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Reuters: Microsoft's 2013 Breach Hit Bug Repository, Insiders Say
Quick Hits  |  10/17/2017  | 
Five anonymous former Microsoft employees tell Reuters that Microsoft's database of internally discovered vulnerabilities was compromised in 2013, but Microsoft will not confirm it occurred.
Adobe Patches Flash ZeroDay Used To Plant Surveillance Software
Quick Hits  |  10/16/2017  | 
Second time in four weeks FINSPY "lawful intercept" tool and a zero-day found together.
GDPR Compliance: 5 Early Steps to Get Laggards Going
Slideshows  |  10/16/2017  | 
If you're just getting on the EU General Data Protection Regulation bandwagon, here's where you should begin.
Equifax: 12.5 Million UK Client Records Exposed in Breach
Quick Hits  |  10/10/2017  | 
But of that data, it affects 700K of British consumers, credit-monitoring company said today.
Unstructured Data: The Threat You Cannot See
Commentary  |  10/10/2017  | 
Why security teams needs to take a cognitive approach to the increasing volumes of data flowing from sources they don't control.
Artificial Intelligence: Experts Talk Ethical, Security Concerns
News  |  10/10/2017  | 
Global leaders weigh the benefits and dangers of a future in which AI plays a greater role in business and security strategy.
Russian Hackers Pilfered Data from NSA Contractor's Home Computer: Report
News  |  10/5/2017  | 
Classified information and hacking tools from the US National Security Agency landed in the hands of Russian cyberspies, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Private, Public, or Hybrid? Finding the Right Fit in a Bug Bounty Program
Commentary  |  10/5/2017  | 
How can a bug bounty not be a bug bounty? There are several reasons. Here's why you need to understand the differences.
What Security Teams Need to Know about the NIAC Report
Commentary  |  10/4/2017  | 
Which of the recommendations made by the NIAC working group will affect security teams the most, and how should they prepare?
Ransomware Will Target Backups: 4 Ways to Protect Your Data
Commentary  |  10/4/2017  | 
Backups are the best way to take control of your defense against ransomware, but they need protecting as well.
DevOpsSec: A Big Step in Cloud Application Security
Commentary  |  10/3/2017  | 
Why it's time for DevOps and security teams to bury the hatchet -- and not in each other's back.
Google Tightens Web Security for 45 TLDs with HSTS
Quick Hits  |  10/2/2017  | 
Google broadens HTTPS Strict Transport Security to Top Level Domains under its control and makes them secure by default.
Best and Worst Security Functions to Outsource
Slideshows  |  9/29/2017  | 
Which security functions are best handled by third parties, and which should be kept in-house? Experts weigh in.
How to Live by the Code of Good Bots
Commentary  |  9/27/2017  | 
Following these four tenets will show the world that your bot means no harm.
Why Your Business Must Care about Privacy
Commentary  |  9/26/2017  | 
It might not have something to hide, but it definitely has something to protect.
Security's #1 Problem: Economic Incentives
Commentary  |  9/25/2017  | 
The industry rewards cutting corners rather than making software safe. Case in point: the Equifax breach.
Why Size Doesn't Matter in DDoS Attacks
Commentary  |  9/21/2017  | 
Companies both large and small are targets. Never think "I'm not big enough for a hacker's attention."
Mobile Ransomware Hits Browsers with Old-School Techniques
News  |  9/20/2017  | 
Several types of malware sold on the dark Web advertise the ability to spy on Android smartphones, encrypt files, and demand payment.
Software Assurance: Thinking Back, Looking Forward
Commentary  |  9/20/2017  | 
Ten personal observations that aim to bolster state-of-the-art and state-of-practice in application security.
Get Serious about IoT Security
Commentary  |  9/20/2017  | 
These four best practices will help safeguard your organization in the Internet of Things.
Viacom's Secret Cloud Keys Exposed
Quick Hits  |  9/19/2017  | 
The entertainment giant is the latest company to misconfigure its Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage bucket.
How Apple's New Facial Recognition Technology Will Change Enterprise Security
Commentary  |  9/19/2017  | 
Expect a trickle-down effect, as tech similar to Face ID becomes offered outside of Apple.
Avast CCleaner Compromised Amid Rise in Supply Chain Threats
News  |  9/18/2017  | 
Attackers somehow hacked the build system of Avast's CCleaner to deliver malware, potentially affecting millions of users.
To Be Ready for the Security Future, Pay Attention to the Security Past
Commentary  |  9/18/2017  | 
It's easy to just move on to the next problem, ignoring what's happened -- but that's a mistake.
Attacks on Android Soared 40% in Q2
News  |  9/15/2017  | 
Despite a rise in attacks, the average number of malicious variants remains surprisingly limited, according to a report from Avast.
Attacking Developers Using 'Shadow Containers'
Attacking Developers Using 'Shadow Containers'
Dark Reading Videos  |  9/15/2017  | 
Sagie Dulce describes why developers are such attractive targets and how the Docker API can be exploited to use one of developers' favorite tools against them in sneaky, obfuscated attacks.
Microsoft's Azure 'Confidential Computing' Encrypts Data in Use
News  |  9/14/2017  | 
Early Access program under way for new Azure cloud security feature.
'ExpensiveWall' Attacks More Than 1 Million Android Users
Quick Hits  |  9/14/2017  | 
New Android malware variant registers users for paid services without their permission and sends bogus premium SMS messages.
'Bashware' Undermines Windows 10 Security Via Linux Subsystem
News  |  9/13/2017  | 
New WSL feature in Windows 10 gives attackers a way to run malware without being detected by any current endpoint security tools, Check Point says.
Trump Orders Removal of Kaspersky Products from Federal Systems
Quick Hits  |  9/13/2017  | 
The president cites concern that the Russia-based company could be influenced by the Kremlin.
5 Problems That Keep CISOs Awake at Night
Commentary  |  9/13/2017  | 
The last few years have shown a big difference in the way cyber-risks are acknowledged, but progress still needs to be made.
China to Create Data Repository to Log Cyberattacks
Quick Hits  |  9/13/2017  | 
Telcos, government agencies, Internet companies, and domain-name organizations to file cybersecurity information.
Shopify Risk Director Talks Ecommerce, Bug Bounty Program
News  |  9/12/2017  | 
Andrew Dunbar shares his experience growing a retail-focused security team, and combating the many threats facing online merchants and their customers.
The 'Team of Teams' Model for Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  9/12/2017  | 
Security leaders can learn some valuable lessons from a real-life military model.
Tesla Hacks: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
Tesla Hacks: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
Dark Reading Videos  |  9/12/2017  | 
Keen Security Lab found multiple holes in the isolation layer Tesla uses to protect drive systems from infotainment systems, but were impressed by the auto company's security in other ways.
Credit Card Hacker Roman Seleznev Enters More Guilty Pleas
News  |  9/11/2017  | 
The Russian hacker already hit with a 27-year prison sentence for credit card hacking pleads guilty to two more charges.
Why Relaxing Our Password Policies Might Actually Bolster User Safety
Commentary  |  9/11/2017  | 
Recent guidance from NIST may seem counterintuitive.
New Android 'Toast' Vuln Makes Overlay Attacks Easier
News  |  9/8/2017  | 
The vast majority of Android devices are at risk of a 'Toast' overlay attack that builds on Cloak and Dagger exploits. The bug could lead to remote control of the device unless Google's latest security patch is applied.
7 Tips to Fight Gmail Phishing Attacks
Slideshows  |  9/8/2017  | 
Popular email platforms like Gmail are prime phishing targets. Admins can adopt these steps to keep attackers at bay.
If Blockchain Is the Answer, What Is the Security Question?
Commentary  |  9/8/2017  | 
Like any technology, blockchain has its strengths and weaknesses. But debunking three common myths can help you cut through the hype.
38% of Attorneys Fail to Disclose Cybersecurity Issues to Board
Quick Hits  |  9/8/2017  | 
Directors increasingly find themselves held accountable for cybersecurity breaches at their companies.
Is Public Sector Cybersecurity Adequate?
Commentary  |  9/7/2017  | 
Many governmental organizations are unstaffed, underfunded, and unprepared to fight common attacks, and they could learn a thing or two from the private sector.
10% of Ransomware Attacks on SMBs Targeted IoT Devices
News  |  9/7/2017  | 
IoT ransomware attacks are expected to ramp up in the coming years, a new survey shows.
Is Your Organization Merely PCI-Compliant or Is It Actually Secure?
Commentary  |  9/6/2017  | 
The Host Identity Protocol might be the answer to inadequate check-the-box security standards.
GDPR Confusion Persists Among Businesses, Survey Shows
Quick Hits  |  9/6/2017  | 
Top executives appear dismissive about the penalties they could face if failing to fulfill the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.
72% of Educational Institutions Lack Designated InfoSec Staff
Quick Hits  |  9/5/2017  | 
Vast majority of IT specialists in this sector feel ill-prepared for cybersecurity risks, according to report.
Judge Rules that Yahoo Breach Victims Can Sue
Quick Hits  |  9/5/2017  | 
The 1 billion users who were victims in Yahoo's massive data breaches between 2013 to 2016 received court approval to move forward with their case.
3 Ways AI Could Help Resolve the Cybersecurity Talent Crisis
Commentary  |  9/5/2017  | 
There's no escaping the fact that there's a skills shortage, and companies aren't doing enough to cultivate talent. AI could relieve some of the pressure.
CISOs' Salaries Expected to Edge Above $240,000 in 2018
News  |  9/1/2017  | 
Other IT security professionals may garner six-figure salaries as well, new report shows.
How Effective Boards Drive Security Mandates
Commentary  |  9/1/2017  | 
The focus on cybersecurity policies must be prioritized from the top down.
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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.