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Automated Pen Testing: Can It Replace Humans?
Alex Haynes, Chief Information Security Officer, CDLCommentary
These tools have come a long way, but are they far enough along to make human pen testers obsolete?
By Alex Haynes Chief Information Security Officer, CDL, 12/2/2020
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Security Slipup Exposes Health Records & Lab Results
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
NTreatment failed to add password protection to a cloud server, exposing thousands of sensitive medical records online.
By Dark Reading Staff , 12/2/2020
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Why I'd Take Good IT Hygiene Over Security's Latest Silver Bullet
Avi Shua, Co-Founder, Orca SecurityCommentary
Bells and whistles are great, but you can stay safer by focusing on correct configurations, posture management, visibility, and patching.
By Avi Shua Co-Founder, Orca Security, 12/2/2020
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Unmanaged Devices Heighten Risks for School Networks
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
Gaming consoles, Wi-Fi Pineapples, and building management systems are among many devices Armis says it discovered on K12 school networks.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 12/1/2020
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Inside North Korea's Rapid Evolution to Cyber Superpower
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
Researchers examine North Korea's rapid evolution from destructive campaigns to complex and efficient cyber operations.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 12/1/2020
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Malicious or Vulnerable Docker Images Widespread, Firm Says
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
A dynamic analysis of the publicly available images on Docker Hub found that 51% had critical vulnerabilities and about 6,500 of the 4 million latest images could be considered malicious.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 12/1/2020
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The Cybersecurity Skills Gap: It Doesn't Have to Be This Way
Sander Vinberg, Threat Research Evangelist at F5 LabsCommentary
Once it becomes clear that off-the-shelf experts aren't realistic at scale, cultivating entry-level talent emerges as the only long-term solution -- not just for a hiring organization but for the field as a whole.
By Sander Vinberg Threat Research Evangelist at F5 Labs, 12/1/2020
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Sophos 2021 Threat Report: Navigating Cybersecurity in an Uncertain World
Dark Reading Staff, News
SPONSORED: Sophos' principal research scientist discusses the fast-changing attacker behaviors of 2020 and how security pros need to evolve.
By Dark Reading Staff , 12/1/2020
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Former NSS Labs CEO Launches New Security Testing Organization
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Member-based CyberRatings.org to offer free and tiered paid access to tested security product and services ratings.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 12/1/2020
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Driven by Ransomware, Cyber Claims Rise in Number & Value
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Companies are on track to file 27% more cyber claims in 2020, one insurer estimates, while another underwriter finds five out of every 100 companies file a claim each year.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 11/30/2020
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Baltimore County Public Schools Closed Due to Ransomware Attack
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
The incident struck the day before Thanksgiving and interfered with online classes for some 115,000 students, officials report.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 11/30/2020
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Industrial Computer Maker Confirms Ransomware, Data Theft
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
Advantech reports the stolen data was confidential but did not contain high-value documents.
By Dark Reading Staff , 11/30/2020
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Why Vulnerable Code Is Shipped Knowingly
Chris Eng, Chief Research Officer, VeracodeCommentary
The business priority of speed of development and deployment is overshadowing the need for secure code.
By Chris Eng Chief Research Officer, Veracode, 11/30/2020
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Failing Toward Zero: Why Your Security Needs to Fail to Get Better
Akshay Bhargava, Chief Product Officer at MalwarebytesCommentary
Each security incident should lead to a successive reduction in future incidences of the same type. Organizations that fail toward zero embrace failure and learn from their mistakes.
By Akshay Bhargava Chief Product Officer at Malwarebytes, 11/27/2020
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Do You Know Who's Lurking in Your Cloud Environment?
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark ReadingNews
A security researcher explains the dangers of poor visibility in the cloud and a new strategy to evaluate IAM exposure in Google Cloud Platform.
By Kelly Sheridan Staff Editor, Dark Reading, 11/25/2020
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Prevention Is Better Than the Cure When Securing Cloud-Native Deployments
Liz Rice, VP Open Source Engineering, Aqua SecurityCommentary
The "OODA loop" shows us how to secure cloud-native deployments and prevent breaches before they occur.
By Liz Rice VP Open Source Engineering, Aqua Security, 11/25/2020
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Why Security Awareness Training Should Be Backed by Security by Design
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing WriterNews
Cybersecurity training needs an overhaul, though the training itself is only one small part of how security teams can influence user behavior.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, 11/25/2020
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Latest Version of TrickBot Employs Clever New Obfuscation Trick
Jai Vijayan, Contributing WriterNews
The malware takes advantage of how the Windows command line interpreter works to try and slip past anti-detection tools, Huntress Labs says.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 11/24/2020
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Baidu Apps Leaked Location Data, Machine Learning Reveals
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Several apps available on the Google Play Store, including two made by Chinese Internet giant Baidu, leaked information about the phone's hardware and location without the user's knowledge, research finds.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 11/24/2020
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CISA Warns of Holiday Online Shopping Scams
Dark Reading Staff, Quick Hits
The agency urges shoppers to be cautious of fraudulent websites, unsolicited emails, and unencrypted financial transactions.
By Dark Reading Staff , 11/24/2020
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CVE-2017-14451
PUBLISHED: 2020-12-02
An exploitable out-of-bounds read vulnerability exists in libevm (Ethereum Virtual Machine) of CPP-Ethereum. A specially crafted smart contract code can cause an out-of-bounds read which can subsequently trigger an out-of-bounds write resulting in remote code execution. An attacker can create/send m...
CVE-2017-2910
PUBLISHED: 2020-12-02
An exploitable Out-of-bounds Write vulnerability exists in the xls_addCell function of libxls 2.0. A specially crafted xls file can cause a memory corruption resulting in remote code execution. An attacker can send malicious xls file to trigger this vulnerability.
CVE-2020-13493
PUBLISHED: 2020-12-02
A heap overflow vulnerability exists in Pixar OpenUSD 20.05 when the software parses compressed sections in binary USD files. A specially crafted USDC file format path jumps decompression heap overflow in a way path jumps are processed. To trigger this vulnerability, the victim needs to open an atta...
CVE-2020-13494
PUBLISHED: 2020-12-02
A heap overflow vulnerability exists in the Pixar OpenUSD 20.05 parsing of compressed string tokens in binary USD files. A specially crafted malformed file can trigger a heap overflow which can result in out of bounds memory access which could lead to information disclosure. This vulnerability could...
CVE-2020-13496
PUBLISHED: 2020-12-02
An exploitable vulnerability exists in the way Pixar OpenUSD 20.05 handles parses certain encoded types. A specially crafted malformed file can trigger an arbitrary out of bounds memory access in TfToken Type Index. This vulnerability could be used to bypass mitigations and aid further exploitation....