The security limelight in December shone brightly when it came to accusations, attacks and unpleasant discoveries. The Kaspersky Lab accusation and rebuttal fire continues to rage unchecked across the USA with Trump signing a Kaspersky Lab ban for government use into law. Eugene Kaspersky has now been pulled onto UK television to refute the claims made against his software and he continues to be open in both statement and availability, suggesting that perhaps the Kaspersky Lab drama is an attempt to discredit his company.
In the infographic below, you can see the top 10 security experts who have received the highest traction in the news for December and Kaspersky clearly leads the way. However, he is closely followed by the Microsoft’s, Brad Smith, who not only appeared in the news critiquing the FCC decisions around net neutrality, but spoke of AI, rebuilding the Microsoft campus and the WannaCry NSA leak. Michael Myng’s discovery of a hidden keylogger relaxing in the background of several HP laptops was not only fortuitous, but entertaining. He was hunting for a backlight, but he found something far more interesting. Also on a more entertaining, albeit disheartening, note was the reveal by SplashData of the top 25 most used passwords. The top place is still dominated by ‘123456’ which should baffle anyone who has a computer, access to the news and concerns around individual and business security, and is closely followed by popular culture terms such as ‘starwars’ and ‘dragon’. As Morgan Slain, SpashData’s CEO points out – ‘Hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts online because they know many people are using those easy to remember words.’
If you would like to see the full list of those who feature in the news in the UK, USA, France, Germany or Spain, click here.
Making much of the news from both a Gemalto and Atos point of view was the former’s recent acquisition by Thales. Thales is active in the space, ground transportation, defence and security and aeronautics industries, to name a few, and bought the giant for a hefty $5.43bn. For Philippe Vallée, the Gemalto CEO, the move was ‘the best and most promising option for Gemalto and the most positive outcome for our company, employees, clients, shareholders and other stakeholders’.
A summary of the remaining names includes:
- Chris Vickery of UpGuard revealed a hack that impacts millions of American consumers
- Tavis Ormandy of Google found a browser plug-in flaw linked to Windows 10 password manager, Keeper
- Corey Nachreiner of WatchGuard Technologies questioned whether cyber insurance companies should pay out the ransoms for captured data
- Thierry Breton of Atos made the news for his failed grab of Gemalto
- Amir Ben-Efraim of Menlo Security revealed a $40m investment into the company to support the development of its malware isolation technology
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