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Summary In early 2017, SecureWorks® Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU) researchers observed phishing campaigns targeting several entities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with a focus on Saudi Arabian organizations. The campaigns delivered PupyRAT, an open-source cross-platform remote access trojan (RAT). CTU™ researchers observed likely unsuccessful phishing campaigns being followed by highly targeted spearphishing
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Federal agency issues Notices of Violation to Datablocks and Sunlight Media for allegedly facilitating the installation of malware through online advertising On July 11, 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) imposed sanctions against the installation of malicious software through online advertising for the first time in its history. This decision was taken under the provisions
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A study assessed whether or not the most popular English-language websites help users strengthen their security by providing them with guidance on creating safer passwords during account sign-up or password-change processes Some of the Internet’s biggest names largely fall short of nudging users towards safer choices when they create or change their passwords, a study
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Patches have already been released or are expected to see the light of day soon Researchers have discovered a flaw in some Bluetooth implementations that could allow an attacker to intercept or tamper with data exchanged between two vulnerable devices. The cryptographic bug, tracked as CVE-2018-5383, has been identified by scientists at the Israel Institute
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It might seem legit but there are several reasons why you should not always hit the panic button when someone claims to have your email password In the official trailer to a 1965 horror-thriller film, a series of land-line telephone handsets (remember them?) are shown ringing, and the voice-over says in an increasingly urgent voice,
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This is bad news for many websites that have yet to embrace encrypted connections Google has rolled out the much-anticipated version 68 of its Chrome browser that, most importantly, labels HTTP websites as “Not secure”. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, Chrome’s latest iteration inserts a “not secure” indicator to the left of the URL
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The company credits hardware-based two-factor authentication with practically eliminating the problem of phishing attacks that have targeted its own employees of late Google has announced a hardware security key that is intended to keep users of its services safe from account-takeover attacks. Dubbed “Titan Security Key”, the piece of hardware includes firmware developed by Google
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Secureworks® incident responders and Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU) researchers investigated activities associated with the BRONZE BUTLER (also known as Tick) threat group, which likely originates in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). BRONZE BUTLER’s operations suggest a long-standing intent to exfiltrate intellectual property and other confidential data from Japanese organizations. Intrusions observed by CTU™ researchers
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Summary In late 2015, Secureworks® Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU) researchers began tracking financially motivated campaigns leveraging SamSam ransomware (also known as Samas and SamsamCrypt). CTU™ researchers associate this activity with the GOLD LOWELL threat group. GOLD LOWELL typically scans for and exploits known vulnerabilities in Internet-facing systems to gain an initial foothold in a victim’s
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During a 29 July interview on “Face the Nation,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) expressed concern over widespread phishing attacks against the Senate and political parties, according to The Hill. “I don’t know who else is on the list but I do know that we’ve had an experience in our office with people getting phishing emails with
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by Lisa Vaas Kurkure is PepsiCo’s finger-licking, lip-smacking, Indian corn puff snack. PepsiCo is happy to tell anybody who’ll listen that it makes Kurkure in state-of-the-art, automated, hygienic, food-safety-award-winning, certified factories. Here’s a 5-minute video of the process on YouTube. As you can see, we’re talking rice meal, edible vegetable oil (palm oil), corn meal,
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A new type of NetSpectre attack requires no malware or malicious JavaScript, because it instead attacks victims through network connections, according to researchers at Graz University of Technology. Four scientists at the university have published findings on a new type of Spectre attack in a paper entitled NetSpectre: Read Arbitrary Memory over Network. The paper
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by Danny Bradbury Google has cracked down on apps that mine for cryptocurrency, banning them entirely from its official Google Play Store. The company quietly updated its developer policy page with the following statement: We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices. We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency. The policy
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In this Q&A, David Finn, executive vice president of strategic innovation at CynergisTek, a cybersecurity consulting firm, shares his views on how the dwindling number of insured is affecting cybersecurity efforts in healthcare and how a solution lies in a commonsense approach to cybersecurity for healthcare programs. This interview has been edited lightly for length
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UK Card Not Present (CNP) fraud losses have fallen for the first time since 2011, despite rising levels in many European countries, according to new stats from FICO. The fraud prevention firm’s latest interactive map is built on data from Euromonitor International and UK Finance. It revealed that the UK saw the biggest reduction in
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Hundreds of tech-savvy inmates at several Idaho correctional facilities have been caught exploiting a software vulnerability on their state-funded tablets to artificially increase account balances. Officials claimed that 364 prisoners had been caught hacking the JPay tablets which are provided to allow them access to email, music and games. The software exploit apparently allowed them
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by Naked Security writer Get yourself up to date with everything we’ve written in the last seven days – it’s weekly roundup time. Monday 23 July 2018 WhatsApp limits message forwarding in response to lynchings Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter make leaving easier Mobile security – how to have your cake and eat it [PODCAST]
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The US government has repeated warnings of state-sponsored cyber-attacks made possible by infiltrating the software supply chain. The report from the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) reveals insight into foreign economic and industrial espionage against the US. It calls out China, Russia and Iran as “three of the most capable and active cyber actors
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Summary During 2017, the cryptocurrency market grew nearly 20-fold, reportedly increasing from approximately $18 billion to more than $600 billion (USD). Those gains amplified threat actors’ interest in accessing the computing resources of compromised systems to mine cryptocurrency. Secureworks® incident response (IR) analysts responded to multiple incidents of unauthorized cryptocurrency mining in 2017, and network
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In an effort to deliver more robust application and data security solutions that protect enterprises against attacks from cyber-criminals, California-based Imperva Inc. announced that it will acquire the Los Angeles-based application security company Prevoty. The deal, which is expected to close in Q3 2018, has an estimated value of $140m. The Prevoty office will become an Imperva location.
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A flaw in the website design for LifeLock, a company charged with protecting the identity of its online customers, resulted in millions of customer accounts being exposed, according to KrebsonSecurity. A vulnerability in the site, which reportedly lacked authentication and security, has been fixed, but the breach highlights the larger security concerns inherent in web application security. Of
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Android users have been warned about another Exobot banking malware source code (v. 2.5) that was leaked online. It was first detected in May 2018 and has been dubbed “Trump Edition.” The leak is expected to result in a surge of malicious Android apps given that the malware source code is now available in dark