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Cyber Security Needs Its Ralph Nader
Tsion Gonen , Chief Strategy Officer, SafeNetCommentary
It took thousands of unnecessary traffic fatalities to create an environment for radical transformation of the auto industry. What will it take for a similar change to occur in data security?
By Tsion Gonen Chief Strategy Officer, SafeNet, 11/24/2014
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USPS Played Cat And Mouse With Cyber Attacker
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
Postal Service takes restrained, methodical approach to cyberattack. Was this the right strategy?
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 11/24/2014
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Privacy Groups Release 'Detekt' Tool to Spot Spyware
Brian Prince, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
Privacy advocates have joined together to release a tool for identifying cyber espionage malware.
By Brian Prince Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 11/21/2014
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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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Video: Tech Hygiene Bad Habits, 3D Stock Portfolios
Andrew Conry Murray, Director of Content & Community, InteropCommentary
This Week In 60 Seconds looks at bad tech hygiene habits, using Oculus Rift for 3D stock portfolios, security risks during the holiday shopping season, and more.
By Andrew Conry Murray Director of Content & Community, Interop, 11/21/2014
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New Citadel Attack Targets Password Managers
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
IBM researchers have found signs that the prolific data steal Trojan is now being used to attack widely used password managers.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 11/20/2014
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Killing Passwords: Don’t Get A-Twitter Over ‘Digits’
Dave Kearns, Analyst, Kuppinger-ColeCommentary
Twitter’s new service that eliminates passwords for authentication actually makes your mobile device less secure.
By Dave Kearns Analyst, Kuppinger-Cole, 11/19/2014
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The Rise Of The Resilient Mobile Botnet
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
New report on what researchers call one of the 'most sophisticated mobile botnets online' shows how profitable mobile malware has become.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 11/19/2014
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'Misdial Trap' Phone Scam Hits Financial Services
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingQuick Hits
One in six financial institutions victimized by this new scam.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 11/18/2014
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State Dept. Breach Heightens Concerns Over Resilience Of Government Networks
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
The department is the fourth federal entity in recent weeks to disclose a data breach.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 11/18/2014
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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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The Year Of The Retailer Data Breach
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading
This year's wave of attacks was more dramatic in its widespread scope and seemingly constant battering of more than a dozen big box chains.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 11/17/2014
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Why Cyber Security Starts At Home
Corey Nachreiner, Director, Security Strategy & Research, WatchGuard TechnologiesCommentary
Even the grandmas on Facebook need to know and practice basic security hygiene, because what happens anywhere on the Internet can eventually affect us all.
By Corey Nachreiner Director, Security Strategy & Research, WatchGuard Technologies, 11/17/2014
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'Bashlite' Malware Leverages ShellShock In BusyBox Attack
Brian Prince, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
A new version of Bashlite aims to get control of devices running on BusyBox, such as routers.
By Brian Prince Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 11/14/2014
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NOAA Blames China In Hack, Breaks Disclosure Rules
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration finally confirms that four websites were attacked and taken down in September, but details are sketchy and officials want answers.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 11/13/2014
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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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Retail Hacking: What To Expect This Holiday Season
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingCommentary
The next Dark Reading Radio episode on Nov. 19 at 1PM ET (10AM PT) features retail security experts from Mandiant and the retail industry.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 11/13/2014
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The Enemy Who Is Us: DoD Puts Contractors On Notice For Insider Threats
Adam Firestone, President & GM, Kaspersky Government Security SolutionsCommentary
New rule requires US government contractors to gather and report information on insider threat activity on classified networks.
By Adam Firestone President & GM, Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, 11/13/2014
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Expired Antivirus Software No. 1 Cause Of Unprotected Windows 8 PCs
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
New data from Microsoft shows that nearly 10% of Windows 8 users are running expired AV software on their systems, making them four times more likely to get infected.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 11/13/2014
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POS Malware Continues To Evolve
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
New report out today details three prevalent families.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 11/11/2014
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CVE-2014-7830
Published: 2014-11-24
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in mod/feedback/mapcourse.php in the Feedback module in Moodle through 2.4.11, 2.5.x before 2.5.9, 2.6.x before 2.6.6, and 2.7.x before 2.7.3 allows remote authenticated users to inject arbitrary web script or HTML by leveraging the mod/feedback:mapcourse cap...

CVE-2014-7831
Published: 2014-11-24
lib/classes/grades_external.php in Moodle 2.7.x before 2.7.3 does not consider the moodle/grade:viewhidden capability before displaying hidden grades, which allows remote authenticated users to obtain sensitive information by leveraging the student role to access the get_grades web service.

CVE-2014-7832
Published: 2014-11-24
mod/lti/launch.php in the LTI module in Moodle through 2.4.11, 2.5.x before 2.5.9, 2.6.x before 2.6.6, and 2.7.x before 2.7.3 performs access control at the course level rather than at the activity level, which allows remote authenticated users to bypass the mod/lti:view capability requirement by vi...

CVE-2014-7833
Published: 2014-11-24
mod/data/edit.php in Moodle through 2.4.11, 2.5.x before 2.5.9, 2.6.x before 2.6.6, and 2.7.x before 2.7.3 sets a certain group ID to zero upon a database-entry change, which allows remote authenticated users to obtain sensitive information by accessing the database after an edit by a teacher.

CVE-2014-7834
Published: 2014-11-24
mod/forum/externallib.php in Moodle 2.6.x before 2.6.6 and 2.7.x before 2.7.3 does not verify group permissions, which allows remote authenticated users to access a forum via the forum_get_discussions web service.

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