January, 2019

Cybercrime Gangs Advertise Fresh Jobs, Hacking Services

Data Breach Today

Offerings Abound on Darknet Forums; The Dark Overlord Seeks Multilingual Hackers Numerous cybercrime gangs continue to use darknet forums to seek fresh recruits, sell stolen data or advertise hacking services.

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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.

GUEST ESSAY: Why the hack of South Korea’s weapons, munitions systems was so predictable

The Last Watchdog

The disclosure that malicious intruders hacked the computer systems of the South Korean government agency that oversees weapons and munitions acquisitions for the country’s military forces is not much of a surprise. The breach of some 30 computers of South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), which is part of the Ministry of National Defense, reportedly occurred last October.

Start Your Information Journey With A Step Backwards

Weissman's World

You say you’re tired of not being able to find the information you’re looking for. You say you’re concerned the information you do find is reliable. You say you’re worried about security breaches. And you say you’re ready to do something about it.

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A flaw in MySQL could allow rogue servers to steal files from clients

Security Affairs

A rogue MySQL server could be used to steal files from clients due to a design flaw in the popular an open source relational database management system (RDBMS).

Evaluating the GCHQ Exceptional Access Proposal

Schneier on Security

The so-called Crypto Wars have been going on for 25 years now. Basically, the FBI -- and some of their peer agencies in the U.K.,

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Dirt-Cheap, Legit, Windows Software: Pick Two

Krebs on Security

Buying heavily discounted, popular software from second-hand sources online has always been something of an iffy security proposition.

Port Covington, MD re-emerges as ‘CyberTown, USA’ — ground zero for cybersecurity research

The Last Watchdog

When CyberTown, USA is fully built out, it’s backers envision it emerging as the world’s premier technology hub for cybersecurity and data science. DataTribe , a Fulton, MD-based cybersecurity startup incubator, has been a key backer of this ambitious urban redevelopment project , which broke ground last October in Port Covington, MD, once a bustling train stop on the south side of Baltimore.

Google fined £44 million in landmark GDPR ruling

IT Governance

Google has been fined €50 million (about £44 million) by CNIL, France’s data protection regulator, for a breach of the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). .

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Unpatched Cisco critical flaw CVE-2018-15439 exposes small Business Networks to hack

Security Affairs

Unpatched critical flaw CVE-2018-15439 could be exploited by a remote, unauthenticated attacker to gain full control over the device.

Machine Learning to Detect Software Vulnerabilities

Schneier on Security

No one doubts that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will transform cybersecurity. We just don't know how , or when.

Airline Booking System Exposed Passenger Details

Data Breach Today

How the U.S. Govt. Shutdown Harms Security

Krebs on Security

The ongoing partial U.S. federal government shutdown is having a tangible, negative impact on cybercrime investigations, according to interviews with federal law enforcement investigators and a report issued this week by a group representing the interests of FBI agents.

Q&A: Here’s why robust ‘privileged access management’ has never been more vital

The Last Watchdog

Malicious intruders have long recognized that getting their hands on privileged credentials equates to possessing the keys to the kingdom. This is because privileged accounts are widely deployed all across modern business networks — on-premises, in the cloud, across DevOps environments and on endpoints. Related: California enacts pioneering privacy law.

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Government Shutdown Leaves Americans More Vulnerable to Identity Theft, Scams

Adam Levin

citizens are more vulnerable to the effects of identity theft and scams as a result of the ongoing government shutdown.

Three security bugs found in the popular Linux suite systemd

Security Affairs

Experts disclosed three flaws in the systemd , a software suite that provides fundamental building blocks for Linux operating systems.

Clever Smartphone Malware Concealment Technique

Schneier on Security

This is clever : Malicious apps hosted in the Google Play market are trying a clever trick to avoid detection -- they monitor the motion-sensor input of an infected device before installing a powerful banking trojan to make sure it doesn't load on emulators researchers use to detect attacks.

Government Shutdown: Experts Fear Deep Cybersecurity Impact

Data Breach Today

Readiness, Morale, Investigations and Recruitment at Risk as Standoff Persists The U.S.

“Stole $24 Million But Still Can’t Keep a Friend”

Krebs on Security

Unsettling new claims have emerged about Nicholas Truglia , a 21-year-old Manhattan resident accused of hijacking cell phone accounts to steal tens of millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies from victims.

Q&A: Why emerging IoT platforms require the same leading-edge security as industrial controls

The Last Watchdog

The heyday of traditional corporate IT networks has come and gone. In 2019, and moving ahead, look for legacy IT business networks to increasingly intersect with a new class of networks dedicated to controlling the operations of a IoT-enabled services of all types, including smart buildings, IoT-enabled healthcare services and driverless cars. Related: Why the golden age of cyber espionage is upon us.

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Predictions 2019: Stay Stoney, My Friends.

John Battelle's Searchblog

If predictions are like baseball, I’m bound to have a bad year in 2019, given how well things went the last time around.

Critical flaw in Linux APT package manager could allow remote hack

Security Affairs

Expert discovered a remote code execution vulnerability in the APT package manager used by several Linux distributions, including Debian and Ubuntu.

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Prices for Zero-Day Exploits Are Rising

Schneier on Security

Companies are willing to pay ever-increasing amounts for good zero-day exploits against hard-to-break computers and applications: On Monday, market-leading exploit broker Zerodium said it would pay up to $2 million for zero-click jailbreaks of Apple's iOS, $1.5

France Hits Google with $57 Million GDPR Fine

Data Breach Today

Record Privacy Fine Sends Strong Signal to Data-Processing Technology Companies France has hit Google with a 50 million euro ($57 million) fine for violating the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.

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Bomb Threat, Sextortion Spammers Abused Weakness at GoDaddy.com

Krebs on Security

GUEST POST: Six tangible ways ‘SOAR’ can help narrow the cybersecurity skills gap

The Last Watchdog

The cybersecurity talent shortage is here to stay. With an estimated 1.5-2 million unfulfilled cybersecurity positions, organizations are coming to terms with the fact that no amount of creative hiring initiatives will rid them of the need of figuring out how to protect their organizations despite being short staffed. Related: Addressing the cyber skills gap. This does not mean the creative staffing solutions do not serve their purpose.

Perspective Check – Anticipation 2019

Weissman's World

It’s 2019, and Steve Weissman anticipates and addresses a number of key themes for the new year: 0:44 – Metadata and database fields: ‘labels’ as the keys to … everything! 1:38 – AI and machine learning: not the same things, no matter what the marketing says 3:24 – RPA: simply workflow by another name? 4:08 […]. The post Perspective Check – Anticipation 2019 appeared first on Holly Group.

Victims of Pylocky ransomware can decrypt their files for free

Security Affairs

Victims of the PyLocky Ransomware can use a tool released by security researcher Mike Bautista at Cisco Talos group to decrypt their files for free. I have good and bad news for the victims of the PyLocky Ransomware.

Collection #1 Mega Breach Leaks 773 Million Email Accounts

Adam Levin

A gigantic trove of email addresses and passwords containing over 2 billion records has been discovered online. The breached data, dubbed “Collection #1” by cybersecurity expert Troy Hunt , is more than 87 gigabytes and contains roughly 773 million email address and 21 million unique passwords.

Ransomware Claims to Fund Child Cancer Treatments

Data Breach Today

Separately, Texas City's Operations Disrupted by Crypto-Locking Ransomware Ransomware attacks continue, with the city of Del Rio, Texas, saying its operations have been disrupted by crypto-locking malware.

Secret Service: Theft Rings Turn to Fuze Cards

Krebs on Security

Street thieves who specialize in cashing out stolen credit and debit cards increasingly are hedging their chances of getting caught carrying multiple counterfeit cards by relying on Fuze Cards , a smartcard technology that allows users to store dozens of cards on a single device, the U.S.

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MY TAKE: US cyber adversaries take cue from shutdown to accelerate malware deployment

The Last Watchdog

One profound consequence of Donald Trump’s shutdown of the federal government, now in day 33, is what a boon it is to US cyber adversaries. And moving forward, the long run ramifications are likely to be dire, indeed. Related: Welcome to the ‘golden age’ of cyber espionage.

The 4 stages of cyber resilience

IT Governance

Until recently, organisations often spent almost all of their information security budget on prevention, effectively taking an all-or-nothing approach to the threat of data breaches. They either repelled the attack or faced the consequences head-on.

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Z-WASP attack: hackers used Zero-Width spaces to bypass Office 365 protections

Security Affairs

Z-WASP attack: Phishers are using a recently fixed flaw in Office 365 that allows them to bypass protections using zero-width spaces and deliver malicious messages to recipients.