02 Jul THREATs of the Week: July 2, 2017
THREAT – our acronym for threats from technology, health, raids/robbery/ransom, environmental, agencies and terrorists.
Technical Threat: Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much worse.
Payload delivered in mass attack destroys data, with no hope of recovery.
In other words, the researchers said, the payload delivered in Tuesday’s outbreak wasn’t ransomware at all. Instead, its true objective was to permanently wipe as many hard drives as possible on infected networks…
Health Threat: Maintaining CIA to Keep Health Care Security Threats at Bay
Imagine that your health care organization just went on bypass due to a cyberattack. For those unfamiliar with the term, bypass is when a health care facility is unable to provide services for one reason or another. When an emergency room parking bay area is literally full of ambulances, for example, the hospital may go on bypass to ensure that any additional emergencies are routed to the nearest available facility.
During the recent global WannaCry malware outbreak, one of the largest health care security threats on record, services at up to 40 hospital trusts across the U.K. were affected. Surgery operations and appointments were canceled, and ambulances were diverted away — not because of a shortage of doctors, beds or parking bays, but because they were under cyberattack.
Raids, Robbery, Ransom…and Murder: 19 Killed in Clashes Near City of Mazatlan, Mexico
Mexican authorities said Saturday that at least 19 people died in clashes involving armed men and security forces in the gang-ridden northwestern state of Sinaloa, where homicides have increased considerably after the capture and extradition of convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
The violence began with a shooting Friday that killed two men near a department store in the town of Villa Union, about 15 miles southeast of the beach resort of Mazatlan.
IN DEPTH: Murder rate rises in Mexico as drug cartels argue over leadership and profits.
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Environmental Threat: When warning the world of humanity’s greatest threat, it helps to have a sense of humor
Microbiologist Lance Price keeps a collection of stuffed animals in his office.
Actually, they’re not animals—they’re giant, plush microbes, and the first thing Price does when I arrive at his Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at the George Washington University in Washington DC is show them to me.
“This one lives in your butt,” he says, holding an oblong E. coli with two googly eyes and several shoe-string flagella, and gesturing in a way that brings to mind this particular bacteria’s diarrheal consequences. He puts the E. coli down and holds up a lumpy, blue Staphylococcus. “This one lives in your nose.”
Then he picks up a plush that looks a lot like Staph, except it is black and has a cape. “And this one…this is MRSA, and this is a superbug.”
Agency Threat: New TSA Policy May Lead to Increased Scrutiny of Reading Material
The TSA is testing new requirements that passengers remove books and other paper goods from their carry-on baggage when going through airline security. Given the sensitivity of our reading choices, this raises privacy concerns.
Here’s the full story.
The new rules require travelers to remove all food items and electronics larger than cell phones from carry-on bags and put them in a separate security bin, similar to how laptops are currently being screened. However, in airports that have been testing the new security measures, passengers have also reported being asked to remove all books, magazines, and even Post-It Notes from their carry-ons.
TSA agents then fan through each page.
Yikes! They’re not gonna like seeing your copy of 100 Deadly Skills! Or maybe they just won’t give it back…
Terrorist Threat: Politicized overreaction to London Bridge attacks will play into terrorist hands
The new attacks in London — like the attacks in Paris, Boston, and Istanbul and so many other cities — need to be kept in grim perspective. The normal reaction to each attack is to announce new measures that claim to add security — more surveillance, more inspections, more police, and sometimes more military. It is to arrest everyone with links to the attackers and often to announce new laws and regulations.
Overreaction, particularly overreaction that unfairly singles out all Muslims or all of Islam, directly serves the cause of ISIS and Al Qaeda.
Everyone is a first responder. You’re either stopping the threat or stopping the bleeding.
More to follow.
(Thanks to @georgejoseph94 for this week’s featured image)