Cloud Security This Week – March 16, 2018

Evident.io + Palo Alto Networks – Bolsters Palo Alto’s Comprehensive Security Offering
Joining forces with Palo Alto Networks
Evident.io founder and CEO Tim Predergast explains why Evident.io and Palo Alto Networks will create the most comprehensive engine for enterprise cloud security and compliance on the market.

Doc Rivers Fined $15,000 for Criticizing Referees After Rockets Game

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Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was not pleased with the officiating in his team’s 101-96 loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday, and he will reportedly pay the price.

The Latest: Butler still wary of Purdue despite loss of Haas

The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):9:04 p.m.Barry Brown scored 18 points, and ninth-seeded Kansas State led wire-to-wire to post a 69-59 victory over No. 8 Creighton on Friday night despite playing without leading scorer Dean Wade.Mike McGuirl added 17 points and Kamau Stokes had 11 as the Wildcats reached the final 32 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. Wade had been expected to play after suffering a stress fracture in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament, but never saw the floor.His teammates picked him up, particularly on defense.Creighton came into the game ranked 10th in scoring in Division I at 84.3 points per game but tied a season-low with 59 points after shooting 33.8 percent from the field, including 26 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.Leading scoring Marcus Foster, who spent two seasons at Kansas State, was held scoreless for the first 28 1/2 minutes and finished with five points on 2-of-11 shooting.8:45 p.m.The Xavier Musketeers are looking every bit of a No. 1 seed thanks to senior guards J.P. Macura and Trevon Bluiett.Macura scored 18 points and Bluiett added 17 as the Musketeers took a 49-37 lead into halftime over No. 16 seed Texas Southern. Macura took care of the scoring early, hitting seven of his first eight shots, including all four beyond the arc. He scored 15 points during a 21-2 run by the Musketeers as Xavier responded to falling behind 20-13. Macura capped the run with a 3 putting Xavier up 34-22 with 7:12 left.Bluiett scored seven down the stretch, including his third 3-pointer for a 49-29 lead with 1:39 left.But the Tigers, who won their first NCAA Tournament game in the First Four to advance, finished the half scoring the final eight points. Guard Demontrae Jefferson stole the ball for a layup that not only beat the buzzer but drew a foul. He hit the free throw to pull Texas Southern closer at halftime.– Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee8:40 p.m.Auburn is trying to avoid becoming the second No. 4 seed to lose at San Diego State’s Viejas Arena in the NCAA Tournament.The Tigers are tied at 25 with College of Charleston at halftime of their Midwest Region matchup on Friday night.The Tigers are shooting horribly. They’ve made only 9 of 32 field goals for 28.1 percent, and have missed all 13 3-pointers.Charleston is shooting 40.7 percent and has rallied from an early deficit.The Cougars’ Grant Riller has 12 points and is the only player in double figures.In an East Region game earlier Friday at Viejas, No. 13 seed Marshall upset No. 4 seed Wichita State 81-75. Another No. 4, Arizona, lost Thursday night to Buffalo, bouncing the Pac-12 from the tournament.– Bernie Wilson reporting in San Diego.8:09 p.m.The injury to Purdue center Isaac Haas changes the complexion of Sunday’s matchup between the Boilermakers and in-state rival Butler.Haas is out for the rest of the NCAA Tournament with an elbow injury.“Obviously the first thought goes out to Isaac and his family and Purdue and their program,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan, whose team beat Arkansas immediately after Purdue’s win over Cal State Fullerton. “You hate that for anybody, but especially a senior and his last run, for that to take him out when they had a really good team, a really good chance to make a deep run.”That’s not to say the Boilermakers can’t go far without Haas. Backup Matt Haarms is actually an inch taller at 7-foot-3.“I think our mentality doesn’t change. It’s not like they’re going to play four guys,” Jordan said. “They have other players that are really good. We’ve got to be prepared for them.”– Noah Trister reporting from Detroit.8:05 p.m.Looks like playing the nation’s toughest schedule has helped Texas Southern prepare for the NCAA Tournament.When No. 1 seed Xavier took a 13-4 lead, Texas Southern answered with an even bigger run of its own and reeled off the next 16 points hitting all five shots. Robert Lewis’ 3 capped the run and put the Tigers up 20-13 with 12:18 left in the first half.The Tigers played their first 13 games on the road to earn money for the SWAC program, and that schedule included visits to Gonzaga, Ohio State, Kansas, Clemson, Oregon and Baylor. Texas Southern lost all 13 of those games. But coach Mike Davis says that schedule was planned to prepare his Tigers for March and the games that matter most.– Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee8:05 p.m.Scrappy Bucknell is hanging right with third-seeded Michigan State through 20 minutes.In front of a partisan crowd of Spartans fans in Detroit, the Bison rallied from an 11-point deficit and actually took a 28-27 lead at one point, delighting the small but spirited group of Bucknell supporters in attendance.Michigan State leads 44-40 at halftime, but that’s not a huge margin considering the Spartans shot 59 percent from the field.Bucknell’s Zach Thomas has 20 points.– Noah Trister reporting from Detroit.7:46 p.m.No Wade? No problem for Kansas State.The ninth-seeded Wildcats lead No. 8 seed Creighton 32-26 at halftime despite playing without leading scorer Dean Wade, who spent all 20 minutes sitting on the bench cheering on his teammates.Dean suffered a stress fracture in his left foot in the Big 12 Conference tournament, but coach Bruce Weber said earlier this week that he expected Wade to be ready for the first round.Wade is suited up and does not have a protective boot on his foot.He is averaging 16.7 points per game.7:45 p.m.The Texas Southern Tigers started the season losing their first 13 games. They’re in Nashville for their first-round game trying to see if they can extend their eight-game winning streak by doing something that’s never been done.Knock off a top seed as a No. 16 seed.The Tigers of the Southwestern Athletic Conference won the first NCAA Tournament game in the program’s history Wednesday night knocking off North Carolina Central in the First Four in Dayton.They tip off against Xavier, which is playing its first game ever as a No. 1 seed, in the first round of the West Region.– Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.7:23 p.m.Creighton’s Marcus Foster was struggling in the first half against his former team, Kansas State. The senior guard was 0 for 3 from the field and had yet to score as the eighth-seeded Bluejays trailed 25-16 to the ninth-seeded Wildcats with 4:36 left in the first half.Foster spent two seasons at Kansas State before being kicked off the team for disciplinary reasons in 2015.He transferred to Creighton, where has played the last two seasons after sitting out a year. He’s the team’s leading scorer this season with 20.3 points per game.7:05 p.m.Nevada coach Eric Musselman was pumped up after his team beat Texas in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and his locker room speech that was broadcast live ended up being rated PG-13.The CBS/Turner cameras caught Musselman three times, twice loud and clear, dropping an obscenity while excitedly congratulating his team. After the third time, the cameras cutaway.Musselman then opened his postgame news conference by apologizing for his language.6:50 p.m.Caleb Martin made three clutch 3-pointers in overtime for Nevada and the seventh-seeded Wolf Pack came from behind to force overtime and then beat 10th-seeded Texas 87-83 in the East Regional.Nevada erased a double-digit second-half lead by the Longhorns and fouled out Texas star Mo Bamba at the end of regulation.Martin made the biggest shots, but Nevada could not miss, going 6 for 6 in OT and scoring 19 points. The Wolf Pack advance to the second round against No. 2 seed Cincinnati by earning its first NCAA Tournament victory since 2007.Meanwhile, Texas coach Shaka Smart fell to 2-6 in the NCAA Tournament, including his time at VCU, since a Final Four run in 2013.6:40 p.m.West Virginia did its part and has set up one crazy Mountain State showdown way out on the West Coast.The fifth-seeded Mountaineers ousted No. 12 seed Murray State 85-68 in the first round of the East Region. The victory sets up a round of 32 matchup with in-state rival Marshall on Sunday. The 13th-seeded Thundering Herd upset No. 4 seed Wichita State earlier Friday.West Virginia’s do-everything star Jevon Carter led the way with 21 points and seven assists. Carter was also part of a tremendous defensive effort on Murray State standout Jonathan Stark. Stark entered the game averaging 21.8 points per game but was held to nine points on 1-of-12 shooting.Terrell Miller led the Racers with 27 points. The Racers had won 13 straight entering the NCAAs, the second-longest win streak in the country.– Tim Booth reporting from San Diego.More AP college basketball: https://collegebasketball.ap.org ; https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 and https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-special-events

Amazon Is Hiring More Developers For Alexa Than Google Is Hiring For Everything

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gadgets Now: Amazon is hiring 1,147 people just for its Alexa business. To put this number in perspective, it has to be mentioned that this number is higher than what Google is hiring for technical and product roles across its Alphabet group of companies including YouTube and Waymo. According to

a report published in Forbes

Qualcomm’s former exec chair will exit after exploring an acquisition bid

There’s a new twist in the BroadQualm saga this afternoon as Qualcomm has said it won’t renominate Paul Jacobs, the former executive chairman of the company, after he notified the board that he decided to explore the possibility of making a proposal to acquire Qualcomm.

Real Madrid Transfer News: Unai Emery Fuels Rumours About Neymar Future

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has said Real Madrid president Florentino Perez needs to be questioned about Neymar’s future in France, as speculation surrounding the Brazil international grows.

Over 360,000 Affected By Florida School Data Breach

A data breach at the Florida Virtual School is thought to have impacted impacted more than 368,000 current and former students and up to 2,000 teachers at the school. A statement from FLVS says the breach likely occurred between May 6, 2016, and Feb. 12, 2018, but it wasn’t reported until last Friday. FLVS says school records including students names, dates of birth, school account numbers, their usernames and passwords as well as parent’s names and emails were compromised by the breach. Dean Ferrando, Systems Engineer Manager – EMEA at Tripwire commented below.

Butler Earns Lopsided Win over Arkansas in 2018 NCAA Tournament

The 10th-seeded Butler Bulldogs earned a 79-62 victory over the seventh-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Friday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Election infrastructure ISAC created to share threats specific to voting systems

States and localities are getting a new, Department of Homeland Security-backed center to coordinate and share information on election security.

Zenis Ransomware Encrypts Your Data & Deletes Your Backups

A new ransomware was discovered this week by MalwareHunterTeam called Zenis Ransomware. While it is currently unknown how Zenis is being distributed, multiple victims have already become infected with this ransomware. What is most disturbing about Zenis is that it not encrypts your files, but also purposely deletes your backups.

When MalwareHunterTeam found the first sample, it was utilizing a custom encryption method when encrypting files. The latest version, and the one we will discuss in this article, utilizes AES encryption to encrypt the files.

At this time there is no way to decrypt Zenis encrypted files, but Michael Gillespie is analyzing the ransomware for weaknesses. Therefore, if you are infected with Zenis, do not pay the ransom. Instead you can receive help or discuss this ransomware in our dedicated Zenis Ransomware help & support topic.

Below is a brief decryption of how the Zenis ransomware encrypts a computer compiled from analysis by MalwareHunterTeam, Michael, and myself.

How Zenis Ransomware encrypts a computer

As previously stated, we do not know how the Zenis Ransomware is currently being distributed. Based on the elusiveness of the ransomware samples and comments from infected people, it could be distributed via hacked Remote Desktop services.

When executed, the current Zenis Ransomware variant will perform two checks to see if it should begin encrypting the comptuer. The first check is to see if the file that executed is named iis_agent32.exe, with this check being case insensitive. The other check is to see if a registry value exists called HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\ZenisService “Active”.

If the registry value exists or the file is not named iis_agent32.exe, it will terminate the process and not encrypt the computer.

If it passes the checks, it will then begin to get the ransom note ready by filling in some information, such as emails and encrypted data.

After that is completed it will execute the following commands to delete the shadow volume copies, disable startup repair, and clear event logs.

cmd.exe /C vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet cmd.exe /C WMIC.exe shadowcopy delete cmd.exe /C Bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled no cmd.exe /C Bcdedit.exe /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures cmd.exe /C wevtutil.exe cl Application cmd.exe /C wevtutil.exe cl Security cmd.exe /C wevtutil.exe cl System"

Education quiz app Kahoot raises another $17M at a $100M valuation

When we wrote about gaming startup Kahoot passing significant milestones of 70 million users on 51 million educational quizzes in January, we mentioned that the Oslo, Norway-based startup was closing another round of funding. Now, that has come to pass: Kahoot has announced that it has raised $17 million, at a valuation that sources close to the company confirm to us is $100 million.

7 Questions to Ask About Your DevSecOps Program

If you’ve implemented, or are implementing, a DevSecOps program, we’ve come up with several questions to consider below. By posing these questions, we hope to help spur new ideas and help identify areas for improvement. We’re also hosting a webinar on implementing DevSecOps next Wednesday (3/21/18).

MPLS explained

The thing about MPLS is that it’s a technique, not a service — so it can deliver anything from IP VPNs to metro Ethernet. It’s expensive, so with the advent of SD-WAN enterprises are trying to figure how to optimize its use vs. less expensive connections like the internet.

The Cost of GDPR Non-Compliance 

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires additional steps that data processors and data controllers must take to protect personal data, and disclose any data security breach to the public, GDPR regulators can impose large, monetary fines for those in non-compliance. Additional penalties that can occur may not be monetary, but can carry a large consequence. 

Here’s Why Blake Lively Still Doesn’t Have a Stylist

Blake Lively is one of the rare Hollywood celebrities who doesn’t hire a stylist. She pulls all the clothes for her press tours and their outfit marathons (she tried 256 outfits for her Age of Adaline one in 2015, for example). What, like it’s hard dressing yourself? Lively told WWD last night when its reporter asked if it was difficult being a major actress and her own stylist. “It’s a lot of work [but] I mean, it’s not hard in that we all dress ourselves every morning,” she started.