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Attackers Turn Struggling Software Projects Into Trojan Horses
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
While access to compromised systems has become an increasingly common service, some cybercriminals are going straight to the source: buying code bases and then updating the application with malicious code.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 2/26/2021
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5 Key Steps Schools Can Take to Defend Against Cyber Threats
Chris Abbey, Manager, Incident Handling, at Red CanaryCommentary
Educational institutions have become prime targets, but there are things they can do to stay safer.
By Chris Abbey Manager, Incident Handling, at Red Canary, 2/25/2021
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New APT Group Targets Airline Industry & Immigration
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
LazyScript bears similarities to some Middle Eastern groups but appears to be a distinct operation of its own, Malwarebytes says.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 2/24/2021
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3 Security Flaws in Smart Devices & IoT That Need Fixing
Grigorii Markov, CEO, Cerber Tech Inc.Commentary
The scope and danger of unsecured, Internet-connected hardware will only continue to deepen.
By Grigorii Markov CEO, Cerber Tech Inc., 2/24/2021
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SonicWall Releases Second Set of February Firmware Patches
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
The latest patches, for its SMA 100 series products, comes less than three weeks after an updates to patch a zero-day vulnerability.
By Dark Reading Staff , 2/23/2021
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Augmenting SMB Defense Strategies With MITRE ATT&CK: A Primer
Michael Ohanian, Vice President of Product Management at NetsurionCommentary
Any organization can use MITRE ATT&CK as a force multiplier, but it's especially valuable for small ones.
By Michael Ohanian Vice President of Product Management at Netsurion, 2/23/2021
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CVSS as a Framework, Not a Score
Tim Morgan, Chief Technology Officer of DeepSurface SecurityCommentary
The venerable system has served us well but is now outdated. Not that it's time to throw the system away; use it as a framework to measure risk using modern, context-based methods.
By Tim Morgan Chief Technology Officer of DeepSurface Security, 2/23/2021
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What Can Your Connected Car Reveal About You?
Alejandro Hernandez, Senior Consultant at IOActiveCommentary
App developers must take responsibility for the security of users' data.
By Alejandro Hernandez Senior Consultant at IOActive, 2/22/2021
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How to Fine-Tune Vendor Risk Management in a Virtual World
Ryan Smyth & Spencer MacDonald, Managing Director / Director, FTI TechnologyCommentary
Without on-site audits, many organizations lack their usual visibility to assess risk factors and validate contracts and SLA with providers.
By Ryan Smyth & Spencer MacDonald Managing Director / Director, FTI Technology, 2/19/2021
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Microsoft Concludes Internal Investigation into Solorigate Breach
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
The software giant found no evidence that attackers gained extensive access to services or customer data.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 2/18/2021
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Hiding in Plain Sight: What the SolarWinds Attack Revealed About Efficacy
Pieter Danhieux, CEO, Chairman, & Co-Founder, Secure Code WarriorCommentary
Multilayered infiltration involved custom malicious tooling, backdoors, and cloaked code, far beyond the skills of script kiddies.
By Pieter Danhieux CEO, Chairman, & Co-Founder, Secure Code Warrior, 2/18/2021
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Egregor Arrests a Blow, but Ransomware Will Likely Bounce Back
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Similar to previous ransomware takedowns, this disruption to the ransomware-as-a-service model will likely be short-lived, security experts say.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 2/17/2021
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Under Attack: Hosting & Internet Service Providers
Marc Wilczek, Digital Strategist & COO of Link11Commentary
The digital universe depends on always-on IT networks and services, so ISPs and hosting providers have become favorite targets for cyberattacks.
By Marc Wilczek Digital Strategist & COO of Link11, 2/16/2021
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7 Things We Know So Far About the SolarWinds Attacks
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer
Two months after the news first broke, many questions remain about the sophisticated cyber-espionage campaign.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 2/11/2021
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Cloud-Native Apps Make Software Supply Chain Security More Important Than Ever
Tsvi Korren, Field CTO, Aqua SecurityCommentary
Cloud-native deployments tend to be small, interchangeable, and easier to protect, but their software supply chains require closer attention.
By Tsvi Korren Field CTO, Aqua Security, 2/11/2021
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Florida Water Utility Hack Highlights Risks to Critical Infrastructure
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
The intrusion also shows how redundancy and detection can minimize damage and reduce impact to the population.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 2/9/2021
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How Neurodiversity Can Strengthen Cybersecurity Defense
Liviu Arsene, Global Cybersecurity Researcher at BitdefenderCommentary
Team members from different backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, and neurological abilities are best equipped to tackle today's security challenges.
By Liviu Arsene Global Cybersecurity Researcher at Bitdefender, 2/9/2021
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Iranian Cyber Groups Spying on Dissidents & Others of Interest to Government
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
A new investigation of two known threat groups show cyber actors are spying on mobile devices and PCs belonging to targeted users around the world.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 2/9/2021
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Microsoft Says It's Time to Attack Your Machine-Learning Models
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
With access to some training data, Microsoft's red team recreated a machine-learning system and found sequences of requests that resulted in a denial-of-service.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 2/4/2021
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Is the Web Supply Chain Next in Line for State-Sponsored Attacks?
Rui Ribeiro, CEO & Co-Founder at JscramblerCommentary
Attackers go after the weak links first, and the Web supply chain provides an abundance of weak links to target.
By Rui Ribeiro CEO & Co-Founder at Jscrambler, 1/29/2021
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PUBLISHED: 2021-03-02
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra 20.02 is affected by a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability. The XSS payload will execute on the class room, which leads to stealing cookies from users who join the class.
PUBLISHED: 2021-03-02
A cross-site scripting issue was found in Apache Ambari Views. This was addressed in Apache Ambari 2.7.4.
PUBLISHED: 2021-03-02
An issue was discovered in app/Model/SharingGroupServer.php in MISP 2.4.139. In the implementation of Sharing Groups, the "all org" flag sometimes provided view access to unintended actors.
PUBLISHED: 2021-03-02
An issue was discovered on LG mobile devices with Android OS 11 software. They mishandle fingerprint recognition because local high beam mode (LHBM) does not function properly during bright illumination. The LG ID is LVE-SMP-210001 (March 2021).
PUBLISHED: 2021-03-02
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