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Twitter’s Clumsy Pivot to X.com Is a Gift to Phishers

Krebs on Security

On April 9, Twitter/X began automatically modifying links that mention “twitter.com” to read “x.com” instead. But over the past 48 hours, dozens of new domain names have been registered that demonstrate how this change could be used to craft convincing phishing links — such as fedetwitter[.]com , which until very recently rendered as fedex.com in tweets.

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Security Vulnerability of HTML Emails

Schneier on Security

This is a newly discovered email vulnerability: The email your manager received and forwarded to you was something completely innocent, such as a potential customer asking a few questions. All that email was supposed to achieve was being forwarded to you. However, the moment the email appeared in your inbox, it changed. The innocent pretext disappeared and the real phishing email became visible.

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Weekly Update 394

Troy Hunt

I suggest, based on my experiences with data breaches over the years, that AT&T is about to have a very bad time of it. Class actions following data breaches have become all too common and I've written before about how much I despise them. The trouble for AT&T (in my non-legal but "hey, I'm the data breach guy" opinion), will be their denial of a breach in 2021 and the subsequent years in which tens of millions of social security numbers were floating around.

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Best Practices Q&A: Guidance about what directors need to hear from CISOs — from a board member

The Last Watchdog

CISOs can sometimes be their own worst enemy, especially when it comes to communicating with the board of directors. Related: The ‘cyber’ case for D&O insurance Vanessa Pegueros knows this all too well. She serves on the board of several technology companies and also happens to be steeped in cyber risk governance. I recently attended an IoActive-sponsored event in Seattle at which Pegueros gave a presentation titled: “Merging Cybersecurity, the Board & Executive Team” Peguero

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Reimagining Cybersecurity Training: Driving Real Impact on Security Culture

Speaker: Speakers:

They say a defense can be measured by its weakest link. In your cybersecurity posture, what––or who––is the weakest link? And how can you make them stronger? This webinar will equip you with the resources to search for quality training, implement it, and improve the cyber-behaviors of your workforce. By the end of the hour, you will feel empowered to improve the aspects of your security posture you control the least – the situational awareness and decision-making of your workforce.

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April’s Patch Tuesday Brings Record Number of Fixes

Krebs on Security

If only Patch Tuesdays came around infrequently — like total solar eclipse rare — instead of just creeping up on us each month like The Man in the Moon. Although to be fair, it would be tough for Microsoft to eclipse the number of vulnerabilities fixed in this month’s patch batch — a record 147 flaws in Windows and related software.

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US Cyber Safety Review Board on the 2023 Microsoft Exchange Hack

Schneier on Security

US Cyber Safety Review Board released a report on the summer 2023 hack of Microsoft Exchange by China. It was a serious attack by the Chinese government that accessed the emails of senior U.S. government officials. From the executive summary: The Board finds that this intrusion was preventable and should never have occurred. The Board also concludes that Microsoft’s security culture was inadequate and requires an overhaul, particularly in light of the company’s centrality in the technology ecosy

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Damn Vulnerable RESTaurant: An intentionally vulnerable Web API game for learning and training

Penetration Testing

Damn Vulnerable RESTaurant An intentionally vulnerable API service designed for learning and training purposes dedicated to developers, ethical hackers, and security engineers. The idea of the project is to provide an environment that can... The post Damn Vulnerable RESTaurant: An intentionally vulnerable Web API game for learning and training appeared first on Penetration Testing.

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Zero-Day Alert: Critical Palo Alto Networks PAN-OS Flaw Under Active Attack

The Hacker News

Palo Alto Networks is warning that a critical flaw impacting its PAN-OS software used in its GlobalProtect gateways is being exploited in the wild. Tracked as CVE-2024-3400, the issue has a CVSS score of 10.0, indicating maximum severity.

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In Memoriam: Ross Anderson, 1956-2024

Schneier on Security

Last week I posted a short memorial of Ross Anderson. The Communications of the ACM asked me to expand it. Here’s the longer version.

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XZ Utils Supply Chain Attack: A Threat Actor Spent Two Years to Implement a Linux Backdoor

Tech Republic Security

Read about a supply chain attack that involves XZ Utils, a data compressor widely used in Linux systems, and learn how to protect from this threat.

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The Importance of User Roles and Permissions in Cybersecurity Software

How many people would you trust with your house keys? Chances are, you have a handful of trusted friends and family members who have an emergency copy, but you definitely wouldn’t hand those out too freely. You have stuff that’s worth protecting—and the more people that have access to your belongings, the higher the odds that something will go missing.

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Best Practices for Enrolling Users in MFA

Duo's Security Blog

Enrolling users to use multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an essential security step for any organization. But user enrollment can be a logistical challenge and comes with security risks. In this blog we’ll discuss enrollment options and best security practices for Duo admins, whether they are rolling out MFA for the first time or maintaining enrollment for their users.

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From Marco Polo to Modern Mayhem: Why Identity Management Matters

Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing

From Marco Polo to Modern Mayhem: Why Identity Management Matters madhav Tue, 04/09/2024 - 05:20 Imagine yourself as Marco Polo, the Venetian merchant traversing dangerous trade routes. Every border crossing meant proving your identity – who you were, where you came from, your purpose. Misrepresenting yourself could mean imprisonment or worse. Today's identity struggles aren't about camel caravans and silk, but that same core battle remains: proving who you are and protecting that identity from

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Smuggling Gold by Disguising it as Machine Parts

Schneier on Security

Someone got caught trying to smuggle 322 pounds of gold (that’s about 1/4 of a cubic foot) out of Hong Kong. It was disguised as machine parts: On March 27, customs officials x-rayed two air compressors and discovered that they contained gold that had been “concealed in the integral parts” of the compressors. Those gold parts had also been painted silver to match the other components in an attempt to throw customs off the trail.

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Apple Alerts iPhone Users in 92 Countries to Mercenary Spyware Attacks

Tech Republic Security

Apple recommends that iPhone users install software updates, use strong passwords and 2FA, and don’t open links or attachments from suspicious emails to keep their device safe from spyware.

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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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Over 92,000 exposed D-Link NAS devices have a backdoor account

Bleeping Computer

A threat researcher has disclosed a new arbitrary command injection and hardcoded backdoor flaw in multiple end-of-life D-Link Network Attached Storage (NAS) device models. [.

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10 Million Devices Were Infected by Data-Stealing Malware in 2023

Security Boulevard

Cybercriminals pilfered an average of 50.9 login credentials per device, evidence of the pressing need for cybersecurity measures. The post 10 Million Devices Were Infected by Data-Stealing Malware in 2023 appeared first on Security Boulevard.

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PoC Released for Zero-Click CVE-2023-35628 Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows

Penetration Testing

Akamai researcher Ben Barnea has released the technical details and proof-of-concept (PoC) for a severe CVE-2023-35628 vulnerability in Microsoft Windows, specifically affecting Outlook clients and potentially exploitable through Windows Explorer. With a CVSS score... The post PoC Released for Zero-Click CVE-2023-35628 Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows appeared first on Penetration Testing.

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6 Best Open Source Password Managers for Windows in 2024

Tech Republic Security

Discover the top open-source password managers for Windows. Learn about the features and benefits of each to determine which one is the best fit for your needs.

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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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Microsoft Fixes 149 Flaws in Huge April Patch Release, Zero-Days Included

The Hacker News

Microsoft has released security updates for the month of April 2024 to remediate a record 149 flaws, two of which have come under active exploitation in the wild. Of the 149 flaws, three are rated Critical, 142 are rated Important, three are rated Moderate, and one is rated Low in severity.

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Sisense Hacked: CISA Warns Customers at Risk

Security Boulevard

A hard-coded credential catastrophe: The analytics firm kept big companies’ secrets in an insecure AWS bucket. Government says victims include the “critical infrastructure sector.” The post Sisense Hacked: CISA Warns Customers at Risk appeared first on Security Boulevard.

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12 Data Loss Prevention Best Practices (+ Real Success Stories)

eSecurity Planet

Data loss prevention (DLP) best practices are principles that help prevent intentional or unintentional data erasure. By following these guidelines, organizations can reduce the detrimental impact of data loss and quickly resume operations after an incident. This also protects sensitive data and minimizes legal and reputational issues. Explore some real-world instances below and discover when and how to use DLP procedures for optimal data security.

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4 Best Open Source Password Managers for Teams in 2024

Tech Republic Security

Find the best open-source password managers to keep your sensitive information secure and easily accessible. Explore top options for protecting your passwords.

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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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Researchers Discover LG Smart TV Vulnerabilities Allowing Root Access

The Hacker News

Multiple security vulnerabilities have been disclosed in LG webOS running on its smart televisions that could be exploited to bypass authorization and gain root access on the devices. The findings come from Romanian cybersecurity firm Bitdefender, which discovered and reported the flaws in November 2023. The issues were fixed by LG as part of updates released on March 22, 2024.

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Hashicorp Versus OpenTofu Gets Ugly

Security Boulevard

Hashicorp is accusing the open source OpenTofu Project of swiping some of its BSL-licensed Terraform code. Enter the lawyers. The post Hashicorp Versus OpenTofu Gets Ugly appeared first on Security Boulevard.

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Fortinet Patches Multiple Critical Vulnerabilities Affecting FortiClient, FortiSandbox, FortiOS, and FortiProxy

Penetration Testing

Fortinet has released an urgent security advisory and patches addressing several critical and high-severity vulnerabilities in their popular security products. These vulnerabilities could expose organizations to remote code execution, unauthorized file deletion, OS command... The post Fortinet Patches Multiple Critical Vulnerabilities Affecting FortiClient, FortiSandbox, FortiOS, and FortiProxy appeared first on Penetration Testing.

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Australian IT Skills Shortage: 2024 Is The Year To Self-Upskill

Tech Republic Security

Find out why IT pros in Australia need to take the initiative to self-upskill, and learn how this could lead to salary increases and promotions.

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Cybersecurity Predictions for 2024

Within the past few years, ransomware attacks have turned to critical infrastructure, healthcare, and government entities. Attackers have taken advantage of the rapid shift to remote work and new technologies. Add to that hacktivism due to global conflicts and U.S. elections, and an increased focus on AI, and you have the perfect recipe for a knotty and turbulent 2024.

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Malicious PowerShell script pushing malware looks AI-written

Bleeping Computer

A threat actor is using a PowerShell script that was likely created with the help of an artificial intelligence system such as OpenAI's ChatGPT, Google's Gemini, or Microsoft's CoPilot. [.

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Watch This? Patch This! LG Fixes Smart TV Vulns

Security Boulevard

4×CVE=RCE or Merely CE? Update your LG TV now, or let hackers root it. But is Bitdefender overhyping the issue? The post Watch This? Patch This! LG Fixes Smart TV Vulns appeared first on Security Boulevard.

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CVE-2023-3454: Critical Vulnerability in Brocade Fabric OS Exposes Networks to Remote Attacks

Penetration Testing

A serious vulnerability has been uncovered in Brocade Fabric OS, the firmware used by popular Fibre Channel switches found in numerous enterprise data centers. This flaw, designated CVE-2023-3454 (CVSS 8.6), could allow malicious actors to... The post CVE-2023-3454: Critical Vulnerability in Brocade Fabric OS Exposes Networks to Remote Attacks appeared first on Penetration Testing.

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Google Cloud Next 2024: New Data Center Chip and Chrome Enterprise Premium Join the Ecosystem

Tech Republic Security

Some Google Cloud customers will be able to run instances on the Arm-based Axion chip later this year. Plus, Chrome has a new enterprise tier.

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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.