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Turkish Group Using Phishing Emails to Hijack Popular Instagram Profiles
News  |  2/28/2019  | 
In some cases, attackers have demanded ransom, nude photos/videos of victims in exchange for stolen account, Trend Micro says.
Solving Security: Repetition or Redundancy?
Commentary  |  2/28/2019  | 
To effectively defend against today's risks and threats, organizations must examine their failings as well as their successes.
Data Leak Exposes Dow Jones Watchlist Database
Quick Hits  |  2/28/2019  | 
The Watchlist, which contained the identities of government officials, politicians, and people of political interest, is used to identify risk when researching someone.
Microsoft Debuts Azure Sentinel SIEM, Threat Experts Service
News  |  2/28/2019  | 
New services, which are both available in preview, arrive at a time when two major trends are converging on security.
Bots Plague Ticketing Industry
News  |  2/28/2019  | 
Bots now account for 39.9% of all ticketing traffic, mostly originating in North America.
In 2019, Cryptomining Just Might Have an Even Better Year
Commentary  |  2/28/2019  | 
The practice today is so pervasive that cryptojacking scripts are said to be running on an estimated 3% of all sites that users visit.
IoT, APIs, and Criminal Bots Pose Evolving Dangers
News  |  2/27/2019  | 
A pair of reports reach similar conclusions about some of the threats growing in cyberspace and the industries likely to be most affected.
More Than 22,000 Vulns Were Disclosed in 2018, 27% Without Fixes
News  |  2/27/2019  | 
As in previous years, input validation vulnerabilities accounted for a substantial proportion of total, Risk Based Security report shows.
Intel Focuses on Data Center, Firmware Security Ahead of RSAC
News  |  2/27/2019  | 
The new Intel SGX Card is intended to extend application memory security using Intel SGX in existing data center infrastructure.
Persistent Attackers Rarely Use Bespoke Malware
News  |  2/27/2019  | 
Study of the Bronze Union groupalso known as APT27 or Emissary Pandaunderscores how most advanced persistent threat (APT) groups now use administrative tools or slight variants of well-known tools.
Booter Owner Pleads Guilty in Federal Court
Quick Hits  |  2/27/2019  | 
Illinois man offered "DDoS for hire" services that hit millions of victims.
Security Firm to Offer Free Hacking Toolkit
News  |  2/27/2019  | 
CQTools suite includes both exploit kits and information-extraction functions, its developers say.
Former Albany College Student Charged with Computer Damage
Quick Hits  |  2/27/2019  | 
Vishwanath Akuthota has been accused of using a 'USB killer device' to destroy dozens of computers, officials report.
Stay Ahead of the Curve by Using AI in Compliance
Commentary  |  2/27/2019  | 
Although human oversight is required, advanced technologies built on AI will become pivotal in building safer financial markets and a safer world.
Whose Line Is It? When Voice Phishing Attacks Get Sneaky
News  |  2/27/2019  | 
Researchers investigate malicious apps designed to intercept calls to legitimate numbers, making voice phishing attacks harder to detect.
Embracing DevSecOps: 5 Processes to Improve DevOps Security
Commentary  |  2/27/2019  | 
In the cyber threat climate of the 21st century, sticking with DevOps is no longer an option.
Researchers Build Framework for Browser-Based Botnets
News  |  2/26/2019  | 
HTML5 used to build persistent malware on victims' computers.
Former Kaspersky Lab Expert Sentenced in Russia for Treason
Quick Hits  |  2/26/2019  | 
Ruslan Stoyanov gets 14 years in Russian prison.
Social Media Platforms Double as Major Malware Distribution Centers
News  |  2/26/2019  | 
Because many organizations tend to overlook or underestimate the threat, social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, are a huge blind spot in enterprise defenses.
DIY Botnet Detection: Techniques and Challenges
Commentary  |  2/26/2019  | 
Botnets continue to spread to places never dreamed of a few years ago. But you can fight them off, and these tips can help.
'Cloudborne': Bare-Metal Cloud Servers Vulnerable to Attack
News  |  2/26/2019  | 
Firmware vulnerabilities provide direct access to server hardware, enabling attackers to install malware that can pass from customer to customer.
Kenna Security and Sonatype Partner for Open Source Vulnerability Intelligence
Quick Hits  |  2/26/2019  | 
The pairing brings Sonatype data on open source components to the Kenna Security platform.
Attackers Continue to Focus on Users, Well-Worn Techniques
News  |  2/26/2019  | 
From WannaCry and phishing to credential stuffing and cryptomining, attackers relied on many oldie-but-goodie attacks in 2018, according to a pair of new security threat reports.
A 'Cloudy' Future for OSSEC
Commentary  |  2/26/2019  | 
As more organizations move to the public cloud and to DevOps and DevSecOps processes, the open source alternative for host-based intrusion detection is finding new uses.
Your Employees Want to Learn. How Should You Teach Them?
Slideshows  |  2/26/2019  | 
Security practitioners are most likely to stay at organizations that offer career development. Here are eight tips to consider as you plan your course of action.
New Arm Certification Aims to Secure IoT Devices
News  |  2/25/2019  | 
A three-tier certification regimen shows adherence to the Platform Security Architecture.
Russian Hacker Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud
Quick Hits  |  2/25/2019  | 
The hacker ran a botnet that spread 'NeverQuest' malware for three years and collected millions of banking credentials.
TurboTax Hit with Credential Stuffing Attack, Tax Returns Compromised
Quick Hits  |  2/25/2019  | 
Officials report an unauthorized party obtained tax return data by using credentials obtained from an outside source.
Secure the System, Help the User
Commentary  |  2/25/2019  | 
The enterprise must do its part in deploying and maintaining secure systems so that end users stand a chance against attackers.
Lessons From the War on Malicious Mobile Apps
News  |  2/22/2019  | 
Despite the openness of the Android platform, Google has managed to keep its Play store mainly free of malware and malicious apps. Outside of the marketplace is a different matter.
New Malware Campaign Targets Job Seekers
Quick Hits  |  2/22/2019  | 
LinkedIn profiles provide a persistent, patient threat actor with the information required to craft spear-phishing messages.
6 Tips for Getting the Most from Your VPN
Slideshows  |  2/22/2019  | 
VPNs are critical for information security. But simply having these cozy security tunnels in the toolkit isn't enough to keep an organization's data safe.
New Legislation Builds on California Data Breach Law
Quick Hits  |  2/22/2019  | 
This bill requires businesses to notify consumers of compromised passport numbers and biometric data.
To Mitigate Advanced Threats, Put People Ahead of Tech
Commentary  |  2/22/2019  | 
Preventative technologies are only part of the picture and often come at the expense of the humans behind them.
Researchers Propose New Approach to Address Online Password-Guessing Attacks
News  |  2/21/2019  | 
Recommended best practices not effective against certain types of attacks, they say.
Attack Campaign Experiments with Rapid Changes in Email Lure Content
News  |  2/21/2019  | 
It's like polymorphic behavior only the changes are in the email lures themselves, with randomized changes to headers, subject lines, and body content.
Human Negligence to Blame for the Majority of Insider Threats
News  |  2/21/2019  | 
In 98% of the assessments conducted for its research, Dtex found employees exposed proprietary company information on the Web a 20% jump from 2018.
Why Cybersecurity Burnout Is Real (and What to Do About It)
Commentary  |  2/21/2019  | 
The constant stresses from advanced malware to zero-day vulnerabilities can easily turn into employee overload with potentially dangerous consequences. Here's how to turn down the pressure.
New Free Tool Scans for Chrome Extension Safety
Quick Hits  |  2/21/2019  | 
CRXcavator scans extensions in real time based on factors including permissions, external calls, and third-party libraries.
Cyber Extortionists Can Earn $360,000 a Year
News  |  2/21/2019  | 
Extortion scams capitalize on compromised credentials, sensitive data, and technical vulnerabilities on Internet-facing applications to pressure victims to pay up.
Security Analysts Are Only Human
Commentary  |  2/21/2019  | 
SOC security analysts shoulder the largest cybersecurity burden. Automation is the way to circumvent the unavoidable human factor. Third in a six-part series.
Insurer Offers GDPR-Specific Coverage for SMBs
News  |  2/20/2019  | 
Companies covered under the EU mandate can get policies for up to $10 million for fines, penalties, and other costs.
As Businesses Move Critical Data to Cloud, Security Risks Abound
News  |  2/20/2019  | 
Companies think their data is safer in the public cloud than in on-prem data centers, but the transition is driving security issues.
POS Vendor Announces January Data Breach
Quick Hits  |  2/20/2019  | 
More than 120 restaurants were affected by an incident that exposed customer credit card information.
Mastercard, GCA Create Small Business Cybersecurity Toolkit
News  |  2/20/2019  | 
A new toolkit developed by the Global Cybersecurity Alliance aims to give small businesses a cookbook for better cybersecurity.
9 Years After: From Operation Aurora to Zero Trust
Commentary  |  2/20/2019  | 
How the first documented nation-state cyberattack is changing security today.
Microsoft Expands AccountGuard to Help Europe Prep for Cyberattacks
Quick Hits  |  2/20/2019  | 
A recent wave of cybercrime has targeted organizations with employees in Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, and Serbia.
The Anatomy of a Lazy Phish
Commentary  |  2/20/2019  | 
A security engineer breaks down how easy it is for unskilled attackers to trick an unsuspecting user to submit credentials to a phishing site.
'Formjacking' Compromises 4,800 Sites Per Month. Could Yours Be One?
News  |  2/20/2019  | 
Cybercriminals see formjacking as a simple opportunity to take advantage of online retailers and all they need is a small piece of JavaScript.
North Korea's Lazarus Group Targets Russian Companies For First Time
News  |  2/19/2019  | 
In an unusual development, the group known for its attacks against companies in countries viewed as geopolitical foes is now going after companies in a country considered an ally, Check Point Software says.
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PUBLISHED: 2019-05-24
Adobe Acrobat and Reader versions 2019.010.20069 and earlier, 2019.010.20069 and earlier, 2017.011.30113 and earlier version, and 2015.006.30464 and earlier have an use after free vulnerability. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution .
CVE-2019-7069
PUBLISHED: 2019-05-24
Adobe Acrobat and Reader versions 2019.010.20069 and earlier, 2019.010.20069 and earlier, 2017.011.30113 and earlier version, and 2015.006.30464 and earlier have a type confusion vulnerability. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution .
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Adobe Acrobat and Reader versions 2019.010.20069 and earlier, 2019.010.20069 and earlier, 2017.011.30113 and earlier version, and 2015.006.30464 and earlier have an use after free vulnerability. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution .
CVE-2019-7071
PUBLISHED: 2019-05-24
Adobe Acrobat and Reader versions 2019.010.20069 and earlier, 2019.010.20069 and earlier, 2017.011.30113 and earlier version, and 2015.006.30464 and earlier have an out-of-bounds read vulnerability. Successful exploitation could lead to information disclosure.
CVE-2019-7072
PUBLISHED: 2019-05-24
Adobe Acrobat and Reader versions 2019.010.20069 and earlier, 2019.010.20069 and earlier, 2017.011.30113 and earlier version, and 2015.006.30464 and earlier have an use after free vulnerability. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution .