More IT Security in the News

We have seen more IT Security news stories getting mainstream attention this summer. Below are the IT Security news events we are following at Quanexus.

Adobe Releases out of Schedule Patches After Flash Announcement

After we published our blog last week about the end of Flash, Adobe released a series of patches outside of their normal schedule. Read our previous blog here. Adobe patched Flash, as well as some of their professional tools against 18 known vulnerabilities. The programs affected were Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush and Audition. If you use any of these programs in the Adobe suite, be sure to update to the most recent version.

Zoom Adding More Security Defenses

The video conferencing software that has ruled during the pandemic lockdown is still catching up to its popularity. There have been multiple news stories of security breaches of Zoom meetings over the last six months while most employees and students have been working from home. Shortly after the term Zoom became part of the public lexicon, the term ‘Zoom-bombing’ did as well.

The most recent security update enables two-factor authentication (2FA) for all users, not just browser users and on September 27th, all Zoom meetings will require either a password or a waiting room. For reoccurring meetings that do not have either of these measures in place now, Zoom will add a waiting room to the meeting. If you already have one of these measures enabled on your meetings, there will be no change. You can read more about the security change here.

TikTok updates and US Buyer

TikTok is still in the news, and probably will continue to be in the near future. The attention is well deserved. TikTok skyrocketed in popularity in the US during the pandemic, and the parent company is the most valuable privately held company in the world.

TikTok patched vulnerabilities on the Android platform this week that could have given criminals the ability to take over user accounts. At the same time that news was breaking, Microsoft announced they would not be buying the social media company and released a statement emphasizing privacy and security.

“ByteDance let us know today they would not be selling TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft. We are confident our proposal would have been good for TikTok’s users, while protecting national security interests. To do this, we would have made significant changes to ensure the service met the highest standards for security, privacy, online safety, and combatting disinformation. We made these principles clear in our August statement. We look forward to seeing how the service evolves in these important areas.” ~Microsoft – September 13, 2020

The winning bid is expected to go to California based Oracle.

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Posted by Charles Wright