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Content posted in February 2017
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Massive Necurs Spam Botnet Now Equipped to Launch DDoS Attacks
News  |  2/28/2017  | 
With more than one million active bots at any time, a Necurs-enabled DDoS attack could dwarf such an attack by the Mirai botnet.
Report: Only 2 in 3 Cyber Attacks Can Be Stopped with Current Defenses
Partner Perspectives  |  2/28/2017  | 
A recent Bitdefender survey of 250 US IT execs in companies with 1000 or more PCs paints a disturbing picture of cybersecurity preparedness in the enterprise.
How Security Pros Can Bridge The Skills Shortage
Commentary  |  2/28/2017  | 
By paying it forward, we can help address the industrys exploding need for talent.
Mac Malware Reaches New Highs
Partner Perspectives  |  2/28/2017  | 
Two new malware threats in a week this past month, plus others in January, brings the 2017 Mac malware count up to 6 and growing.
Zones of Trust: A New Way of Thinking about IoT Security
Commentary  |  2/28/2017  | 
Recent attacks have focused attention on how to safely add "things"to enterprise networks, a topic that straddles IT and physical security. A zones-of-trust approach may be the answer.
Microsoft Opens Cybersecurity Center in Mexico
Quick Hits  |  2/28/2017  | 
Microsoft launches a Mexican cybersecurity center and signs a Government Security Program to promote IT security research.
Kaspersky Lab Expert's Treason Charge Linked To 2010 Complaint
Quick Hits  |  2/28/2017  | 
A Russian businessman accused Kaspersky Lab security expert Ruslan Stoyanov, and Russian security officers, of leaking confidential data to US firms in 2010.
Apparel, Food Delivery Hardest Hit by Online Fraud Attacks
News  |  2/28/2017  | 
New Forter-Merchant Research Council report confirms that EMV chips have moved fraudsters away from point-of-sale to online.
Google's Ease-of-Use Email Encryption Project Goes Open Source
News  |  2/27/2017  | 
E2Email, together with open source Key Transparency project, are meant to take on the challenges that have dogged end-to-end email encryption adoption for decades.
Microsoft Adds Technical Updates to SDL Site
Quick Hits  |  2/27/2017  | 
Microsoft releases a new round of updates and technical content additions to its Security Development Lifecycle website.
Today on Dark Reading: Your Costs, Risks & Metrics Questions Answered
Commentary  |  2/27/2017  | 
First up on the Dark Reading upcoming events calendar is our Dark Reading Virtual Event Tuesday, Feb. 28.
20 Questions for SecOps Platform Providers
Commentary  |  2/27/2017  | 
Security operations capabilities for the masses is long overdue. Heres how to find a solution that meets your budget and resources.
Two Charged In Gas Station Card-Skimming Scheme
Quick Hits  |  2/27/2017  | 
Two individuals face federal charges for skimming debit card information from gas station pumps across multiple states.
In Cybersecurity, Language Is a Source of Misunderstandings
Commentary  |  2/27/2017  | 
To successfully fight threats across industries, we must all use the same terminology.
Cyber Insurance Uptake Hampered By Skewed Data, Poor Communication
News  |  2/25/2017  | 
Only 29% of US businesses have cyber insurance; Deloitte outlines steps for insurance companies to improve risk models, communication, and policy sales.
Cloudflare Leaked Web Customer Data For Months
News  |  2/24/2017  | 
Potential scope of issue evokes comparisons to Heartbleed.
20 Cybersecurity Startups To Watch In 2017
Slideshows  |  2/24/2017  | 
VC money flowed plentifully into the security market last year, fueling a new crop of innovative companies.
IaaS: The Next Chapter In Cloud Security
Commentary  |  2/24/2017  | 
Organizations adopting IaaS must update their approach to security by using the shared responsibility model.
Suspect Arrested In Connection With Mirai Botnet
Quick Hits  |  2/24/2017  | 
One million Deutsche Telekom customers were knocked offline in a November 2016 cyberattack.
Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Clinton Foundation Hack Attempts
Quick Hits  |  2/24/2017  | 
Timothy Sedlak also convicted in child pornography case and sentenced to 42 years in jail, Reuters reports.
Russia Top Source Of Nefarious Internet Traffic
News  |  2/23/2017  | 
Honeypot research from F-Secure shows majority of illicit online activity coming from IP addresses in Russia - also where ransomware is a hot commodity.
Survey: Most Attackers Need Less Than 12 Hours To Break In
News  |  2/23/2017  | 
A Nuix study of DEFCON pen testers shows that the usual security controls are of little use against a determined intruder
Blockchains New Role In The Internet of Things
Commentary  |  2/23/2017  | 
With next gen distributed consensus algorithms that combine both security and performance, organizations can defend against DDoS attacks, even those that leverage IoT devices
Google Researchers 'Shatter' SHA-1 Hash
Quick Hits  |  2/23/2017  | 
'Collision' attack by researchers at CWI Institute and Google underscores need to retire SHA-1.
Netflix Debuts 'Stethoscope' Open-Source Security Tool
Quick Hits  |  2/23/2017  | 
Entertainment giant offers open-source app for security.
Road Map To A $200,000 Cybersecurity Job
Commentary  |  2/23/2017  | 
Looking to get ahead in cybersecurity? Here are four areas to keep in mind as you make a five-year career plan.
Microsoft Releases Security Updates For Some, Not All, Flaws
Quick Hits  |  2/23/2017  | 
February 21 release addresses Adobe Flash Player bugs for Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1 and Edge for Windows 10.
Exploit Kit-Based Attacks Decline Dramatically
News  |  2/23/2017  | 
But it's too soon to call this downward trend a permanent shift, experts say.
How to Secure Hyperconverged Infrastructures & Why It Is Different
Partner Perspectives  |  2/23/2017  | 
The next-generation datacenter requires new security practices, but that doesnt mean everything we learned about datacenter security becomes obsolete.
End-Of-Life Software Alive And Well On US PCs
News  |  2/23/2017  | 
7.5% of users ran unpatched Windows operating systems in Q4 of 2016, up from 6.1 percent in Q3 of 2016, new study shows.
Fewer Than One-Fourth Of Cybersecurity Job Candidates Are Qualified
News  |  2/22/2017  | 
ISACA report finds that 55% of security jobs take three- to six months to fill, and under 25% of candidates are qualified for the jobs they apply for.
Tunneling Through The "Walls" Of IoT In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/22/2017  | 
The movie "Die Hard" has a thing or two to teach us about the pitfalls of the Internet of Things.
Why We Need To Reinvent How We Catalogue Malware
Commentary  |  2/22/2017  | 
One obvious trend: crimeware technologies that come with simple user consoles and functionality to create unique binaries at the click of a button.
6 Tips for Preventing Laptop Data Theft
News  |  2/22/2017  | 
Experts point to stronger passwords, full-disk encryption, and multi-factor authentication as ways to stop data theft in the event a laptop is lost or stolen.
80% Of Web Applications Contain At Least One Security Bug
Quick Hits  |  2/22/2017  | 
Study by Contrast Security finds an average of 45 vulnerabilities per Web application.
Yahoo Trims Its Price Tag To Verizon By $350 Million
Quick Hits  |  2/22/2017  | 
Announcement of new deal price from the previous $4.8 billion allays fears of deal cancellation or even bigger price cut.
Speak Up: Ransomware Attack Uses Voice Recognition
News  |  2/22/2017  | 
New variant of Android ransomware comes with a bizarre twist.
Survey: 14% Of IT Execs Would Pay $500K To Avoid Shaming After A Breach
Partner Perspectives  |  2/22/2017  | 
Bitdefender report shows how negative media headlines following an attack can cause financial damage, ruin business forecasts and severely damage reputations.
Stolen Health Record Databases Sell For $500,000 In The Deep Web
News  |  2/21/2017  | 
Electronic health record databases proving to be some of the most lucrative stolen data sets in cybercrime underground.
Google Shines Light On Corporate Gmail Threats
Quick Hits  |  2/21/2017  | 
New data highlights the diversity of security threats putting corporate Gmail inboxes at risk.
Law Enforcement At RSAC: Collaboration Is Key To Online Crime Fighting
News  |  2/21/2017  | 
Agencies and investigators are reaching out across jurisdictions and international borders to vanquish spammers, botnet operators, and worse.
Social Media Impersonators Drive Security Risk
News  |  2/21/2017  | 
A new pool of research digs into the fraudulent social media accounts, a growing threat to individuals and businesses.
8 Valuable Security Certifications For 2017
Slideshows  |  2/21/2017  | 
A security credential could be the step towards your next job title. But which one to get?
Preparing Security For Windows 7 End-Of-Life Support
Commentary  |  2/21/2017  | 
Moving to Microsoft's latest OS may give you flashbacks to when XP support ended.
FBI Pursues Three Probes Into Russian Hacking Of US Elections
Quick Hits  |  2/21/2017  | 
Sources say the bureau's offices in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Washington are investigating the alleged hack.
Two More Sentenced In $1.3 Million Spam Email Scheme
Quick Hits  |  2/21/2017  | 
Tomasz Chmielarz and Devin McArthur get two years of probation for involvement in a hacking scheme affecting 60M people.
Controlling Privileged Access To Prevent Rogue Users In Active Directory
Commentary  |  2/20/2017  | 
Knowing which of your employees have which privileges is the first step to staying safe.
Voice Biometrics Prone To Error, Study Shows
News  |  2/20/2017  | 
New research shows the need for a holistic solution to authentication, not just voice biometrics alone.
Most CISOs Fear Known Breaches Go Unaddressed
Quick Hits  |  2/20/2017  | 
Research indicates 80% of CISOs worry their companies aren't reacting to flagged data breaches.
Do Software-Defined Data Centers Pose Security Concerns?
Partner Perspectives  |  2/20/2017  | 
SDDC adoption is likely to trigger widespread data security governance programs, with 20 percent of organizations considering them necessary to prevent data breaches.
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Hotels_Server through 2018-11-05 has SQL Injection via the controller/fetchpwd.php username parameter.
CVE-2018-18908
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-20
The Sky Go Desktop application 1.0.19-1 through 1.0.23-1 for Windows performs several requests over cleartext HTTP. This makes the data submitted in these requests prone to Man in The Middle (MiTM) attacks, whereby an attacker would be able to obtain the data sent in these requests. Some of the requ...
CVE-2019-6496
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-20
The ThreadX-based firmware on Marvell Avastar Wi-Fi devices allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (block pool overflow) via malformed Wi-Fi packets during identification of available Wi-Fi networks. Exploitation of the Wi-Fi device can lead to exploitation of...
CVE-2019-3773
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-18
Spring Web Services, versions 2.4.3, 3.0.4, and older unsupported versions of all three projects, were susceptible to XML External Entity Injection (XXE) when receiving XML data from untrusted sources.
CVE-2019-3774
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-18
Spring Batch versions 3.0.9, 4.0.1, 4.1.0, and older unsupported versions, were susceptible to XML External Entity Injection (XXE) when receiving XML data from untrusted sources.