​The week in security: ’Tis the season to be hacked​​

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With the traditional warnings about being extra vigilant about security in the face of price-slashing Black Friday deals, the industry is ramping up for the end of the year.

Cybersecurity pundits are already casting their eyes towards 2019, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still breaches happening every day – both on the Internet and on the dark Web.

An Instagram bug, for example, was found to be exposing passwords while new software vulnerabilities are coming too fast for most companies to keep up.

A pen test at Dropbox identified three flaws in macOS that drove the issuance of a patch for all macOS users.

Google Chrome users around the world were left a bit puzzled as a range of formerly-legitimated Web sites popped up errors after Google followed through on its promise to remove some Symantec PKI certificates from its list of trustworthy providers.

The latest crop of Mirai spinoffs found cybercriminals targeting enterprise routers – paving the way towards higher-bandwidth distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks thanks to the bigger pipes into most businesses.

The UK government was pushing back hard on cybersecurity, with a UK Parliamentary committee pushed for the appointment of a dedicated cybersecurity minister whose job will be to protect critical infrastructure from cybersecurity compromise.

Also in the UK, a government watchdog was tapping into the emerging promise of AI to analyse algorithms that may have breached strict new data protection laws.

This, as an authentication bug was locking users out of Microsoft Azure and Office 365 for a day. Not all service disruptions are due to malicious causes.

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