In this in-depth blog, a long-time cybersecurity specialist who recently joined the staff of Information Security Media Group sizes up evolving ransomware risks and offers a list of 11 critical mitigation steps.
Researchers at Eclypsium have revealed new details concerning a significant flaw in Intel's PMx driver, which they say could give attackers "near-omnipotent" control over devices. Intel has released an updated version of the driver, a key step in mitigating risks.
Now that security researchers have located the first exploits that take advantage of the BlueKeep vulnerability in Windows, Microsoft is warning users to apply patches the company issued for this flaw before more dangerous exploits merge.
Two new security incidents demonstrate how easily millions of customer records can be exposed. Researchers found an unsecured database containing records of customers of Adobe Creative Cloud. And Italy's UniCredit bank announced a "data incident" that exposed a file containing customer records.
A security researcher has uncovered what may rank as one of the most significant iOS weaknesses ever discovered: a flaw that enables bypassing the security protections present in most Apple mobile devices. While the vulnerability can't be patched, an attacker would need physical access to exploit it.
The crypotmining botnet Smominru, which has been around since at least 2017, has resurfaced with a new campaign that has infected 90,000 devices worldwide, including in the U.S., China and Russia, according to security analysts at Guardicore.
A new weaponized proof-of-concept exploit for the BlueKeep vulnerability in Windows has been released by researchers at Rapid7 and Metasploit in an effort to help create a sense of urgency to patch the flaw.
Patch or perish redux: Hackers are unleashing automated attacks to find and exploit known flaws in SSL VPNs manufactured by Fortinet and Pulse Secure to steal passwords. The exploits come despite both vendors having released patches several months ago - Pulse Secure in April, Fortinet in May.
Ransomware-wielding attackers continue to target not just big businesses and large government agencies, but increasingly their smaller counterparts too. In Texas, officials say a campaign tied to a "single threat actor" infected 22 local government agencies on Friday.
Progressive companies seeking to improve their security are increasingly adopting bug bounty programs. The theory is that rewarding outside researchers improves security outcomes. But in practice, bug bounty programs can be messy and actually create perverse incentives, says bug-hunting expert Katie Moussouris.
Deception technology is attractive in that it offers - in theory - low false positives and critical clues to attackers' methodologies. But the benefits depend on its ability to fool attackers and whether organizations can spare the time to fine-tune it.
Microsoft has released a set of patches for two newly discovered BlueKeep-like vulnerabilities in a number of Windows operating systems. The "wormable" bugs in remote desktop services permit propagation of malware from one compromised device to others, the company reports.
As cyber defenders position themselves to support the strategic business directions of their organizations' consumption of cloud technologies, it is critical to have:
Appropriate end-to-end visibility and monitoring;
Threat detection for anomalous user or entity behaviors;
Ability to detect risky configurations,...