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Content posted in June 2006
Our Data Isn't Secure, So What Are We Going To Do About It?
Commentary  |  6/30/2006  | 
One of the great things about my job is that there's never a shortage of things to do. This is especially the case when it comes to covering data security. Before the ink is dry on one story about a stolen laptop or breached database, I find another one to cover. But this troubling trend isn't just a case of "good-for-me-bad-for-you." I, too, have been ensnared in the web of identity theft and data breaches. Where is all this going, and what have we learned?
7 Lessons From IT Security Trial
Commentary  |  6/30/2006  | 
Over the last several weeks, InformationWeek has been covering the trial of a former UBS PaineWebber systems administrator, Roger Duronio, who's accused of writing and setting off a highly destructive logic bomb at his former employer as revenge for not receiving the maximum yearly bonus. The government prosecution contends that Duronio was not only looking to wreak havoc, but also to profit by purchasing securities whose valu
Upping The Ante On Data Collection
Commentary  |  6/27/2006  | 
So much about the overall issue and recent incidents of data loss are astounding, it's hard to know where to start. One good place is the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, which offers up some sobering statistics on stolen data: Since Feb. 15, 2005 there has been over 200 data breaches (with some companies starring as repeat offenders) affecting the data of 88,399,953 individuals. At least - that's what's been report
Let The UBS Trial Be A Warning To You
Commentary  |  6/13/2006  | 
The trial against a former UBS employee charged with hacking the company's networks shows up embarrassing failures in UBS's security and disaster preparedness measures.

The defendant is Roger Duronio, 63, who, at the time of the crime, was a UBS PaineWebber systems administrator. Duronio is facing charges of computer sabotage and securities fraud in a federal trial in U.S. District Court in Newark t
5 Open-Source Security Tools For Your Arsenal
Commentary  |  6/9/2006  | 
In the movies, hacking is glamorous. A few lines of code, a little pen testing, and you're in. You don't need to cast Angelina Jolie (Hackers) or Hugh Jackman (Swordfish) to portray hacking as it truly is: a game of patience and persistence that's mostly trial and error, heavy emphasis on the "error." Assuming no prior knowledge of a system an attacker seeks to penetrate, hacking is done in stages. The attacker is a digital gumshoe pounding the electronic pavement in search of any
Credibility On Trial
Commentary  |  6/7/2006  | 
There are two high-profile trials going on this week, both testing the credibility of IT security.
Monitoring Employees' Outbound E-Mail Doesn't Make You Big Brother
Commentary  |  6/2/2006  | 
Many of you are deeply involved in privacy initiatives at your company, and you know better than anyone else that it's a very complex and touchy issue, and that it can be hard to find credible information that helps you achieve those important objectives. And while I wish it were otherwise, the nonsense that many media outlets pump out about this critical subject makes it easy for me to understand why so many people don't trust journalists as much as they used to--or even at all. This isn't an e
MasterCard Watch Lets World Cup Soccer Fans Pay On The Fly
Commentary  |  6/2/2006  | 
Some people like soccer. Some people like spending money. But if you're someone who likes soccer and spending money, you're in luck. A new wristwatch is on the way in honor of the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Germany that will let fans buy small-ticket items by waving the watch over a MasterCard reader, similar to the way MasterCard PayPass smartcard


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CVE-2018-11311
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-20
A hardcoded FTP username of myscada and password of Vikuk63 in 'myscadagate.exe' in mySCADA myPRO 7 allows remote attackers to access the FTP server on port 2121, and upload files or list directories, by entering these credentials.
CVE-2018-11319
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-20
Syntastic (aka vim-syntastic) through 3.9.0 does not properly handle searches for configuration files (it searches the current directory up to potentially the root). This improper handling might be exploited for arbitrary code execution via a malicious gcc plugin, if an attacker has write access to ...
CVE-2018-11242
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-20
An issue was discovered in the MakeMyTrip application 7.2.4 for Android. The databases (locally stored) are not encrypted and have cleartext that might lead to sensitive information disclosure, as demonstrated by data/com.makemytrip/databases and data/com.makemytrip/Cache SQLite database files.
CVE-2018-11315
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-20
The Local HTTP API in Radio Thermostat CT50 and CT80 1.04.84 and below products allows unauthorized access via a DNS rebinding attack. This can result in remote device temperature control, as demonstrated by a tstat t_heat request that accesses a device purchased in the Spring of 2018, and sets a ho...
CVE-2018-11239
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-19
An integer overflow in the _transfer function of a smart contract implementation for Hexagon (HXG), an Ethereum ERC20 token, allows attackers to accomplish an unauthorized increase of digital assets by providing a _to argument in conjunction with a large _value argument, as exploited in the wild in ...