The week in security: Cybersecurity tension peaks as Trump and Kim summit

The industry once again gathered for the AusCERT conference, with sessions covering everything from speed debating and bug bounty programs to cyber insurance, and DarkNet and cryptocurrencies.

There were also sessions on telecommunications fraud and the art of tracking cybercriminals online – which was played out at large as the FBI arrested 74 individuals in a worldwide crackdown on business email compromise (BEC) scammers.

Speaking of crackdowns, Medibank Private shared its secret to getting on top of its ransomware problem.

This was a positive story in a week dominated by a quite negative one: the breach of a massive quantity of job-seeker data held by global HR concern PageUp, which attracted particular attention because it was the first major breach of the GDPR era.

Yet experts were warning that events such as the FIFA World Cup and Trump-Kim summit would see further exacerbation of cybersecurity activity.

There were warnings that use of single sign-on security isn’t keeping up with adoption of the cloud services that need it, while the EU Parliament voted to support a ban on Kaspersky Lab products that led the company to stop its cooperation with Europol.

A flaw in hand-built archive processing libraries allowed a critical flaw to spread to thousands of software projects, while Adobe patched a Flash zero-day that encapsulated a clever way of delivering a Flash exploit.

Analysis of the VPNFilter botnet found that it had hit many more routers than previously understood, and could even infect devices behind the routers.

Finally, a bevy of secure-cloud service providers were turning their attention towards government agencies and businesses that need their help.