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Security news for September 21 2020: Is Microsoft Azure at fault for 14 state 911 outage?

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edited August 2021 in This Week in Security News

Notable news items and topics to discuss for the week of September 28, 2020

After the breach, Twitter hires a new cybersecurity chief – TechCrunch

Rinki Sethi previously served at Rubrik, IBM, Palo Alto Networks, and Intuit.

Who’s Behind Monday’s 14-State 911 Outage? — Krebs on Security

Emergency 911 systems were down for more than an hour on Monday across 14 U.S. states. The outages led many news outlets to speculate the problem was related to Microsoft‘s Azure web services platform, which also was struggling with a widespread outage at the time.

UHS confirms hospitals hit by cyberattack, some systems down | SC Media

The scope of the damage is still unclear but the company has hundreds of hospitals, physician networks, ambulatory surgery centers, and emergency care facilities across the United States and the United Kingdom.

When coffee makers are demanding a ransom, you know IoT is screwed – Ars Technica

Not exactly news, but some of @Patrick's nightmares come to life. A coffee machine that demands ransom:

With the name Smarter, you might expect a network-connected kitchen appliance maker to be, well, smarter than companies selling conventional appliances. But in the case of Smarter’s Internet-of-things coffee maker, you’d be wrong.

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