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‘Snatch’ Ransom Group Exposes Visitor IP Addresses

Krebs on Security

The victim shaming site operated by the Snatch ransomware group is leaking data about its true online location and internal operations, as well as the Internet addresses of its visitors, KrebsOnSecurity has found. The leaked data suggest that Snatch is one of several ransomware groups using paid ads on Google.com to trick people into installing malware disguised as popular free software, such as Microsoft Teams , Adobe Reader , Mozilla Thunderbird , and Discord.

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Signal Will Leave the UK Rather Than Add a Backdoor

Schneier on Security

Totally expected, but still good to hear : Onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023, Meredith Whittaker, the president of the Signal Foundation, which maintains the nonprofit Signal messaging app, reaffirmed that Signal would leave the U.K. if the country’s recently passed Online Safety Bill forced Signal to build “backdoors” into its end-to-end encryption. “We would leave the U.K. or any jurisdiction if it came down to the choice between backdooring our encryption and betrayin

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Build for Detection Engineering, and Alerting Will Improve (Part 3)

Anton on Security

This blog series was written jointly with Amine Besson, Principal Cyber Engineer, Behemoth CyberDefence and one more anonymous collaborator. In this blog (#3 in the series), we will start to define and refine our detection engineering machinery to avoid the problems covered in Parts 1 and 2. Detection Engineering is Painful — and It Shouldn’t Be (Part 1) Detection Engineering and SOC Scalability Challenges (Part 2) Adopting detection engineering practices should have a roadmap and eventually bec

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Weekly Update 367

Troy Hunt

Ah, home 😊 It's been more than a month since I've been able to sit at this desk and stream a weekly video. And now I'm doing it with the glorious spring weather just outside my window, which I really must make more time to start enjoying. Anyway, this week is super casual due to having had zero prep time, but I hope the discussion about the ABC's piece on HIBP and I in particular is interesting.

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Human-Centered Cyber Security Training: Driving Real Impact on Security Culture

Speaker: Speakers:

In today's digital age, having an untrained workforce can be a significant risk to your business. Cyber threats are evolving; without proper training, your employees could be the weakest link in your defense. This webinar empowers leaders like you with the tools and strategies needed to transform your employees into a robust frontline defense against cyber attacks.

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BREAKING NEWS Q&A: What Cisco’s $28 billion buyout of Splunk foretells about cybersecurity

The Last Watchdog

There’s a tiny bit more to Cisco’s acquisition of Splunk than just a lumbering hardware giant striving to secure a firmer foothold in the software business. Related: Why ‘observability’ is rising to the fo re Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins has laid down a $28 billion bet that he’ll be able to overcome challenges Cisco is facing as its networking equipment business slows, beset by supply chain issues and reduced demand, post Covid 19.

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Critical Vulnerability in libwebp Library

Schneier on Security

Both Apple and Google have recently reported critical vulnerabilities in their systems—iOS and Chrome, respectively—that are ultimately the result of the same vulnerability in the libwebp library: On Thursday, researchers from security firm Rezillion published evidence that they said made it “highly likely” both indeed stemmed from the same bug, specifically in libwebp, the code library that apps, operating systems, and other code libraries incorporate to process WebP ima

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Lazarus luring employees with trojanized coding challenges: The case of a Spanish aerospace company

We Live Security

ESET researchers uncover a Lazarus attack against an aerospace company in Spain, where the group deployed several tools, including a publicly undocumented backdoor we named LightlessCan.

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GUEST ESSAY: A roadmap for the finance teams at small businesses to improve cybersecurity

The Last Watchdog

If you’re a small business looking for the secret sauce to cybersecurity, the secret is out: start with a cybersecurity policy and make the commitment to security a business-wide priority. Related: SMBs too often pay ransom Small businesses, including nonprofit organizations, are not immune to cyberattacks. The average cost of a cybersecurity breach was $4.45 million in 2023, according to IBM’s Cost of a Data Breach Report, and over 700,000 small businesses were targeted in cybersecurity attacks

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APT34 Deploys Phishing Attack With New Malware

Trend Micro

We observed and tracked the advanced persistent threat (APT) APT34 group with a new malware variant accompanying a phishing attack comparatively similar to the SideTwist backdoor malware. Following the campaign, the group abused a fake license registration form of an African government agency to target a victim in Saudi Arabia.

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Censys Reveals Open Directories Share More Than 2,000 TB of Unprotected Data

Tech Republic Security

These open directories could leak sensitive data, intellectual property or technical data and let an attacker compromise the entire system. Follow these security best practices for open directories.

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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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Malicious ad served inside Bing's AI chatbot

Malwarebytes

In February 2023, Microsoft disclosed its new AI-assisted search engine, Bing Chat, powered by OpenAI's GPT-4. Even though Google has been dominating the search industry for years, this event was significant enough to generate not only interest but also plant the seed for a possible change in the balance in the future. Considering that tech giants make most of their revenue from advertising, it wasn't surprising to see Microsoft introduce ads into Bing Chat shortly after its release.

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Update Chrome Now: Google Releases Patch for Actively Exploited Zero-Day Vulnerability

The Hacker News

Google on Wednesday rolled out fixes to address a new actively exploited zero-day in the Chrome browser. Tracked as CVE-2023-5217, the high-severity vulnerability has been described as a heap-based buffer overflow in the VP8 compression format in libvpx, a free software video codec library from Google and the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia).

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Ransomware group demands $51 million from Johnson Controls after cyber attack

Graham Cluley

Johnson Controls, a multinational conglomerate that secures industrial control systems, security equipment, fire safety and air conditioning systems, has been hit by a massive cyber attack. Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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Australian Government’s ‘Six Cyber Shields’ Is Potentially a Well-Meaning Skills Crisis

Tech Republic Security

The Australian government’s new national cyber security strategy might have the inadvertent effect of making security efforts even more difficult for businesses by intensifying the current skills shortage.

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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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Ransomware group claims it's "compromised all of Sony systems"

Malwarebytes

Newcomer ransomware group RansomedVC claims to have successfully compromised the computer systems of entertainment giant Sony. As ransomware gangs do, it made the announcement on its dark web website, where it sells data that it's stolen from victims' computer networks. The announcement says Sony's data is for sale: Sony Group Corporation, formerly Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, and Sony Corporation, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Minato,

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DarkBeam leaks billions of email and password combinations

Security Affairs

DarkBeam left an Elasticsearch and Kibana interface unprotected, exposing records from previously reported and non-reported data breaches. The leaked logins present cybercriminals with almost limitless attack capabilities. DarkBeam, a digital risk protection firm, left an Elasticsearch and Kibana interface unprotected, exposing records with user emails and passwords from previously reported and non-reported data breaches.

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Building automation giant Johnson Controls hit by ransomware attack

Bleeping Computer

Johnson Controls International has suffered what is described as a massive ransomware attack that encrypted many of the company devices, including VMware ESXi servers, impacting the company's and its subsidiaries' operations. [.

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How To Implement Zero Trust: Best Practices and Guidelines

Tech Republic Security

Learn how to implement a Zero Trust security model with our comprehensive guide. Discover the best practices and steps to secure your organization.

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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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Pegasus spyware and how it exploited a WebP vulnerability

Malwarebytes

Recent events have demonstrated very clearly just how persistent and wide-spread the Pegasus spyware is. For those that have missed the subtle clues, we have tried to construct a clear picture. We attempted to follow the timeline of events, but have made some adjustments to keep the flow of the story alive. On September 12, 2023 we published two blogs urging our readers to urgently patch two Apple issues which were added to the catalog of known exploited vulnerabilities by the Cybersecurity &

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New ZenRAT Malware Targeting Windows Users via Fake Password Manager Software

The Hacker News

A new malware strain called ZenRAT has emerged in the wild that's distributed via bogus installation packages of the Bitwarden password manager. "The malware is specifically targeting Windows users and will redirect people using other hosts to a benign web page," enterprise security firm Proofpoint said in a technical report.

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Exploit released for Microsoft SharePoint Server auth bypass flaw

Bleeping Computer

Proof-of-concept exploit code has surfaced on GitHub for a critical authentication bypass vulnerability in Microsoft SharePoint Server, allowing privilege escalation. [.

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Identity Theft Protection Policy

Tech Republic Security

Help protect your employees and customers from identity theft. This policy from TechRepublic Premium outlines precautions for reducing risk, signs to watch out for and steps to take if you suspect identity theft has occurred. While such misfortune may not be 100% preventable for everyone who follows these guidelines (since identity theft can still occur.

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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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iOS 17 update secretly changed your privacy settings; here’s how to set them back

Graham Cluley

Many iPhone users who upgraded their iPhones to the recently-released iOS 17 will be alarmed to hear that they may have actually downgraded their security and privacy. Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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SoundThinking, Maker of ShotSpotter, Is Buying Parts of PredPol Creator Geolitica

WIRED Threat Level

SoundThinking is purchasing parts of Geolitica, the company that created PredPol. Experts say the acquisition marks a new era of companies dictating how police operate.

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Google’s Bard conversations turn up in search results

Malwarebytes

Google is coming under scrutiny after people discovered transcripts of conversations with its AI chatbot Bard are being indexed in Google search results. Bard is Google’s answer to ChatGPT, and allows users to have conversations with an AI. Services like these have attracted a lot of attention, because with a bit of tweaking and getting used to they can be really helpful in speeding up tasks.

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ProtonVPN vs. AtlasVPN (2023): Which VPN Should You Use?

Tech Republic Security

Which VPN is better, ProtonVPN or AtlasVPN? Read our in-depth comparison to decide which one fits you in terms of pricing, key features and more.

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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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Cisco Warns of Vulnerability in IOS and IOS XE Software After Exploitation Attempts

The Hacker News

Cisco is warning of attempted exploitation of a security flaw in its IOS Software and IOS XE Software that could permit an authenticated remote attacker to achieve remote code execution on affected systems. The medium-severity vulnerability is tracked as CVE-2023-20109, and has a CVSS score of 6.6. It impacts all versions of the software that have the GDOI or G-IKEv2 protocol enabled.

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A still unpatched zero-day RCE impacts more than 3.5M Exim servers

Security Affairs

Experts warn of a critical zero-day vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2023-42115, in all versions of Exim mail transfer agent (MTA) software. A critical zero-day vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2023-42115 (CVSS score 9.8), affects all versions of Exim mail transfer agent (MTA) software. A remote, unauthenticated attacker, can exploit the vulnerability to gain remote code execution (RCE) on Internet-exposed servers.

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Your Boss’s Spyware Could Train AI to Replace You

WIRED Threat Level

Corporations are using software to monitor employees on a large scale. Some experts fear the data these tools collect could be used to automate people out of their jobs.

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How to Compare the Contents of Local & Remote Files With the Help of SSH

Tech Republic Security

This is a step-by-step guide on how to compare the contents of local and remote files with the help of SSH. Watch the companion video tutorial by Jack Wallen.

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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.