Google Calendar phishing scam and ended with Iran ramping up its cyberattacks against the US, as talk of war with that nation mounts. That, as they say, escalated quickly.
Before things took a turn for the geopolitical, we walked you through a dead simple way to stop data breaches with … database encryption. We explained why Google is getting retro when it comes to ways to encrypt data sets. We reported that a Minnesota cop who spied on his colleague’s private DMV data was fined $585,000. And we implored you to switch to a private browser, finally.
But back to war. Tensions with Iran’s ally Russia are also worryingly high, and we explained why it appears the US is doing the exact wrong thing if the goal is to avoid a cyberwar. We went in-depth on the message the US is sending Russia about its nuclear experiments: Do as we say, not as we do. And then, just as the week was ending, Iran went and shot a $220 million US surveillance drone out of the sky, which didn’t really help alleviate tensions.
Of course, that’s not all that happened in the privacy and security world this week. Every Saturday we round up the stories we didn’t break or report on in-depth, but which you should know about nonetheless. Click on the headlines to read the full articles, and be safe out there.
Coinbase Narrowly Escapes Hacking Attempt Using Two Firefox Zero-Days
Cryptocurrency exchanges are a juicy target for hackers, for at least one obvious reason: They’re full of money that can be drained remotely. This week, it came out that currency exchange Coinbase successfully fought off an attack that targeted its employees in an apparent attempt to do just that. The attack, according to ZDNet, exploited two zero-day bugs in Firefox. The first zero-day made headlines midweek when Mozilla c
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