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A Pause to Address 'Ethical Debt' of Facial Recognition
Mike Kiser, Global Security Advocate, Office of the CTO, SailPointCommentary
Ethical use will require some combination of consistent reporting, regulation, corporate responsibility, and adversarial technology.
By Mike Kiser Global Security Advocate, Office of the CTO, SailPoint, 10/23/2020
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Credential-Stuffing Attacks Plague Loyalty Programs
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing WriterNews
But that's not the only type of web attack cybercriminals have been profiting from.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, 10/22/2020
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To Err Is Human: Misconfigurations & Employee Neglect Are a Fact of Life
Liviu Arsene, Global Cybersecurity Researcher at BitdefenderCommentary
The cyber kill chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so organizations should reinforce that link with a properly equipped dedicated security team.
By Liviu Arsene Global Cybersecurity Researcher at Bitdefender, 10/22/2020
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Implementing Proactive Cyber Controls in OT: Myths vs. Reality
Michael Piccalo, Director, OT/ICS Systems Engineering, Forescout TechnologiesCommentary
Debunking the myths surrounding the implementation of proactive cyber controls in operational technology.
By Michael Piccalo Director, OT/ICS Systems Engineering, Forescout Technologies, 10/22/2020
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Iranian Cyberattack Group Deploys New PowGoop Downloader Against Mideast Targets
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Seedworm Group, aka MuddyWater, is also deploying commodity ransomware as part of espionage attacks on companies and government agencies in the Middle East region.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 10/21/2020
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Modern Day Insider Threat: Network Bugs That Are Stealing Your Data
David Pearson, Principal Threat ResearcherCommentary
Attacks involving an unmanaged device and no malware expose gaps in cybersecurity that must be addressed.
By David Pearson Principal Threat Researcher, 10/21/2020
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Trickbot Tenacity Shows Infrastructure Resistant to Takedowns
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Both the US Cyber Command and a Microsoft-led private-industry group have attacked the infrastructure used by attackers to manage Trickbot -- but with only a short-term impact.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 10/20/2020
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Microsoft Tops Q3 List of Most-Impersonated Brands
Steve Zurier, Contributing WriterNews
The technology sector was also the most likely targeted industry for brand phishing attacks, according to Check Point's latest report on brand phishing.
By Steve Zurier Contributing Writer, 10/19/2020
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Trickbot, Phishing, Ransomware & Elections
Adam Caudill, Principal Security Engineer at 1PasswordCommentary
The botnet has taken some hits lately, but that doesn't mean the threat is over. Here are some steps you can take to keep it from your door.
By Adam Caudill Principal Security Engineer at 1Password, 10/19/2020
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7 Tips for Choosing Security Metrics That Matter
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer
Experts weigh in on picking metrics that demonstrate how the security team is handling operational efficiency and reducing risk.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, 10/19/2020
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Cybercrime Losses Up 50%, Exceeding $1.8B
Marc Wilczek, Digital Strategist & COO of Link11Commentary
Fewer companies are being hit by cyber incidents, but those that do get hit are hit harder and more often.
By Marc Wilczek Digital Strategist & COO of Link11, 10/16/2020
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Prolific Cybercrime Group Now Focused on Ransomware
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Cybercriminal team previously associated with point-of-sale malware and data theft has now moved almost completely into the more lucrative crimes of ransomware and extortion.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 10/15/2020
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The Ruthless Cyber Chaos of Business Recovery
Emil Sayegh, CEO and President, NtiretyCommentary
Critical technology initiatives leveraging the best of technology solutions are the only way through the cyber chaos of 2020.
By Emil Sayegh CEO and President, Ntirety, 10/15/2020
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Security Firms & Financial Group Team Up to Take Down Trickbot
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Microsoft and security firms ESET, Black Lotus Labs, and Symantec collaborated with the financial services industry to cut off the ransomware operation's C2 infrastructure.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 10/12/2020
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A 7-Step Cybersecurity Plan for Healthcare Organizations
Steve Zurier, Contributing Writer
With National Cybersecurity Awareness Month shining a spotlight on the healthcare industry, security pros share best practices for those charged with protecting these essential organizations.
By Steve Zurier Contributing Writer, 10/12/2020
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The New War Room: Cybersecurity in the Modern Era
Satya Gupta, Executive Co-Founder & CTO, VirsecCommentary
The introduction of the virtual war room is a new but necessary shift. To ensure its success, security teams must implement new systems and a new approach to cybersecurity.
By Satya Gupta Executive Co-Founder & CTO, Virsec, 10/7/2020
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10 Years Since Stuxnet: Is Your Operational Technology Safe?
Mike Dow, Senior Product Manager, IoT Security, at Silicon LabsCommentary
The destructive worm may have debuted a decade ago, but Stuxnet is still making its presence known. Here are steps you can take to stay safer from similar attacks.
By Mike Dow Senior Product Manager, IoT Security, at Silicon Labs, 10/6/2020
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3 Months for the Cybercrime Books
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer
From July through September, US law enforcement handed down major indictments or sanctions against foreign threat groups at least six times.
By Jai Vijayan Contributing Writer, 10/2/2020
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Microsoft: Ransomware & Nation-State Attacks Rise, Get More Sophisticated
Robert Lemos, Contributing WriterNews
Malware-based attacks are out, phishing is in, along with credential stuffing and business email compromise. Microsoft recommends defensive tactics in its new report on rising threats.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 9/29/2020
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WannaCry Has IoT in Its Crosshairs
Ed Koehler, Distinguished Principal Security Engineer, Office of CTO, at Extreme NetworkCommentary
The wide variety of devices attached to the Internet of Things offers a rich target for purveyors of ransomware.
By Ed Koehler Distinguished Principal Security Engineer, Office of CTO, at Extreme Network, 9/25/2020
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CVE-2020-24847
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-23
A Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) vulnerability is identified in FruityWifi through 2.4. Due to a lack of CSRF protection in page_config_adv.php, an unauthenticated attacker can lure the victim to visit his website by social engineering or another attack vector. Due to this issue, an unauthenticat...
CVE-2020-24848
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-23
FruityWifi through 2.4 has an unsafe Sudo configuration [(ALL : ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL]. This allows an attacker to perform a system-level (root) local privilege escalation, allowing an attacker to gain complete persistent access to the local system.
CVE-2020-5990
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-23
NVIDIA GeForce Experience, all versions prior to 3.20.5.70, contains a vulnerability in the ShadowPlay component which may lead to local privilege escalation, code execution, denial of service or information disclosure.
CVE-2020-25483
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-23
An arbitrary command execution vulnerability exists in the fopen() function of file writes of UCMS v1.4.8, where an attacker can gain access to the server.
CVE-2020-5977
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-23
NVIDIA GeForce Experience, all versions prior to 3.20.5.70, contains a vulnerability in NVIDIA Web Helper NodeJS Web Server in which an uncontrolled search path is used to load a node module, which may lead to code execution, denial of service, escalation of privileges, and information disclosure.