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Unsanctioned Computer Support Costs Companies $88K per Year
Quick Hits  |  5/24/2017  | 
A new survey of security professionals says that 83% of respondents help colleagues in other departments fix their privately-owned computers on company time.
DDoS Attacks Fell 23% in First Quarter, Grew in Size
Quick Hits  |  5/24/2017  | 
Although the number of DDoS attacks dropped in the first three months of the year, the average size of each attack grew, according to a Verisign report released Tuesday.
4 Reasons the Vulnerability Disclosure Process Stalls
Commentary  |  5/24/2017  | 
The relationship between manufacturers and researchers is often strained. Here's why, along with some resources to help.
Credential-Stuffing Threat Intensifies Amid Password Reuse
News  |  5/23/2017  | 
Employees who reuse logins on multiple websites drive the impact of third-party breaches as hackers use credential stuffing to compromise more accounts.
9 Ways Organizations Sabotage Their Own Security: Lessons from the Verizon DBIR
Slideshows  |  5/23/2017  | 
Mistakes and missteps plague enterprise security. The Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) offers nuggets on what organizations must stop doing now.
Staying a Step Ahead of Internet Attacks
Commentary  |  5/23/2017  | 
There's no getting around the fact that targeted attacks - like phishing - will happen. But you can figure out the type of attack to expect next.
With Billions Spent on Cybersecurity, Why Are Problems Getting Worse?
Commentary  |  5/23/2017  | 
Technology alone won't keep you safe. Fully engaged employees should be your first line of defense.
WannaCry Hit Windows 7 Machines Most
News  |  5/22/2017  | 
More than 95% of all of the infected machines were running Windows 7, according to Kaspersky Lab data.
Russian 'Cron' Cyber Gang Arrested for Raiding Bank Accounts
Quick Hits  |  5/22/2017  | 
Russian authorities arrest a group of 16 hackers who allegedly were attacking banks in their native country via mobile malware, nixing plans for their global expansion.
Emerging Threats to Add to Your Security Radar Screen
News  |  5/22/2017  | 
The cybersecurity threat landscape is poised to grow in size and complexity - what to look out for.
Chinese Man Pleads Guilty to Espionage, Theft from US Firm
Quick Hits  |  5/22/2017  | 
Chinese national Xu Jiaqiang pleaded guilty to economic espionage and theft of trade secrets from his former employer in the US.
In Search of an Rx for Enterprise Security Fatigue
Commentary  |  5/22/2017  | 
Are you exhausted by the vast number of measures your organization needs to keep its systems and data safe? You're not alone.
Researcher Creates Tool to Unlock WannaCry-Infected Windows XP Files
Quick Hits  |  5/19/2017  | 
A security researcher appears to have discovered a flaw in WannaCry that may provide Windows XP victims of the attack with a way to unlock their files.
Ransomware Rocks Endpoint Security Concerns
News  |  5/19/2017  | 
Meanwhile, threat detection technologies are evolving that can help security teams spot incidents more efficiently.
Deconstructing the 2016 Yahoo Security Breach
Commentary  |  5/19/2017  | 
One good thing about disasters is that we can learn from them and avoid repeating the same mistakes. Here are five lessons that the Yahoo breach should have taught us.
5 Security Lessons WannaCry Taught Us the Hard Way
News  |  5/18/2017  | 
There is a lot more our industry should be doing to protect its systems and data from cyber blackmail.
Don't Forget Basic Security Measures, Experts Say
News  |  5/18/2017  | 
Some security leaders argue there is little point in worrying about emerging threats when businesses can't defend against today's attacks.
Android Users Fail to Run Latest OS Version
Quick Hits  |  5/18/2017  | 
A study finds 98% of Android devices are not running the latest software version, according to a report released today by Zimperium.
All Generations, All Risks, All Contained: A How-To Guide
Commentary  |  5/18/2017  | 
Organizations must have a security plan that considers all of their employees.
WannaCry: Ransomware Catastrophe or Failure?
Commentary  |  5/18/2017  | 
Using Bitcoin payments as a measure, the WannaCry attack is not nearly as profitable as the headlines suggest. But you should still patch your Windows systems and educate users.
FireEye CEO Mandia Talks Rapid Rise of Nation-State Threats
News  |  5/17/2017  | 
FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia at Interop ITX discussed changes in the geopolitical threat landscape and how attackers target their victims.
Why We Need a Data-Driven Cybersecurity Market
Commentary  |  5/17/2017  | 
NIST should bring together industry to create a standard set of metrics and develop better ways to share information.
Survey: Unpatched Windows OS on the Rise
Quick Hits  |  5/17/2017  | 
Despite the rise in vulnerabilities, the percentage of unpatched Windows operating systems grew in the first quarter compared to the previous year.
Inside the Motivations Behind Modern Cyberattackers
News  |  5/17/2017  | 
Attackers seeking money, dominance, and data are banding together and sharing infrastructure to target businesses.
The Fundamental Flaw in TCP/IP: Connecting Everything
Commentary  |  5/17/2017  | 
Almost 30 years after its inception, it's time to fix the engine that both fuels the modern day Internet and is the root cause of its most vexing security challenges.
WannaCry's 'Kill Switch' May Have Been a Sandbox-Evasion Tool
News  |  5/16/2017  | 
Massive ransomware worm attack appears to have come with a poorly planned anti-analysis feature.
New Threat Research Shows Vietnam a Rising Force in Cyberespionage
News  |  5/16/2017  | 
FireEye report on APT32 puts evidence together of a group attacking private and public targets for the sake of Vietnamese state interests.
DocuSign's Brand Used in Phishing Attacks
Quick Hits  |  5/16/2017  | 
The electronic signature company issued an update alert today that it noticed a rise in phishing attacks last week and this morning.
FTC Launches 'Operation Tech Trap' to Catch Fraudsters
Quick Hits  |  5/16/2017  | 
The Federal Trade Commission has teamed up with law enforcement partners to crack down on tech support scams.
The Wide-Ranging Impact of New York's Cybersecurity Regulations
Commentary  |  5/16/2017  | 
New York's toughest regulations yet are now in effect. Here's what that means for your company.
Study: Rooted Androids, Jailbroken iPhones Found in Enterprises
News  |  5/16/2017  | 
A study released today gives greater insight into some of the worst fears for security pros trying to manage employees' BYOD mobile phones.
How Many People Does It Take to Defend a Network?
Commentary  |  5/16/2017  | 
The question is hard to answer because there aren't enough cybersecurity pros to go around.
Majority of CEOs Knowingly Raise Risk Level With Their Shadow IT
News  |  5/16/2017  | 
Despite the increased risk shadow IT poses to security, a majority of CEOs surveyed say they are willing to take the risk, according to a survey released today.
Researchers Investigate Possible Connection Between WannaCry & North Korean Hacker Group
News  |  5/15/2017  | 
Google, Kaspersky Lab and Symantec all have found common code in the WannaCry malware and that of the nation-state hackers behind the mega breach of Sony.
Microsoft Calls for IoT Cybersecurity Policy Development
Quick Hits  |  5/15/2017  | 
Microsoft emphasizes the need for new security policies as IoT growth heightens the consequences of cyberattacks.
Breaches Can Crater Companies' Stock by 5%
Quick Hits  |  5/15/2017  | 
New Ponemon study shows how breaches can bring a company's stock price down by an average of 5% on the day of the incident.
Your Grandma Could Be the Next Ransomware Millionaire
Commentary  |  5/15/2017  | 
Today's as-a-service technology has democratized ransomware, offering practically anyone with a computer and an Internet connection an easy way to get in on the game.
'WannaCry' Rapidly Moving Ransomware Attack Spreads to 74 Countries
News  |  5/12/2017  | 
A wave of ransomware infections took down a wide swath of UK hospitals and is rapidly moving across the globe.
New Malware Uses GeoCities, North Korea Interest to Trick Victims
News  |  5/12/2017  | 
A new threat called Baijiu leverages the GeoCities web service, and heightened interest in North Korea, to deceive victims.
8 Notorious Russian Hackers Arrested in the Past 8 Years
Slideshows  |  5/12/2017  | 
Lesson learned by Russian cybercriminals: Don't go on vacation, it's bad for your freedom to scam.
Jaff Ransomware Family Emerges In Force
Quick Hits  |  5/12/2017  | 
A new ransomware family is making the rounds in multiple high-volume spam campaigns over the past day, according to Cisco Talos.
5 Steps to Maximize the Value of your Security Investments
Commentary  |  5/12/2017  | 
How a security rationalization process can help CISOs make the most out of their information security infrastructure, and also improve the company bottom line.
Trump Issues Previously Delayed Cybersecurity Executive Order
News  |  5/11/2017  | 
EO calls for immediate review of federal agencies' security postures, adoption of the NIST Framework, and a focus on critical infrastructure security.
Keylogger Discovered in Some HP Laptops
Quick Hits  |  5/11/2017  | 
Researchers discovered the audio driver in some HP laptops contains a tool to record and save users' keystrokes.
What Developers Don't Know About Security Can Hurt You
Commentary  |  5/11/2017  | 
Developers won't start writing secure code just because you tell them it's part of their job. You need to give them the right training, support, and tools to instill a security mindset.
Artificial Intelligence: Cybersecurity Friend or Foe?
Commentary  |  5/11/2017  | 
The next generation of situation-aware malware will use AI to behave like a human attacker: performing reconnaissance, identifying targets, choosing methods of attack, and intelligently evading detection.
'Systemic' Cyberattack Most Likely to Hit Financial, Energy Sectors
Quick Hits  |  5/10/2017  | 
The financial services industry is among the top five industries that likely face a systemic cyberattack, according to a survey released today.
Your IoT Baby Isn't as Beautiful as You Think It Is
Commentary  |  5/10/2017  | 
Both development and evaluation teams have been ignoring security problems in Internet-connected devices for too long. That must stop.
FTC Launches Cybersecurity Resource Website for SMBs
Quick Hits  |  5/10/2017  | 
Federal Trade Commission website offers free tips and information for small businesses.
Extreme Makeover: AI & Network Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  5/10/2017  | 
In the future, artificial intelligence will constantly adapt to the growing attack surface. Today, we are still connecting the dots.
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CVE-2017-0290
Published: 2017-05-09
NScript in mpengine in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine with Engine Version before 1.1.13704.0, as used in Windows Defender and other products, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (type confusion and application crash) via crafted JavaScript code within ...

CVE-2016-10369
Published: 2017-05-08
unixsocket.c in lxterminal through 0.3.0 insecurely uses /tmp for a socket file, allowing a local user to cause a denial of service (preventing terminal launch), or possibly have other impact (bypassing terminal access control).

CVE-2016-8202
Published: 2017-05-08
A privilege escalation vulnerability in Brocade Fibre Channel SAN products running Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) releases earlier than v7.4.1d and v8.0.1b could allow an authenticated attacker to elevate the privileges of user accounts accessing the system via command line interface. With affected version...

CVE-2016-8209
Published: 2017-05-08
Improper checks for unusual or exceptional conditions in Brocade NetIron 05.8.00 and later releases up to and including 06.1.00, when the Management Module is continuously scanned on port 22, may allow attackers to cause a denial of service (crash and reload) of the management module.

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Published: 2017-05-08
Nextcloud Server before 11.0.3 is vulnerable to an inadequate escaping leading to a XSS vulnerability in the search module. To be exploitable a user has to write or paste malicious content into the search dialogue.

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