2019

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Data Enrichment, People Data Labs and Another 622M Email Addresses

Troy Hunt

Until this month, I'd never heard of People Data Labs (PDL). I'd certainly heard of the sector they operate in - "Data Enrichment" - but I'd never heard of the company itself. I've become more familiar with this sector over recent years due to the frequency with which it's been suffering data breaches that have ultimately landed in my inbox. For example, there's Dun & Bradstreet's NetProspex which leaked 33M records in 2017 , Exactis who had 132M records breached last year and the Apollo dat

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Hidden Cam Above Bluetooth Pump Skimmer

Krebs on Security

Tiny hidden spy cameras are a common sight at ATMs that have been tampered with by crooks who specialize in retrofitting the machines with card skimmers. But until this past week I’d never heard of hidden cameras being used at gas pumps in tandem with Bluetooth-based card skimming devices. Apparently, I’m not alone. “I believe this is the first time I’ve seen a camera on a gas pump with a Bluetooth card skimmer,” said Detective Matt Jogodka of the Las Vegas Police Departm

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Major Hotel Group Leaks 1TB of Customer Data

Adam Levin

One terabyte of data belonging to a major hotel booking platform was found leaked online. A huge trove of customer data belonging to Gekko Group was found online in an unsecured format. The data contained a wide array of records, including full names, credit card details, client login information, email addresses, home addresses and hotel reservations.

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Programmers Who Don't Understand Security Are Poor at Security

Schneier on Security

A university study confirmed the obvious: if you pay a random bunch of freelance programmers a small amount of money to write security software, they're not going to do a very good job at it. In an experiment that involved 43 programmers hired via the Freelancer.com platform, University of Bonn academics have discovered that developers tend to take the easy way out and write code that stores user passwords in an unsafe manner.

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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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How Microsoft is using hardware to secure firmware

Tech Republic Security

Even full disk encryption can't keep you secure if your PC firmware is compromised, so Secured-core PCs will use the CPU to check if UEFI is telling the truth about secure boot.

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Facebook and Twitter warn of malicious SDK harvesting personal data from its accounts

Security Affairs

Some third-party apps quietly scraped personal information from people’s accounts from Twitter and Facebook, the social media companies claim. Facebook and Twitter revealed that some third-party apps quietly scraped personal information from people’s accounts without their consent. According to the company, the cause of behavior that violates their policies is a couple of “malicious” software development kits (SDKs) used by the third-party iOS and Android apps.

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Travel Back To 1985 For A Guest Lecture By Commodore Grace Hopper on The Future of Computing

CTOVision Cybersecurity

Thanks to the power of computing you can watch Commodore Grace Hopper delivering her landmark lecture at MIT Laboratory on 25 April 1985. The entire presentation is excellent and worth listening to. But my favorite line is right around 23 minutes in, when after describing the nature of technology innovation she says: “Probably the most […].

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Black Friday Shoppers Targeted By Scams and Fake Domains

Threatpost

Cybercriminals are tapping in on Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers with an array of scams and malware - including domain impersonation, social media giveaway scams, and a malicious Chrome extension.

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This Alleged Bitcoin Scam Looked a Lot Like a Pyramid Scheme

WIRED Threat Level

Five men face federal charges of bilking investors of $722 million by inviting them to buy shares in bitcoin mining pools. .

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How to Get and Set Up a Free Windows VM for Malware Analysis

Lenny Zeltser

If you’d like to start experimenting with malware analysis in your own lab, here’s how to download and set up a free Windows virtual machine: Step 1: Install Virtualization Software Step 2: Get a Windows Virtual Machine Step 3: Update the VM and Install Malware Analysis Tools Step 4: Isolate the Analysis VM and Disable Windows Defender AV Step 5: Analyze Some Malware.

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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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Teach Your Kids to Code with Ari in Oslo and London

Troy Hunt

When I first started writing code a few decades ago, it was a rather bland affair involving a basic text editor and physical books for reference. I didn't have an opportunity to create anything usable by others until years later and perhaps most importantly in the context of this blog post, I didn't have anyone in my family able to teach me about coding.

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Sale of 4 Million Stolen Cards Tied to Breaches at 4 Restaurant Chains

Krebs on Security

On Nov. 23, one of the cybercrime underground’s largest bazaars for buying and selling stolen payment card data announced the immediate availability of some four million freshly-hacked debit and credit cards. KrebsOnSecurity has learned this latest batch of cards was siphoned from four different compromised restaurant chains that are most prevalent across the midwest and eastern United States.

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Top Cybersecurity Companies

eSecurity Planet

These IT security vendors lead the market through their innovative offerings, range of products and services, customer satisfaction and annual revenue

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Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Schneier on Security

I don't have a lot of good news for you. The truth is there's nothing we can do to protect our data from being stolen by cybercriminals and others. Ten years ago, I could have given you all sorts of advice about using encryption, not sending information over email, securing your web connections, and a host of other things­ -- but most of that doesn't matter anymore.

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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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Cybersecurity in 2020: More targeted attacks, AI not a prevention panacea

Tech Republic Security

As cloud complexity increases, hackers are relying on more targeted attacks, scoping out weak points across a larger attack surface.

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Google warned 12K+ users targeted by state-sponsored hackers

Security Affairs

Google revealed that over 12,000 of its users were targeted by state-sponsored hackers in the third quarter of this year. Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) revealed that it has detected and blocked attacks carried out by nation-state actors on 12,000 of its users in the third quarter of this year. Over 90 percent of the users identified by Google were targeted via “credential phishing emails” that attempt to trick victims into providing their password or other account credentials to hij

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Leaks of NSA, CIA Tools Have Leveled Nation-State Cybercriminal Capabilities

Dark Reading

The wide availability of tools leaked by the Shadow Brokers and WikiLeaks in 2016 and 2017 have given emerging cyber powers a way to catch up, DarkOwl says.

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NY Payroll Company Vanishes With $35 Million

Krebs on Security

MyPayrollHR , a now defunct cloud-based payroll processing firm based in upstate New York, abruptly ceased operations this past week after stiffing employees at thousands of companies. The ongoing debacle, which allegedly involves malfeasance on the part of the payroll company’s CEO, resulted in countless people having money drained from their bank accounts and has left nearly $35 million worth of payroll and tax payments in legal limbo.

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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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Legal Threats Make Powerful Phishing Lures

Krebs on Security

Some of the most convincing email phishing and malware attacks come disguised as nastygrams from a law firm. Such scams typically notify the recipient that he/she is being sued, and instruct them to review the attached file and respond within a few days — or else. Here’s a look at a recent spam campaign that peppered more than 100,000 business email addresses with fake legal threats harboring malware.

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Apple Phone Phishing Scams Getting Better

Krebs on Security

A new phone-based phishing scam that spoofs Apple Inc. is likely to fool quite a few people. It starts with an automated call that display’s Apple’s logo, address and real phone number, warning about a data breach at the company. The scary part is that if the recipient is an iPhone user who then requests a call back from Apple’s legitimate customer support Web page, the fake call gets indexed in the iPhone’s “recent calls” list as a previous call from the legi

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I'm Leaving IBM

Schneier on Security

Today is my last day at IBM. If you've been following along, IBM bought my startup Resilient Systems in Spring 2016. Since then, I have been with IBM, holding the nicely ambiguous title of "Special Advisor." As of the end of the month, I will be back on my own. I will continue to write and speak, and do the occasional consulting job. I will continue to teach at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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NSA-Inspired Vulnerability Found in Huawei Laptops

Schneier on Security

This is an interesting story of a serious vulnerability in a Huawei driver that Microsoft found. The vulnerability is similar in style to the NSA's DOUBLEPULSAR that was leaked by the Shadow Brokers -- believed to be the Russian government -- and it's obvious that this attack copied that technique. What is less clear is whether the vulnerability -- which has been fixed -- was put into the Huwei driver accidentally or on purpose.

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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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Excellent Analysis of the Boeing 737 MAX Software Problems

Schneier on Security

This is the best analysis of the software causes of the Boeing 737 MAX disasters that I have read. Technically this is safety and not security; there was no attacker. But the fields are closely related and there are a lot of lessons for IoT security -- and the security of complex socio-technical systems in general -- in here.

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Why Are Cryptographers Being Denied Entry into the US?

Schneier on Security

In March, Adi Shamir -- that's the "S" in RSA -- was denied a US visa to attend the RSA Conference. He's Israeli. This month, British citizen Ross Anderson couldn't attend an awards ceremony in DC because of visa issues. (You can listen to his recorded acceptance speech.) I've heard of at least one other prominent cryptographer who is in the same boat.

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Attorney General William Barr on Encryption Policy

Schneier on Security

Yesterday, Attorney General William Barr gave a major speech on encryption policy -- what is commonly known as "going dark." Speaking at Fordham University in New York, he admitted that adding backdoors decreases security but that it is worth it. Some hold this view dogmatically, claiming that it is technologically impossible to provide lawful access without weakening security against unlawful access.

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China Spying on Undersea Internet Cables

Schneier on Security

Supply chain security is an insurmountably hard problem. The recent focus is on Chinese 5G equipment, but the problem is much broader. This opinion piece looks at undersea communications cables: But now the Chinese conglomerate Huawei Technologies, the leading firm working to deliver 5G telephony networks globally, has gone to sea. Under its Huawei Marine Networks component, it is constructing or improving nearly 100 submarine cables around the world.

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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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A Deep Dive on the Recent Widespread DNS Hijacking Attacks

Krebs on Security

The U.S. government — along with a number of leading security companies — recently warned about a series of highly complex and widespread attacks that allowed suspected Iranian hackers to siphon huge volumes of email passwords and other sensitive data from multiple governments and private companies. But to date, the specifics of exactly how that attack went down and who was hit have remained shrouded in secrecy.

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G7 Comes Out in Favor of Encryption Backdoors

Schneier on Security

From a G7 meeting of interior ministers in Paris this month, an " outcome document ": Encourage Internet companies to establish lawful access solutions for their products and services, including data that is encrypted, for law enforcement and competent authorities to access digital evidence, when it is removed or hosted on IT servers located abroad or encrypted, without imposing any particular technology and while ensuring that assistance requested from internet companies is underpinned by the r

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MyEquifax.com Bypasses Credit Freeze PIN

Krebs on Security

Most people who have frozen their credit files with Equifax have been issued a numeric Personal Identification Number (PIN) which is supposed to be required before a freeze can be lifted or thawed. Unfortunately, if you don’t already have an account at the credit bureau’s new myEquifax portal , it may be simple for identity thieves to lift an existing credit freeze at Equifax and bypass the PIN armed with little more than your, name, Social Security number and birthday.

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Experts: Breach at IT Outsourcing Giant Wipro

Krebs on Security

Indian information technology (IT) outsourcing and consulting giant Wipro Ltd. [ NYSE:WIT ] is investigating reports that its own IT systems have been hacked and are being used to launch attacks against some of the company’s customers, multiple sources tell KrebsOnSecurity. Wipro has refused to respond to questions about the alleged incident.

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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.