Security Summary – May 2016

The short monthly review summarises important news and blog posts, which focus on IT security, cloud computing and privacy protection.

1. E-cigarettes transfer malicious computer viruses
Ahead of the worldwide non-smokers day, which takes place on May 31st, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) put out a warning against computer viruses coming from e-cigarettes. The evaporator element of the e-cigarettes in question has been modified, so that if a user recharges one of the cigarettes, malware will be transmitted to his/her computer via the USB port.

2. 54% of German companies rely on cloud computing
According to a new survey by order of «Bitkom», 54% of German companies were relying on cloud computing in 2015. This is an increase of 10% in comparison to 2014. Another 18% of the companies surveyed are considering a possible switch to the cloud.

3. Anti-encryption law finds no majority in the US congress
Der Gesetzesentwurf, der die sichere Verschlüsselung fast aller Informationen verbietet, hat kaum Erfolgschancen im US-Kongress. Auch Datenschützer und Sicherheitsexperten lehnen die «Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016» ab.

4. Study: passwords in exchange of chocolate
In a study of the University of Luxemburg 1208 random people were asked if they would reveal a personal password. 43,5% of the participants were willing to reveal their passwords if they were promised chocolate in return. The study thus calls attention to the dangers of social engineering attacks in an untraditional way.

5. Hacker wants to sell 360 million login credentials of MySpace accounts
According to motherboard, a hacker is offering 360 million login credentials of MySpace users. This is possibly the largest theft of data ever to happen. Not many years ago, MySpace was one of the most popular social media networks in the world. However, today the network includes 20 times less active users than Facebook.

6. Cloud inspires CRM-business
In 2015 revenue from CRM-solutions have increased significantly. In particular, the revenue from cloud services increased in comparison to the previous year. The revenue of the cloud services increased with 27%. The on premise business cooled down. As the front runners of the increased revenue Salesforce, SAP and Oracle continued to stand out as in the previous year.