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Software-Container Supply Chain Sees Spike in Attacks
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Attackers target companies' container supply chain, driving a sixfold increase in a year, aiming to steal processing time for cryptomining and compromise cloud infrastructure.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 6/21/2021
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One in Five Manufacturing Firms Targeted by Cyberattacks
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Information-stealing malware makes up about a third of attacks, a study finds, but companies worry most about ransomware shutting down production.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 6/17/2021
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Google Launches SLSA, a New Framework for Supply Chain Integrity
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
The "Supply chain Levels for Software Artifacts" aims to ensure the integrity of components throughout the software supply chain.
By Dark Reading Staff , 6/17/2021
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Security Experts Scrutinize Apple, Amazon IoT Networks
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Both companies have done their due diligence in creating connected-device networks, but the pervasiveness of the devices worries some security researchers.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 6/15/2021
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Cyber Analytics Database Exposed 5 Billion Records Online
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
In an ironic twist, Cognyte's data alerts customers to third-party data exposures.
By Dark Reading Staff , 6/14/2021
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Google Workspace Adds Client-Side Encryption
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Users given control over encryption keys, Google says.
By Dark Reading Staff , 6/14/2021
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New Top 20 Secure-Coding List Positions PLCs as Plant 'Bodyguards'
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Best practices guide encompasses integrity, hardening, resilience, and monitoring of PLCs in industrial networks.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 6/14/2021
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Name That Toon: Sight Unseen
John Klossner, CartoonistCommentary
Feeling creative? Submit your caption in the comments, and our panel of experts will reward the winner with a $25 Amazon gift card.
By John Klossner Cartoonist, 6/14/2021
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Many Mobile Apps Intentionally Using Insecure Connections for Sending Data
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
A new analysis of iOS and Android apps released to Apple's and Google's app stores over the past five years found many to be deliberately breaking HTTPS protections.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 6/11/2021
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Deepfakes Are on the Rise, but Don't Panic Just Yet
John Donegan, Enterprise analyst at ManageEngineCommentary
Deepfakes will likely give way to deep suspicion, as users try to sort legitimate media from malicious.
By John Donegan Enterprise analyst at ManageEngine, 6/10/2021
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New Security Event @Hack to Take Place in Saudi Arabia
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
The Saudi Federation of Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP) and Informa Tech will launch a multi-day event in Riyadh this November.
By Dark Reading Staff , 6/9/2021
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Ransomware Is Not the Problem
Adam Shostack, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Technologist, Game DesignerCommentary
Arbitrarily powerful software -- applications, operating systems -- is a problem, as is preventing it from running on enterprise systems.
By Adam Shostack Consultant, Entrepreneur, Technologist, Game Designer, 6/9/2021
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Microsoft Patches 6 Zero-Days Under Active Attack
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
The June 2021 Patch Tuesday fixes 50 vulnerabilities, six of which are under attack and three of which were publicly known at the time of disclosure.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 6/8/2021
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Colonial Pipeline CEO: Ransomware Attack Started via Pilfered 'Legacy' VPN Account
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
No multifactor authentication was attached to the stolen VPN password used by the attackers, Colonial Pipeline president & CEO Joseph Blount told a Senate committee today.
By Dark Reading Staff , 6/8/2021
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First Known Malware Surfaces Targeting Windows Containers
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
Siloscape is designed to create a backdoor in Kubernetes clusters to run malicious containers.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 6/7/2021
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Cartoon Caption Winner: Road Trip
John Klossner, CartoonistCommentary
And the winner of Dark Reading's cartoon caption contest is ...
By John Klossner Cartoonist, 6/7/2021
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Organizations Shift Further Left in App Development
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Most IT and security professionals surveyed think security is a critical enough reason to pause app development.
By Dark Reading Staff , 6/4/2021
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Google Experts Explore Open Source Security Challenges & Fixes
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
An open source security event brought discussions of supply chain security and managing flaws in open source projects.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 6/3/2021
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Processor Morphs Its Architecture to Make Hacking Really Hard
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Researchers create a processor that uses encryption to modify its memory architecture during runtime, making it very difficult for hackers to exploit memory-based vulnerabilities.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 6/2/2021
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New Barebones Ransomware Strain Surfaces
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
The authors of Epsilon Red have offloaded many tasks that are usually integrated into the ransomware -- such as Volume Shadow Copy deletion -- to PowerShell scripts.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 6/1/2021
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CVE-2021-24376
PUBLISHED: 2021-06-21
The Autoptimize WordPress plugin before 2.7.8 attempts to delete malicious files (such as .php) form the uploaded archive via the "Import Settings" feature, after its extraction. However, the extracted folders are not checked and it is possible to upload a zip which contained a directory w...
CVE-2021-24377
PUBLISHED: 2021-06-21
The Autoptimize WordPress plugin before 2.7.8 attempts to remove potential malicious files from the extracted archive uploaded via the 'Import Settings' feature, however this is not sufficient to protect against RCE as a race condition can be achieved in between the moment the file is extracted on t...
CVE-2021-24378
PUBLISHED: 2021-06-21
The Autoptimize WordPress plugin before 2.7.8 does not check for malicious files such as .html in the archive uploaded via the 'Import Settings' feature. As a result, it is possible for a high privilege user to upload a malicious file containing JavaScript code inside an archive which will execute w...
CVE-2021-24379
PUBLISHED: 2021-06-21
The Comments Like Dislike WordPress plugin before 1.1.4 allows users to like/dislike posted comments, however does not prevent them from replaying the AJAX request to add a like. This allows any user (even unauthenticated) to add unlimited like/dislike to any comment. The plugin appears to have some...
CVE-2021-24383
PUBLISHED: 2021-06-21
The WP Google Maps WordPress plugin before 8.1.12 did not sanitise, validate of escape the Map Name when output in the Map List of the admin dashboard, leading to an authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting issue