March, 2019

GUEST ESSAY: Why there’s no such thing as anonymity it this digital age

The Last Watchdog

Unless you decide to go Henry David Thoreau and shun civilization altogether, you can’t — and won’t — stop generating data , which sooner or later can be traced back to you. Related: The Facebook factor. A few weeks back I interviewed a white hat hacker. After the interview, I told him that his examples gave me paranoia. He laughed and responded, “There’s no such thing as anonymous data; it all depends on how determined the other party is.”.

Why Phone Numbers Stink As Identity Proof

Krebs on Security

Phone numbers stink for security and authentication. They stink because most of us have so much invested in these digits that they’ve become de facto identities.

'Operation ShadowHammer' Shows Weakness of Supply Chains

Data Breach Today

Commando VM – Using Windows for pen testing and red teaming

Security Affairs

Commando VM — Turn Your Windows Computer Into A Hacking Machine. FireEye released Commando VM , a Windows-based security distribution designed for penetration testers that intend to use the Microsoft OS.

Top 10 industries for monetizing data: Is yours one of them?

Find out which industries, use cases, and business applications are the best opportunities for data monetization. Understand what data is being monetized, who wants it, and why. Use data you already own to create new revenue sources. Download the eBook today!

Nearly One Billion Emails Exposed in Data Breach

Adam Levin

The email addresses and personal information of 982 million people were compromised in a leak from an unsecured database.

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MY TAKE: Why DDoS weapons will proliferate with the expansion of IoT and the coming of 5G

The Last Watchdog

A couple of high-profile distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks will surely go down in history as watershed events – each for different reasons. Related: IoT botnets now available for economical DDoS blasts. In March 2013, several impossibly massive waves of nuisance requests – peaking as high as 300 gigabytes per second— swamped Spamhaus , knocking the anti-spam organization off line for extended periods.

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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.

Cover Your NAS Against Nasty Cr1ptT0r Ransomware

Data Breach Today

Crypto-Locking Extortion Targets Internet-Exposed D-Link Devices Criminals wielding a new strain of ransomware called Cr1ptT0r are targeting network-attached storage users.

Expert disclosed two Zero-Day flaws in Microsoft browsers

Security Affairs

The 20-year-old security researcher James Lee publicly disclosed details and proof-of-concept exploits for two zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft web browsers. The expert opted to disclose the flaw after the tech giant allegedly failed to address the zero-day issues privately he reported.

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Privacy without borders: Reality or Fantasy?

Imagine a world in which every country shared a vision and a common set of principles to protect and regulate the use of personal data. It would make international business far simpler, provide citizens in every country with the same privacy rights.

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.

These Cookie Warning Shenanigans Have Got to Stop

Troy Hunt

This will be short, ranty and to the point: these warnings are getting ridiculous: I know, tell you something you don't know! The whole ugly issue reared its head again on the weekend courtesy of the story in this tweet: I’m not sure if this makes it better or worse.

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Q&A: Why SOAR startup Syncurity is bringing a ‘case-management’ approach to threat detection

The Last Watchdog

There’s a frantic scramble going on among those responsible for network security at organizations across all sectors. Related: Why we’re in the Golden Age of cyber espionage. Enterprises have dumped small fortunes into stocking their SOCs (security operations centers) with the best firewalls, anti-malware suites, intrusion detection, data loss prevention and sandbox detonators money can buy. But this hasn’t done the trick.

A Month After 2 Million Customer Cards Sold Online, Buca di Beppo Parent Admits Breach

Krebs on Security

On Feb. 21, 2019, KrebsOnSecurity contacted Italian restaurant chain Buca di Beppo after discovering strong evidence that two million credit and debit card numbers belonging to the company’s customers were being sold in the cybercrime underground.

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The Key to Strategic HR: Process Automation

Do you want to automate your HR processes, but don’t know where to start? In this eBook, PeopleDoc explores which processes benefit the most from automation, and how an HR Service Delivery platform can help get things off the ground.

Citrix Hacked by Password-Spraying Attackers, FBI Warns

Data Breach Today

Cyber-Espionage Campaign Appears Separate to Recent Credential-Stuffing Breach Citrix Systems is investigating a suspected hack attack, resulting in the theft of business documents, after being tipped off by the FBI.

Experts found 36 vulnerabilities in the LTE protocol

Security Affairs

A team of researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Constitution (KAIST ) discovered 36 vulnerabilities in the LTE protocol.

Malware Installed in Asus Computers Through Hacked Update Process

Schneier on Security

Kaspersky Labs is reporting on a new supply chain attack they call "Shadowhammer.". In January 2019, we discovered a sophisticated supply chain attack involving the ASUS Live Update Utility.

Citrix Hack Exposes Customer Data

Adam Levin

Citrix, a major network software company, had its internal network compromised by what appears to be an international hacking campaign. The company was alerted to the cyberattack by the FBI earlier this month.

Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

Speaker: Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst

By creating innovative analytics products and expanding into new markets, more and more companies are discovering new potential revenue streams. Join Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst, as he walks you through how data that you're likely already collecting can be transformed into revenue!

MY TAKE: What the Ethiopian 737 Max 8 crash should tell us about the safety of ‘smart’ jetliners

The Last Watchdog

When news broke about the crash of a Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737, the first question that popped into my head was whether an older 737 model, still using the flawed rudder actuator, might have been involved. Related: Historical context of the rudder flaws on older model 737s. Of course it was actually the newest iteration of the 737, the Max 8. I’m no longer covering aviation.

Insert Skimmer + Camera Cover PIN Stealer

Krebs on Security

Very often the most clever component of your typical ATM skimming attack is the hidden pinhole camera used to record customers entering their PINs.

Ransomware Attack Costs Norsk Hydro $40 Million - So Far

Data Breach Today

Norwegian Aluminum Maker Still Fighting LockerGoga Ransomware Attack Norsk Hydro reports that a March 18 ransomware attack has already cost the aluminum manufacturer more than $40 million, and the company continues to bring its systems back online

Operation SaboTor – Police arrested 61 vendors and buyers in the dark web

Security Affairs

Operation SaboTor – A coordinated operation conducted by law enforcement agencies from Europe, Canada, and the United States targeted vendors and buyers of illegal goods on dark web marketplaces.

Personal Data Left on Used Laptops

Schneier on Security

A recent experiment found all sorts of personal data left on used laptops and smartphones. This should come as no surprise. Simson Garfinkel performed the same experiment in 2003, with similar results. computersecurity dataloss dataprotection

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The decline and regeneration of print news publishing

OpenText Information Management

As online news sources become increasingly available to anyone with a smart device, we continue to see the decline of print newspapers and magazines. According to the Newspapers Fact Sheet from Pew Research Center, newspaper revenue and subscriptions have been in decline since the early 2000s.

MY TAKE: Why consumers are destined to play a big role in securing the Internet of Things

The Last Watchdog

There are certain things we as consumers have come to do intuitively: brushing our teeth in the morning; looking both ways before crossing a city street; buckling up when we get into a car. Related: What needs to happen to enable driverless transportation — safely. In the not too distant future, each one of us will need to give pause, on a daily basis, to duly consider how we purchase and use Internet of Things devices and services. This is coming.

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Ad Network Sizmek Probes Account Breach

Krebs on Security

Online advertising firm Sizmek Inc. [ NASDAQ: SZMK ] says it is investigating a security incident in which a hacker was reselling access to a user account with the ability to modify ads and analytics for a number of big-name advertisers.

Report: Facebook Stored Millions of Passwords in Plaintext

Data Breach Today

Facebook Under Fresh Scrutiny Over How It Stored User Passwords Facebook has corrected an internal security issue that allowed the company to store millions of user passwords in plaintext that were then available to employees through an internal search tool

PewDiePie ransomware oblige users subscribe to PewDiePie YouTube channel

Security Affairs

It is a battle with no holds barred between T-Series and PewDiePie, their fans are spreading the PewDiePie ransomware to force users to subscribe to PewDiePie Youtube channel.