Managed Security Services Provider Morning Update: 16 August 2017

Each morning MSSP Alert broadcasts a quick lineup of news, analysis and chatter from across the global managed security services provider ecosystem.

Here’s the lineup for Wednesday, August 16, 2017:

7. Texas Data Breach: Educators across Texas are learning some of their personal information has been compromised, according to News 4 San Antonio. Indeed, the Texas Association of School Boards has been sending out letters informing teachers that their name and social security numbers were not kept secure, according to the report...

6. Data Privacy Settlement: Uber Technologies has agreed to two decades of audits after U.S. regulators found the ride-services company failed to protect the personal information of drivers and passengers and deceived the public about efforts to prevent snooping by its employees, Reuters reported.

5. Cellphone Privacy: More than a dozen high technology companies and the biggest wireless operator in the United States, Verizon Communications, have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals' sensitive cellphone data, Reuters reported. Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Snap and Google are part of the push...

4. DDoS Attack Arrests: Israeli authorities have charged two 19-year-old teenagers for running vDos, a DDoS-for-hire service that was the largest such platform of its time, BleepingComputer reports. The service operated from 2012 up to September 2016, and for most of its lifespan, only a few people knew about its existence. The service offered a broad range of DDoS-for-hire services, from monthly "stresser service" subscriptions to rentable botnet infrastructure, the report said.

3. Hidden Backdoor: Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered a backdoor planted in NetSarang's server management software platform, which is used by hundreds of large businesses worldwide. When activated, the backdoor allows attackers to download further malicious modules or steal data, the security company said. NetSarang issued this patch to close the hole.

2. Next Cybersecurity Conference: The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) will host the 7th Annual Cybersecurity Training & Technology Forum (CSTTF) later this month in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Learn about that event and dozens more on the MSSP Alert Cybersecurity Conference Calendar. Is your company's conference listed?

1. Top MSP Discovers, Mitigates Server Breach: Surgical Dermatology Group says one of its servers hosted by TekLinks -- a top MSP --  was breached in recent months. TekLinks closed the breach on May 1. Here are the details. We've reached out to TekLinks for more information about how the MSP discovered and mitigated the breach.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.