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Breach Data Shows Attackers Switched Gears in 2020
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Attackers focused more on ransomware, while the consolidation of data into large databases led to fewer reported breaches but more records leaked.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 1/21/2021
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Attackers Leave Stolen Credentials Searchable on Google
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Operators behind a global phishing campaign inadvertently left thousands of stolen credentials accessible via Google Search.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 1/21/2021
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Cloud Jacking: The Bold New World of Enterprise Cybersecurity
Bernie Brode, Nano Product ResearcherCommentary
Increased reliance on cloud computing puts more weight on robust authentication systems to protect data against hijackers.
By Bernie Brode Nano Product Researcher, 1/21/2021
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7 Steps to Secure a WordPress Site
Steve Zurier, Contributing Writer
Many companies operate under the assumption that their WordPress sites are secure -- and that couldn't be anything further from the truth.
By Steve Zurier Contributing Writer, 1/21/2021
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Rethinking IoT Security: It's Not About the Devices
May Wang, Senior Distinguished Engineer at Palo Alto NetworksCommentary
Keeping IoT safe in the future will require securing the networks themselves. Focusing on the devices is a never-ending battle that will only become more burdensome.
By May Wang Senior Distinguished Engineer at Palo Alto Networks, 1/21/2021
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SolarWinds Attack, Cyber Supply Chain Among Priorities for Biden Administration
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
During Senate confirmation hearings, the nominees for Secretary of Homeland Security and Director of National Intelligence pledged to focus on cybersecurity.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 1/20/2021
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Tips for a Bulletproof War Room Strategy
Lee Chieffalo, Technical Director of Cybersecurity Operations at ViasatCommentary
The techniques used in real-world combat apply in cybersecurity operations, except that instead of bullets flying downrange, it's packets.
By Lee Chieffalo Technical Director of Cybersecurity Operations at Viasat, 1/20/2021
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Vulnerabilities in Popular DNS Software Allow Poisoning
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Seven flaws in DNSMasq have limited impact, but in combination they could be chained to create a multistaged attack.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 1/19/2021
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Microsoft to Launch 'Enforcement Mode' for Zerologon Flaw
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Enforcement mode for the Netlogon Domain Controller will be enabled by default with the Feb. 9 security update.
By Dark Reading Staff , 1/19/2021
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The Most Pressing Concerns Facing CISOs Today
John Worrall, Chief Executive Officer at ZeroNorthCommentary
Building security into the software development life cycle creates more visibility, but CISOs still need stay on top of any serious threats on the horizon, even if they are largely unknown.
By John Worrall Chief Executive Officer at ZeroNorth, 1/19/2021
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A Security Practitioner's Guide to Encrypted DNS
Jamie Brim, Corelight Security ResearcherCommentary
Best practices for a shifting visibility landscape.
By Jamie Brim Corelight Security Researcher, 1/19/2021
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Successful Malware Incidents Rise as Attackers Shift Tactics
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
As employees moved to working from home and on mobile devices, attackers followed them and focused on weekend attacks, a security firm says.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 1/15/2021
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'Chimera' Threat Group Abuses Microsoft & Google Cloud Services
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Researchers detail a new threat group targeting cloud services to achieve goals aligning with Chinese interests.
By Dark Reading Staff , 1/14/2021
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Businesses Struggle with Cloud Availability as Attackers Take Aim
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Researchers find organizations struggle with availability for cloud applications as government officials warn of cloud-focused cyberattacks.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 1/14/2021
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NSA Recommends Using Only 'Designated' DNS Resolvers
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Agency provides guidelines on securely deploying DNS over HTTPS, aka DoH.
By Dark Reading Staff , 1/14/2021
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Who Is Responsible for Protecting Physical Security Systems From Cyberattacks?
IFSEC Global, StaffNews
It's a question that continues to engage debate, as the majority of new physical security devices being installed are now connected to a network. While this offers myriad benefits, it also raises the question: Who is responsible for their cybersecurity?
By James Willison, founder of Unified Security Ltd , 1/14/2021
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Vulnerability Management Has a Data Problem
Tal Morgenstern, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Vulcan CyberCommentary
Security teams have an abundance of data, but most of it lacks the context necessary to improve remediation outcomes.
By Tal Morgenstern Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Vulcan Cyber, 1/14/2021
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Virtual Pen-Testing Competition Tasks College Students With Running a Red Team Operation
Steve Zurier, Contributing WriterNews
Aimed at developing offensive cyber talent, last weekend's sixth annual Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition brought out some of the brightest from RIT and Stanford, among other universities.
By Steve Zurier Contributing Writer, 1/13/2021
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The Data-Centric Path to Zero Trust
Altaz Valani, Director of Insights Research, Security CompassCommentary
Data is an organization's most valuable asset, so a data-centric approach would provide the best value for organizations, now and in the future.
By Altaz Valani Director of Insights Research, Security Compass, 1/13/2021
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United Nations Security Flaw Exposed 100K Staff Records
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Security researchers have disclosed a vulnerability they exploited to access more than 100,000 private employee records.
By Dark Reading Staff , 1/12/2021
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CVE-2020-8567
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-21
Kubernetes Secrets Store CSI Driver Vault Plugin prior to v0.0.6, Azure Plugin prior to v0.0.10, and GCP Plugin prior to v0.2.0 allow an attacker who can create specially-crafted SecretProviderClass objects to write to arbitrary file paths on the host filesystem, including /var/lib/kubelet/pods.
CVE-2020-8568
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-21
Kubernetes Secrets Store CSI Driver versions v0.0.15 and v0.0.16 allow an attacker who can modify a SecretProviderClassPodStatus/Status resource the ability to write content to the host filesystem and sync file contents to Kubernetes Secrets. This includes paths under var/lib/kubelet/pods that conta...
CVE-2020-8569
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-21
Kubernetes CSI snapshot-controller prior to v2.1.3 and v3.0.2 could panic when processing a VolumeSnapshot custom resource when: - The VolumeSnapshot referenced a non-existing PersistentVolumeClaim and the VolumeSnapshot did not reference any VolumeSnapshotClass. - The snapshot-controller crashes, ...
CVE-2020-8570
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-21
Kubernetes Java client libraries in version 10.0.0 and versions prior to 9.0.1 allow writes to paths outside of the current directory when copying multiple files from a remote pod which sends a maliciously crafted archive. This can potentially overwrite any files on the system of the process executi...
CVE-2020-8554
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-21
Kubernetes API server in all versions allow an attacker who is able to create a ClusterIP service and set the spec.externalIPs field, to intercept traffic to that IP address. Additionally, an attacker who is able to patch the status (which is considered a privileged operation and should not typicall...