December, 2020

Microsoft Finds Backdoor, CISA Warns of New Attack Vectors

Data Breach Today

Devastating Scope of Hacking Campaign Expands Microsoft says on Thursday it has removed malware related to an expansive hacking campaign that has ensnared thousands of organizations and U.S. government agencies.

We Have a National Cybersecurity Emergency -- Here's How We Can Respond

Dark Reading

Let's prioritize bipartisan strategic actions that can ensure our national security and strengthen the economy. Here are five ideas for how to do that

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Hackers Hide Software Skimmer in Social Media Sharing Icons

Security Affairs

Security researchers have uncovered a new technique to inject a software skimmer onto checkout pages, the malware hides in social media buttons. Security experts at Sansec have detailed a new technique used by crooks to inject a software skimmer into checkout pages.

U.S. Treasury, Commerce Depts. Hacked Through SolarWinds Compromise

Krebs on Security

Communications at the U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments were reportedly compromised by a supply chain attack on SolarWinds , a security vendor that helps the federal government and a range of Fortune 500 companies monitor the health of their IT networks.

The Best Data Retention Policy & Template To Get You Started

In this whitepaper from Onna, we will walk you through data retention best practices and provide you with a downloadable template to help you get organized and gain better visibility into your data’s lifecycle.

GUEST ESSAY: Here’s how Secure Access Service Edge — ‘SASE’ — can help, post Covid-19

The Last Watchdog

One legacy of the ongoing global pandemic is that companies now realize that a secured and well-supported remote workforce is possible. Recently, the University of Illinois and the Harvard Business School conducted a study, and 16% of companies reported switching their employees to work at home from offices at least twice a week. Related: SASE translates into secure connectivity.

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US Commerce, Treasury Hit in Network Intrusions

Data Breach Today

SolarWinds: Flawed Updates in Orion Platform May be Source of Attacks The U.S. Commerce Department confirmed on Sunday it had been targeted by hackers, and the U.S. Treasury has also reportedly been struck.

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Homomorphic Encryption: The 'Golden Age' of Cryptography

Dark Reading

The ability to perform complex calculations on encrypted data promises a new level of privacy and data security for companies in the public and private sectors. So when can they get started

New Golang-based Crypto worm infects Windows and Linux servers

Security Affairs

Experts from Intezer discovered a new and self-spreading Golang-based malware that targets Windows and Linux servers. Experts from Intezer discovered a Golang-based worm that targets Windows and Linux servers.

VMware Flaw a Vector in SolarWinds Breach?

Krebs on Security

government cybersecurity agencies warned this week that the attackers behind the widespread hacking spree stemming from the compromise at network software firm SolarWinds used weaknesses in other, non-SolarWinds products to attack high-value targets.

How to Measure DevSecOps Progress and Ensure Success

Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director of DevSecOps Team, Intuit

You've finally done it: You've won over C-Suite and your DevSecOps team is up and running. But how do you monitor your new program? Join Shannon Lietz, Leader and Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and learn to lead your DevSecOps team to the top.

NEW TECH: Will ‘Secure Access Service Edge’ — SASE — Be the Answer to Secure Connectivity?

The Last Watchdog

Company networks have evolved rather spectacularly in just 20 years along a couple of distinct tracks: connectivity and security. We began the new millennium with on-premises data centers supporting servers and desktops that a technician in sneakers could service. Connectivity was relatively uncomplicated. And given a tangible network perimeter, cybersecurity evolved following the moat-and-wall principle.

A Massive Fraud Operation Stole Millions From Online Accounts

WIRED Threat Level

The crooks used emulators to mimic the phones of more than 16,000 customers whose mobile bank accounts had been compromised. Security Security / Cyberattacks and Hacks

Hacked: US Commerce and Treasury Departments

Data Breach Today

Fellow Victim FireEye Traces Breaches to Trojanized SolarWinds Software Updates The U.S. Commerce Department confirmed on Sunday it had been targeted by hackers, and the U.S. Treasury has also reportedly been struck.

The Coolest Hacks of 2020

Dark Reading

Despite a pandemic and possibly the worst cyberattack campaign ever waged against the US, the year still had some bright spots when it came to "good" and creative hacks

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Digital Trends Report 2020

As part of our goal to continue helping our community during these times, we wanted to share with you this critical data on the state of digital products across industries and provide context on how businesses are responding to the changing winds.

SUPERNOVA, a Backdoor Found While Investigating SolarWinds Hack

Security Affairs

While investigating the recent SolarWinds Orion supply-chain attack security researchers discovered another backdoor, tracked SUPERNOVA. The investigation of the SolarWinds Orion supply-chain attack revealed the existence of another backdoor that was likely used by a separate threat actor.

SolarWinds Hack Could Affect 18K Customers

Krebs on Security

The still-unfolding breach at network management software firm SolarWinds may have resulted in malicious code being pushed to nearly 18,000 customers, the company said in a legal filing on Monday.

Amazing Grace Hopper – HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Micro Focus

When a bright, 30-something persuaded the authorities to waive the restrictions on age and weight, and joined the US Navy in 1944, no-one could have foreseen the profound benevolent impact Grace Hopper would go on to have on computing and the world as we know it today.

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The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2020

WIRED Threat Level

This year saw plenty of destructive hacking and disinformation campaigns—but amid a pandemic and a historic election, the consequences have never been graver. Security Security / Cyberattacks and Hacks

Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

US Treasury Suffers 'Significant' SolarWinds Breach

Data Breach Today

Dozens of Email Accounts' Compromised by Attackers, Says Senior Democratic Senator An ongoing investigation at the U.S.

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Microsoft Reveals That Russian Attackers Accessed Some of Its Source Code

Dark Reading

Malicious SolarWinds Orion backdoor installed in Microsoft's network led to the attackers viewing some of its source code

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WordPress Easy WP SMTP zero-day potentially exposes hundreds of thousands of sites to hack

Security Affairs

Threat actors are actively exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in the popular Easy WP SMTP WordPress plugin installed on more than 500,000 sites. Hackers are actively exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in the popular Easy WP SMTP WordPress plugin to reset passwords for admin accounts.

Malicious Domain in SolarWinds Hack Turned into ‘Killswitch’

Krebs on Security

A key malicious domain name used to control potentially thousands of computer systems compromised via the months-long breach at network monitoring software vendor SolarWinds was commandeered by security experts and used as a “killswitch” designed to turn the sprawling cybercrime operation against itself, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Impressive iPhone Exploit

Schneier on Security

This is a scarily impressive vulnerability: Earlier this year, Apple patched one of the most breathtaking iPhone vulnerabilities ever: a memory corruption bug in the iOS kernel that gave attackers remote access to the entire device­ — over Wi-Fi, with no user interaction required at all.

In 'The Mandalorian,' Stormtroopers Have Finally Discovered Tactics

WIRED Threat Level

Imperial troops have finally figured out how to do more than charge straight ahead. Security Security / Security News

SolarWinds Attack: 'This Hit the Security Community Hard'

Data Breach Today

RiskIQ CEO Lou Manousos Details Lessons to Learn in Supply-Chain Attack Aftermath The SolarWinds breach is a case study in how attackers can subvert a widely used piece of software to turn it to their advantage, says Lou Manousos, CEO of RiskIQ.

DDoS Attacks Spiked, Became More Complex in 2020

Dark Reading

Global pandemic and the easy availability of for-hire services and inexpensive tool sets gave adversaries more opportunities to attack

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Rethinking Information Governance In The Age of Unstructured Enterprise Data

Today’s organizations are faced with the overwhelming challenge of managing, finding, and leveraging their information. This eBook discusses a newly discovered information discipline and is filled to the brim with helpful information.

PgMiner botnet exploits disputed CVE to hack unsecured PostgreSQL DBs

Security Affairs

Researchers have discovered a botnet dubbed PgMiner that targets PostgreSQL databases running on Linux servers to install a cryptocurrency miner.

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IRS to Make ID Protection PIN Open to All

Krebs on Security

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said this week that beginning in 2021 it will allow all taxpayers to apply for an identity protection personal identification number (IP PIN), a single-use code designed to block identity thieves from falsely claiming a tax refund in your name.

List of data breaches and cyber attacks in November 2020 – 586 million records breached

IT Governance

We recorded 103 cyber security incidents in November, which accounted for 586,771,602 leaked records. The majority of those came from a credential-stuffing attack targeting Spotify and a data leak at the messaging app GO SMS Pro, which you can learn more about below.