This Week in Technology

This Week in Technology

By Eric Corcoran
Posted in Technology Week in Review
On April 05, 2019

Monday 4/1

Malware may have stolen 2 million US restaurant diners’ credit card details

That malware could have stolen card numbers, expiration dates and cardholder names from people who used them at Buca di Beppo, Earl of Sandwich, Planet Hollywood, Chicken Guy, Mixology and Tequila Taqueria between May 23, 2018, and March 18, 2019.

Toyota announces second security breach in the last five weeks

Toyota said the servers that hackers accessed stored sales information on up to 3.1 million customers. The carmaker said there's an ongoing investigation to find out if hackers exfiltrated any of the data they had access to. Customer financial details were not stored on the hacked servers, Toyota said. However, the company didn't say what type of info hackers might have accessed either.

NVIDIA Is A Data Center Company Now

While there are many contenders to the throne of AI accelerator, NVIDIA products are still king of the hill with the largest software installed based. With the acquisition of Mellanox, it just expanded its data center domain.

Tuesday 4/2

Pirating ‘Game of Thrones’? That File Is Probably Malware

"Game of Thrones accounted for 17 percent of all the infected pirated content in 2018, with 20,934 users attacked," Kaspersky Lab said. "The first and the last episodes of each Game of Thrones season we analyzed turned out the most dangerous."

Gustuff Android banking Trojan targets 125+ banking, IM, and cryptocurrency apps

Gustuff can phish credentials and automate bank transactions for over 100 banking apps and 32 cryptocurrency apps. Targets include known banks such as Bank of America, Bank of Scotland, J.P.Morgan, Wells Fargo, Capital One, TD Bank, and PNC Bank, but also cryptocurrency apps such as BitPay, Cryptopay, Coinbase, and Bitcoin Wallet.

Google: Malware in Google Play doubled in 2018 because of click-fraud apps

Click-fraud apps accounted for 55 percent of all PHAs installed through the Play Store, far outweighing any other category. The second-largest category by install rate are trojans at 16 percent.

Wednesday 4/3

Pure Storage Boosts File Capabilities With Compuverde Acquisition

All-flash storage vendor Pure Storage announced on Tuesday that it is acquiring Compuverde, a small Swedish firm, in order to boost its file capabilities, give enterprise clients advanced file offerings as well as help customers create “true hybrid architectures,” and leverage data on premises or in the cloud.

FireEye Creates Free Attack Toolset for Windows

FireEye released a collection of more than 140 open-source tools for Windows on March 28 that give red-team penetration testers and blue team defenders a curated collection of the top reconnaissance and exploitation programs.

Why McAfee Is Integrating AI Into Next Gen Security

McAfee's strategy involves both traditional approaches for cyber-security as well as integrating machine learning capabilities. McAfee has added multiple layers of AI for endpoint security including structural machine learning to understand what a given piece of code is, and behavioral machine learning to look at what things do.

Thursday 4/4

Gotham Technology Group has been named to CRN’s 2019 Tech Elite 250.

Gotham Technology Group is excited to announce that we have been named to CRN's 2019 Tech Elite 250 for the NINTH year in a row!!

Gotham Technology Group would like to congratulate Principal Architect Nancy Rand. Nancy was recognized by the ISACA for passing their CISA Certification Exam with the highest score for the ISACA New York Metropolitan chapter. Congratulations Nancy!

New Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Version 3 Now Available

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3 eliminates the risk of losing access to business-critical data and ensures the organization remains in control. Version 3 makes it easier to efficiently back up and reliably restore Office 365 Exchange, SharePoint and OneDrive data.

Friday 4/5

81 potentially dangerous apps from in the Microsoft Store

These apps disguised themselves as pertaining to sports, news, utilities and games, but in fact were fronts for gambling and pornography apps. These Potentially Unwanted Apps (PUA) had well-known brand names but if downloaded either lead the user to a different site or to the brand’s actual app, but have install malware so the malicious actors can display different content at a later date.

Threat Group Employs Amazon-Style Fulfillment Model to Distribute Malware

Evidence suggests that a single group is hosting the malware and also distributing it via mass phishing campaigns on behalf of other threat actors. The use of the same servers to host multiple malware families, for instance, suggests that a single entity is behind the operation

Jamie Dimon: Cyber security threats may be the ‘biggest threat to the U.S. financial system’

In his widely read annual letter, Dimon noted that JPMorgan Chase spends nearly $600 million each year on cybersecurity and employs 3,000 people dedicated toward these efforts. Dimon isn’t alone with his concerns. Cybersecurity poses a threat to critical infrastructure and the economy, playing a large role in everything from transportation to financial services.