Sat.Jan 27, 2024 - Fri.Feb 02, 2024

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Facebook’s Extensive Surveillance Network

Schneier on Security

Consumer Reports is reporting that Facebook has built a massive surveillance network: Using a panel of 709 volunteers who shared archives of their Facebook data, Consumer Reports found that a total of 186,892 companies sent data about them to the social network. On average, each participant in the study had their data sent to Facebook by 2,230 companies.

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Fla. Man Charged in SIM-Swapping Spree is Key Suspect in Hacker Groups Oktapus, Scattered Spider

Krebs on Security

On Jan. 9, 2024, U.S. authorities arrested a 19-year-old Florida man charged with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and conspiring with others to use SIM-swapping to steal cryptocurrency. Sources close to the investigation tell KrebsOnSecurity the accused was a key member of a criminal hacking group blamed for a string of cyber intrusions at major U.S. technology companies during the summer of 2022.

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The Data Breach "Personal Stash" Ecosystem

Troy Hunt

I've always thought of it a bit like baseball cards; a kid has a card of this one player that another kid is keen on, and that kid has a card the first one wants so they make a trade. They both have a bunch of cards they've collected over time and by virtue of existing in the same social circles, trades are frequent, and cards flow back and forth on a regular basis.

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DEEP TECH NEWS: Respecting individual rights by using ‘privacy preserving aggregate statistics’

The Last Watchdog

To sell us more goods and services, the algorithms of Google, Facebook and Amazon exhaustively parse our digital footprints. Related: The role of ‘attribute based encryption’ There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with companies seeking to better understand their customers. However, over the past 20 years the practice of analyzing user data hasn’t advanced much beyond serving the business models of these tech giants.

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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David Kahn

Schneier on Security

David Kahn has died. His groundbreaking book, The Codebreakers was the first serious book I read about codebreaking, and one of the primary reasons I entered this field. He will be missed.

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Arrests in $400M SIM-Swap Tied to Heist at FTX?

Krebs on Security

Three Americans were charged this week with stealing more than $400 million in a November 2022 SIM-swapping attack. The U.S. government did not name the victim organization, but there is every indication that the money was stolen from the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange FTX , which had just filed for bankruptcy on that same day. A graphic illustrating the flow of more than $400 million in cryptocurrencies stolen from FTX on Nov. 11-12, 2022.

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Ransomware’s Impact Could Include Heart Attacks, Strokes & PTSD

Tech Republic Security

New research details the possible effects of ransomware attacks on businesses and staff, society, the economy and national security, highlighting that its impact on mental and physical health is often overlooked.

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NSA Buying Bulk Surveillance Data on Americans without a Warrant

Schneier on Security

It finally admitted to buying bulk data on Americans from data brokers, in response to a query by Senator Weyden. This is almost certainly illegal, although the NSA maintains that it is legal until it’s told otherwise. Some news articles.

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CVE-2024-21626: Docker Confronts Critical Container Escape Threat

Penetration Testing

In the ever-evolving world of technology, security remains a paramount concern, especially in the realm of containerization. Recently, Docker faced a significant challenge as Snyk Labs identified four critical security vulnerabilities affecting its container... The post CVE-2024-21626: Docker Confronts Critical Container Escape Threat appeared first on Penetration Testing.

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Cloudflare hacked using auth tokens stolen in Okta attack

Bleeping Computer

Cloudflare disclosed today that its internal Atlassian server was breached by a 'nation state' attacker who accessed its Confluence wiki, Jira bug database, and Atlassian Bitbucket source code management system. [.

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IDC Analyst Report: The Open Source Blind Spot Putting Businesses at Risk

In a recent study, IDC found that 64% of organizations said they were already using open source in software development with a further 25% planning to in the next year. Most organizations are unaware of just how much open-source code is used and underestimate their dependency on it. As enterprises grow the use of open-source software, they face a new challenge: understanding the scope of open-source software that's being used throughout the organization and the corresponding exposure.

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What Is Cyber Threat Hunting? (Definition & How it Works)

Tech Republic Security

Cyber threat hunting is the proactive process of searching for and detecting potential threats or malicious activities within a network or system.

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Microsoft Executives Hacked

Schneier on Security

Microsoft is reporting that a Russian intelligence agency—the same one responsible for SolarWinds—accessed the email system of the company’s executives. Beginning in late November 2023, the threat actor used a password spray attack to compromise a legacy non-production test tenant account and gain a foothold, and then used the account’s permissions to access a very small percentage of Microsoft corporate email accounts, including members of our senior leadership team and

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Millions of Routers at Risk: CVE-2024-21833 Threatens TP-Link Devices

Penetration Testing

Recently, CYFIRMA’s Research Team has conducted an exhaustive analysis of a security vulnerability, identified as CVE-2024-21833, that poses a significant risk to TP-Link Routers. Discovered on January 10, 2024, by JPCERT/CC, this vulnerability has... The post Millions of Routers at Risk: CVE-2024-21833 Threatens TP-Link Devices appeared first on Penetration Testing.

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AnyDesk says hackers breached its production servers, reset passwords

Bleeping Computer

AnyDesk confirmed today that it suffered a recent cyberattack that allowed hackers to gain access to the company's production systems. BleepingComputer has learned that source code and private code signing keys were stolen during the attack. [.

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Beware of Pixels & Trackers on U.S. Healthcare Websites

The healthcare industry has massively adopted web tracking tools, including pixels and trackers. Tracking tools on user-authenticated and unauthenticated web pages can access personal health information (PHI) such as IP addresses, medical record numbers, home and email addresses, appointment dates, or other info provided by users on pages and thus can violate HIPAA Rules that govern the Use of Online Tracking Technologies by HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates.

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Botnet Struck U.S. Routers. Here’s How to Keep Employees Safe

Tech Republic Security

The FBI spotted this state-sponsored attack that highlights how home office setups can be overlooked when it comes to employees’ cybersecurity.

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CFPB’s Proposed Data Rules

Schneier on Security

In October, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a set of rules that if implemented would transform how financial institutions handle personal data about their customers. The rules put control of that data back in the hands of ordinary Americans, while at the same time undermining the data broker economy and increasing customer choice and competition.

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Root Access Risk: CVE-2023-6246 Exposes Critical Flaw in Linux’s glibc

Penetration Testing

The GNU C Library (glibc), a fundamental component in major Linux distributions, has a critical vulnerability, CVE-2023-6246. This local privilege escalation (LPE) vulnerability has sent ripples through the Linux community. The core of this... The post Root Access Risk: CVE-2023-6246 Exposes Critical Flaw in Linux’s glibc appeared first on Penetration Testing.

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Persistence – Disk Clean-up

Penetration Testing Lab

Disk Clean-up is a utility which is part of Windows operating systems and can free up hard drive disk space by deleting mainly cache and… Continue reading → Persistence – Disk Clean-up

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Software Composition Analysis: The New Armor for Your Cybersecurity

Speaker: Blackberry, OSS Consultants, & Revenera

Software is complex, which makes threats to the software supply chain more real every day. 64% of organizations have been impacted by a software supply chain attack and 60% of data breaches are due to unpatched software vulnerabilities. In the U.S. alone, cyber losses totaled $10.3 billion in 2022. All of these stats beg the question, “Do you know what’s in your software?

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What Do Apple’s EU App Store Changes Mean for App Developers?

Tech Republic Security

The EU says the DMA keeps markets fair and open; Apple says the DMA introduces security problems. Apple is leveling fees against independent app stores.

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New Images of Colossus Released

Schneier on Security

GCHQ has released new images of the WWII Colossus code-breaking computer, celebrating the machine’s eightieth anniversary (birthday?). News article.

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CVE-2024-22860 & CVE-2024-22862: Critical FFmpeg Remote Code Execution Flaws

Penetration Testing

FFmpeg, a widely used open-source project for handling multimedia files, has recently been spotlighted for its vulnerabilities. Discovered through Google’s OSS-Fuzz service, three security vulnerabilities have been identified in its systems, two of which... The post CVE-2024-22860 & CVE-2024-22862: Critical FFmpeg Remote Code Execution Flaws appeared first on Penetration Testing.

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New Linux glibc flaw lets attackers get root on major distros

Bleeping Computer

​Unprivileged attackers can get root access on multiple major Linux distributions in default configurations by exploiting a newly disclosed local privilege escalation (LPE) vulnerability in the GNU C Library (glibc). [.

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From Complexity to Clarity: Strategies for Effective Compliance and Security Measures

Speaker: Erika R. Bales, Esq.

When we talk about “compliance and security," most companies want to ensure that steps are being taken to protect what they value most – people, data, real or personal property, intellectual property, digital assets, or any other number of other things - and it’s more important than ever that safeguards are in place. Let’s step back and focus on the idea that no matter how complicated the compliance and security regime, it should be able to be distilled down to a checklist.

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McAfee True Key Review (2024): Pricing, Features, Pros & Cons

Tech Republic Security

McAfee True Key’s focus on simplicity as a password manager may leave users seeking more security and usability features in other options. Learn more in our hands-on review.

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Tax Season is Upon Us, and So Are the Scammers

Security Boulevard

It’s still relatively early in the year, but bad actors are already targeting accounting and finance organizations as well as filers in the United States with tax-related scams. Researchers at cybersecurity company Proofpoint wrote in a report this week that the return of tax season reliably brought the threat group TA576 back into action. “TA576. The post Tax Season is Upon Us, and So Are the Scammers appeared first on Security Boulevard.

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Mother of all Breaches may contain NEW breach data

Malwarebytes

On January 23, 2024, we reported on the discovery of billions of exposed records online, now commonly referred to as the “ mother of all breaches ” (MOAB). Since then, the source of the dataset has been identified as data breach search engine Leak-Lookup. Prevention platform SpyCloud compared the MOAB data with its own recaptured dataset and found at least 94% of the data was either public, old, or otherwise widely-known.

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CISA orders federal agencies to disconnect Ivanti VPN appliances by Saturday

Bleeping Computer

CISA has ordered U.S. federal agencies to disconnect all Ivanti Connect Secure and Policy Secure VPN appliances vulnerable to multiple actively exploited bugs before Saturday. [.

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Successful Change Management with Enterprise Risk Management

Speaker: William Hord, Vice President of ERM Services

A well-defined change management process is critical to minimizing the impact that change has on your organization. Leveraging the data that your ERM program already contains is an effective way to help create and manage the overall change management process within your organization. Your ERM program generally assesses and maintains detailed information related to strategy, operations, and the remediation plans needed to mitigate the impact on the organization.

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Mobile Device Security Policy

Tech Republic Security

Mobile devices are commonly used to conduct company business, which can render them more susceptible to risk than desktop or even laptop computers. Desktops are routinely stationary devices and laptops are harder to lose than smartphones or tablets, being more sizable. In addition, the same social engineering, phishing and application/operating system vulnerabilities which plague desktops.

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Credential Harvesting Vs. Credential Stuffing Attacks: What’s the Difference?

Security Boulevard

Credential stuffing and harvesting, although similar, have nuanced differences particularly in how credentials are stolen, acquired and used. The post Credential Harvesting Vs. Credential Stuffing Attacks: What’s the Difference? appeared first on Security Boulevard.

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ESET takes part in global operation to disrupt the Grandoreiro banking trojan

We Live Security

ESET has worked with the Federal Police of Brazil on an effor to disrupt the Grandoreiro botnet, providing technical analysis, statistical information and known C&C servers to the authorities.

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Energy giant Schneider Electric hit by Cactus ransomware attack

Bleeping Computer

Energy management and automation giant Schneider Electric suffered a Cactus ransomware attack leading to the theft of corporate data, according to people familiar with the matter. [.

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Cover Your SaaS: How to Overcome Security Challenges and Risks For Your Organization

Speaker: Ronald Eddings, Cybersecurity Expert and Podcaster

So, you’ve accomplished an organization-wide SaaS adoption. It started slow, and now just a few team members might be responsible for running Salesforce, Slack, and a few others applications that boost productivity, but it’s all finished. Or is it? Through all the benefits offered by SaaS applications, it’s still a necessity to onboard providers as quickly as possible.