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Content tagged with Advanced Threats posted in February 2021
Attackers Turn Struggling Software Projects Into Trojan Horses
News  |  2/26/2021  | 
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.
5 Key Steps Schools Can Take to Defend Against Cyber Threats
Commentary  |  2/25/2021  | 
Educational institutions have become prime targets, but there are things they can do to stay safer.
New APT Group Targets Airline Industry & Immigration
News  |  2/24/2021  | 
LazyScript bears similarities to some Middle Eastern groups but appears to be a distinct operation of its own, Malwarebytes says.
3 Security Flaws in Smart Devices & IoT That Need Fixing
Commentary  |  2/24/2021  | 
The scope and danger of unsecured, Internet-connected hardware will only continue to deepen.
SonicWall Releases Second Set of February Firmware Patches
Quick Hits  |  2/23/2021  | 
The latest patches, for its SMA 100 series products, comes less than three weeks after an updates to patch a zero-day vulnerability.
Augmenting SMB Defense Strategies With MITRE ATT&CK: A Primer
Commentary  |  2/23/2021  | 
Any organization can use MITRE ATT&CK as a force multiplier, but it's especially valuable for small ones.
CVSS as a Framework, Not a Score
Commentary  |  2/23/2021  | 
The venerable system has served us well but is now outdated.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.
What Can Your Connected Car Reveal About You?
Commentary  |  2/22/2021  | 
App developers must take responsibility for the security of users' data.
How to Fine-Tune Vendor Risk Management in a Virtual World
Commentary  |  2/19/2021  | 
Without on-site audits, many organizations lack their usual visibility to assess risk factors and validate contracts and SLA with providers.
Microsoft Concludes Internal Investigation into Solorigate Breach
News  |  2/18/2021  | 
The software giant found no evidence that attackers gained extensive access to services or customer data.
Hiding in Plain Sight: What the SolarWinds Attack Revealed About Efficacy
Commentary  |  2/18/2021  | 
Multilayered infiltration involved custom malicious tooling, backdoors, and cloaked code, far beyond the skills of script kiddies.
Egregor Arrests a Blow, but Ransomware Will Likely Bounce Back
News  |  2/17/2021  | 
Similar to previous ransomware takedowns, this disruption to the ransomware-as-a-service model will likely be short-lived, security experts say.
Under Attack: Hosting & Internet Service Providers
Commentary  |  2/16/2021  | 
The digital universe depends on always-on IT networks and services, so ISPs and hosting providers have become favorite targets for cyberattacks.
7 Things We Know So Far About the SolarWinds Attacks
Slideshows  |  2/11/2021  | 
Two months after the news first broke, many questions remain about the sophisticated cyber-espionage campaign.
Cloud-Native Apps Make Software Supply Chain Security More Important Than Ever
Commentary  |  2/11/2021  | 
Cloud-native deployments tend to be small, interchangeable, and easier to protect, but their software supply chains require closer attention.
Florida Water Utility Hack Highlights Risks to Critical Infrastructure
News  |  2/9/2021  | 
The intrusion also shows how redundancy and detection can minimize damage and reduce impact to the population.
How Neurodiversity Can Strengthen Cybersecurity Defense
Commentary  |  2/9/2021  | 
Team members from different backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, and neurological abilities are best equipped to tackle today's security challenges.
Iranian Cyber Groups Spying on Dissidents & Others of Interest to Government
News  |  2/9/2021  | 
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.
Microsoft Says It's Time to Attack Your Machine-Learning Models
News  |  2/4/2021  | 
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.


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US Formally Attributes SolarWinds Attack to Russian Intelligence Agency
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer,  4/15/2021
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Dependency Problems Increase for Open Source Components
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  4/14/2021
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FBI Operation Remotely Removes Web Shells From Exchange Servers
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  4/14/2021
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CVE-2021-31607
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-23
In SaltStack Salt 2016.9 through 3002.6, a command injection vulnerability exists in the snapper module that allows for local privilege escalation on a minion. The attack requires that a file is created with a pathname that is backed up by snapper, and that the master calls the snapper.diff function...
CVE-2021-31597
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-23
The xmlhttprequest-ssl package before 1.6.1 for Node.js disables SSL certificate validation by default, because rejectUnauthorized (when the property exists but is undefined) is considered to be false within the https.request function of Node.js. In other words, no certificate is ever rejected.
CVE-2021-2296
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-22
Vulnerability in the Oracle VM VirtualBox product of Oracle Virtualization (component: Core). The supported version that is affected is Prior to 6.1.20. Difficult to exploit vulnerability allows high privileged attacker with logon to the infrastructure where Oracle VM VirtualBox executes to compromi...
CVE-2021-2297
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-22
Vulnerability in the Oracle VM VirtualBox product of Oracle Virtualization (component: Core). The supported version that is affected is Prior to 6.1.20. Difficult to exploit vulnerability allows high privileged attacker with logon to the infrastructure where Oracle VM VirtualBox executes to compromi...
CVE-2021-2298
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-22
Vulnerability in the MySQL Server product of Oracle MySQL (component: Server: Optimizer). Supported versions that are affected are 8.0.23 and prior. Easily exploitable vulnerability allows low privileged attacker with network access via multiple protocols to compromise MySQL Server. Successful attac...