FBI: Cyberattacks on health systems likely to surge | Microsoft revs up Excel with live custom data types | Maze ransomware gang prepares for shutdown
October 30, 2020
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FBI: Cyberattacks on health systems likely to surge
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The recent wave of cyberattacks against US hospitals and health care providers is expected to accelerate as coronavirus cases rise throughout much of the US, the FBI and other agencies warn. The attacks, which use TrickBot to deliver Ryuk ransomware, are linked to a Russian cybercrime gang and could represent "the most significant cyberthreat that we've experienced in the US to date," says Charles Carmakal of cybersecurity firm Mandiant.
Full Story: CNET (10/29),  Wired (tiered subscription model) (10/29) 
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Technology & Trends
Microsoft is revamping Excel, adding features that include the ability to create custom data types that can be updated from live data sources. The features are available now to users of Power BI, the company's business analytics service.
Full Story: VentureBeat (10/29),  LiveMint (India) (10/30) 
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Maze ransomware gang prepares for shutdown
The Maze ransomware gang, which has begun removing names of breached companies from its data leak site, says it is shutting down. The group was among the first to use the double-extortion tactic, in which data was not just encrypted but also stolen and leaked online if the ransom was not paid.
Full Story: BleepingComputer (10/29) 
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IT Channel
Intel is acquiring SigOpt, a San Francisco startup developing a platform used by companies and research groups to improve their artificial intelligence models' performance. Intel intends to integrate SigOpt's technologies across its AI products, particularly into its AI Analytics Toolkit.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (10/29) 
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IT Workforce
Kelsey Hightower's rise from a $4.15-an-hour job at McDonald's to principal engineer for Google Cloud involved detours, determination and CompTIA certification classes, as well as a gift for storytelling and self-teaching. Early in his tech career, an encounter in a customer's home taught him that despite the significant barriers he faced as a Black man in an overwhelmingly white field, "this particular skill set was my Superman suit," he says.
Full Story: Protocol (10/30) 
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The rise of remote working due to the pandemic has prompted between 14 million and 23 million Americans to plan relocations to new regions or cities, an Upwork survey has found. Just over 20% of those planning to relocate live in major cities, and 54.7% of them want to move two hours or more from where they live.
Full Story: Reuters (10/30),  CNBC (10/29) 
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Policy Watch
Hackers target attendees of 2 prominent conferences
Microsoft says hackers backed by the Iranian government targeted more than 100 "high-profile individuals" who had registered for the upcoming Munich Security Conference and Think 20 Summit in Saudi Arabia. The hackers sent spoofed invitations in an effort to steal passwords and other credentials of former government officials, policy experts, academics and leaders from nongovernmental organizations.
Full Story: ZDNet (10/29) 
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