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Android App Analysis Uncovers Seasonal Shopping Risk
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Researchers scanned 4,200 Android apps and found many exhibit malicious behavior or have a dangerous level of permissions.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 12/12/2019
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Get Organized Like a Villain
Rob Ragan & Alex DeFreese, Principal Security Researcher & Managing Security Associate at Bishop FoxCommentary
What cybercrime group FIN7 can teach us about using agile frameworks.
By Rob Ragan & Alex DeFreese Principal Security Researcher & Managing Security Associate at Bishop Fox, 12/12/2019
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Waking Up to Third-Party Security Risk
Robert Bigman, Former CISO at CIA, Independent ConsultantCommentary
You can't rely on the words, intentions, or security measures of others to guard your company, customer and brand.
By Robert Bigman Former CISO at CIA, Independent Consultant, 12/12/2019
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Intel Issues Fix for 'Plundervolt' SGX Flaw
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Researchers were able to extract AES encryption key using SGX's voltage-tuning function.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 12/11/2019
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5 Tips for Keeping Your Security Team on Target
Joshua Goldfarb, Independent ConsultantCommentary
In nearly every security environment, competing priorities are a constant battleground. Here's how to keep the focus on what's important.
By Joshua Goldfarb Independent Consultant, 12/11/2019
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Only Half of Malware Caught by Signature AV
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Machine learning and behavioral detection are necessary to catch threats, WatchGuard says in a new report. Meanwhile, network attacks have risen, especially against older vulnerabilities, such as those in Apache Struts.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 12/11/2019
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City of Pensacola, Fla., Confirms Ransomware Attack
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Most systems remain offline to prevent the attack from spreading.
By Dark Reading Staff , 12/11/2019
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Microsoft Fixes Windows Zero-Day on Lightest Patch Tuesday of 2019
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
This month's batch of security updates addresses 36 CVEs, seven of which are rated Critical and one of which has been exploited in the wild.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 12/10/2019
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Blink Cameras Found with Multiple Vulnerabilities
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Researchers found three broad types of vulnerabilities, one of which should be particularly concerning to consumers.
By Dark Reading Staff , 12/10/2019
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Intel's CPU Flaws Continue to Create Problems for the Tech Community
Irfan Ahmed, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Commonwealth UniversityCommentary
We can't wait out this problem and hope that it goes away. We must be proactive.
By Irfan Ahmed Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Commonwealth University, 12/10/2019
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Deliver a Deadly Counterpunch to Ransomware Attacks: 4 Steps
Mathew Newfield, Chief Information Security Officer at UnisysCommentary
You can't prevent all ransomware attacks. However, it's possible to ensure that if a breach happens, it doesn't spread, affect business, and become a newsworthy event.
By Mathew Newfield Chief Information Security Officer at Unisys, 12/10/2019
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Scientists Break Largest Encryption Key Yet with Brute Force
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
The key, only one-third the length of most commercial encryption keys, took more than 35 million compute hours to break.
By Dark Reading Staff , 12/9/2019
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Microsoft 'Campaign Views' Offers Full Look at Office 365 Attacks
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Campaign views, arriving in public preview, aims to share more context around how attackers targeted an organization and whether its defenses worked.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 12/9/2019
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Maersk CISO Says NotPeyta Devastated Several Unnamed US firms
Black Hat Staff,  Commentary
At least two companies may have been dealt even more damage than the shipping giant, which lost nearly its entire global IT infrastructure.
By By Eric Parizo, Senior Analyst, Ovum , 12/9/2019
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4 Tips to Run Fast in the Face of Digital Transformation
Shane Buckley, President & Chief Operating Officer, GigamonCommentary
This gridiron-inspired advice will guarantee your digital transformation success and keep your data safe.
By Shane Buckley President & Chief Operating Officer, Gigamon, 12/9/2019
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Data Center Provider CyrusOne Confirms Ransomware Attack
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
The attack struck CyrusOne's managed services division and compromised six customers primarily serviced by a New York data center.
By Dark Reading Staff , 12/6/2019
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Senators Call for End to Controversial NSA Program
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
The program for collecting telephone call metadata has faced increased scrutiny and restrictions since Edward Snowden revealed its existence in 2013.
By Dark Reading Staff , 12/6/2019
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Success Enablers or Silent Killers?
Douglas Ferguson, Founder & CTO, Pharos SecurityCommentary
These five success enablers will help CISOs report, measure, and demonstrate ROI to the C-suite.
By Douglas Ferguson Founder & CTO, Pharos Security, 12/6/2019
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VPN Flaw Allows Criminal Access to Everything on Victims' Computers
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Vulnerability in the Aviatrix VPN client, since patched, gives an attacker unlimited access to a breached system.
By Dark Reading Staff , 12/5/2019
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SOC 2s & Third-Party Assessments: How to Prevent Them from Being Used in a Data Breach Lawsuit
Beth Burgin Waller, Chair, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Practice , Woods Rogers PLCCommentary
Assessments can be used against your company in court proceedings. Here's how to mitigate this potential risk.
By Beth Burgin Waller Chair, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Practice , Woods Rogers PLC, 12/5/2019
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CVE-2019-5061
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-12
An exploitable denial-of-service vulnerability exists in the hostapd 2.6, where an attacker could trigger AP to send IAPP location updates for stations, before the required authentication process has completed. This could lead to different denial of service scenarios, either by causing CAM table att...
CVE-2019-5062
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-12
An exploitable denial-of-service vulnerability exists in the 802.11w security state handling for hostapd 2.6 connected clients with valid 802.11w sessions. By simulating an incomplete new association, an attacker can trigger a deauthentication against stations using 802.11w, resulting in a denial of...
CVE-2019-5144
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-12
A freed memory access vulnerability exists in the SVG Marker Element feature of Apple Safari's WebKit version 13.0.2. A specially crafted HTML web page can cause a use after free, resulting in memory corruption and possibly arbitrary code execution. To trigger this vulnerability, a specifically craf...
CVE-2019-3951
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-12
Advantech WebAccess before 8.4.3 allows unauthenticated remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (memory corruption) due to a stack-based buffer overflow when handling IOCTL 70533 RPC messages.
CVE-2019-19767
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-12
The Linux kernel before 5.4.2 mishandles ext4_expand_extra_isize, as demonstrated by use-after-free errors in __ext4_expand_extra_isize and ext4_xattr_set_entry, related to fs/ext4/inode.c and fs/ext4/super.c, aka CID-4ea99936a163.