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Content posted in August 2018
Exploitable Flaws Found in Trusted Platform Module 2.0
Larry Loeb  
8/31/2018   2 comments
The US Department of Defense uses the TPM as a key element in dealing with security of device identification and authentication, encryption and similar tasks.
Cryptojacking: How Bad Actors Make Money off Your Data Center
News Analysis  
8/30/2018   7 comments
Cryptojacking is all the rage right now among bad actors. However, it's not only smartphones that are being targeted, but enterprise data centers as well. Here's how security teams can protect their infrastructure.
Data Leaks Via Smart Light Bulbs? Believe It
Larry Loeb  
8/29/2018   24 comments
Researchers from the University of Texas at San Antonio have shown it's possible to exfiltrate data from a smart-bulb system. But there's no need to go back to candles just yet.
Microsoft Outlook Backdoor Amped Up by Russia-Linked Group
Larry Loeb  
8/28/2018   42 comments
The Russia-linked Turla group uses PDF attachments to email messages to exfiltrate data, according to ESET.
Kaspersky: Lazarus Takes Aim at macOS in Cryptocurrency Campaign
Jeffrey Burt  
8/28/2018   4 comments
Kaspersky researchers said users of Apple and Linux systems should see the AppleJesus campaign as a warning not to get lax in their cybersecurity efforts.
Five IoT Endpoint Security Recommendations for the Enterprise
Alan Zeichick  
8/27/2018   9 comments
It's 2:00 a.m. Do you know where your devices are? Find out five IoT security tips to help you sleep at night.
Apache Struts Critical Weakness Found, Patched
Larry Loeb  
8/24/2018   7 comments
The open source framework for Java-based web apps has a critical flaw the Apache Software Foundation is trying to counter.
Social Media Malware: Fake News or Real Threat to Democracy?
News Analysis  
8/23/2018   63 comments
With new elections coming up this fall in the US, it's time to reconsider and rethink the security we apply to our social media networks.
Vulnerable Web Apps Top Threat to Enterprises
Jeffrey Burt  
8/22/2018   2 comments
A report by Kaspersky researchers found that 73% of successful network perimeter breaches in 2017 were committed via web apps, while inside threats continue to put companies at risk.
Microsoft Yanks Suspected Russian-Intelligence Domains
Larry Loeb  
8/22/2018   8 comments
Microsoft has pulled the plug on domains it suspected as fronts for Russian Intelligence. The company says the targets were US conservative groups.
Electrical Grid Attack via IoT Devices Successfully Simulated
Larry Loeb  
8/21/2018   9 comments
Researchers have successfully simulated an attack on an electrical power grid that employs IoT devices to trigger a blackout.
Busting the Open Source Security Myth
News Analysis  
8/20/2018   1 comment
Cloud training expert says too many developers assume that open source software is inherently more secure but that's not always the case and it can lead to security issues.
Foreshadow-NG Vulnerability Sets Tech Giants Scrambling
Larry Loeb  
8/20/2018   Post a comment
Foreshadow vulnerabilities expose processors and even the cloud to penetration.
Congressional Campaign Websites Vulnerable to Attack, Say Researchers
Jeffrey Burt  
8/17/2018   1 comment
Researchers presented a study at DEF CON that showed that a third of congressional candidates' websites are vulnerable to attack, adding to threats already seen by some politicians.
Check Point: Fax Machines, Networks Vulnerable to Attack
Jeffrey Burt  
8/17/2018   12 comments
Researchers for the cybersecurity company found a way to exploit vulnerabilities in the fax system of an HP OfficeJet inkjet all-in-one printer to gain access to all systems on a network.
IAM Heads to the Mobile Cloud
Joe Stanganelli  
8/16/2018   Post a comment
Persisting problems with identity and access management combined with usability demands are influencing the IAM market. But will enterprise IT step up its IAM game?
IETF Makes Transport Layer Security Version 1.3 Official
Larry Loeb  
8/15/2018   11 comments
TLS 1.3 is now the industry standard for secure Internet connections via HTTPS.
Summertime Security Blues: Why Threats Heat Up on Vacation
News Analysis  
8/15/2018   Post a comment
During the summer months, the number of remote workers in enterprises increases, as do the security threats. Here are some common sense practices to help cut down on breaches, phishing attacks and other issues.
DHS: Millions of Smartphones Infected With Severe Embedded Vulnerabilities
Joe Stanganelli  
8/14/2018   Post a comment
Research from DHS revealed this past week seems to demonstrate that millions of smartphones have deep vulnerabilities allowing for privilege escalation and complete takeover.
Microsoft Cortana Vulnerability Can Unlock a Locked Windows PC
Larry Loeb  
8/13/2018   3 comments
At Black Hat, researchers showed how a vulnerability in Cortana can unlock a locked Windows PC. Microsoft has patched the flaw, but questions remain.
Artificial Malevolence: Bad Actors Know Computer Science, Too
Alan Zeichick  
8/13/2018   Post a comment
Artificial intelligence and machine learning have many useful applications in legitimate security prevention. However, the buzz at this year's Black Hat is that bad guys are already catching up.
Smart Cities Need to Get Smarter About Cybersecurity
Larry Loeb  
8/10/2018   1 comment
At the 2018 Black Hat conference, IBM's X-Force Red and Threatcare found that smart cities are as vulnerable to attack as any enterprise network.
Researchers Show That Code Reuse Links Various North Korean Malware Groups
Jeffrey Burt  
8/10/2018   Post a comment
Analysts from McAfee and Intezer announced that by reviewing samples, they have found ties between campaigns and threat groups linked to North Korea.
146 Billion Records in Danger of Being Stolen, Report Finds
News Analysis  
8/9/2018   Post a comment
Between 2018 and 2023, 146 billion records are in danger of being stolen, according to new analysis by Juniper Research.
Researcher Finds New Method of Cracking Passwords in WPA2 Protocol
News Analysis  
8/9/2018   Post a comment
While examining the new WPA3 protocol that the Wi-Fi Alliance is preparing, a security researcher stumbled across a different way to crack passwords in the older WPA2 protocol.
Industrial Manufacturing Sector Increasingly Susceptible to Cyber Attacks
News Analysis  
8/8/2018   Post a comment
At the start of this week's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, security vendor Vectra released a study that confirms that industrial manufacturing and utilities are under increasing assault from cyber attacks.
Employees Remain the Weak Link in Your Company's Cybersecurity Plans
Larry Loeb  
8/8/2018   Post a comment
Another report, this time from Finn Partners Research, shows that employees remain the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain.
Banking Trojans on the Rise in Q2, Kaspersky Report Finds
Jeffrey Burt  
8/8/2018   1 comment
Kaspersky Labs saw a record number of new installation packages in the second quarter of this year, with modification to help the malware avoid security solutions.
DDoS Attacks Are Less Frequent, Much More Intense
News Analysis  
8/7/2018   1 comment
A report from NetScout's Arbor security division finds that the frequency of DDoS attacks has dropped but the intensity has increased. Earlier this year, the company recorded a 1.7Tbit/s assault against a service provider.
Don't Let Your Containers Stray Into Cryptocurrency Mining
Alan Zeichick  
8/7/2018   1 comment
Containers were supposed to be safe, until they weren't. With cybercrooks trying to attach cryptocurrency mining malware to containers, there are ways to protect your development environment.
Phishing Attacks Increase in Q1 as Cybercrooks Look for New Victims
Larry Loeb  
8/6/2018   8 comments
An analysis by APWG saw a significant increase in the number of phishing attacks in the first quarter of this year, as cybercriminals looked for new victims.
Spam at 40: Still a Robust Security Threat in Middle Age
Jeffrey Burt  
8/6/2018   15 comments
Four decades after the first such email was sent, attackers are still using spam to deliver their malware.
Researcher Finds Way to Bypass SOP Within Microsoft Edge Browser
Larry Loeb  
8/3/2018   41 comments
For years, SOP has made sure that browsing stays safe by isolating different websites. Now, a researcher found a way around the protocol within Microsoft's Edge browser.
Kaspersky: Spear-Phishing Attacks Target 400 Industrial Companies
Jeffrey Burt  
8/3/2018   6 comments
The emails in the spear-phishing campaign, which has been going on for months, are disguised as legitimate finance documents that include profiles of the organizations being attacked, according to Kaspersky Labs.
Cisco Buys Duo for $2.35B to Push Security Beyond the Enterprise Network
News Analysis  
8/3/2018   1 comment
Duo will help Cisco provide enterprises with secure user access, even for users with personal devices on public networks.
Small Businesses Look to Cloud, SD-WAN for Security, Survey Finds
News Analysis  
8/2/2018   1 comment
Increasingly, small and midsized businesses are turning toward the cloud and new technologies, such as SD-WAN, to provide an extra layer of security, according to a new industry report.
Yale's Decade-Old Data Breach Shows Why Networks Need More Monitoring
News Analysis  
8/2/2018   1 comment
This week, Yale University revealed one of its databases was breached nearly 10 years ago, demonstrating why corporate networks demand constant monitoring and testing.
Sophisticated Malvertising Campaign Involves 10,000 WordPress Sites
Larry Loeb  
8/1/2018   25 comments
A CheckPoint study has uncovered a complex malvertising schemes that involves more than 10,000 WordPress-hosted sites, and an ecosystem of ad-networks and resellers.
AZORult Downloader Adds Cryptomining, Ransomware Capabilities
Jeffrey Burt  
8/1/2018   Post a comment
Proofpoint researchers said the latest version of the AZORult information stealer and downloader makes it a larger threat and noted that the group behind it is now advertising its cryptomining and ransomware capabilities.




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