The cybercrime landscape is littered with landmines, hidden caches, dark warnings, gloomy clouds and ominous red stains. The detritus of all successful attacks lying across the broken defences and walls of business, user and government organisation. For the security experts in the news for February 2018, the experts are all looking down the barrels of a thousand smoking guns. Tavis Ormandy, security researcher at Google’s Project Zero, uncovered a high-risk bug in the Grammarly Chrome extension that allowed the site to access extensive quantities of user data. Jérôme Segura, lead malware intelligence analyst at Malwarebytes, along with many other of the top names this month, discusses the spate of web browser cryptomining hacks that have hit the world. Sudden slowdowns in device and system performance are the only hint at the possibility that cryptominers have used a software hijack to steal your processing power for cryptomining.
In the chart below, you can see the top 10 security experts who have received the highest traction in the news for January. Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and Fellow at McAfee, is in fourth place as he discusses the impact of Meltdown and Spectre and the Winter Olympic hacks, while Troy Hunt of Have I Been Pwned has been linked to several of the leading stories including cryptomining and password vulnerabilities.
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.
A summary of the remaining names includes:
- Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel – the Spectre patch and further updates around further patches in the future.
- Chris Vickery of Upguard – cryptomining and yet another misconfigured Amazon Web Services bucket.
- Gaurav Kumar, Chief Technology Officer at Redlock – the hack of Tesla’s public cloud for cryptocurrency mining.
- Adam Meyers of Crowdstrike – the dire warning that every entity is under threat of cyber attack.
- Mark McLaughlin, Palo Alto Networks
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