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Pulse Secure VPN Flaws Exploited to Target US Defense Sector
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
China-linked attackers have used vulnerabilities in the Pulse Secure VPN appliance to attack US Defense Industrial Base networks.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 4/20/2021
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Foreign Spies Target British Nationals With Fake Social Media Profiles
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
British security agency MI5 has launched a new education campaign to warn potential victims of the attacks.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/20/2021
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Attackers Compromised Code-Checking Vendor's Tool for Two Months
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
A script used to upload sensitive reportswith access to credentials and datastoreslikely sent information on hundreds, possibly thousands, of companies to attackers.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 4/20/2021
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Beware the Bug Bounty
Joseph Neumann & Doug Hudson, Cyber Executive Advisor / Senior Director, CoalfireCommentary
In recent months, bug-bounty programs have shifted from mitigating risk to inadvertently creating new liabilities for customers and vendors.
By Joseph Neumann & Doug Hudson Cyber Executive Advisor / Senior Director, Coalfire, 4/20/2021
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White House Scales Back Response to SolarWinds & Exchange Server Attacks
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
Lessons learned from the Unified Coordination Groups will be used to inform future response efforts, a government official says.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 4/19/2021
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Attackers Test Weak Passwords in Purple Fox Malware Attacks
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Researchers share a list of passwords that Purple Fox attackers commonly brute force when targeting the SMB protocol.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/19/2021
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Pandemic Drives Greater Need for Endpoint Security
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Endpoint security has changed. Can your security plan keep up?
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/16/2021
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High-Level Admin of FIN7 Cybercrime Group Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Fedir Hladyr pleaded guilty in 2019 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit computer hacking.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/16/2021
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Software Developer Arrested in Computer Sabotage Case
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Officials say Davis Lu placed malicious code on servers in a denial-of-service attack on his employer.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/15/2021
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US Formally Attributes SolarWinds Attack to Russian Intelligence Agency
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
Treasury Department slaps sanctions on IT security firms that it says supported Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service carry out the attacks.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 4/15/2021
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6 Tips for Managing Operational Risk in a Downturn
Steve Durbin, CEO of the Information Security ForumCommentary
Many organizations adjust their risk appetite in an economic downturn, as risk is expanded to include supplier and customer insolvency, not to mention cash-flow changes.
By Steve Durbin CEO of the Information Security Forum, 4/15/2021
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Malicious PowerShell Use, Attacks on Office 365 Accounts Surged in Q4
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
There was also a sharp increase in overall malware volumes in the fourth quarter of 2020, COVID-19 related attack activity, and mobile malware, new data shows.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 4/15/2021
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CISA Urges Caution for Security Researchers Targeted in Attack Campaign
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
The agency urges researchers to take precautions amid an ongoing targeted threat campaign.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/14/2021
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FBI Operation Remotely Removes Web Shells From Exchange Servers
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
A court order authorized the FBI to remove malicious Web shells from hundreds of vulnerable machines running on-premises Exchange Server.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 4/14/2021
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DNS Vulnerabilities Expose Millions of Internet-Connected Devices to Attack
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
Researchers uncover a fresh set of nine vulnerabilities in four TCP/IP stacks that are widely used in everything from powerful servers and firewalls to consumer IoT products.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 4/13/2021
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Compromised Microsoft Exchange Server Used to Host Cryptominer
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Researchers say an unknown attacker is targeting vulnerable Exchange Servers with a payload hosted on a compromised Exchange Server.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/13/2021
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Dark Reading to Upgrade Site Design, Performance
Tim Wilson, Editor in Chief, Dark Reading, Commentary
Improvements will make site content easier to navigate, faster, and more functional.
By Tim Wilson, Editor in Chief, Dark Reading , 4/13/2021
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Clear & Present Danger: Data Hoarding Undermines Better Security
Elissa M. Redmiles, Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Software SystemsCommentary
Facebook and Google can identify patterns of attack within their own data, but smaller businesses rarely see enough traffic to successfully identify an attack or warn users.
By Elissa M. Redmiles Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, 4/13/2021
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Microsoft Warns of Malware Delivery via Google URLs
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
A new campaign abuses legitimate website contact forms to send URLs that ultimately deliver the IcedID banking Trojan.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/12/2021
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Federal Reserve Chairman Says Cyber-Risk a Top Threat to National Economy
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Jerome Powell tells 60 Minutes that cyberattacks have the potential to do major damage to US financial system.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/12/2021
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** UNSUPPORTED WHEN ASSIGNED ** The AdTran Personal Phone Manager software is vulnerable to multiple reflected cross-site scripting (XSS) issues. These issues impact at minimum versions 10.8.1 and below but potentially impact later versions as well since they have not previously been disclosed. Only...
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