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Email Bomb Threats Follow Sextortion Playbook
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Yesterday's wave of email bomb threats appear to be an evolution of tactics by the same groups that earlier tried "sextortion" and personal threats, Talos researchers say.
By Curtis Franklin Jr. Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 12/14/2018
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Iranian Hackers Target Nuclear Experts, US Officials
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Hackers ramp up efforts to infiltrate email accounts of Americans responsible for enforcing severe economic sanctions on Iran.
By Dark Reading Staff , 12/14/2018
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Retailers: Avoid the Hackable Holidaze
Fred Kneip, CEO at CyberGRXCommentary
The most wonderful time of the year? Sure, but not if your business and customers are getting robbed.
By Fred Kneip CEO at CyberGRX, 12/14/2018
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Cybercriminals Change Tactics to Outwit Machine-Learning Defense
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
The rise in machine learning for security has forced criminals to rethink how to avoid detection.
By Dark Reading Staff , 12/14/2018
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Universities Get Schooled by Hackers
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Colleges and universities are prime targets for criminals due to huge sets of personal information and security that is weaker than in many businesses.
By Curtis Franklin Jr. Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 12/13/2018
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Cybercrime Is World's Biggest Criminal Growth Industry
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
The toll from cybercrime is expected to pass $6 trillion in the next three years, according to a new report.
By Dark Reading Staff , 12/13/2018
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Setting the Table for Effective Cybersecurity: 20 Culinary Questions
Joshua Goldfarb, Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, IDRRA Commentary
Even the best chefs will produce an inferior product if they begin with the wrong ingredients.
By Joshua Goldfarb Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, IDRRA , 12/13/2018
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The Economics Fueling IoT (In)security
Ariel Kriger, VP Business Development at VDOOCommentary
Attackers understand the profits that lie in the current lack of security. That must change.
By Ariel Kriger VP Business Development at VDOO, 12/13/2018
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U.S. Defense, Critical Infrastructure Companies Targeted in New Threat Campaign
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
McAfee finds malware associated with 'Operation Sharpshooter' on systems belonging to at least 87 organizations.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 12/12/2018
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Deception: Honey vs. Real Environments
Dr. Salvatore Stolfo, Fouder & CTO, Allure SecurityCommentary
A primer on choosing deception technology that will provide maximum efficacy without over-committing money, time and resources.
By Dr. Salvatore Stolfo Fouder & CTO, Allure Security, 12/12/2018
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Microsoft, PayPal, Google Top Phishing's Favorite Targets in Q3
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
One out of every 100 emails an enterprise receives is a phishing scam, and the attackers behind them are getting more sophisticated.
By Dark Reading Staff , 12/12/2018
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Forget Shifting Security Left; It's Time to Race Left
Jerry Gamblin, Principal Security Engineer, Kenna SecurityCommentary
Once DevOps teams decide to shift left, they can finally look forward instead of backward.
By Jerry Gamblin Principal Security Engineer, Kenna Security, 12/12/2018
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Battling Bots Brings Big-Budget Blow to Businesses
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Fighting off bot attacks on Web applications extracts a heavy cost in human resources and technology, according to a just-released report.
By Curtis Franklin Jr. Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 12/11/2018
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Attackers Using New Exploit Kit to Hijack Home & Small Office Routers
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
Goal is to steal banking credentials by redirecting users to phishing sites.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 12/11/2018
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The Grinch Bot Before Christmas: A Security Story for the Holidays
Julian Waits, GM Cyber Security Business Unit, Devo TechnologyCommentary
Once upon a time, buyers purchased products from certified sellers. Today, hoarders use botnets to amass goods at significant markup for a new gray-market economy.
By Julian Waits GM Cyber Security Business Unit, Devo Technology, 12/11/2018
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NetSecOPEN Names Founding Members, Board of Directors
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
The organization is charged with building open, transparent testing protocols for network security.
By Dark Reading Staff , 12/11/2018
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CrowdStrike: More Organizations Now Self-Detect Their Own Cyberattacks
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
But it still takes an average of 85 days to spot one, the security firm's incident response investigations found.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 12/11/2018
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DanaBot Malware Adds Spam to its Menu
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
A new generation of modular malware increases its value to criminals.
By Curtis Franklin Jr. Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 12/10/2018
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'Highly Active' Seedworm Group Hits IT Services, Governments
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Since September, the cyber espionage actors have targeted more than 130 victims in 30 organizations including NGOs, oil and gas, and telecom businesses.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 12/10/2018
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Satan Ransomware Variant Exploits 10 Server-Side Flaws
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
Windows, Linux systems vulnerable to self-propagating 'Lucky' malware, security researchers say.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 12/10/2018
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CVE-2018-20161
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-15
A design flaw in the BlinkForHome (aka Blink For Home) Sync Module 2.10.4 and earlier allows attackers to disable cameras via Wi-Fi, because incident clips (triggered by the motion sensor) are not saved if the attacker's traffic (such as Dot11Deauth) successfully disconnects the Sync Module from the...
CVE-2018-20159
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-15
i-doit open 1.11.2 allows Remote Code Execution because ZIP archives are mishandled. It has an upload feature that allows an authenticated user with the administrator role to upload arbitrary files to the main website directory. Exploitation involves uploading a ".php" file within a "...
CVE-2018-20157
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-15
The data import functionality in OpenRefine through 3.1 allows an XML External Entity (XXE) attack through a crafted (zip) file, allowing attackers to read arbitrary files.
CVE-2018-20154
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-14
The WP Maintenance Mode plugin before 2.0.7 for WordPress allows remote authenticated users to discover all subscriber e-mail addresses.
CVE-2018-20155
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-14
The WP Maintenance Mode plugin before 2.0.7 for WordPress allows remote authenticated subscriber users to bypass intended access restrictions on changes to plugin settings.