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Welcome to the first issue of Nouveau’s Nouveau BullITin (that’s a ‘bulletin’, but with more focus on IT). In these weekly posts we aim to roundup relevant IT news all in one place so that you can stay up to date with the latest information concerning IT security and cloud without having to do much searching around on the web. We understand that it can be hard to stay up-to date with all the latest pieces of news, so hopefully these posts are a convenient way of getting a good gist of what’s going on in the world of IT.

WannaCry ransomware attack on NHS could have triggered NATO reaction, says German cyber general:

In this article from The Register it is made clear that the WannaCry attacks on the NHS back in 2017 were not taken lightly by NATO. You can read more on the subject by clicking the link below.

Source: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/02/03/wannacry_could_have_triggered_nato_german_general_says/

Microsoft Offers Rewards of Up to $20,000 in New Xbox Bug Bounty Program:

There seems to be value for companies such as Microsoft in doing all that it takes to ensure maximum security. This article on Threat Post discusses how they are offering large sums of money for users to find vulnerabilities in their Xbox systems. It’s clear that maintaining a secure, bug-free experience for their users is a priority.

Source: https://threatpost.com/microsoft-offers-rewards-of-up-to-20000-in-new-xbox-bug-bounty-program/152424/

AWS: Your complete guide to Amazon Web Services & features

We stumbled across this post by Tech Radar a few days ago and thought it might be worth a share. This article conveniently puts together the features of Amazon Web Services into one place – when you look at it all in a list, you realise just how much there is to cloud services like AWS and Azure.

Source: https://www.techradar.com/news/aws

New Microsoft Browser Combats Crypto Mining Malware

On Bitcoinest, we learned that in Microsoft’s new version of the Edge Browser there will be features to prevent crypto-mining malware that will be superior to SmartScreen (a cloud based anti-malware component in many of Microsoft’s software).
An interesting part of the article involves the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant – hackers were using a wallpaper of him to infect machines with malware. You can learn more about it in the article.

Source: https://bitcoinist.com/new-microsoft-browser-combats-crypto-mining-malware/

Be wary of hotel cyber security, experts tell agents

According to data from Statista, food and hospitality organisations had only invested an average of £1080 in internet security during 2019.
Considering we live in a world where we can work from anywhere and everywhere, it might be sensible to consider what networks we join when we stay away, according to this post from TTGMedia.

Source: https://www.ttgmedia.com/news/be-wary-of-hotel-cyber-security-experts-tell-agents-21092

Sonos exposed some customers’ email addresses in BCC apology gaffe

If you own a Sonos, we are sure you might have heard about the company cancelling support on a variety of older products – it’s caused quite a stir in the world of audio entertainment.
In lamens terms, because of the lack of support it means the old dusty speaker in the image above will work as it did when it was released, where as many Sonos products will not.
On top of that, they also made a blunder that breaches GDPR regulations.
Sonos emailed hundred of customers by accidently CC’ing them into an apology email (referencing the cancellation of support). It just goes to show that user training is just as important as processes and technology. You can read the original article here on Trusted Reviews.

Source: https://www.trustedreviews.com/news/sonos-exposed-some-customers-email-addresses-in-bcc-apology-gaffe-3979632


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