How Hackers Slipped by British Airways' Defenses

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How Hackers Slipped by British Airways' Defenses
Wired | On Friday, British Airways disclosed a data breach impacting customer information from roughly 380,000 booking transactions made between August 21 and September 5 of this year. The company said that names, addresses, email addresses, and sensitive payment card details were all compromised. Now, researchers from the threat detection firm RiskIQ have shed new light on how the attackers pulled off the heist.
Time to Turn Off Windows Automatic Update and Brace for Impact
Computerworld | "Patch Tuesday hits today. Maybe it’ll be benign, as it was in August. Maybe, as in July, the rolled out offal will break everything in sight. You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?'" writes Woody Leonhard.
Wi-Fi Access Only Granted to Students in China After They Solve a Puzzle
CNET | There's no such thing as a free lunch in this world. Now apparently the same goes for Wi-Fi. Students in the cafeteria at China's Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics must solve a calculus equation to get the school Wi-Fi password, state media Global Times reported Sunday. The password lies within the answer to the problem, according to instructions seen in pictures posted by the student union.
Activity-based Alerts: Giving IT More Granularity and Control
BetterCloud Monitor | You spoke, we listened. At our annual customer conference last year, the number one feature you requested was activity-based alerts. These are alerts for things like suspicious user logins or the downloading of confidential files. So we built it. So far we've released alerts for Okta, Dropbox, and G Suite, with more on the way for Box, Salesforce, and Microsoft. Activity-based alerts are the next frontier for companies securing mission critical SaaS apps. Here's how they give IT more control and insights than ever before.
Tips & Tricks for the Digital Workplace
How to See Who's on Your Wi-Fi
PCMag | Is your internet sluggish? If you suspect a neighbor is stealing your Wi-Fi, these two apps can help you identify devices using your connection and help you boot them off.
How to Use Excel: 14 Simple Excel Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts
Hubspot Blog | "In the spirit of working more efficiently and avoiding tedious, manual work, here are a few Excel tricks to get you started with how to use Excel. And to all the Harry Potter fans out there ... you're welcome in advance," writes Rachel Leist.
IT Leadership & Strategy
Is There a Weak Link in Your Encryption Strategy?
Information Age | When it comes to enterprise encryption, what are the most common stumbling blocks?
Long Reads
A Scoville Heat Scale For Measuring Cybersecurity
Forbes | The Scoville Scale is a measurement chart used to rate the heat of peppers or other spicy foods. It can also can have a useful application for measuring cybersecurity threats. Cyber-threats are also red hot as the human attack surface is projected to reach over 6 billion people by 2022. In addition, cyber-crime damage costs are estimated to reach $6 trillion annually by 2021. In recognition of these alarming stats, perhaps it would be useful to categorize cyber-threats in a similar scale to the hot peppers we consume.
Nine Third-Party Applications Added to the G Suite Pre-Integrated SAML Apps Catalog
G Suite Updates | Google is now adding SAML integration for nine additional applications: CloudBees, Coralogix, iMeet, Central, monday, Oomnitza, OfficeSpace, Spoke, Stella Connect, and Wdesk.
Better Together: Zendesk Welcomes Base
Zendesk Blog | Zendesk announced that it is acquiring Base. Base is a modern, easy-to-use sales force automation (or SFA) solution that was built with the needs of salespeople in mind.
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