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Gas Stations Urged To Secure Internet-Exposed Fuel Tank Devices
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Researchers find more than 5,000 US gas stations' automated tank gauges unprotected on the public Internet and open to hackers.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 1/26/2015
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Power Consumption Technology Could Help Enterprises Identify Counterfeit Devices
Tim Wilson, Editor in Chief, Dark ReadingCommentary
Understanding a device's "power fingerprint" might make it possible to detect security anomalies in Internet of Things as well, startup says
By Tim Wilson Editor in Chief, Dark Reading, 1/26/2015
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Could The Sony Attacks Happen Again? Join The Conversation
Tim Wilson, Editor in Chief, Dark ReadingCommentary
Check out Dark Reading Radio's interview and live chat with CrowdStrike founder and CEO George Kurtz and Shape Security executive Neal Mueller.
By Tim Wilson Editor in Chief, Dark Reading, 1/21/2015
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New Technology Detects Cyberattacks By Their Power Consumption
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Startup's "power fingerprinting" approach catches stealthy malware within milliseconds in DOE test.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 1/20/2015
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The Truth About Malvertising
Peter Zavlaris, Analyst, RiskIQCommentary
Malvertising accounts for huge amounts of cyberfraud and identity theft. Yet there is still no consensus on who is responsible for addressing these threats.
By Peter Zavlaris Analyst, RiskIQ, 1/16/2015
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Why North Korea Hacks
Mike Walls, Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWaveCommentary
The motivation behind Democratic People’s Republic of Korea hacking is rooted in a mix of retribution, paranoia, and the immature behavior of an erratic leader.
By Mike Walls Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWave, 1/15/2015
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Anatomy Of A 'Cyber-Physical' Attack
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Inflicting major or physical harm in ICS/SCADA environments takes more than malware.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 1/14/2015
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4 Mega-Vulnerabilities Hiding in Plain Sight
Giora Engel, VP Product & Strategy, LightCyberCommentary
How four recently discovered, high-impact vulnerabilities provided “god mode” access to 90% of the Internet for 15 years, and what that means for the future.
By Giora Engel VP Product & Strategy, LightCyber, 1/14/2015
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How NOT To Be The Next Sony: Defending Against Destructive Attacks
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
When an attacker wants nothing more than to bring ruin upon your business, you can't treat them like just any other criminal.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 1/8/2015
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Banking Trojans Disguised As ICS/SCADA Software Infecting Plants
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Researcher spots spike in traditional financial malware hitting ICS/SCADA networks -- posing as popular GE, Siemens, and Advantech HMI products.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 1/8/2015
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Nation-State Cyberthreats: Why They Hack
Mike Walls, Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWaveCommentary
All nations are not created equal and, like individual hackers, each has a different motivation and capability.
By Mike Walls Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWave, 1/8/2015
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Deconstructing The Sony Hack: What I Know From Inside The Military
Jeff Schilling, CSO, FirehostCommentary
Don't get caught up in the guessing game on attribution. The critical task is to understand the threat data and threat actor tactics to ensure you are not vulnerable to the same attack.
By Jeff Schilling CSO, Firehost, 1/6/2015
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Dear Cyber Criminals: We’re Not Letting Our Guard Down in 2015
Sergio Galindo, GM, GFI SoftwareCommentary
Next year, you’ll keep exploiting vulnerabilities, and we’ll make sure our systems are patched, our antivirus is up to date, and our people are too smart to click the links you send them.
By Sergio Galindo GM, GFI Software, 12/31/2014
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Backoff Malware Validates Targets Through Infected IP Cameras
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
RSA report on Backoff dives deeper into clues about the POS software and hints at attackers potentially located in India.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 12/23/2014
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Time To Rethink Patching Strategies
Kevin E. Greene, Software Assurance Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology DirectorateCommentary
In 2014, the National Vulnerability Database is expected to log a record-breaking 8,000 vulnerabilities. That's 8,000 reasons to improve software quality at the outset.
By Kevin E. Greene Software Assurance Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, 12/19/2014
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5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Running Your SOC
Jeff Schilling, CSO, FirehostCommentary
The former head of the US Army Cyber Command SOC shares his wisdom and battle scars about playing offense not defense against attackers.
By Jeff Schilling CSO, Firehost, 12/18/2014
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Sony Cancels Movie, US Confirms North Korea Involvement, But Were Bomb Threats Empty?
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
After the Sony hackers issue threats of physical violence and 9/11-style attacks, The Interview is being killed before it even premieres. But would the attackers have really blown up theaters?
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 12/17/2014
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The New Target for State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks: Applications
Jeff Williams, CTO, Aspect Security & Contrast SecurityCommentary
Skilled hackers are now using simple web application vulnerabilities like SQL Injection to take over database servers. Are you prepared to defend against this new type of threat actor?
By Jeff Williams CTO, Aspect Security & Contrast Security, 12/17/2014
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Sony Warns Media About Disclosure, Staff About Fraud, 'Bond' Fans About Spoilers
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingQuick Hits
A wrapup of the latest Sony attack fallout.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 12/16/2014
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2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities
Marc Maiffret, CTO, BeyondTrustCommentary
Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of "least privilege" could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.
By Marc Maiffret CTO, BeyondTrust, 12/16/2014
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CVE-2014-8148
Published: 2015-01-26
The default D-Bus access control rule in Midgard2 10.05.7.1 allows local users to send arbitrary method calls or signals to any process on the system bus and possibly execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

CVE-2014-8157
Published: 2015-01-26
Off-by-one error in the jpc_dec_process_sot function in JasPer 1.900.1 and earlier allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a crafted JPEG 2000 image, which triggers a heap-based buffer overflow.

CVE-2014-8158
Published: 2015-01-26
Multiple stack-based buffer overflows in jpc_qmfb.c in JasPer 1.900.1 and earlier allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a crafted JPEG 2000 image.

CVE-2014-9571
Published: 2015-01-26
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in admin/install.php in MantisBT before 1.2.19 and 1.3.x before 1.3.0-beta.2 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the (1) admin_username or (2) admin_password parameter.

CVE-2014-9572
Published: 2015-01-26
MantisBT before 1.2.19 and 1.3.x before 1.3.0-beta.2 does not properly restrict access to /*/install.php, which allows remote attackers to obtain database credentials via the install parameter with the value 4.

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