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Microsoft fixes 129 flaws, 23 critical, in massive Patch Tuesday

In a Patch Tuesday to rival June’s security update,  Microsoft fixed 129 new software vulnerabilities, including 23 critical flaws, impacting multiple platforms, including the Windows Graphic Device Interfaces (GDI), Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange Server. Justin Knapp, Automox product marketing manager, attributed the patch laundry list to a remote workforce not going back to offices en masse…
Government, Health Care, Network Security, Research, Security News

Socioeconomic status and cyber: the new ‘digital divide’

In part one of a two-part series, SC Media examines how businesses and institutions in poorer or underserved regions may be less equipped to fight off cyberattacks than their well-funded counterparts in affluent cities.
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Featured, Malware, Security News

Threat hunters watch as Chinese hackers forage forums for tools

Mike McLellan, senior security researcher at Secureworks, talks about the discovery and investigation of one recent Chinese attack campaign that revealed how nation-state actors will leverage any code at their disposal.
Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Ransomware, Security News

SMBs imperiled as low-end RaaS grows more powerful

As Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) has simultaneously grown more powerful and easier to use, just about anyone can launch successful, damaging ransomware attacks on organizations. Small and medium businesses are particularly vulnerable to the widening variety of tactics –from the “spray and pray” favored by Avaddon to the mass-market-based business model used by Dharma RaaS. “The skills…
Network Security, Secondary Featured, Security News

Fake Cisco switches provoked network failures

Counterfeit Cisco devices were behind the failure of an IT company’s network switches last fall after a software upgrade, an investigation has found. Underscoring the security challenges posed by counterfeit hardware, the real-life anecdote prompted the victimized purchaser to commission F-Secure’s hardware security team to perform a thorough analysis of the components. The company discovered that…
Network Security, Secondary Featured, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Microsoft sounds alarm to fix wormable bug “SIGRed”

Microsoft Corporation on Patch Tuesday addressed 123 vulnerabilities — 18 of them critical — including a “wormable” flaw in Windows DNS Service that could be leveraged to execute remote code in the context of the Local System Account and then spread malware across various network devices. Officially designated CVE-2020-1350, the wormable flaw is caused by…
Malware, Mobile Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Glupteba malware leverages blockchain as a communications channel

Glupteba malware does something novel: It uses the bitcoin blockchain as a communications channel to receive updated configuration information. That’s important because malware always needs a way to go back to its home base, preferably without being detected, according to a paper released this week by Sophos Labs researchers. The new form of malware sprinkles…
Events, InfoSec World 2020, Network Security, Security News

Lululemon’s Rex Sarabia works up a sweat building a security awareness program from scratch

At InfoSec World 2020 on Monday, Rex Sarabia, security awareness program manager at Lululemon, led the session “Building an Enterprise Security Awareness Program from the Ground Up.” SC Media interviewed Sarabia about his presentation to learn more about Sarabia’s biggest challenges, his tips for security professionals starting up their own programs, and how he “gamifies”…
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