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Best Practices for Lowering Ransomware Risk
Jeff Schilling, Chief Security Officer, ArmorCommentary
The first step is to avoid falling prey in the first place. That means teaching your entire organization - from IT staff to executive management - how not to be a victim.
By Jeff Schilling Chief Security Officer, Armor, 3/1/2017
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DNSSEC: Why Do We Need It?
Pieter Arntz, Malware Intelligence Researcher, Malwarebytes
The number of signed domain names has grown considerably over the past two and a half years but some sectors are heavily lagging behind.
By Pieter Arntz Malware Intelligence Researcher, Malwarebytes, 3/1/2017
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Massive Necurs Spam Botnet Now Equipped to Launch DDoS Attacks
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
With more than one million active bots at any time, a Necurs-enabled DDoS attack could dwarf such an attack by the Mirai botnet.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 2/28/2017
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Zones of Trust: A New Way of Thinking about IoT Security
Vince Ricco, Technology Partner Manager, Axis CommunicationsCommentary
Recent attacks have focused attention on how to safely add "things"to enterprise networks, a topic that straddles IT and physical security. A zones-of-trust approach may be the answer.
By Vince Ricco Technology Partner Manager, Axis Communications, 2/28/2017
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Microsoft Opens Cybersecurity Center in Mexico
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Microsoft launches a Mexican cybersecurity center and signs a Government Security Program to promote IT security research.
By Dark Reading Staff , 2/28/2017
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Apparel, Food Delivery Hardest Hit by Online Fraud Attacks
Steve Zurier, Freelance WriterNews
New Forter-Merchant Research Council report confirms that EMV chips have moved fraudsters away from point-of-sale to online.
By Steve Zurier Freelance Writer, 2/28/2017
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20 Questions for SecOps Platform Providers
Joshua Goldfarb, VP & CTO - Emerging Technologies, FireEyeCommentary
Security operations capabilities for the masses is long overdue. Heres how to find a solution that meets your budget and resources.
By Joshua Goldfarb VP & CTO - Emerging Technologies, FireEye, 2/27/2017
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Two Charged In Gas Station Card-Skimming Scheme
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Two individuals face federal charges for skimming debit card information from gas station pumps across multiple states.
By Dark Reading Staff , 2/27/2017
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Cloudflare Leaked Web Customer Data For Months
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
Potential scope of issue evokes comparisons to Heartbleed.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 2/24/2017
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20 Cybersecurity Startups To Watch In 2017
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark Reading
VC money flowed plentifully into the security market last year, fueling a new crop of innovative companies.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 2/24/2017
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IaaS: The Next Chapter In Cloud Security
Kaushik Narayan, Co-Founder and CTO at Skyhigh NetworksCommentary
Organizations adopting IaaS must update their approach to security by using the shared responsibility model.
By Kaushik Narayan Co-Founder and CTO at Skyhigh Networks, 2/24/2017
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Suspect Arrested In Connection With Mirai Botnet
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
One million Deutsche Telekom customers were knocked offline in a November 2016 cyberattack.
By Dark Reading Staff , 2/24/2017
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Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Clinton Foundation Hack Attempts
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Timothy Sedlak also convicted in child pornography case and sentenced to 42 years in jail, Reuters reports.
By Dark Reading Staff , 2/24/2017
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Survey: Most Attackers Need Less Than 12 Hours To Break In
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
A Nuix study of DEFCON pen testers shows that the usual security controls are of little use against a determined intruder
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 2/23/2017
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Blockchains New Role In The Internet of Things
Mance Harmon, Co-founder & CEO, SwirldsCommentary
With next gen distributed consensus algorithms that combine both security and performance, organizations can defend against DDoS attacks, even those that leverage IoT devices
By Mance Harmon Co-founder & CEO, Swirlds, 2/23/2017
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Google Researchers 'Shatter' SHA-1 Hash
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
'Collision' attack by researchers at CWI Institute and Google underscores need to retire SHA-1.
By Dark Reading Staff , 2/23/2017
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Road Map To A $200,000 Cybersecurity Job
Todd Thibodeaux, President & CEO, CompTIACommentary
Looking to get ahead in cybersecurity? Here are four areas to keep in mind as you make a five-year career plan.
By Todd Thibodeaux President & CEO, CompTIA, 2/23/2017
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Exploit Kit-Based Attacks Decline Dramatically
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
But it's too soon to call this downward trend a permanent shift, experts say.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 2/23/2017
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Tunneling Through The "Walls" Of IoT In The Enterprise
Jose Nazario, Director of Security Research at FastlyCommentary
The movie "Die Hard" has a thing or two to teach us about the pitfalls of the Internet of Things.
By Jose Nazario Director of Security Research at Fastly, 2/22/2017
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Why We Need To Reinvent How We Catalogue Malware
Paul Shomo,  Technical Manager Strategic Partnerships, Guidance SoftwareCommentary
One obvious trend: crimeware technologies that come with simple user consoles and functionality to create unique binaries at the click of a button.
By Paul Shomo Technical Manager Strategic Partnerships, Guidance Software, 2/22/2017
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CVE-2013-7445
Published: 2015-10-15
The Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) subsystem in the Linux kernel through 4.x mishandles requests for Graphics Execution Manager (GEM) objects, which allows context-dependent attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) via an application that processes graphics data, as demonstrated b...

CVE-2015-4948
Published: 2015-10-15
netstat in IBM AIX 5.3, 6.1, and 7.1 and VIOS 2.2.x, when a fibre channel adapter is used, allows local users to gain privileges via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2015-5660
Published: 2015-10-15
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in eXtplorer before 2.1.8 allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of arbitrary users for requests that execute PHP code.

CVE-2015-6003
Published: 2015-10-15
Directory traversal vulnerability in QNAP QTS before 4.1.4 build 0910 and 4.2.x before 4.2.0 RC2 build 0910, when AFP is enabled, allows remote attackers to read or write to arbitrary files by leveraging access to an OS X (1) user or (2) guest account.

CVE-2015-6333
Published: 2015-10-15
Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) 1.1j allows local users to gain privileges via vectors involving addition of an SSH key, aka Bug ID CSCuw46076.

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