Cybersecurity Weekly: CFAA prosecution reprieve, Top 10 behaviors hackers exploit, Spring cleaning your data and cybersecurity habits

May 23, 2022 by Ryan Miner

Ethical hackers no longer under threat by U.S. DOJ, the top things you’re doing that let hackers in (according to the FBI), and Microsoft patch breaks authentication. All these and more in this week’s edition of Cybersecurity Weekly.

1. White hat hackers receive reprieve from U.S. DOJ 

For years, critics have claimed that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is too broad and indiscriminately used to prosecute ethical hackers.
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2. FBI and NSA say: Stop doing these 10 things that let the hackers in

Enable multi-factor authentication, patch your software, and deploy a VPN, but configure them securely, the US government and allies warn.
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3. Microsoft rushes a fix after patch breaks authentication

Two of Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday updates need a do-over after causing certificate-based authentication errors.
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4. Spring cleaning your data (and cybersecurity habits)

As we usher in spring, it’s a great time for small businesses to do spring cleaning on their data and focus on cybersecurity best practices. They should ask: How clean is their data, and are they sufficiently protected against security threats?
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5. Red flags that your environment is ripe for a ransomware attack

Ransomware doesn’t just happen. Devices and networks are hit with ransomware because there is a failure somewhere in the system. And when the ransomware attack does occur, you’ll know it. By that point, it will be too late.
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Posted: May 23, 2022
Ryan Miner
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