Weekly Security Sprint 47. New SEC rules, AI, embezzlement, ransomware and more.

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In this year-end Security Sprint, Dave and Andy talk about the topics below. For more of these and other security updates, subscribe to our free daily report, delivered directly to your inbox, the Gate 15 SUN. To subscribe, please email [email protected]. The Security Sprint will return in January! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Cyber Incident Reporting Requirements! The long anticipated new SEC cyber incident reporting requirements are in effect, just in time for holiday season cyberattacks!

Main Topics

AI threats and terrorism

Seasonal Security Reminders

  • Denmark, Germany, Netherlands arrest 7 terror suspects, including alleged Hamas members, authorities say. Denmark and Germany announced Thursday the arrests of seven terror suspects, including several alleged Hamas members suspected of plotting attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions in Europe amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. The announcements were issued separately and it was unclear how the arrests were connected or if they were the result of coordinated actions, or even possibly one operation spanning the continent.
  • UK NPSA: Social Media Auditors. There is a small but increasing number of reports within the United Kingdom involving individuals who attend premises and outside spaces, with the aim of capturing staff and property on camera, the content from which is often uploaded to social media and video platforms. We refer to them as Auditors in this guidance as it’s the term most associated with them online. Other terms include Social Media Auditors and Citizen Journalists… When interacting with suspected Auditors, we recommend a CALM approach – Chat, Assess, Limit, Monitor.

Cardinal found guilty of embezzlement in Vatican ‘trial of the century’

Ransomware & Cyber Threat Updates

Quick Hits.

“Charles McGonigal violated the trust his country placed in him by using his high-level position at the FBI to prepare for his future in business,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams for the Southern District of New York… “Charles McGonigal’s conduct can be summed up in one word – betrayal. He betrayed everything he once swore to protect.” said Executive Assistant Director Larissa L. Knapp of the National Security Branch. “Today’s sentencing is a message to all, no matter who they are, the FBI does not tolerate those who choose to jeopardize US National Security. Prioritizing personal gains over one’s oath to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution, will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

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