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Prometei Botnet Adds New Twist to Exchange Server Attacks
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Attackers are using the well-known Microsoft Exchange Server flaw to add machines to a cryptocurrency botnet, researchers say.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/22/2021
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Name That Toon: Greetings, Earthlings
John Klossner, CartoonistCommentary
Caption time! Come up with something out of this world for Dark Reading's latest contest, and our panel of experts will reward the winner with a $25 Amazon gift card.
By John Klossner Cartoonist, 4/22/2021
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Looking for Greater Security Culture? Ask an 8-Bit Plumber
Rick van Galen, Security Engineer, 1PasswordCommentary
After 40 years of navigating catastrophes, video game character Mario can help us with a more intelligent approach to DevOps and improving security culture.
By Rick van Galen Security Engineer, 1Password, 4/22/2021
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10 Free Security Tools at Black Hat Asia 2021
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer
Researchers are set to demonstrate a plethora of tools for conducting pen tests, vulnerability assessments, data forensics, and a wide range of other use cases.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 4/22/2021
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Justice Dept. Creates Task Force to Stop Ransomware Spread
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One goal of the group is to take down the criminal ecosystem that enables ransomware, officials say.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/21/2021
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Business Email Compromise Costs Businesses More Than Ransomware
Charlie Winckless, Senior Director, Cybersecurity Solutions, at PresidioCommentary
Ransomware gets the headlines, but business paid out $1.8 billion last year to resolve BEC issues, according to an FBI report.
By Charlie Winckless Senior Director, Cybersecurity Solutions, at Presidio, 4/21/2021
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Attackers Heavily Targeting VPN Vulnerabilities
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
Threat actors like attacking the technology because they provide a convenient entry point to enterprise networks.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 4/21/2021
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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
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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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Dept. of Energy Launches Plan to Protect Electric Grid from Cyberattack
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Over the next 100 days, the DoE will work with electric utilities to improve visibility, detection, and response for industrial control systems.
By Dark Reading Staff , 4/20/2021
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2020 Changed Identity Forever; What's Next?
Arthur Coviello, Venture partner at Rally Ventures, LLC and former executive chairman RSA SecurityCommentary
For all the chaos the pandemic caused, it also sparked awareness of how important an identity-centric approach is to securing today's organizations.
By Arthur Coviello Venture partner at Rally Ventures, LLC and former executive chairman RSA Security, 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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SolarWinds: A Catalyst for Change & a Cry for Collaboration
Kurt John, Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Siemens USACommentary
Cybersecurity is more than technology or safeguards like zero trust; mostly, it's about collaboration.
By Kurt John Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Siemens USA, 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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Google Brings 37 Security Fixes to Chrome 90
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
The latest version of Google Chrome also introduces HTTPS as the browser's default protocol.
By Dark Reading Staff , 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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Nation-State Attacks Force a New Paradigm: Patching as Incident Response
Fred Langston, Executive Vice President of Professional Services and Co-Founder, CI SecurityCommentary
IT no longer has the luxury of thoroughly testing critical vulnerability patches before rolling them out.
By Fred Langston Executive Vice President of Professional Services and Co-Founder, CI Security, 4/15/2021
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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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Bolstering Our Nation's Defenses Against Cybersecurity Attacks
Shawn Henry, CrowdStrike president of services and CSOCommentary
Shawn Henry, former Executive Assistant Director of the FBI and current CrowdStrike president of services and CSO, shares the top three cybersecurity priorities that the Biden administration needs to address.
By Shawn Henry CrowdStrike president of services and CSO, 4/14/2021
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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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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...
CVE-2021-2299
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 high privileged attacker with network access via multiple protocols to compromise MySQL Server. Successful atta...