News & Trends – 3rd June 2024

Every 2 weeks we pick out newsworthy and trending content from around the world for CISOs and CDOs and the world of technology in general.

This edition looks at Android bank-info stealing malware and the Ticketmaster data breach through to why using AI for data extraction is no easy task.

  1. Bank-Info Stealing Malware Found in 90 Android Apps with 5 Million Installs – Security researchers from Zscaler discovered over 90 malicious apps on the Google Play Store, collectively downloaded more than 5.5 million times. These apps primarily delivered various types of malware, including the Anatsa (or Teabot) banking trojan. Anatsa, particularly dangerous, uses a multi-stage payload delivery system to evade detection initially. It targets financial applications, stealing sensitive banking information through fake login overlays and other techniques. While Google has removed these apps and banned the developers, users are advised to be vigilant about app permissions and updates.
  2. The Ticketmaster Data Breach May Be Just the Beginning – A recent cybersecurity incident at the cloud data company Snowflake has been linked to data breaches affecting major companies like Ticketmaster and Santander Bank. According to reports from cybersecurity firm Hudson Rock, a hacker accessed Snowflake by using stolen credentials from a Snowflake employee’s ServiceNow account, bypassing Okta authentication, and generating session tokens. This breach allegedly allowed the exfiltration of data from up to 400 companies. The stolen data, which includes sensitive information from Santander Bank and Ticketmaster, was later put up for sale on cybercrime forums. The hacker demanded $20 million from Snowflake to buy back the data, providing evidence of their access through CSV files showing over 2,000 customer instances on Snowflake’s servers. However, Snowflake has denied that its platform was directly breached. Instead, they attribute the unauthorized access to compromised customer accounts due to exposed credentials from unrelated incidents. Snowflake is investigating the matter and has notified affected customers.
  3. Analysis of Cybersecurity Threat Landscape in the UAE – The cybersecurity landscape in the UAE faces complex challenges due to the rapid digital transformation and the increasing sophistication of cyber threats. Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) in the region are adopting various strategies to mitigate these risks, including enhancing threat detection capabilities, improving incident response protocols, and investing in cybersecurity training for staff. The emphasis is on proactive measures and robust defense mechanisms to protect critical infrastructure and sensitive data from both external and internal threats​.
  1. How Technology is Driving C-Suite Expansion – The article from SDX Central explores how advancements in technology are influencing the expansion of C-suite roles within organizations. With digital transformation becoming a priority, companies are creating new executive positions like Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), and Chief Data Officer (CDO) to manage specific technological and strategic initiatives. These roles are essential for guiding companies through the complexities of cybersecurity, data management, and digital innovation. The expansion of the C-suite is not just a trend but a necessity for organizations aiming to stay competitive in a rapidly evolving technological landscape.
  2. Heavy Lifting: Why Using AI for Data Extraction is Still No Easy Task – The article from WatersTechnology discusses the challenges associated with implementing AI for data extraction tasks. Despite the apparent benefits, setting up AI systems to reliably and accurately extract data from documents and filings is complex and costly. These challenges are due to the need for high-quality data, robust training models, and ongoing maintenance to ensure accuracy and relevance. Organizations must invest significant resources in technology and expertise to overcome these hurdles and fully leverage AI for data extraction.
  3. Cloud Chaos: Multicloud Mastery Roadmap for IT Leaders – The article from CDO Trends examines the complexities and strategies involved in managing multicloud environments. IT leaders are increasingly adopting multicloud strategies to avoid vendor lock-in, enhance flexibility, and optimize costs. However, managing multiple cloud services comes with its own set of challenges, including integration, security, and cost management. The article suggests that IT leaders need a well-defined roadmap to navigate these challenges, which includes establishing clear governance frameworks, leveraging automation, and ensuring robust security measures to manage their multicloud environments effectively.
Marketing Director at Rela8 Group | Website

Marketing Director for Rela8 Group looking after all aspects of Marketing for the group including publishing and curating content on the Technology Leaders Club website. I've been working in Sales & Marketing in tech for a long time from GIS, 3d Design and Cybersecurity to Tech Skills Development.

Leave a Reply