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Dark Reading Cybersecurity Crossword Puzzle

Here's a little something to snuggle up with if you're on lockdown.

Edge Editors, Dark Reading

March 20, 2020

2 Min Read
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Snuggle up with your hot beverage of choice, take a break from the perils of facing reality, and hack away at The Edge's first Dark Reading cybersecurity crossword puzzle. It might be just what you need to ease burnout while thinking about work at the same time.

Have a hard time coming up with the answers to these puzzle questions? We know a great place to look for more clues ...

Head to to fill out your crossword online or print out a PDF version



    1  something you have too many of 

    5  IoT security researcher Santamarta 

    8  technology that extends a private network across a public network 

    9  PoisonIvy, Dark Comet, or Blackshades 

  10  thing you need to encrypt or sing well 

  11  Mini, Cozy, Onion and Cosmic 

  12  e-commerce attack that hit Macy's 

  17  place to outsource security tasks 

  18  mobile phone social engineering attack 

  21  exploited in Equifax breach 

  23  network security tool that tries to stop infiltrators 

  25  US government office that exposed millions of federal employees' PII in 2015 

  27  tool for stealing credit card numbers 

  28  popular place to put misconfigured, leaky cloud buckets 

  29  convert passwords to unreadable strings or a good way to prepare potatoes 

  33  ransomware that took down the City of Atlanta 

  36  international interbank messaging system exploited in bank heists 

  37  retail company hit with record-setting breach

  38  certification for pen testers



    1  healthcare insurer that exposed 78.8 million  records in 2015 

    2  ransomware known for long dwell time, human operators, that took down Tribune Publishing 

    3  entertainment company hit with massive IP theft and wiper in 2014 

    4  retailer that was compromised via a third-party HVAC contractor and exposed 40 million credit card numbers 

    6  Microsoft RDP vulnerability that prompted out-of-band patches 

    7  office that set landmark cybersecurity policy for New York finance industry 

    8  exploitable software bug, for short 

  13  European privacy law 

  14  common infosec certification 

  15  kind of bounty 

  16  something you have too many of 

  17  fastest-spreading virus of its time, in 1999 

  19  Austrian privacy activist 

  20  ransomworm that stormed the world in 2018 

  22  the worst kind of privileges to be exposed

  24  SMS attack 

  26  a type of attack that intercepts communications 

  30  sophisticated attack group, for short 

  31  white, black, or gray item 

  32  unlawful data exposure 

  34  tool for finding malware, for short 

  35  home base for security first responders 

 Good luck!


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