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Content posted in June 2018
Why Sharing Intelligence Makes Everyone Safer
Commentary  |  6/29/2018  | 
Security teams must expand strategies to go beyond simply identifying details tied to a specific threat to include context and information about attack methodologies.
Redefining Security with Blockchain
Commentary  |  6/28/2018  | 
Blockchain offers a proactive approach to secure a new generation of digital platforms and services for both enterprises and individuals.
Russia, Facebook & Cybersecurity: Combating Weaponized FUD in the Social Media Age
Commentary  |  6/27/2018  | 
It's up to everyone -- users, security pros, government -- to be critical about the online information we encounter.
Cynicism in Cybersecurity: Confessions of a Recovering Cynic
Commentary  |  6/27/2018  | 
Anyone constantly dealing with complex computer systems teetering on the brink of disaster will likely succumb to the cult of cynicism. These four strategies will help you focus on the positive.
Today! 'Why Cybercriminals Attack,' A Dark Reading Virtual Event
Commentary  |  6/27/2018  | 
Wednesday, June 27, this all-day event starting at 11 a.m. ET, will help you decide who and what you really need to defend against, and how to do it more effectively.
Securing Serverless Apps: 3 Critical Tasks in 3 Days
Commentary  |  6/26/2018  | 
Serverless workloads in the cloud can be as secure as traditional applications with the right processes and tools. The key: start small, scale as your application scales, and involve everyone.
Secure by Default Is Not What You Think
Commentary  |  6/26/2018  | 
The traditional view of secure by default which has largely been secure out of the box is too narrow. To broaden your view, consider these three parameters.
Secure Code: You Are the Solution to Open Sources Biggest Problem
Commentary  |  6/25/2018  | 
Seventy-eight percent of open source codebases examined in a recent study contain at least one unpatched vulnerability, with an average of 64 known vulnerabilities per codebase.
White House Email Security Faux Pas?
Commentary  |  6/22/2018  | 
The Executive Office of the President isn't complying with the DMARC protocol, but that has fewer implications than some headlines would suggest.
Templates: The Most Powerful (And Underrated) Infrastructure Security Tool
Commentary  |  6/21/2018  | 
If your team is manually building cloud instances and networks for every application, you're setting yourself up for a data breach.
AppSec in the World of 'Serverless'
Commentary  |  6/21/2018  | 
The term 'application security' still applies to 'serverless' technology, but the line where application settings start and infrastructure ends is blurring.
Inside a SamSam Ransomware Attack
Commentary  |  6/20/2018  | 
Here's how hackers use network tools and stolen identities to turn a device-level compromise into an enterprise-level takedown.
Improving the Adoption of Security Automation
Commentary  |  6/20/2018  | 
Four barriers to automation and how to overcome them.
How to Prepare for 'WannaCry 2.0'
Commentary  |  6/19/2018  | 
It seems inevitable that a more-powerful follow-up to last year's malware attack will hit sooner or later. You'd better get prepared.
5 Tips for Integrating Security Best Practices into Your Cloud Strategy
Commentary  |  6/19/2018  | 
Do 'cloud-first' strategies create a security-second mindset?
3 Tips for Driving User Buy-in to Security Policies
Commentary  |  6/18/2018  | 
Teaching users why it's important to commit to security controls is a far more effective strategy than simply demanding that they follow them. Here's how.
Modern Cybersecurity Demands a Different Corporate Mindset
Commentary  |  6/15/2018  | 
Very few organizations have fully incorporated all relevant risks and threats into their current digital strategy, research finds.
Four Faces of Fraud: Identity, 'Fake' Identity, Ransomware & Digital
Commentary  |  6/14/2018  | 
Realizing the wide scope of fraud should be at the top of every business executive's to-do list. Here's some practical advice to help you stay safe.
Meet 'Bro': The Best-Kept Secret of Network Security
Commentary  |  6/14/2018  | 
This often overlooked open source tool uses deep packet inspection to transform network traffic into exceptionally useful, real-time data for security operations.
LeBron vs. Steph: The NBA Version of Cyber Defense vs. Cyberattacks
Commentary  |  6/13/2018  | 
It takes an aggressive, swarming approach to overcome the most dangerous threats today.
Why CISOs Need a Security Reality Check
Commentary  |  6/13/2018  | 
We deserve a seat at the executive table, and we'll be much better at our jobs once we take it.
'Shift Left' & the Connected Car
Commentary  |  6/12/2018  | 
How improving application security in the automotive industry can shorten product development time, reduce costs, and save lives.
Weaponizing IPv6 to Bypass IPv4 Security
Commentary  |  6/12/2018  | 
Just because you're not yet using IPv6 doesn't mean you're safe from the protocol's attack vectors.
6 Ways Greed Has a Negative Effect on Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  6/11/2018  | 
How the security industry can both make money and stay true to its core values, and why that matters.
Threat Landscape: Dark Reading Caption Contest Winners
Commentary  |  6/8/2018  | 
Insider threats -- desktop attacks, security awareness, caffeine -- all worthy contenders in our cartoon caption competition. And the winners are ...
Side-Channel Attacks & the Importance of Hardware-Based Security
Commentary  |  6/7/2018  | 
Reliably evaluating the security of modern infrastructure requires a solid understanding of the hardware supporting it.
In Pursuit of Cryptography's Holy Grail
Commentary  |  6/7/2018  | 
Homomorphic encryption eliminates the need for data exposure at any point something that certainly would be welcome these days.
DOD Looks to the Cloud for Browser Security
Commentary  |  6/6/2018  | 
The US Department of Defense just published its cloud browser strategy. What's yours?
'Strutting' Past the Equifax Breach: Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  6/6/2018  | 
In hindsight, there were two likely causes for last year's massive breach: the decision to use Apache Struts, and a failure to patch in a timely fashion. Both are still a recipe for disaster.
'EFAIL' Is Why We Cant Have Golden Keys
Commentary  |  6/5/2018  | 
A deep dive into the issues surrounding an HTML email attack.
I, for One, Welcome Our Robotic Security Overlords
Commentary  |  6/5/2018  | 
Automation will come in more subtle ways than C-3PO and it's transforming cybersecurity.
Building a Safe, Efficient, Cost-Effective Security Infrastructure
Commentary  |  6/4/2018  | 
The Industrial Internet of Things allows organizations to address both physical and digital security concerns.
Cybercrime Is Skyrocketing as the World Goes Digital
Commentary  |  6/1/2018  | 
If cybercrime were a country, it would have the 13th highest GDP in the world.


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Dark Reading Staff 3/27/2020
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Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  3/24/2020
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CVE-2020-10560
PUBLISHED: 2020-03-30
An issue was discovered in Open Source Social Network (OSSN) through 5.3. A user-controlled file path with a weak cryptographic rand() can be used to read any file with the permissions of the webserver. This can lead to further compromise. The attacker must conduct a brute-force attack against the S...
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PUBLISHED: 2020-03-30
When MELSOFT transmission port (UDP/IP) of Mitsubishi Electric MELSEC iQ-R series (all versions), MELSEC iQ-F series (all versions), MELSEC Q series (all versions), MELSEC L series (all versions), and MELSEC F series (all versions) receives massive amount of data via unspecified vectors, resource co...
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PUBLISHED: 2020-03-30
Toyota 2017 Model Year DCU (Display Control Unit) allows an unauthenticated attacker within Bluetooth range to cause a denial of service attack and/or execute an arbitrary command. The affected DCUs are installed in Lexus (LC, LS, NX, RC, RC F), TOYOTA CAMRY, and TOYOTA SIENNA manufactured in the re...
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PUBLISHED: 2020-03-27
Local Privilege Escalation can occur in PHOENIX CONTACT PORTICO SERVER through 3.0.7 when installed to run as a service.
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PUBLISHED: 2020-03-27
Insecure, default path permissions in PHOENIX CONTACT PC WORX SRT through 1.14 allow for local privilege escalation.