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Articles of interest from the week of November 19, 2018

Japan's minister of cybersecurity admits he's never used a computer
In a stunning admission, Japan's new minister in charge of cybersecurity has admitted that he has never used a computer. (By: David Reid, CNBC)

Siemens Patches Firewall Flaw That Put Operations at Risk
Siemens AG on Tuesday issued a slew of fixes addressing eight vulnerabilities spanning its industrial product lines. The most serious of the patched flaws include a cross-site scripting vulnerability in Siemens' SCALANCE firewall product. The flaw could allow an attacker to gain unauthorized access to industrial networks and ultimately put operations and production at risk. (By: Lindsey O'Donnell, Threat Post)

'DarkGate' miner, password-stealer could open up world of hurt for Windows users
Windows users in Europe have recently been the target of a sophisticated malware campaign that provides attackers with a diverse array of capabilities, including cryptomining, credential stealing, ransomware and remote-access takeovers. (By: Bradley Barth, SC Magazine)

The Hail Mary Plan to Restart a Hacked US Electric Grid
IN HIS YEARS-LONG career developing software for power grids, Stan McHann had never before heard the ominous noise that rang out last Wednesday. Standing in the middle of a utility command center, he flinched as a cyberattack tripped the breakers in all seven of the grid's low voltage substations, plunging the system into darkness. "I heard all the substations trip off and it was just like bam bam bam bam bam bam bam bam," McHann says. "The power's out. All you can do is say, OK, we have to start from scratch bringing the power back up. You just take a deep breath and dig in." (By: Lily Hay Newman, Wired)

Congress Warned of Chinese IoT Security Threat
US lawmakers have been warned of the growing risk to national and corporate security posed by Chinese efforts to dominate 5G infrastructure and the IoT supply chain. (By: Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine)

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