Rob Price, provided by Published 11:26 am PST, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Rob Price/Business Insider Morale at Facebook has plummeted. According to a new report, Facebook employee's attitudes have dropped massively over the last year, after months of scandals for the Silicon Valley giant. "It has been a difficult period, but every day we see people pulling together to learn the lessons of the past year and build a stronger company. Everyone at Facebook has a stake in our future and we are heads down shipping great products and protecting the people who use them," a Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider. Facebook employees aren't too happy. The Wall Street Journal has obtained the results of an internal survey of employee attitudes — and it reportedly shows that morale has plummeted over the last year. Back in 2017, 84% of the workforce "said they were optimistic about the company's future," a figure that has since dropped to just 52%. And 72% … [Read more...] about Employee morale at Facebook has reportedly plummeted following all the company’s scandals, according to internal company survey (FB)
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By The Wall Street Journal Mon., Nov. 12, 2018 Major U.S. cities plunged into darkness. The financial system frozen. Transportation crippled. Drinking water in short supply. These are just a few of the ways that a successful cyberattack on critical infrastructure could wreak havoc on U.S. national security, economic stability and public health and safety. Worries that hackers are getting closer to inflicting serious damage on the U.S. were underscored in July, when the Department of Homeland Security reported that Russian agents had penetrated the control rooms of electric utilities, where they could have caused widespread blackouts. Against that backdrop, a debate is under way about what U.S. policy makers should do to keep critical systems safe. Some cybersecurity experts say that while industry cooperation on things such as best practices and information sharing are helpful, keeping America’s critical infrastructure safe is going to require federal and state … [Read more...] about Should the government require companies to meet cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure?
By Colin Perkel The Canadian Press Thu., Nov. 8, 2018 TORONTO — A prominent Canadian medical marijuana company took weeks to fix a website security weakness that could have allowed hackers to access a patient’s sensitive information. In an interview this week, the chief technology officer of Namaste Technologies said the changes were made late last month ahead of plans to roll out a complete reworking of the flawed application, which had been put in place in January. The vulnerability allowed anyone to confirm whether a particular email address was registered with Namaste. More significantly, the website allowed an unlimited number of password attempts instead of locking a user out after three failed log-ins as is usually done. “We’ve basically removed the ability to perform brute force attacks — made it more difficult, really,” Chad Agate, the chief technology officer of the Toronto-based company, said. “We do work to … [Read more...] about Medical pot company plugs web security flaw but privacy concerns persist
By Gwen Ackerman Bloomberg Thu., Nov. 8, 2018 Hackers had access to the flight paths, photos, and aerial video footage collected by the world’s largest seller of drones for consumers, adding to fears about the security of pilotless flying devices. Access to customer accounts of Chinese-based drone maker SZ DJI Technology Co could be gained via a vulnerability on the company’s website forum, according to a report from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. DJI dominates the $6 billion (U.S.) market for consumer drones, but has been subject to criticism over security holes. Last year, the U.S. army directed its personnel to stop using drones made by DJI and to uninstall all DJI software, after it became aware of security breeches in the Chinese company’s products. Following the Army ruling, DJI set up a bug bounty program, where it pays independent hackers who find flaws in its systems. DJI marked Check Point’s discovery a high risk but low … [Read more...] about Hackers gain access to data collected by drones giant
By Robert McMillan The Wall Street Journal Thu., Nov. 8, 2018 After years of being caught flat-footed by hackers, companies are turning to cybersecurity defenses called threat intelligence to fend off a new generation of criminals and spies trying to steal their secrets and money. Threat-intelligence services can include detailed reports on the makeup and motivations of illicit groups, descriptions of illegal data sold on the dark web, and information about hackers’ tools and tricks. Incubated in the military and in spy agencies, they are becoming more popular in an era when companies often find themselves pitted against nation-state hackers. This information can serve as an early-warning system, letting companies know when hackers are plotting an attack or selling stolen data online. They also can warn companies of malicious websites and the tactics used by criminals. That kind of information helps companies prioritize their cybersecurity responses, says Rich … [Read more...] about To fight this generation of hackers, companies take a cue from spies