Friday Reports

5 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: Government Shutdown is Now a Security Threat, Leaky Telco Location Data Causes Furor, Crime Doesn’t Pay, Germany Dodges a Fancy Bear Bullet

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report where we wrap up the cybersecurity news into the big themes that emerged during the week. A lot happened this week despite the government shutdown, which made its own unsettling cybersecurity news. First, U.S. government agencies such as DHS and the Department of Commerce were forced to cancel events, take down  … Read more

5 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report, Post-Holiday Edition: Dark Overlord Up to Old Tricks, HackerGiraffe At It Again, German Politicians Hacked

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report where we wrap up the big infosec news trends of the past week. The week between Christmas and New Year’s was a relatively low-volume cybersecurity news week (unlike the past few years), with developments gaining steam after the new year got underway. Twitter, a platform increasingly used as ground zero  … Read more

6 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: APT Groups on Radar Screen Again, U.S. Readies to Charge China, Oz’s Anti-Encryption Bill Gets Bad Reviews

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report, where we sum up the big themes in this week’s infosec news. The top theme of the week was clearly the stirring of activity by nation-state APT (advanced persistent threat) groups that had been knocked off the front pages for a while. First, news broke that a highly sophisticated hacking  … Read more

6 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: Huawei Gets Pummeled, Megabreaches Are Back, Australia Kneecaps Encryption

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday report, where we wrap up the week’s big developments in information security. The biggest news of the week was the stepped-up pummeling that Chinese telecom and tech giant Huawei received, from continued shunning by governments and telecom companies around the globe to the startling arrest of Huawei’s CFO in Canada. Huawei,  … Read more

7 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: Venture Funding Deals Pick Up the Pace, Facebook’s Villainy, China Still in Supply Chain Crosshairs

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday report where we wrap up the week’s top infosec news and sum up the big trends. This was a big week for cybersecurity venture investing deals. First, security Firm Netskope announced it has raised $169 million in a Series F round of venture capital funding, pushing it into the “unicorn” class  … Read more

7 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: Elections Dodged Major Hacking Bullets, Banks Getting Hit, Thoma Bravo Up Next As Major Cybersec Vendor?

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report where we recap the top developments in information security news of the week. The big news of the week was that hackers didn’t make much headway in this year’s midterm elections on Tuesday, despite all the drama and fears leading up to the big day. Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian  … Read more

8 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: More End-of-Week Bombshells, Still No Russian Midterm Cyberattacks, More Moves Against China

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report where we wrap up the week’s infosec news according to the big themes that emerged during the week. First, this past week was slightly quiet in terms of cybersecurity news but as seems to be the case over the past several months, the most eye-popping news dropped on Friday. In  … Read more

8 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: Damages Paid, Sloppy Cloud Exposures, Sloppier Presidential Phone Security, And, Always, Russia

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report, where we wrap up the infosec news into the top themes that emerged during the week. The past seven days saw a grab bag of cybersecurity developments, including reckonings for current and former Internet giants that fell down on their security jobs. In the seemingly never-ending repercussions of its monster  … Read more

8 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: Russia Is the Big Bad Wolf Once Again, Apple Demands a Retraction After SuperMicro, ODNI Denials

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report, where we highlight the big themes in infosec news for the week. After weeks of (sometimes faux) China-related bad news, Russia emerged once again as the big bad wolf of the cybersecurity world, both in the U.S. and Europe. In the aftermath of a series of misdeeds, including the administration  … Read more

8 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: Bloomberg’s SuperMicro Follow-Up Story Was DOA, Facebook and Google Again On the Hot Seat

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday report, where we wrap up the week’s news in information security and sift through the key takeaway points from the crush of cybersecurity developments. The Bloomberg Businessweek bombshell story about China implanting spy chips in SuperMicro motherboards continued to take a severe beating for its lack of credibility throughout the week,  … Read more

8 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: Explosive Bloomberg Report, Major International Russian Intelligence Take-Down Happen on Same Day

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report, where we recap the week’s news in infosec and help you make sense of the trends. It’s fair to say that the cybersecurity industry hasn’t really seen as stressful a news day as October 4th was. The morning began with a 4 am blockbuster report from Bloomberg Businessweek reporters Jordan  … Read more

9 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: Data Privacy Sinkholes for Twitter, Google, Facebook, Facebook and Then Facebook Again

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday report, where we wrap up the week’s developments in information security news to make sense of them. The week was a high-intensity one when it came to data privacy and security, with tech giants facing bad news and controversy at every turn. The week started off mildly enough when news broke  … Read more

9 months ago

Friday Report: No Weaponized Stuxnets in Sight But Other Fakes Were Real, Hackers Can’t Escape Long Arm of the Law

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday report where we try to wrap up the week’s infosec news into big picture themes. At the outset, one top development that wasn’t actually bona fide news nevertheless lit up infosec Twitter with shouts of outrage. It all started when a famous hacker, known on Twitter as “Jester,” idly speculated whether the  … Read more

9 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: A Veritable Potpourri of DoJ Indictments, Five Eyes Threat, Data Leaking and Data Thefts

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report (the first in two weeks given that we were deep into the Labor Day weekend groove last Friday) where we wrap up the week by placing the week’s flow of cybersecurity news into bigger picture contexts. Maybe it was the holiday weekend and the inevitable end-of-summer blues, but the news  … Read more

10 months ago

Friday Report: Iran Stands Out Again, Russia Maintains an Even Strain, and Election Security Still a Mess

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report where we stop to take stock of the big themes of the week in infosec news. One interesting development is that Iran as a threat actor stood out in ways that it hasn’t very much lately, perhaps not surprising given the fears that Iran would become more aggressive in the  … Read more

10 months ago

Friday Report: Banks in the Crosshairs, Google Knows Where You Are, Election Security Still Not a Sure Thing

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report where we boil down the big information security themes of the week into digestible condensed bites to bring you up-to-speed on the major trends. One big theme this week is that banks everywhere are in the crosshairs of motivated hackers. First, the FBI issued a warning to banks that cybercriminals are  … Read more

10 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: Hacker Summer Camp’s Parade of Scary Things, WannaCry is Back and FCC Fesses to Fraud (Sort Of)

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report, where we sum up the week’s big trends in information security news. No single theme dominated the week’s news but a single city did: Las Vegas, where the annual grueling cybersecurity and hacking “summer camp” of back-to-back BSides Las Vegas, BlackHat and DEF CON conferences is hosted at the hottest  … Read more

11 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: Election Security Summer Theater is All the Rage

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report, where we aim to deliver the week’s biggest infosec takeaways from the never-ending flow of cybersecurity-related news. Without a doubt, this week’s top takeaway is that a whole lot of election security theater went down in DC over the past seven days, along with a major roadshow performance in New York  … Read more

11 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: Russia, Russia, Russia and Let’s Not Forget Iran and China

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report where we pull together the big picture themes emerging from the week’s top infosec news stories. This week, Russia, China, and Iran emerged as the biggest themes, with Russia, as usual, dominating all other cybersecurity news stories. First, NSA and Cyber Command confirmed earlier reports that they’re fighting Russian cyber threats  … Read more

11 months ago
Cynthia Brumfield / Metacurity

Friday Report: The Impact Crater of Russian Hacking Widens to Suck Everyone Into It

Welcome to Metacurity’s Friday Report where we synthesize the week’s events to make senses of the ever-increasing volume of cybersecurity news to give our readers a bigger picture of the trends shaping the infosec landscape. If last week’s news was dominated by the Friday bombshell that special counsel Robert Mueller had indicted twelve Russian military  … Read more