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Half of Ransomware Victims Suffer Repeat Attacks
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Half of ransomware victims are likely to get hit again as threat actors change their strategies to target servers and accelerate the spread of ransomware.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 6/28/2017
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Massive Skype Zero-Day Enables Remote Crashes
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
A security researcher uncovered a Skype vulnerability that could allow hackers to remotely execute code and crash software if exploited.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 6/27/2017
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No-Name Security Incidents Caused as Many Tears as WannaCry, Pros Say
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Half of security pros say they've worked just as frantically this year to fix other incidents that the public never heard about.
By Dark Reading Staff , 6/27/2017
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WannaCry Blame Game: Why Delayed Patching is Not the Problem
T. Frank Downs, Senior Manager, Cyber/Information Security, ISACACommentary
While post mortems about patching, updating, and backups have some value, the best preventative security controls are increased understanding and knowledge.
By T. Frank Downs Senior Manager, Cyber/Information Security, ISACA, 6/27/2017
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9 Ways to Protect Your Cloud Environment from Ransomware
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark Reading
The same technology driving faster collaboration and data transfer also enables cybercriminals to quickly spread ransomware.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 6/27/2017
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FBI Highlights BEC, Tech Support Scams, Ransomware Concerns
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
The 2016 Internet Crime Report found tech support fraud, business email compromise, and ransomware were major fraud categories last year.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 6/26/2017
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Look, But Don't Touch: One Key to Better ICS Security
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Better visibility is essential to improving the cybersecurity of industrial control systems and critical infrastructure, but the OT-IT cultural divide must be united.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 6/26/2017
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Recovering from Bad Decisions in the Cloud
Jeff Schilling, Chief Security Officer, ArmorCommentary
The cloud makes it much easier to make changes to security controls than in traditional networks.
By Jeff Schilling Chief Security Officer, Armor, 6/26/2017
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Virginia Consultant Charged with Espionage
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Federal authorities charged a consultant with espionage for transmitting top secret and secret documents to China.
By Dark Reading Staff , 6/23/2017
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Android Marcher Variant Makes Rounds as Adobe Flash Player Update
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Zscaler researchers discover a new variant of the Android Marcher malware, which aims to steal online banking credentials and credit card information.
By Dark Reading Staff , 6/23/2017
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RAT Vulnerabilities Turn Hackers into Victims
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
A small number of Remote Administration Tools have vulnerabilities which can enable attack targets to turn the tables on threat actors.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 6/23/2017
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Threat Intelligence Sharing: The New Normal?
Danelle Au, VP Strategy, SafeBreachCommentary
The spirit of cooperation seems to be taking hold as demonstrated by the growing number of thriving services and organizations whose sole purpose is to analyze specific threats against specific communities.
By Danelle Au VP Strategy, SafeBreach, 6/23/2017
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FireEye CEO Shares State of IT Threat Landscape
InformationWeek Staff, CommentaryVideo
FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia talks about the state of the IT threat landscape and where enterprises should focus their attention when it comes to cybersecurity.
By InformationWeek Staff , 6/23/2017
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8 Hot Hacking Tools to Come out of Black Hat USA
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark Reading
High-impact tools for white hats that will be revealed and released next month at Black Hat USA in Las Vegas.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 6/23/2017
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'GhostHook' Foils Windows 10 64-bit's Kernel Protection
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
Microsoft says an attacker needs kernel-level access before they can use the 'GhostHook' technique to install a rootkit.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 6/22/2017
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Nuclear Plants, Hospitals at Risk of Hacked Radiation Monitoring Devices
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Security researcher discovers major security flaws that can't be patched or fixed.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 6/22/2017
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Two Arrested for Microsoft Network Intrusion
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
UK authorities arrest two men for allegedly breaking into Microsoft's network with the intent to steal customer data from the software giant.
By Dark Reading Staff , 6/22/2017
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Most General Counsels Fret over Data Security
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
An overwhelming percentage of in-house attorneys say cyberattacks and the impact on their business keeps them up at night, a recent survey shows.
By Dark Reading Staff , 6/22/2017
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Cloud Security Lessons from the Voter Data Leak
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
A poorly configured Amazon S3 bucket that led to a massive data leak could easily happen to any organization not adopting proper cloud security measures.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 6/22/2017
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KPMG: Cybersecurity Has Reached a Tipping Point from Tech to CEO Business Issue
Tony Buffomante, KPMG, U.S. Cyber Security Services LeaderCommentary
Still, a majority of US-based chief execs say they will be maintaining and not investing in security technology over the next three years, a recent study shows.
By Tony Buffomante KPMG, U.S. Cyber Security Services Leader, 6/22/2017
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CVE-2017-0290
Published: 2017-05-09
NScript in mpengine in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine with Engine Version before 1.1.13704.0, as used in Windows Defender and other products, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (type confusion and application crash) via crafted JavaScript code within ...

CVE-2016-10369
Published: 2017-05-08
unixsocket.c in lxterminal through 0.3.0 insecurely uses /tmp for a socket file, allowing a local user to cause a denial of service (preventing terminal launch), or possibly have other impact (bypassing terminal access control).

CVE-2016-8202
Published: 2017-05-08
A privilege escalation vulnerability in Brocade Fibre Channel SAN products running Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) releases earlier than v7.4.1d and v8.0.1b could allow an authenticated attacker to elevate the privileges of user accounts accessing the system via command line interface. With affected version...

CVE-2016-8209
Published: 2017-05-08
Improper checks for unusual or exceptional conditions in Brocade NetIron 05.8.00 and later releases up to and including 06.1.00, when the Management Module is continuously scanned on port 22, may allow attackers to cause a denial of service (crash and reload) of the management module.

CVE-2017-0890
Published: 2017-05-08
Nextcloud Server before 11.0.3 is vulnerable to an inadequate escaping leading to a XSS vulnerability in the search module. To be exploitable a user has to write or paste malicious content into the search dialogue.

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In past years, security researchers have discovered ways to hack cars, medical devices, automated teller machines, and many other targets. Dark Reading Executive Editor Kelly Jackson Higgins hosts researcher Samy Kamkar and Levi Gundert, vice president of threat intelligence at Recorded Future, to discuss some of 2016's most unusual and creative hacks by white hats, and what these new vulnerabilities might mean for the coming year.