Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) News: 17 December 2018

Each morning MSSP Alert broadcasts a quick lineup of news, analysis and chatter from across the global managed security services provider, SOC (security operations center) and IT outsourcing ecosystem.

Here’s the daily business update for Monday, December 17, 2018.

22. McAfee for Sale?: Private equity firm Thoma Bravo may acquire McAfee from TPG Capital and Intel, multiple sources have said in recent days.

21. Huawei Security Debate: Spy chiefs from Five Eyes — the West’s most powerful intelligence alliance — agreed in a July meeting in Canada they needed to contain Huawei Technologies, punctuating years of worry about the Chinese maker of telecommunications equipment, The Wall Street Journal reports. Five Eyes members include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K. and the United States. Meanwhile, Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security says there is no evidence Huawei is using its equipment to spy for China’s government, Channel News Asia reports.

20. Facebook Data Exposure, Fines?: Facebook disclosed Friday that a software bug permitted as many as 1,500 apps to access private photos from more than 6.8 million users, Law360 notes. Meanwhile, Facebook could be facing a multi-billion dollar fine after a European regulator announced Friday that it is launching an investigation into the company over failure to protect user privacy, CNN reports.

19. Google Data Breach Lawsuit: The state of Rhode Island is suing Google parent Alphabet for allegedly hiding a security breach that affected 52.5 million users, Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner says.

18. Phishing Attack Triggers $1 Million Heist: Hackers penetrated the Save the Children charity’s email system with a phishing scam that created fake invoices — leading to a $1 million theft, according to The Boston Globe.

17. Reformed Hacker for Hire: Vladimir Anikeev, the former leader of the hacktivist group “Anonymous International” (better known in Russia as “Shaltai Boltai” or “Humpty Dumpty”), is forming cybersecurity consultancy, Meduza reports.

16. Alleged Terrorist Cybersecurity: Cloudflare faces accusations that it protects terrorist organization websites from DDoS attacks, Koddos reports

15. Iranian Hacker Group?: An Iranian hacker group called “Charming Kitten” allegedly targeted nuclear experts and U.S. Treasury officials amid President Trump’s decision to restore economic sanctions against Iran, AP says.

14. Missile Defense Concerns: A U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General report released this month outlined the inadequate cybersecurity practices being used to protect the United States’ ballistic missile defense systems (BMDS ), Bleeping Computer says

13. U.S. Government Cybersecurity: The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), an Arlington, Virginia-based trade association that lobbies on behalf of defense contractors, this month released a set of voluntary standards designed to help U.S. aerospace companies ensure the weapons systems they make for the U.S. military are secure from hackers, The Washington Post notes.

12. More Bomb Threats: Law enforcement agencies in Australia and New Zealand are investigating bomb threat emails received by some residents, cyber security officials said on Friday, after similar threats were made in the United States and Canada, Reuters notes.

11. Talent – CMO: MobileIron has hired Rhonda Shantz as chief marketing officer. Shantz previously held key roles at Centrify, Rocket Fuel and Symantec.

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