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Comparing Private and Public Cloud Threat Vectors
Oliver Tavakoli, CTO, Vectra Networks, Inc.Commentary
Many companies moving from a private cloud to a cloud service are unaware of increased threats.
By Oliver Tavakoli CTO, Vectra Networks, Inc., 8/22/2017
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How to Hack a Robot
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Forget 'killer robots:' researchers demonstrate how collaborative robots, or 'cobots,' can be hacked and dangerous.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 8/22/2017
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Tuesday: Spammers' Favorite Day of the Week
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Spammers are most active when their targets are online, with the highest level of activity on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 8/21/2017
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Trump Makes US Cyber Command an Official Combat Arm
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Move seen as step one in spinning off the command from the NSA.
By Dark Reading Staff , 8/21/2017
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The Pitfalls of Cyber Insurance
Chris McDaniels, Chief Information Security Officer of Mosaic451Commentary
Cyber insurance is 'promising' but it won't totally protect your company against hacks.
By Chris McDaniels Chief Information Security Officer of Mosaic451, 8/21/2017
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Russian-Speaking APT Engaged in G20 Themed Attack
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
A newly discovered dropper for the KopiLuwak backdoor suggests that the Turla group is back at it again, Proofpoint says.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 8/18/2017
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50% of Ex-Employees Can Still Access Corporate Apps
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Businesses drive the risk for data breaches when they fail to terminate employees' access to corporate apps after they leave.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 8/18/2017
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ShieldFS Hits 'Rewind' on Ransomware
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingCommentaryVideo
Federico Maggi and Andrea Continella discuss a new tool to protect filesystems by disrupting and undoing ransomware's encryption activities.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 8/18/2017
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Microsoft Report: User Account Attacks Jumped 300% Since 2016
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Most of these Microsoft user account compromises can be attributed to weak, guessable passwords and poor password management, researchers found.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 8/17/2017
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'Pulse Wave' DDoS Attacks Emerge As New Threat
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writerNews
DDoS botnets are launching short but successive bursts of attack traffic to pin down multiple targets, Imperva says.
By Jai Vijayan Freelance writer, 8/17/2017
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The Shadow Brokers: How They Changed 'Cyber Fear'
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingCommentaryVideo
At Black Hat USA, Matt Suiche, founder of Comae Technologies, describes what we know about the Shadow Brokers and how they have changed the business of cyber fear.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 8/17/2017
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Critical Infrastructure, Cybersecurity & the 'Devils Rope'
David Zahn, General Manager of Cybersecurity at PASCommentary
How hackers today are engaging in a modern 'Fence Cutter War' against industrial control systems, and what security professionals need to do about it.
By David Zahn General Manager of Cybersecurity at PAS, 8/17/2017
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Kill Switches, Vaccines & Everything in Between
Marta Janus, Senior Principal Threat Researcher at Cylance Inc.Commentary
The language can be a bit fuzzy at times, but there are real differences between the various ways of disabling malware.
By Marta Janus Senior Principal Threat Researcher at Cylance Inc., 8/17/2017
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Old Flaws, New Tricks: CVE-2017-0199 and PowerPoint Abuse
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Researchers discover attackers are using a patched Microsoft vulnerability to abuse PowerPoint files and distribute malware.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 8/16/2017
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Websites Selling DDoS Services and Tools on the Rise in China
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Researchers detect an increase in Chinese websites offering online DDoS services within the past six months.
By Kelly Sheridan Associate Editor, Dark Reading, 8/16/2017
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Insider Threats Loom Large for Security Pros
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Insider threats pose a greater challenge to security pros than external threats, according to a recent survey.
By Dark Reading Staff , 8/16/2017
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The Day of Reckoning: Cybercrimes Impact on Brand
Tom Kellermann,  CEO & Cofounder, Strategic Cyber Ventures Commentary
Why the security industry needs to invest in architecture that defends against reputational damage as well as other, more traditional threats.
By Tom Kellermann CEO & Cofounder, Strategic Cyber Ventures , 8/16/2017
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Discover a Data Breach? Try Compassion First
Daniel Schwalbe, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Farsight  Security, Inc.Commentary
The reactions to a big data breach often resemble the five stages of grief, so a little empathy is needed.
By Daniel Schwalbe Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Farsight Security, Inc., 8/16/2017
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Server Management Software Discovered Harboring Backdoor
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
ShadowPad backdoor found embedded in a software product used by major organizations around the globe to manage their Linux, Windows, and Unix servers.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 8/15/2017
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BEC Attacks Don't Always Require Sophistication
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
Simple business email compromise scams can con companies out of huge sums of money and don't require much hacking or even social engineering know-how.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 8/15/2017
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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.