Archive for March 20, 2023

BBC To Staff: You Might Want To Remove TikTok From Your Phones

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 20, 2023 by itnerd

First it was governments banning TikTok on government employee phones. Now it’s over to private corporations. Well, in this case semi-private corporation as BBC is a public broadcaster as they’ve told this to their employees:

The BBC has advised staff to delete TikTok from corporate phones because of privacy and security fears.

The BBC seems to be the first UK media organisation to issue the guidance – and only the second in the world after Denmark’s public service broadcaster.

The BBC said it would continue to use the platform for editorial and marketing purposes for now. TikTok has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

The app has been banned on government phones in the UK and elsewhere.

So the way I read this, it’s a suggestion not a command. But that could change. Perhaps that would be based on what happens with TikTok elsewhere. But even this step by the BBC is going to get the attention of other organizations who may do this, or go further. And it will be interesting to see if TikTok or the Chinese Communist Party responds to this in any way.

Amazon To Slash 9000 More Jobs

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 20, 2023 by itnerd

On top of downsizing 18,000 of employees, it’s now making the news that 9000 more jobs are being slashed at Amazon:

Amazon will lay off 9,000 more employees in the coming weeks, CEO Andy Jassy said in a memo to staff on Monday.

The cuts are on top of the previously announced layoffsthat began in November and extended into January. That round totaled more than 18,000 employees, and primarily affected staffers in its retail, devices, recruiting and human resources groups.

Amazon made the decision to lay off more employees as it looks to streamline costs. It took into account the economy, as well as the “uncertainty that exists in the near future,” Jassy said. The company just wrapped up the second phase of its annual budgeting process, referred to internally as “OP2.”

“The overriding tenet of our annual planning this year was to be leaner while doing so in a way that enables us to still invest robustly in the key long-term customer experiences that we believe can meaningfully improve customers’ lives and Amazon as a whole,” Jassy said.

This also follows up Facebook/Meta doing a version of the same thing. Which doesn’t bode well for the tech sector as this may spur other companies to do the same thing. We’ll have to see what happens on that front, but I suspect that the next few weeks and months ahead will be very bumpy.

Silverfort recognized as a Microsoft Security Excellence Awards finalist 

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 20, 2023 by itnerd

Silverfort today announced it is a Zero Trust Champion and Security ISV of the Year award finalist in the Microsoft Security Excellence Awards. The company was honored among a global field of industry leaders that demonstrated success across the security landscape during the past 12 months.  

At the Microsoft Security Excellence Awards on April 24, 2023, Microsoft will celebrate finalists in 11 award categories honoring partner trailblazers, solution innovators, customer and technology champions, and changemakers. This is the fourth year Microsoft is recognizing partners for their outstanding work in the security landscape. All finalists are members of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), an ecosystem of independent software vendors (ISVs) and managed security service providers (MSSPs) that have integrated their security products and services with Microsoft’s security technology.  

MISA was established to bring together Microsoft leaders, ISVs, and MSSPs to work together to defeat security threats and make the world a safer place. The industry veterans in MISA and Microsoft will vote to select the winners of the Microsoft Security Excellence Awards, providing an opportunity for colleagues to honor their peers for delivering exceptional work to our shared customers. 

Guest Post: Queen Elizabeth and Taylor Swift among most used passwords in 2022

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 20, 2023 by itnerd

The most frequently reused credentials eventually end up on breached lists accessible to purchase on the dark web, thus becoming a weak point in personal and company security when subject to brute force and password-spraying attacks.

Examining the most often reused passwords allows individuals to gain insights into what type of passwords to avoid when safeguarding their online journeys. 

Some passwords, like password, 123456, qwerty, and other similar basic choices, have always been and will remain some of the most insecure picks to protect one’s account.

However, the data presented by Atlas VPN, which comes as a courtesy of SpyCloud, who extracted it from various lists on the dark web, reveals that the most commonly used credentials also change year-by-year and reflect the hottest topics.  

It is no surprise that music, streaming, and celebrity culture are among the most prevalent themes in passwords in 2022. 

Celebrity names as most common passwords

Last year, hundreds of thousands of credentials included keywords connected to celebrities Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, and Elon Musk. 

Swift’s 10th album, “Midnights,” which reportedly generated $230 million in sales, resulted in passwords such as taylor, taylor swift, swiftie, and midnights being used 186,000 times. 

Similarly, Bad Bunny’s status as the most-streamed artist on Spotify in 2022 inspired the use of bad bunny, titi, and verano as passwords, with the latter two being among his popular songs, appearing 141,000 times.

The acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk inspired the use of twitter and elon musk as passwords, which were used 74,000 times. 

Additionally, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s reunion and marriage, known as Bennifer, was reflected in passwords such as jennifer lopez, jlo, ben affleck, and bennifer, appearing 46,000 times.

Avoid streaming and family-related passwords

Other pop culture events that captured the public’s attention were also reflected in the list of frequently reused passwords. 

The growing popularity of streaming TV services was reflected in passwords such as youtube, netflix, and hulu, which were chosen 261,000 times. 

The death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and other news about the royal family ignited the use of queen, queen elizabeth, and royal family as passwords. In total, credentials with the aforementioned keywords were used 167,000 times in 2022, according to various databases on the dark web.  

As expected, other frequently reused passwords included russia, russian war, ukraine, ukraine war, and trump. 

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