New Cybersecurity Weekly: Log4j vulnerability, Guarding against smishing and Navigating privacy laws

December 13, 2021 by Camille Raymond

Log4j vulnerability impacts hundreds of millions of devices. Navigating privacy laws. Guarding against phone smishing attacks. All this, and more, in this week’s edition of Cybersecurity Weekly.


1. A vulnerability in the Log4j logging framework has security teams scrambling

A vulnerability in a widely used logging library has become a full-blown security meltdown, affecting digital systems across the internet. Hackers are already attempting to exploit it, but even as fixes emerge, researchers warn that the flaw could have serious repercussions worldwide.
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2. How to guard against smishing attacks on your phone

Among the many threats to your internet security is “smishing,” in which bad actors try to steal your data or money through a text message that attempts to trick you into following a link you shouldn’t or revealing personal details or login information that should be kept private.

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3. Navigating the challenges of privacy laws and security costs

While data is growing and transforming industries all the time, the privacy landscape is also changing. This means companies need to navigate the murky waters of being able to effectively use the data they have while also ensuring they adhere to varied privacy laws.

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4. Bugs in billions of WiFi, Bluetooth chips allow password, data theft

Researchers at the University of Darmstadt, Brescia, CNIT, and the Secure Mobile Networking Lab, have published a paper that proves it’s possible to extract passwords and manipulate traffic on a WiFi chip by targeting a device’s Bluetooth component.

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5. Building a cybersecurity culture in your company

Building a cybersecurity culture that is cohesive across your organization is fundamental. Of course, you need to have the right tools, but if your employees aren’t taking it seriously, you could still have some major problems on your hands. 

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Posted: December 13, 2021
Camille Raymond
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