CollaboristaBlog Roundup July 30

Your guide to the most interesting data sharing, security, and privacy news and events. This week features news about hacking, Edward Snowden and more.

30 July 2014


By Shawn Zubin

Welcome to your weekly guide on the most interesting data sharing, security, and privacy news and events.

Because you can’t follow all of the updates, we do it for you. Each week we’ll share a roundup of the latest and most popular topics to catch you up to speed. Check these out …

  1. Are these hackers reading National Geographic or something? Well, they like pouncing at the online watering hole — some even call this outfit the “Energetic Bear.”
  2. The ancient Greeks took out their enemies with a Trojan Horse. Today’s hackers have a rat — or to be more specific, the PlugX RAT, and they have infiltrated Dropbox. Read how these hackers plant malware and launch cyber-attacks — it may help you foil the rodent.
  3. A disturbing privacy problem has been discovered in Google Drive that is eerily similar to the Dropbox/Google Adwords vulnerabilities exposed earlier this year. Find out how Google Drive has leaked private data through shared links.
  4. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but double check before you mimic your IT executives’ habits when it comes to file sharing. A recent survey revealed that IT vice presidents (or higher) are more likely to share business data marketed “confidential” over a consumer file sync and share service than their lower-ranking counterparts. But please don’t get smug — we can all learn a thing or two about privacy.
  5. Drop the Dropbox, says former spy and whistleblower Edward Snowden. The company is no friend to privacy, he claims, and cloud providers must start empowering customers with their own data encryption keys.

Thanks for joining us, and stay tuned to our blog for more news each week.