Security in the News – Week of October 14

Information Security


Brazil to Fortify Government Email Due to NSA Revelations

October 14

Federal Data Processing Service has been tasked with making a secure email system for federal government.


Hackers Attack PR Newswire, Get User Data

October 17

Stolen data includes account customer credentials and contact information.


Dark Reading

The Long Shadow Of Saudi Aramco

October 14

New threats, realities of targeted attacks forcing oil and gas companies to rethink and drill down on security.


Help Net Security

Researchers Crack Vessel Tracking System

October 16

Automated Identification Systems (AIS) can be easily hacked in order to do some real damage.


DDoS Attack Size Accelerating Rapidly

October 17

Global  attack trends show DDoS continues to be a global threat, with alarming increases in attack size this year.



Hackers use Botnet to Scrape Google for Vulnerable Sites

October 15

Hackers using botnet to scour Google for websites that use vulnerable installations of the vBulletin forum software.



Google-Backed File-Sharing Service Spreads Chinese Malware

October 14

Xunlei has hundreds of millions of users in China. And, it was recently found to be distributing a signed malware known as KanKan.


Hackers Target Mandiant CEO Via Limo Service

October 15

CEO famously highlighted Chinese cyber-espionage efforts earlier may be feeling effect of retaliation.


PC Magazine

Indonesia Tops China as Cyber Attack Capital

October 16

Indonesia accounting for 38 percent of attacks, China with 33 percent and U.S. with 6.9 percent.


State of Security

Gartner: Configuration Hardening Required for Security and Compliance

October 14

Security config management is an effective security control to implement, and foundational to many regulatory standards and security frameworks.


More Than One-in-Three Breaches Due to Insiders

October 15

Forrester report indicates more than one-third of reported data breaches involved insider, whether maliciously or errant data handling.


Social Engineering Key to Metasploit DNS Hijacking Attack

October 16

Key mechanism for attack against Metasploit and Rapid7 is believed to be social engineering of an employee at by a pro-Palestine hacker group called KDMS.


We Live Security

Five New Tricks used by Cybercriminals

October 15

Latest traps laid by cybercriminals.



Researchers Uncover Holes That Open Power Stations to Hacking

October 16

Vulnerabilities discovered in products used in critical infrastructure systems to allow attackers to crash or hijack the servers controlling electric substations and water systems.


Security and Crisis Management


Syrian Intelligence Chief Killed in Deir al-Zour

October 18

State television reported that Gen Jamaa died while “carrying out his national duties” and “pursuing terrorists” in Deir al-Zour.


International New York Times

Myanmar: More Mysterious Explosions

October 17

Three small bombs went off in eastern Myanmar, killing one and wounding six, the latest in a series of unexplained explosions.


Radio Free Europe

IED Explodes Near Caucasus Mosque, Human Remains Found

October 18

Police in Russian Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria are investigating deadly blast near village mosque that appears to have been a bomb that exploded prematurely.



Pirate Attacks by Heavily Armed Gangs Surge off Nigerian Coast

October 17

Pirate attacks off Nigeria’s coast have jumped by a third this year with ships passing through West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, a major

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The Washington Post

Indonesian Police Kill Suspected Militant, Arrest 2 in Anti-Terror Raid

October 17

Indonesia’s elite anti-terrorism squad shot and killed one suspect and arrested two others, seizing weapons and fertilizer allegedly for bomb making from group suspected of planning terrorist attacks.

Are you a Multiplier or Diminisher?

Good information on Liz Wiseman’s book The Multiplier Effect. She provides great insight into how best to manage people.

What is a Multiplier? A person that uses their intelligence, skills, etc. to amplify the intelligence of people around them which in turn makes team members provide their best work. The opposite is a Diminisher. Multipliers create pressure while Diminishers create stress. What is the difference between pressure and stress?

  • Example: William Tell had to shoot an apple off his sons head to save his life.
    • William feels pressure – He is in control
    • Son feels stress – He is not in control
  • What do you do with the control you have as a leader?

Based on Liz and her team’s research of 150+ managers across multiple cultures, countries, continents, and industries, the follow statistics arose.

Diminshers only get 50% of people’s capability. They have the view that people won’t figure the problem out without their help. Diminishers are:

  • Empire builders, talent hoarders
  • Know it all, tell people what to do
  • Decision makers: decide then debate, big decisions made behind closed doors
  • Micromanagers

Multipliers get 90-100% of people’s capability. They have the view that people are smart and will figure out the problem on their own. Multipliers are:

  • Talent Magnet: attract and optimize talent
  • Liberator: create space for best thinking
  • Challenger: extend stretch challenges
  • Debate Maker: debate then decide (Don’t spend their time getting buy in, spend it debating, people then feel apart of the decision)
  • Investor: instill ownership & accountability (Boss just gives you 51% of vote, boss backs you up, you have all the accountability)

Sometimes we can be a Diminisher and not realize it. Liz calls this the Accidental Diminisher. What is an Accidental Diminisher? The good manager who wants to be good leader but is having a diminishing impact. Usually the greatest diminishing impact will occur while holding greatest intentions. Below are 6 ways we can beAccidental Diminishers and how to mitigate these situations.

Idea guy:

  • Thinks: “My ideas spark creativity in others!” In reality, it shuts out other people’s ideas.
  • Mitigate: Ask only questions to get ideas from others. Liz gave the example of putting her kids to bed. It was always a struggle of her giving orders. Instead she only asked questions (What time is it? What comes first? Who needs help with PJs? Who will brush their teeth first?) and it worked! The kids had ideas and knew what to do.


  • Thinks:” My energy is contagious!” In reality, people are just waiting for him/her to be quiet or just avoid/tune out the person. People feel like they take all the space and shut down other people.
  • Mitigate: Play your chips. Dispense opinions in small doses. Like 5 chips in a meeting.


  • Thinks: “I must ensure people are successful!” In reality, too much help can hurt. Employees can then rely too much or get frustrated with all the help.
  • Mitigate: Give it back. Help the person but make sure to give them the control/baton back.

Pace setter:

  • Thinks: “If I set the standard, others will follow!” In reality, what happens when the leader gets a car length ahead? People slow down, not speed up.
  • Mitigate: Supersize a role, 1 size bigger. (Example: toddlers shoes, you buy them 1 size bigger)

Rapid Responder:

  • Thinks: “My fast decisions will keep us moving quickly” In reality, employees may feel they have to respond just as quickly which may not be realistic for them.
  • Mitigate: Make a debate/conversation, stop on the vital issues don’t just breeze by them.


  • Thinks: “With the right attitude we can do this!” In reality, sometimes it is an unrealistic expectation and makes employees feel undervalued. (Example: Manager – “How hard can it be?” Employee – “Well, actually it really is hard.”)
  • Mitigate: Create mistake space, risk and iterate space. Encourage people when they have completed the challenging problem.

Are people smart around you? What does your intelligence do to those around you? Make a simple shift. We know how to lead like multipliers, but we sit comfortably in our ways. If we shift our weight who else will?

Where do you think you fall on the spectrum? Take the Multiplier Effect Quiz!