CollaboristaBlog Roundup October 17

Welcome to your weekly guide on the most interesting data sharing, security, and privacy news and events. This week features Dropbox, recent hacks and security best practices.


17 October 2014

CollaboristaBlog Roundup

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. Here’s a roundup of the latest and most popular topics to catch you up to speed. Check these out …

  • It was a particularly rough week for Dropbox. Let’s start with what we know for fact: A bug in some versions of the file sync and share (FSS) service caused user content to be lost, possibly forever. Dropbox is sorry, and has promised to recover (hopefully) the deleted files, and is even offering free service to the affected users …
  • … And then, what might be a hoax: Anonymous hackers claimed they stole millions of Dropbox user IDs and passwords and demanded ransom. While this may be outright fraud (Dropbox says it wasn’t breached), it underscores how low the public’s trust is in the security of consumer FSS cloud providers.
  • The week’s news cycle probably would seem incomplete without another retailer announcing a successful hack. This time it’s Kmart. It appears the firm’s “point of sale systems were compromised by malicious software,” says Forbes. A familiar refrain …
  • Given the hullaballoo about retail payment card data thefts, you may have been wondering about the cybersecurity of ATMs, too. Hackers are planting malware in some of them, potentially making these criminals overnight millionaires, as security expert Graham Cluley writes.
  • It's clear that a lack of security is a major issue for some companies. In fact, Business Insider reprinted RAND Corp.'s infographic detailing the biggest hacks up to 2014.

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Marc Songini

Marc Songini

Marc Songini has worked in the information technology field for more than 16 years. His roles have included those of journalist, analyst, and marketing communications specialist. He admits that when he started out as a cub high tech reporter, Netscape was still rocking the industry with a wondrous new user interface called a “browser.” During his 10 years with International Data Group (IDG), Marc wrote for NetworkWorld and Computerworld, both award-winning magazines. Marc specializes in cloud, enterprise apps, and figuring out the meaning of being human in an automated world.