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Symantec Symantec Endpoint Protection 14.2

Symantec Endpoint Protection is designed to stop threats with multilayered protection, regardless of the chosen attack vector. It integrates with existing infrastructure through a single, lightweight agent that offers high performance without compromising productivity. While Symantec has a cloud-managed solution, we spent time looking at their on-premises version. The solution provides a variety of security…
Corporate News, Security News

Symantec sells off enterprise business for $10.7 billion

Symantec sold off its enterprise security business to chipmaker Broadcom for $10.7 billion, but will retain consumer cyber safety business. The deal, which includes the Symantec brand name, was approved by Symantec’s board of directors and is expected to close before the end of the year, but still must pass standard regulatory approvals. Symantec will…
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Symantec Email Security.cloud

Symantec Email Security is a deeply customizable tool that protects against ransomware, phishing and business email compromises and insulates users from sophisticated email attacks such as credential theft and spearphishing. With automated sender authentication, it helps protect customer brands and ensure sender trust. Accelerated response and remediation for advanced attacks also helps protect intra-company, outbound…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government/Defense, Malware, Security News

Researchers: Chinese APT group used stolen NSA tools prior to Shadow Brokers leak

Some of the U.S. government-linked exploit tools that were published online by the Shadow Brokers hacking group in 2016 and 2017 were actually employed by Chinese actors well before that infamous leak occurred, researchers say. In a blog post yesterday, Symantec reported that its threat research team discovered evidence that cyber espionage actor APT3, aka…
Application Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Flaw allows attackers to alter media files sent via WhatsApp, Telegram, say researchers

Researchers have reported a vulnerability in the Android versions of WhatsApp and Telegram that could allow malicious actors to manipulate media files sent via the apps. This “media file-jacking” flaw could allow attackers to alter photographs, modify invoices (to aid in a financial scam), swap out files in a particular channel feed, or potentially even…
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Company News, Security News

Broadcom flips Symantec to Accenture Security

Symantec’s Cyber Security Services business has been purchased by Accenture Security from Broadcom, almost five months to the day from when the latter firm paid $11 billion for the unit. Accenture announced the acquisition on January 7 which includes Symantec’s enterprise level business unit that operates six security operations centers located in the United States,…
Application Security, Security News

81 potentially dangerous apps from in the Microsoft Store

The Microsoft Store joined Google Play and the Apple Store as a host for illegal apps after Symantec found 81 available for download. These apps disguised themselves as pertaining to sports, news, utilities and games, but in fact were fronts for gambling and pornography apps. These Potentially Unwanted Apps (PUA) had well-known brand names such…
APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

Seedworm cyberespionage gang using new tricks to dig up info

Researchers used an attack on a Brazilian-embassy computer to uncover additional details on the year-old cyberespionage group Seedworm, including a new backdoor the group is now using. Symantec found Seedworm and APT28 on a computer in the Brazilian embassy in what the company described as an oil producing country and since this was an oddity…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Security News

Anti-virus vendors named in Fxmsp’s alleged source code breach respond

McAfee, Symantec and Trend Micro are reportedly the anti-virus companies whose source code the cybercriminal group Fxmsp claims to have stolen. Comments issued by the vendors minimized the threat, although Trend Micro did confirm that a breach had occurred. Last week cybersecurity firm Advanced Intelligence (AdvIntel) reported in a company blog post that Fxmsp was…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

New cryptomining worm Beapy targets Asian enterprises while ignoring consumers

Researchers have discovered a previously unknown, file-based cryptominer worm that has been heavily targeting enterprises based in Asia. The researchers, from Symantec Corporation’s Security Response Attack Investigation Team, believe this latest threat perpetuates what they describe as a recent trend in cryptojacking: focusing on large business and organizations rather than consumers. Dubbed Beapy, the Python-based…
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