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What’s in your cloud?

The lack of visibility into the expanded cloud attack surface is a fast-growing problem that is only getting worse. Although we have seen misconfigurations in the cloud before, the Capital One breach is a sobering reality check for the security industry. We need to vastly improve threat detection and response in cloud environments. The attack…
Cybercrime, Security News, Web Services Security, E-Commerce Security

DDoS attack sidelines AWS DNS web service for hours

Amazon Web Services’ Router 53 domain name system (DNS) service was waylaid by a prolonged distributed denial of service attack earlier this week, affecting a number of online sites and services that rely on AWS. According to multiple reports, a flood of fake traffic disrupted legitimate attempts to resolve DNS requests to connect to Amazon…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Legal, Security News

Woman accused of hacking Capital One indicted for alleged cyber intrusions, cryptojacking

A federal grand jury in Seattle yesterday indicted alleged Capital One data thief Paige Thompson in relation to a series of breaches and cryptojacking attacks that victimized more than 30 different companies. The indictment alleges that Thompson, 33, created a software program that identifies web application firewall misconfigurations while scanning the publicly-facing portion of servers…
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Database security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Open S3 bucket exposes one million files of fitness brand V Shred

A misconfigured AWS S3 bucket at V Shred exposed more that one million files, including PII on 99,000 people associated with the fitness brand’s customers. Researchers at vpnMentor led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar discovered the open server and alerted the company, which apparently removed the file containing the most PII, but kept the…
Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

French plastic surgery image repository left vulnerable but since corrected: report

The before and after photos of thousands of plastic surgery patients in Europe were recently left vulnerable but since rectified, researchers at vpnMentor wrote in a blog post. The researchers, led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, discovered on Jan. 24 that NextMotion did not secure or encrypt the body images and PII of people…
Data Breach, Government, Security News

House Republicans ask Capitol One and Amazon for briefing on data breach

Republican members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform this week sent open letters to both Capital One and Amazon, requesting that both companies arrange a briefing with Congressional staff members regarding Capital One’s recently announced data breach. Last Monday, McLean, Va.-based Capital One Financial Corporation publicly acknowledged that an unauthorized individual…
Diluted Freedom Act passes House to privacy advocates' dismay
cyberattack, Security News

Campaign staffer’s husband arrested for DDoSing former Rep. Katie Hill’s opponent

The husband of a campaign staffer for former Rep. Katie Hill, D-CA., was arrested by the FBI for allegedly launching four DDoS attacks against the former congresswoman’s primary opponent. Arthur Dam was arrested on February 21 by FBI agents and charged with one count of intentionally damaging and attempting to damage a protected computer. In…
Reviews, Security News

Cloud-based security products – Group Test

This month we focused on five products in the cloud-based security space that solve a problem almost every organization faces – the ability to have a broad security solution that can span over a multifaceted infrastructure environment whether it’s sitting in AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, virtual environments or bare-metal on-premises machines. Some cloud-based security…
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