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WannaCry Gives Consumers a First Look into Ransomware
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Although ransomware has been around for two years, it took the fast-moving and expansive WannaCry to provide a majority of consumers their first glimpse, according to a study released today.
By Dark Reading Staff , 5/25/2017
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Medical Devices Fall Short in Security Best Practices
Dawn Kawamoto, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
More than half of medical device makers and healthcare delivery organizations anticipate an attack on their medical devices within the next 12 months, but only a smattering take significant steps to prevent it, according to a survey released today.
By Dawn Kawamoto Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 5/25/2017
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82% of Databases Left Unencrypted in Public Cloud
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Personal health information and other sensitive data is left exposed as businesses overlook encryption and network security.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 5/25/2017
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Unsanctioned Computer Support Costs Companies $88K per Year
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
A new survey of security professionals says that 83% of respondents help colleagues in other departments fix their privately-owned computers on company time.
By Dark Reading Staff , 5/24/2017
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DDoS Attacks Fell 23% in First Quarter, Grew in Size
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Although the number of DDoS attacks dropped in the first three months of the year, the average size of each attack grew, according to a Verisign report released Tuesday.
By Dark Reading Staff , 5/24/2017
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4 Reasons the Vulnerability Disclosure Process Stalls
Lawrence Munro, Worldwide Vice President of SpiderLabs at TrustwaveCommentary
The relationship between manufacturers and researchers is often strained. Here's why, along with some resources to help.
By Lawrence Munro Worldwide Vice President of SpiderLabs at Trustwave, 5/24/2017
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Credential-Stuffing Threat Intensifies Amid Password Reuse
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Employees who reuse logins on multiple websites drive the impact of third-party breaches as hackers use credential stuffing to compromise more accounts.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 5/23/2017
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9 Ways Organizations Sabotage Their Own Security: Lessons from the Verizon DBIR
Dawn Kawamoto, Associate Editor, Dark Reading
Mistakes and missteps plague enterprise security. The Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) offers nuggets on what organizations must stop doing now.
By Dawn Kawamoto Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 5/23/2017
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Staying a Step Ahead of Internet Attacks
Markus Jakobsson, Chief Scientist at AgariCommentary
There's no getting around the fact that targeted attacks - like phishing - will happen. But you can figure out the type of attack to expect next.
By Markus Jakobsson Chief Scientist at Agari, 5/23/2017
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With Billions Spent on Cybersecurity, Why Are Problems Getting Worse?
Grant Elliott, CEO and Co-Founder of OstendioCommentary
Technology alone won't keep you safe. Fully engaged employees should be your first line of defense.
By Grant Elliott CEO and Co-Founder of Ostendio, 5/23/2017
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WannaCry Hit Windows 7 Machines Most
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
More than 95% of all of the infected machines were running Windows 7, according to Kaspersky Lab data.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 5/22/2017
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Russian 'Cron' Cyber Gang Arrested for Raiding Bank Accounts
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Russian authorities arrest a group of 16 hackers who allegedly were attacking banks in their native country via mobile malware, nixing plans for their global expansion.
By Dark Reading Staff , 5/22/2017
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Emerging Threats to Add to Your Security Radar Screen
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
The cybersecurity threat landscape is poised to grow in size and complexity - what to look out for.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 5/22/2017
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Chinese Man Pleads Guilty to Espionage, Theft from US Firm
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Chinese national Xu Jiaqiang pleaded guilty to economic espionage and theft of trade secrets from his former employer in the US.
By Dark Reading Staff , 5/22/2017
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In Search of an Rx for Enterprise Security Fatigue
Rick Orloff, VP, Chief Security Officer, and Chief Privacy Officer at Code42Commentary
Are you exhausted by the vast number of measures your organization needs to keep its systems and data safe? You're not alone.
By Rick Orloff VP, Chief Security Officer, and Chief Privacy Officer at Code42, 5/22/2017
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Researcher Creates Tool to Unlock WannaCry-Infected Windows XP Files
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
A security researcher appears to have discovered a flaw in WannaCry that may provide Windows XP victims of the attack with a way to unlock their files.
By Dark Reading Staff , 5/19/2017
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Ransomware Rocks Endpoint Security Concerns
Dawn Kawamoto, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Meanwhile, threat detection technologies are evolving that can help security teams spot incidents more efficiently.
By Dawn Kawamoto Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 5/19/2017
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Deconstructing the 2016 Yahoo Security Breach
Jacob Olcott, VP, Strategic Partnerships, BitSightCommentary
One good thing about disasters is that we can learn from them and avoid repeating the same mistakes. Here are five lessons that the Yahoo breach should have taught us.
By Jacob Olcott VP, Strategic Partnerships, BitSight, 5/19/2017
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5 Security Lessons WannaCry Taught Us the Hard Way
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
There is a lot more our industry should be doing to protect its systems and data from cyber blackmail.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 5/18/2017
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Don't Forget Basic Security Measures, Experts Say
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Some security leaders argue there is little point in worrying about emerging threats when businesses can't defend against today's attacks.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 5/18/2017
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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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