2021

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Hoax Email Blast Abused Poor Coding in FBI Website

Krebs on Security

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed today that its fbi.gov domain name and Internet address were used to blast out thousands of fake emails about a cybercrime investigation. According to an interview with the person who claimed responsibility for the hoax, the spam messages were sent by abusing insecure code in an FBI online portal designed to share information with state and local law enforcement authorities.

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Cloudflare Thwarts Largest Ever HTTP DDoS Attack

Data Breach Today

17.2 Million RPS Attack Originated From Over 20,000 Bots In 125 Countries Security firm Cloudflare says it detected and mitigated a 17.2 million request-per-second (rps) distributed denial of service attack, almost three times larger than any previously reported HTTP DDoS attack.

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‘Trojan Source’ Bug Threatens the Security of All Code

Krebs on Security

Virtually all compilers — programs that transform human-readable source code into computer-executable machine code — are vulnerable to an insidious attack in which an adversary can introduce targeted vulnerabilities into any software without being detected, new research released today warns. The vulnerability disclosure was coordinated with multiple organizations, some of whom are now releasing updates to address the security weakness.

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Hackers Target Critical Infrastructure in Southeast Asia

Data Breach Today

Symantec: China-Linked Actors Investigate SCADA Systems An unidentified hacking group with suspected Chinese ties is targeting critical infrastructure in Southeast Asia as part of a cyberespionage campaign to exfiltrate information about the victim's SCADA systems, says a report by security firm Symantec.

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How to Migrate From DataStax Enterprise to Instaclustr Managed Apache Cassandra

If you’re considering migrating from DataStax Enterprise (DSE) to open source Apache Cassandra®, our comprehensive guide is tailored for architects, engineers, and IT directors. Whether you’re motivated by cost savings, avoiding vendor lock-in, or embracing the vibrant open-source community, Apache Cassandra offers robust value. Transition seamlessly to Instaclustr Managed Cassandra with our expert insights, ensuring zero downtime during migration.

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Cybersecurity M&A Update: Five Firms Make Moves

Data Breach Today

Ivanti, Sophos, Deloitte, Cerberus Sentinel and Feedzai Announce Deals Cybersecurity acquisitions continue at an intense pace, with Ivanti, Sophos, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory, Cerberus Sentinel and Feedzai all making moves to bolster their security portfolios.

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Cybercriminals Reportedly Created Blockchain Analytics Tool

Data Breach Today

Researchers Say the Tool Is Designed To Help Gangs Launder Bitcoin Cybercriminals have developed a blockchain analytics tool on the darknet that could help a gang launder illegally obtained bitcoin, and they are actively marketing it, according to the cryptocurrency analytics firm Elliptic. The tool, however, is rated as not entirely effective.

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Apache releases the third patch to address a new Log4j flaw

Security Affairs

Multiple flaws in the Log4J library are scaring organizations worldwide while threat actors are already exploiting them. 2.17 is the third fix issued in a week. While the experts were warning that threat actors are actively attempting to exploit a second vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2021-45046 , disclosed in the Log4j library a third security vulnerability made the headlines.

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Cyber security horror stories to scare you this Halloween

IT Governance

This Sunday is both Halloween and the end of National Cyber Security Awareness Month – and what better way to mark the occasion than with some cyber security horror stories? In this blog, we look at three ways in which fraudsters trick victims into handing over their sensitive data. Will you have nightmares over Evil Twins or be scared straight by phishing scams?

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Lights Out: Cyberattacks Shut Down Building Automation Systems

Dark Reading

Security experts in Germany discover similar attacks that lock building engineering management firms out of the BASes they built and manage — by turning a security feature against them.

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Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI

“Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI” is an extensive guide for integrating generative AI into product strategy and careers featuring over 150 real-world examples, 30 case studies, and 20+ frameworks, and endorsed by over 20 leading AI and product executives, inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

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Apple’s NeuralHash Algorithm Has Been Reverse-Engineered

Schneier on Security

Apple’s NeuralHash algorithm — the one it’s using for client-side scanning on the iPhone — has been reverse-engineered. Turns out it was already in iOS 14.3, and someone noticed : Early tests show that it can tolerate image resizing and compression, but not cropping or rotations. We also have the first collision : two images that hash to the same value.

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How to fill a public records request: Common Council committee meeting video

Preservica

Welcome to the "How we do it" Video Series. If you are a Clerk, Records Manager or Archivist for City or County Government, our practical “How we do it” videos are for you! We have compiled a series of videos, from users in City and County Government to share how they quickly and easily perform common electronic records preservation and access tasks with Preservica’ s solutions.

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Your Work Email Address is Your Work's Email Address

Troy Hunt

When the Ashley Madison data breach occurred in 2015, it made headline news around the world. Not just infosec headlines or tech headlines, but the headlines of major consumer media the likes my mum and dad would read. What was deemed especially newsworthy was the presence of email addresses in the breach which really shouldn't have been there; let me list off some headlines to illustrate the point: Ashley Madison Hack: 10,000 Gov’t Officials’ Email Addresses on Leaked Ashley

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Zero-Day TCC bypass discovered in XCSSET malware

Jamf

A zero-day discovery allows an attacker to bypass Apple’s TCC protections which safeguard privacy. By leveraging an installed application with the proper permissions set, the attacker can piggyback off that donor app when creating a malicious app to execute on victim devices, without prompting for user approval.

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Entity Resolution Checklist: What to Consider When Evaluating Options

Are you trying to decide which entity resolution capabilities you need? It can be confusing to determine which features are most important for your project. And sometimes key features are overlooked. Get the Entity Resolution Evaluation Checklist to make sure you’ve thought of everything to make your project a success! The list was created by Senzing’s team of leading entity resolution experts, based on their real-world experience.

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How You Can Start Learning Malware Analysis

Lenny Zeltser

Malware analysis sits at the intersection of incident response, forensics, system and network administration, security monitoring, and software engineering. You can get into this field by building upon your existing skills in any of these disciplines. As someone who’s helped thousands of security professionals learn how to analyze malware at SANS Institute , I have a few tips for how you can get started.

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Leave.EU donor Arron Banks loses data breach appeal

The Guardian Data Protection

Tribunal ruling noted Brexit campaign and insurance company owned by its key backer had a ‘two-faced approach to regulation’ The Leave.EU campaign and the insurance company owned by the political group’s key financial backer, Arron Banks, have lost an appeal against £105,000 of fines for data protection violations in the wake of the EU referendum campaign.

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How to Tell a Job Offer from an ID Theft Trap

Krebs on Security

One of the oldest scams around — the fake job interview that seeks only to harvest your personal and financial data — is on the rise, the FBI warns. Here’s the story of a recent LinkedIn impersonation scam that led to more than 100 people getting duped, and one almost-victim who decided the job offer was too-good-to-be-true. Last week, someone began began posting classified notices on LinkedIn for different design consulting jobs at Geosyntec Consultants , an environmental engi

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FBI Issues Alert on Hive Ransomware

Data Breach Today

Uptick in Hive Ransomware Activity Spotted The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning about Hive ransomware after the group took down Memorial Health System last week. The alert details indicators of compromise, tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) associated with these ransomware attacks.

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Strategic CX: A Deep Dive into Voice of the Customer Insights for Clarity

Speaker: Nicholas Zeisler, CX Strategist & Fractional CXO

The first step in a successful Customer Experience endeavor (or for that matter, any business proposition) is to find out what’s wrong. If you can’t identify it, you can’t fix it! 💡 That’s where the Voice of the Customer (VoC) comes in. Today, far too many brands do VoC simply because that’s what they think they’re supposed to do; that’s what all their competitors do.

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Dark Mirai botnet spreads targeting RCE on TP-Link routers

Security Affairs

A botnet tracked as Dark Mirai spreads by exploiting a new vulnerability affecting TP-Link TL-WR840N EU V5 home routers. Dark Mirai botnet spreads by exploiting a new vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2021-41653, affecting TP-Link TL-WR840N EU V5 home routers. “The PING function on the TP-Link TL-WR840N EU v5 router with firmware through TL-WR840N(EU)_V5_171211 is vulnerable to remote code execution via a crafted payload in an IP address input field.” reads the description for the CVE-20

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Updating your data protection documentation following Brexit

IT Governance

The UK data protection landscape is a lot more complex following Brexit. Many organisations are now subject to both the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the UK GDPR (General Data Protection). The UK version was born out of the EU GDPR, so you might think that there are only cosmetic differences and that minor actions are required to adjust your documentation and compliance practices.

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Attackers Exploit Flaw that Could Impact Millions of Routers, IoT Devices

eSecurity Planet

Cybercriminals using an IP address in China are trying to exploit a vulnerability disclosed earlier this month to deploy a variant of the Mirai malware on network routers affected by the vulnerability, according to researchers with Juniper Threat Labs. In a recent blog post , the researchers said the bad actors are looking to leverage a path traversal vulnerability that could affect millions of home routers and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices that use the same code base and are manufactur

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Using “Master Faces” to Bypass Face-Recognition Authenticating Systems

Schneier on Security

Fascinating research: “ Generating Master Faces for Dictionary Attacks with a Network-Assisted Latent Space Evolution.” Abstract: A master face is a face image that passes face-based identity-authentication for a large portion of the population. These faces can be used to impersonate, with a high probability of success, any user, without having access to any user-information.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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7 Key Takeaways from the IRMS Conference 2021

Preservica

It's been a busy few weeks in the world of Preservica with the Launch of Starter in the UK, announcements on training with IRMS and ARA as well as the huge news of a further £5mil investment from Gresham House Ventures to accelerate our digital preservation solutions… but this all paled in comparison to attending my first face to face conference in over two years!

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Welcoming the Dutch Government to Have I Been Pwned

Troy Hunt

Today I'm very happy to welcome the Dutch government to HIBP, marking 24 national CERTs that now have full and free access to API level domain searches. The Nationaal Cyber Security Centrum of the Netherlands (NCSC-NL) now has access to monitor the exposure of government departments across all the data breaches that make their way into HIBP. Visibility into the impact of data breaches helps defenders protect national assets and I'm very pleased to see the Netherlands join so many other

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Shlayer malware abusing Gatekeeper bypass on macOS

Jamf

Shlayer malware detected allows an attacker to bypass Gatekeeper, Notarization and File Quarantine security technologies in macOS. The exploit allows unapproved software to run on Mac and is distributed via compromised websites or poisoned search engine results.

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Connecticut Tightens its Data Breach Notification Laws

Data Protection Report

Effective October 1, 2021, an amendment [1] to the Connecticut General Statute concerning data privacy breaches, Section 36a-701b, will impact notification obligations in several significant ways. The amendment: Expands the definition of “personal information”; Shortens the notification deadline after discovery of a breach from 90 to 60 days; Removes the requirement to consult with law enforcement as part of a risk assessment; Deems compliant any person subject to and in compliance with HIPAA an

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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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EDPB Releases Final Recommendations on Supplementary Measures for International Transfers

Hunton Privacy

On June 21, 2021, following a public consultation, the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) published the final version of its recommendations on supplementary measures in the context of international transfer safeguards, such as Standard Contractual Clauses (“SCCs”) (the “Recommendations”). The EDPB released its first draft of the Recommendations in November 2020, following the Schrems II judgement.

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At Least 30,000 U.S. Organizations Newly Hacked Via Holes in Microsoft’s Email Software

Krebs on Security

At least 30,000 organizations across the United States — including a significant number of small businesses, towns, cities and local governments — have over the past few days been hacked by an unusually aggressive Chinese cyber espionage unit that’s focused on stealing email from victim organizations, multiple sources tell KrebsOnSecurity.

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Ransomware Landscape: REvil Is One of Many Operators

Data Breach Today

Biden Administration Says Attempted Ransomware Disruption Efforts Won't Be Immediate As the Biden administration attempts to force Russia to crack down on its domestic cybercriminals, one challenge will be the sheer diversity of attack code being wielded and individuals involved. Another is that any proactive moves Moscow makes would likely require many months to take effect.