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NFL Mobile Vulnerable Super Bowl-Sized Vulns
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
Lack of protections puts users at risk of exposed information by way of man-in-the-middle attacks.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 1/27/2015
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Gas Stations Urged To Secure Internet-Exposed Fuel Tank Devices
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Researchers find more than 5,000 US gas stations' automated tank gauges unprotected on the public Internet and open to hackers.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 1/26/2015
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Why Russia Hacks
Mike Walls, Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWaveCommentary
Conventional wisdom holds that Russia hacks primarily for financial gain. But equally credible is the belief that the Russians engage in cyberwarfare to further their geopolitical ambitions.
By Mike Walls Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWave, 1/23/2015
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Diverse White Hat Community Leads To Diverse Vuln Disclosures
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Researchers at Penn State find that courting new bug hunters is just as important as rewarding seasoned ones.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 1/22/2015
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What Government Can (And Can’t) Do About Cybersecurity
Jeff Williams, CTO, Aspect Security & Contrast SecurityCommentary
In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama introduced a number of interesting, if not terribly novel, proposals. Here are six that will have minimal impact.
By Jeff Williams CTO, Aspect Security & Contrast Security, 1/22/2015
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President's Plan To Crack Down On Hacking Could Hurt Good Hackers
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
Security experts critical of President Obama's new proposed cybersecurity legislation.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 1/21/2015
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Adobe Investigating New Flash Zero-Day Spotted In Crimeware Kit
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingQuick Hits
Researcher Kafeine's 0day discovery confirmed by Malwarebytes.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 1/21/2015
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Facebook Messenger: Classically Bad AppSec
Daniel Riedel, CEO, New ContextCommentary
Facebook offers a textbook example of what the software industry needs to do to put application security in the forefront of software development.
By Daniel Riedel CEO, New Context, 1/21/2015
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Ransomware Leads Surge In 2014 Mobile Malware Onslaught
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
Mobile malware increases 75 percent in U.S.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 1/20/2015
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New Technology Detects Cyberattacks By Their Power Consumption
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Startup's "power fingerprinting" approach catches stealthy malware within milliseconds in DOE test.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 1/20/2015
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Security MIA In Car Insurance Dongle
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
A researcher finds security holes in Flo the Progressive Girl's Snapshot insurance policy product.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 1/16/2015
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The Truth About Malvertising
Peter Zavlaris, Analyst, RiskIQCommentary
Malvertising accounts for huge amounts of cyberfraud and identity theft. Yet there is still no consensus on who is responsible for addressing these threats.
By Peter Zavlaris Analyst, RiskIQ, 1/16/2015
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Why North Korea Hacks
Mike Walls, Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWaveCommentary
The motivation behind Democratic People’s Republic of Korea hacking is rooted in a mix of retribution, paranoia, and the immature behavior of an erratic leader.
By Mike Walls Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWave, 1/15/2015
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Anatomy Of A 'Cyber-Physical' Attack
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Inflicting major or physical harm in ICS/SCADA environments takes more than malware.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 1/14/2015
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Majority Of Enterprises Finally Recognize Users As Endpoint's Weakest Vulnerability
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
The Ponemon State of the Endpoint report shows endpoint management continues to grow more difficult.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 1/14/2015
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4 Mega-Vulnerabilities Hiding in Plain Sight
Giora Engel, VP Product & Strategy, LightCyberCommentary
How four recently discovered, high-impact vulnerabilities provided “god mode” access to 90% of the Internet for 15 years, and what that means for the future.
By Giora Engel VP Product & Strategy, LightCyber, 1/14/2015
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Insider Threats in the Cloud: 6 Harrowing Tales
Kaushik Narayan, Co-Founder and CTO at Skyhigh NetworksCommentary
The cloud has vastly expanded the scope of rogue insiders. Read on to discover the latest threat actors and scenarios.
By Kaushik Narayan Co-Founder and CTO at Skyhigh Networks, 1/13/2015
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Obama Calls For 30-Day Breach Notification Policy For Hacked Companies
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
But chances of this becoming a mandatory national breach notification law are no sure thing, even in the wake of the past year's high-profile hacks, experts say.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 1/12/2015
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Microsoft Protests Bug Disclosure By Google
Thomas Claburn, Editor-at-LargeNews
After Google discloses Win 8.1 vulnerability two days prior to planned patch, Microsoft argues in favor of vulnerability publication schedules.
By Thomas Claburn Editor-at-Large, 1/12/2015
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Insider Threat, Shadow IT Concerns Spur Cloud Security
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
Surveys show cloud tops 2015 priorities.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 1/12/2015
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CVE-2014-8148
Published: 2015-01-26
The default D-Bus access control rule in Midgard2 10.05.7.1 allows local users to send arbitrary method calls or signals to any process on the system bus and possibly execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

CVE-2014-8157
Published: 2015-01-26
Off-by-one error in the jpc_dec_process_sot function in JasPer 1.900.1 and earlier allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a crafted JPEG 2000 image, which triggers a heap-based buffer overflow.

CVE-2014-8158
Published: 2015-01-26
Multiple stack-based buffer overflows in jpc_qmfb.c in JasPer 1.900.1 and earlier allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a crafted JPEG 2000 image.

CVE-2014-9571
Published: 2015-01-26
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in admin/install.php in MantisBT before 1.2.19 and 1.3.x before 1.3.0-beta.2 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the (1) admin_username or (2) admin_password parameter.

CVE-2014-9572
Published: 2015-01-26
MantisBT before 1.2.19 and 1.3.x before 1.3.0-beta.2 does not properly restrict access to /*/install.php, which allows remote attackers to obtain database credentials via the install parameter with the value 4.

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