missteps of previous years caught up with many organizations. Technology companies Tumblr, MySpace, LinkedIn, Dropbox,…

Weirdest news of 2016

Mock the vote: From the DNC breach to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to fears of hacked voting booths, cybersecurity played a surprisingly central role in the bizarre 2016 presidential campaign. On a less serious note, some of the election-themed cyber schemes that security experts uncovered were downright absurd. One spam campaign…

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