The Scan: We Coin’t Take It Anymore!

Hey guys! I’m Bradi, and this is The Scan – bringing you the very latest in security news.


Even though he’s now the former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta is still trying to warn the U.S. about the risk of cyberattacks. He recently said that a cyberattack against the nation’s infrastructure is quote “the most serious threat in the 21st century.” “We have to take steps to better defend ourselves,” he said. Oh, so you’re saying we should address security concerns BEFORE we get attacked and not after? Thanks, Leon. Wish we’d thought of that.

Mt. Gox Crumbles, Bit By Bit

Well, that’s one way to kill a fad. It was recently reported that hackers stole 850,000 bitcoins from Mt. Gox, a Tokyo-based exchange. This is in addition to the $500 million worth of bitcoins stolen since the virtual currency launched in 2009. Security experts say that criminals are attracted to Bitcoin because it’s easier to steal and trade than real money. But they also say this won’t do Bitcoin in. “It’s just growing pains,” says Keith Jarvis, a security researcher at Dell SecureWorks. “BLEEP you,” said bitcoin theft victims as they egged Keith Jarvis’ house.

Ohhh, I was supposed to secure them?

Ever since Target announced they’d been the victim of a large data breach last December, speculation has run rampant on how it happened. A new Bloomberg Businessweek report concluded that the Target breach was a failure of process rather than technology. Now, it might be months or even years until we find out what really happened, but at least we know it was probably human error and not technology’s fault. Score one more for the robots.

Those are your top security stories for the week. What do you think about the Bitcoin breakdown? Make sure to tweet at @bradivnh  and @McAfeeSMB with your thoughts. Thanks for reading, and stay safe out there.

Bradi Van Noy HaysBradi has spent the last 7 years in the security industry managing SMB marketing on a global scale. Her drive is to help others understand the importance of security whether consumer, IT professional or business owner. She spends her ‘hands free time’ with her family and dogs and enjoys road trips and doing anything outdoors.

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