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50% of Ex-Employees Can Still Access Corporate Apps
News  |  8/18/2017  | 
Businesses drive the risk for data breaches when they fail to terminate employees' access to corporate apps after they leave.
ShieldFS Hits 'Rewind' on Ransomware
ShieldFS Hits 'Rewind' on Ransomware
Dark Reading Videos  |  8/18/2017  | 
Federico Maggi and Andrea Continella discuss a new tool to protect filesystems by disrupting and undoing ransomware's encryption activities.
Curbing the Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage with AI
Commentary  |  8/18/2017  | 
By using cognitive technologies, an organization can address the talent shortage by getting more productivity from current employees and improving processes.
How Bad Teachers Ruin Good Machine Learning
How Bad Teachers Ruin Good Machine Learning
Dark Reading Videos  |  8/18/2017  | 
Sophos data scientist Hillary Sanders explains how security suffers when good machine learning models are trained on bad testing data.
Microsoft Report: User Account Attacks Jumped 300% Since 2016
News  |  8/17/2017  | 
Most of these Microsoft user account compromises can be attributed to weak, guessable passwords and poor password management, researchers found.
Critical Infrastructure, Cybersecurity & the 'Devils Rope'
Commentary  |  8/17/2017  | 
How hackers today are engaging in a modern 'Fence Cutter War' against industrial control systems, and what security professionals need to do about it.
The Shadow Brokers: How They Changed 'Cyber Fear'
The Shadow Brokers: How They Changed 'Cyber Fear'
Dark Reading Videos  |  8/17/2017  | 
At Black Hat USA, Matt Suiche, founder of Comae Technologies, describes what we know about the Shadow Brokers and how they have changed the business of cyber fear.
Kill Switches, Vaccines & Everything in Between
Commentary  |  8/17/2017  | 
The language can be a bit fuzzy at times, but there are real differences between the various ways of disabling malware.
70% of DevOps Pros Say They Didn't Get Proper Security Training in College
News  |  8/17/2017  | 
Veracode survey shows majority of DevOps pros mostly learn on the job about security.
Behind the Briefings: How Black Hat Sessions Get Chosen
Behind the Briefings: How Black Hat Sessions Get Chosen
Dark Reading Videos  |  8/17/2017  | 
Daniel Cuthbert and Stefano Zanero explain what the Black Hat review board is looking for in an abstract submission for the Briefings.
Old Flaws, New Tricks: CVE-2017-0199 and PowerPoint Abuse
News  |  8/16/2017  | 
Researchers discover attackers are using a patched Microsoft vulnerability to abuse PowerPoint files and distribute malware.
Insider Threats Loom Large for Security Pros
Quick Hits  |  8/16/2017  | 
Insider threats pose a greater challenge to security pros than external threats, according to a recent survey.
The Day of Reckoning: Cybercrimes Impact on Brand
Commentary  |  8/16/2017  | 
Why the security industry needs to invest in architecture that defends against reputational damage as well as other, more traditional threats.
Discover a Data Breach? Try Compassion First
Commentary  |  8/16/2017  | 
The reactions to a big data breach often resemble the five stages of grief, so a little empathy is needed.
Server Management Software Discovered Harboring Backdoor
News  |  8/15/2017  | 
ShadowPad backdoor found embedded in a software product used by major organizations around the globe to manage their Linux, Windows, and Unix servers.
Webroot Acquires Security Training Platform
Quick Hits  |  8/15/2017  | 
Endpoint security company snaps up the assets of Securecast in a move to build out a training program to test users' ability to recognize a phishing attack.
20 Tactical Questions SMB Security Teams Should Ask Themselves
Commentary  |  8/15/2017  | 
Or why it pays for small- and medium-sized businesses to plan strategically but act tactically.
IoT Medical Devices a Major Security Worry in Healthcare, Survey Shows
News  |  8/15/2017  | 
Healthcare providers, manufacturers, and regulators say cybersecurity risks of IoT medical devices and connected legacy systems a top concern.
Cybersecurity: The Responsibility of Everyone
Commentary  |  8/15/2017  | 
The battle against cybercrime can only be won if we're all focused on the same goals. Here are four ways you can get involved.
What CISOs Need to Know about the Psychology behind Security Analysis
Commentary  |  8/14/2017  | 
Bandwidth, boredom and cognitive bias are three weak spots that prevent analysts from identifying threats. Here's how to compensate.
APT28 Uses EternalBlue to Spy on Hotel Wifi Networks
News  |  8/11/2017  | 
Hacker group APT28 is using the EternalBlue hacking tool to spread throughout hotel networks and collect guests' information.
Breaches Are Coming: What Game of Thrones Teaches about Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  8/11/2017  | 
Whether youre Lord Commander of the Nights Watch or the CISO of a mainstream business, its not easy to defend against a constantly evolving threat that is as deadly as an army of White Walkers.
SonicSpy Authors Spin Out Over 1,000 Spyware Apps
Quick Hits  |  8/10/2017  | 
The actors behind this new malware family created a sizable selection of malicious apps in just over seven months, some of which appeared on Google Play.
60% of Infosec Execs Are Boosting SOC Deployments
Quick Hits  |  8/10/2017  | 
A survey of security executives and managers finds a majority are expanding or upgrading their current SOC readiness.
White Hats Take Aim in 'Hack the Air Force' Bug Bounty Program
News  |  8/10/2017  | 
The inaugural Air Force bug bounty program involved 272 vetted hackers, who submitted 207 valid flaws in 24 days.
Air Gap FAILs, Configuration Mistakes Causing ICS/SCADA Cyberattacks
News  |  8/10/2017  | 
A utility's cautionary tale, and how a popular ICS/SCADA network protocol failed a fuzzing test miserably.
Taking Down the Internet Has Never Been Easier
Commentary  |  8/10/2017  | 
Is there a reason why the Internet is so vulnerable? Actually, there are many, and taking steps to remain protected is crucial.
SMBs Practice Better IoT Security Than Large Enterprises Do
News  |  8/9/2017  | 
Small-to midsized businesses are more prepared than big ones to face the next IoT attack: good news given the sharp rise in IoT botnet attacks in the first half of 2017, new reports released today show.
Two Iranians Face Charges for Computer Hacking, Credit Card Fraud
Quick Hits  |  8/9/2017  | 
Federal prosecutors charged two Iranian nationals with identity theft and use of stolen credit card numbers as well as threatening to expose the breach to one of the victim's customers.
Microsoft Fixes 27 Remote Code Execution Flaws
News  |  8/9/2017  | 
Microsoft issued patches for 48 vulnerabilities as part of its monthly Patch Tuesday update, 25 of which were 'critical.'
Uptick in Malware Targets the Banking Community
Commentary  |  8/9/2017  | 
A number of recent attacks, using tactics old and new, have made off with an astonishing amount of money. How can financial institutions fight back?
New Consortium Promotes Proper Data Sanitization Practices
News  |  8/8/2017  | 
The International Data Sanitization Consortium (IDSC) will create guidelines and best practices for sanitizing data on hardware devices.
The Patching Dilemma: Should Microsoft Fix Flaws in Older Tech?
News  |  8/8/2017  | 
When researchers find vulnerabilities that leave older systems exposed, should the software giant create patches or encourage upgrades? Experts weigh in.
67% of Malware Attacks Came via Phishing in Second Quarter
News  |  8/8/2017  | 
During the second quarter, cyberattacks soared 24% worldwide with phishing attacks playing a large role and Adobe Flash one of the favorite attack targets.
WatchGuard Acquires Authentication Provider Datablink
Quick Hits  |  8/8/2017  | 
WatchGuard looks to expand its security offerings into authentication solutions for small- to midsize businesses and enterprises with a distributed workforce.
HBO Data Dumped, Hackers Demand Millions
Quick Hits  |  8/8/2017  | 
Attackers who reportedly stole 1.5TB of data from HBO release a second data dump and demand millions in ransom.
Automating Defenses Against Assembly-Line Attacks
Commentary  |  8/8/2017  | 
A manual approach just won't cut it anymore. Here's a toolset to defeat automation and unify control across all attack vectors to stop automated attacks.
NIST Releases Cybersecurity Definitions for the Workforce
News  |  8/7/2017  | 
In an effort to bring consistency when describing the tasks, duties, roles, and titles of cybersecurity professionals, the National Institute of Standards and Technology released the finalized draft version of its framework.
Voting System Hacks Prompt Push for Paper-Based Voting
News  |  8/7/2017  | 
DEF CON's Voting Machine Hacker Village hacks confirmed security experts' worst fears.
Man Who Hacked his Former Employer Gets 18-Month Prison Sentence
Quick Hits  |  8/7/2017  | 
A Tennessee man also must pay restitution of nearly $172,400 to his former employer after hacking into its systems to gain an edge for his new company.
One-Third of Businesses Hit with Malware-less Threats
Quick Hits  |  8/7/2017  | 
Scripting attacks, credential compromise, privilege escalation, and other malware-less threats affect IT systems and add to staff workload.
Risky Business: Why Enterprises Cant Abdicate Cloud Security
Commentary  |  8/7/2017  | 
It's imperative for public and private sector organizations to recognize the essential truth that governance of data entrusted to them cannot be relinquished, regardless of where the data is maintained.
HBO Breach Did Not Compromise Full Email System: CEO
Quick Hits  |  8/4/2017  | 
HBO's recent security breach likely did not compromise its entire email system as hacker(s) allegedly threaten to expose stolen data.
What Women in Cybersecurity Really Think About Their Careers
News  |  8/4/2017  | 
New survey conducted by a female security pro of other female security pros dispels a few myths.
Are Third-Party Services Ready for the GDPR?
Commentary  |  8/4/2017  | 
Third-party scripts are likely to be a major stumbling block for companies seeking to be in compliance with the EU's new privacy rules. Here's a possible work-around.
Russian Botnet Creator Receives 46-Month Prison Sentence
Quick Hits  |  8/4/2017  | 
Federal court sentences the Ebury botnet creator and operator to prison for infecting tens of thousands of servers worldwide.
2017 Pwnie Awards: Who Won, Lost, and Pwned
Slideshows  |  8/3/2017  | 
Security pros corralled the best and worst of cybersecurity into an award show highlighting exploits, bugs, achievements, and attacks from the past year.
Making Infosec Meetings More Inclusive
News  |  8/3/2017  | 
Diversity and inclusion experts explain how to avoid meeting pitfalls that preclude the voices of underrepresented members of the team.
DoJ Launches Framework for Vulnerability Disclosure Programs
Quick Hits  |  8/3/2017  | 
The Department of Justice releases a set of guidelines to help businesses create programs for releasing vulnerabilities.
Why Cybersecurity Needs a Human in the Loop
Commentary  |  8/3/2017  | 
It's no longer comparable to Kasparov versus Deep Blue. When security teams use AI, it's like Kasparov consulting with Deep Blue before deciding on his next move.
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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.

CVE-2017-0890
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.