Anglo African weekly news wrap on trending cyber-attacks, to keep you alert

April 3, 2019

Earl Enterprise – the owner behind a slew of US restaurant chains – confirmed on Friday that one or more hackers had installed credit card slurping malware on point-of-sale (PoS) systems at a half dozen of its restaurant brands.  The company said that potentially affected restaurants include its brands Buca di Beppo, Earl of Sandwich, Planet Hollywood, Chicken Guy!, Mixology and Tequila Taqueria. It’s set up a look-up tool at this site that lets you search for affected locations by city, state and brand.

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Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pirate the episodes so they don’t have to shell out for pricey TV packages. And it seems cyber criminals are jumping on the chance to scam viewers as they scour the web for downloads. security researchers from Kaspersky Lab say cyber criminals often use popular TV shows to spread viruses – and Game of Thrones is their weapon of choice.  whopping 17% of all infected pirated content in 2018 was disguised as Game of Thrones downloads, with nearly 21,000 users attacked.

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It’s definitely a job seeker’s’ market out there in the cybersecurity employment pool. According to an about-to-be released report from ISSA and ESG, 74% of organizations today have been impacted by the cybersecurity skills shortage. Meantime, a report released last month from ISACA says that 60% of organizations need a minimum of three months to fill cybersecurity vacancies because there aren’t enough bodies to fill seats.

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The government’s Cyber security breaches survey 2019, based on a poll of more than 2,000 organisations, shows 32% of businesses identified a cyber security attack in the past 12 months, down from 43% the previous year. The reduction is partly due to the introduction of tough new data laws under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the UK’s new GDPR-aligned UK Data Protection Act. As a result, 30% of businesses and 36% of charities have made changes to their cyber security policies and processes.

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We all know that cybersecurity is a major issue, but it can sometimes be hard to grasp the scale of the problem and who is at risk. Software reviews site TechJury has created an infographic to vizualize what is happening in the cybersecurity field as well as the top threats to look out for. Among some worrying things highlighted are that it can take companies as long as six months to detect an attack. It also shows that smaller organizations aren’t immune, with 61 percent of breach victims being companies with under 1,000 employees, and 43 percent of attacks targeted at small businesses.

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The Georgia Institute of Technology, well known as Georgia Tech, has confirmed a data breach that has exposed personal information of 1.3 million current and former faculty members, students, staff and student applicants.
In a brief note published Tuesday, Georgia Tech says an unknown outside entity gained “unauthorized access” to its web application and accessed the University’s central database by exploiting a vulnerability in the web app.

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