2014 Rolls In Packing An Infosec Punch

This is just a brief post.  The holiday week has proven to been a bit hectic with time constraints and the surprising work load , but (as promised) I will be posting a new video within the next few days.

On a side note… we are literally 3 days into 2014 and this is WTF is going on:

  • The most notable security firm for their digital forensics and incident response, Mandiant, has been purchased for over a billion dollars by industry leader, FireEye.  A billion dollar acquisition?  Yeah… that’s right.  FireEye’s chairman, David DeWalt claims that he wants to create the strongest security company in the world.  Acquiring the notable talent of Mandiant into one of the industry’s most respected security providers; FireEye may have done just that. (Ref: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/02/us-mandiant-fireeye-idUSBREA010W220140102)
  • Photo messaging app SnapChat was hacked leaving over 4.6 million user accounts compromised by revealing the phone number attributed to a username.  Apparently the bug was reported months ago by security research group, GibsonSec.  The vulnerability was reported to be fixed by SnapChat in response to GibsonSec’s findings, but we all know how that turned out.  (Ref: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/01/snapchat-leak_n_4528573.html)

If this is how the year starts, I don’t know if it is safe to say, “I wonder what’s going to happen next.”

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