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Newly Revealed Cyber Espionage Attack 'More Complex' Than Stuxnet, Flame
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
"Regin" cyber spying platform is reportedly behind cyber spying against a Belgian telecommunications provider, which was revealed in leaked NSA documents.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 11/24/2014
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The Week When Attackers Started Winning The War On Trust
Kevin Bocek, VP Security Strategy & Threat Intelligence, VenafiCommentary
The misuse of keys and certificates is not exotic or hypothetical. It’s a real threat that could undermine most, if not all, critical security controls, as recent headlines strongly show.
By Kevin Bocek VP Security Strategy & Threat Intelligence, Venafi, 11/21/2014
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Deconstructing the Cyber Kill Chain
Giora Engel, VP Product & Strategy, LightCyberCommentary
As sexy as it is, the Cyber Kill Chain model can actually be detrimental to network security because it reinforces old-school, perimeter-focused, malware-prevention thinking.
By Giora Engel VP Product & Strategy, LightCyber, 11/18/2014
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Time To Turn The Tables On Attackers
Amit Yoran, President, RSACommentary
As a security industry, we need to arm business with innovative technologies that provide visibility, analysis, and action to prevent inevitable breaches from causing irreparable damage.
By Amit Yoran President, RSA, 11/13/2014
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Korean-Speaking Cyberspies Targeting Corporate Execs Via Hotel Networks
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Researchers unmask the inner workings of "Darkhotel," a unique seven-year-old cyber espionage campaign against C-level executives from various nations as they travel in the Asia-Pacific region.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 11/10/2014
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Cyber Espionage Attacks Attributed To Russian Government
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
FireEye report meticulously details clues that all point to state-sponsorship of the Sofacy/Sourface malware and tracks its evolution over seven years.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 10/29/2014
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What Scares Me About Healthcare & Electric Power Security
John B. Dickson, CISSP,  Principal, Denim GroupCommentary
Both industries share many of the same issues as enterprises. But they also have a risk profile that makes them singularly unprepared for sophisticated threats
By John B. Dickson CISSP, Principal, Denim Group, 10/28/2014
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Pharmaceuticals, Not Energy, May Have Been True Target Of Dragonfly, Energetic Bear
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
New research says the compromised companies were suppliers for OEMs that served pharma and biotech.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 10/22/2014
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Cyber Threats: Information vs. Intelligence
Matt Hartley, VP Product Management, iSIGHT PartnersCommentary
Cyber threat intelligence or CTI is touted to be the next big thing in InfoSec. But does it narrow the security problem or compound it?
By Matt Hartley VP Product Management, iSIGHT Partners, 10/22/2014
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Insider Threats: Breaching The Human Barrier
Christopher Hadnagy, Founder & CEO, Social-Engineer, Inc.Commentary
A company can spend all the money it has on technical solutions to protect the perimeter and still not prevent the attack that comes from within.
By Christopher Hadnagy Founder & CEO, Social-Engineer, Inc., 10/20/2014
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Russian Hackers Made $2.5B Over The Last 12 Months
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
The big bucks are in selling credit card data -- not using it for fraud -- and PoS and ATM attacks are on the rise.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 10/15/2014
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Third-Party Code: Fertile Ground For Malware
Peter Zavlaris, Analyst, RiskIQCommentary
How big-brand corporate websites are becoming a popular method for mass distribution of exploit kits on vulnerable computers.
By Peter Zavlaris Analyst, RiskIQ, 10/15/2014
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Mastering Security Analytics
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
Fast data analysis can stymie attacks and strengthen enterprise security. Does your team have the data smarts?
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 10/14/2014
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HBGary Founder Launches New Security Startup
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingQuick Hits
Greg Hoglund's new Outlier Security offers SaaS-based security and IR for endpoints.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 10/7/2014
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Software Assurance: Time to Raise the Bar on Static Analysis
Kevin E. Greene, Software Assurance Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology DirectorateCommentary
The results from tools studies suggest that using multiple tools together can produce more powerful analytics and more accurate results.
By Kevin E. Greene Software Assurance Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, 9/30/2014
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Coordinated Attacks Call For More Sophisticated Cyber Defense
Henry Kenyon, News
Agencies and industry are rethinking how they defend against coordinated attacks by teams of specialized hackers.
By Henry Kenyon , 9/29/2014
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Amazon Reboots Cloud Servers, Xen Bug Blamed
Charles Babcock, Editor At Large, InformationWeek News
Amazon tells customers it has to patch and reboot 10% of its EC2 cloud servers before Oct. 1.
By Charles Babcock Editor At Large, InformationWeek , 9/26/2014
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ISIS Cyber Threat To US Under Debate
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
ICS/SCADA systems and networks hackable but not easily cyber-sabotaged without industrial engineering know-how, experts say.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 9/23/2014
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'Hand-To-Hand Digital Combat' With Threat Actors
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingQuick Hits
CrowdStrike CEO and co-founder George Kurtz explains how to fight attackers, not fight malware.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 9/23/2014
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The Truth About Ransomware: You’re On Your Own
Andrew Hay, Sr. Security Research Lead & Evangelist, OpenDNSCommentary
What should enterprises do when faced with ransomware? The answer is, it depends.
By Andrew Hay Sr. Security Research Lead & Evangelist, OpenDNS, 9/22/2014
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CVE-2014-5426
Published: 2014-11-27
MatrikonOPC OPC Server for DNP3 1.2.3 and earlier allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (unhandled exception and DNP3 process crash) via a crafted message.

CVE-2014-2037
Published: 2014-11-26
Openswan 2.6.40 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (NULL pointer dereference and IKE daemon restart) via IKEv2 packets that lack expected payloads. NOTE: this vulnerability exists because of an incomplete fix for CVE 2013-6466.

CVE-2014-6609
Published: 2014-11-26
The res_pjsip_pubsub module in Asterisk Open Source 12.x before 12.5.1 allows remote authenticated users to cause a denial of service (crash) via crafted headers in a SIP SUBSCRIBE request for an event package.

CVE-2014-6610
Published: 2014-11-26
Asterisk Open Source 11.x before 11.12.1 and 12.x before 12.5.1 and Certified Asterisk 11.6 before 11.6-cert6, when using the res_fax_spandsp module, allows remote authenticated users to cause a denial of service (crash) via an out of call message, which is not properly handled in the ReceiveFax dia...

CVE-2014-7141
Published: 2014-11-26
The pinger in Squid 3.x before 3.4.8 allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information or cause a denial of service (out-of-bounds read and crash) via a crafted type in an (1) ICMP or (2) ICMP6 packet.

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