Finally, some good news related to Equifax and all the nonsense surrounding the breach and the federal government’s reaction to it.
The full ramifications of this vulnerability are not known at this time, but it does have the potential to cause serious problems for devices that are slow to patch and/or update. Some statistics declare more than 40% of Android devices are susceptible today.
Please evaluate your wireless environments and validate you have the most recent firmware in place for all your access points.
Not even those emergency online pizza orders are safe. Take note of this incident at Pizza Hut. It appears to involve online transactions during a fairly narrow window in early October.
Patch Tuesday has come and gone without any Earth shattering revelations. Microsoft released 62 updates with a majority focused on known issues with Microsoft Office. Adobe released no updates in October, which in some sense can be seen as a minor event in and of itself. Please review all your systems and patch accordingly.
Given the announcement by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee of Kaspersky’s potential involvement with Russian intelligence, this move and moves like were inevitable. Kaspersky’s time in the U.S. market is largely over. I do not believe, whether true or not, they can overcome this stigma.
And the hits keep coming…
If you have worked with a larger corporation that has engaged in business with Equifax, the news in this article should not come as a surprise. These data feeds have always had a fear factor associated with them, but some solace came with the notion that Equifax was carefully securing the data on the back end. I believe they were taking great care at one point, but that process degraded over time as the organization grew and the data was more heavily monetized.
If you are a Mac user and have upgraded to MacOS High Sierra, please take the time to apply the supplemental update released by Apple designed to address this “password hint” issue.
A no bid contract….post breach….post Congressional hearing….I simply have no words….