New month, new IT stories, and some (not so) new security problems. And what a month it’s been! From the Olympic hacks to cryptominers on government websites to the continued fallout of the Meltdown/Spectre flaws, February kept us busy. In this edition of Defrag This, hosts Greg Mooney and Jeff Edwards break down the biggest tech stories of February, 2018.
2018 Olympics Snowed Under by Hackers
The 2018 Winter Olympics' official website went down just before the games' opening ceremony and stayed down for approximately 12 hours—an eternity in downtime. During that disruption, users couldn’t use the Olympics’ site get information about the games or print tickets. IT systems including display monitors and local WiFi were also affected in a wide-spread outage. Leading cybersecurity experts attribute the attack to the Russian government.
Oops! Intel Didn't Share Faulty Chip Intel with US Govt.
According to letters send to lawmakers, chipmaker Intel did not inform U.S. cyber security officials about the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws until they leaked to the public— a full six months after Google discovered the vulnerabilities and disclosed them to Intel.
The FBI Doesn't Want you to Buy Chinese Phones
In a U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, six U.S. agency chiefs (including the CIA, FBI, and NSA) advised against using phones from Huawei, the worlds third largest cell phone company, and ZTE, another Chinese manufacturer. FBI Director Chris Wray stated: "We're deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks."
Cryptominer Infects NHS and US Courts' Websites
Thousands of websites around the world – including the UK's NHS several sites of the US government's court system – were infected with a cryptojacking script running on a popular plugin called browsealoud.
Microsoft Offers Free OneDrive to Customers Switching from Box or Google
Starting February 6, Microsoft is offering businesses with 500 users or more OneDrive for Business FOR FREE for the duration of their contracts with Google, Box, or Dropbox. The move is just the latest in a race to the bottom in cloud storage and services.