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Articles of interest from the week of March 11, 2019

Equifax neglected cybersecurity prior to breach, Senate report finds
On the eve of Equifax and Marriott executives appearing before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to discuss the lessons learned from a pair of major breaches, the subcommittee released a scathing report accusing Equifax of neglect and "failing to prioritize cybersecurity," which led to a 2017 breach that affected 145 million people. (By Teri Robinson, SC Magazine)

Ransomware Warning: The Gang Behind This Virulent Malware Just Changed Tactics Again
Researchers say that those behind GandCrab ransomware are now going 'big game hunting' for larger targets - and more money. (By Danny Palmer, ZDNet)

Iranian-Backed Hackers Ransacked Citrix, Swiped 6TB+ of Emails, Docs, Secrets, Claims Cyber-Biz
The enterprise software giant – which services businesses, the American military, and various US government agencies – said it was told by the FBI on Wednesday that miscreants had accessed Citrix's IT systems and exfiltrated files. (By Shaun Nichols, The Register)

Comcast Security Nightmare: Default '0000' PIN on Everybody's Account
To make it easy for customers to port their existing phone numbers over from other carriers, Comcast used a shortcut: no PINs needed. Oh, except for one, default PIN of "0000," that is, which made it super simple easy for crooks to hijack people's phone numbers. (Lisa Vaas, Naked Security)

Human Behavior Can Be Your Biggest Cybersecurity Risk
Changes in user behavior are increasingly blurring the lines between personal and business. Trends like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and flexible working often mean that people are using work devices outside of the office. In fact, recent research has shown that half of UK workers allow friends and family members to access their work devices with no restrictions, creating a very real cybersecurity risk for businesses. (Adenike Cosgrove, Help Net Security)

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