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Microsoft issues out-of-band fix for leaked ‘EternalDarkness’ bug

Due to an apparent error in the Microsoft vulnerability disclosure process, news of an unpatched, critical Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) vulnerability leaked to the public this past Patch Tuesday. In response to this occurrence, Microsoft today issued an out-of-band security update fixing the flaw. If exploited, the bug could result in a wormable remote…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday covers 99 CVE, 12 critical with one zero day included

Microsoft’s February Patch Tuesday update was much more extensive then has been the norm with 99 CVEs being revealed with 12 considered critical and one fixing a memory corruption zero day in Internet Explorer that is being exploited in the wild. February is also the first month that Microsoft did not issue a general update…
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Cybercrime, Security News

Insurance Companies collaborate to offer cybersecurity ratings

In a collaborative effort, some of the world’s largest insurers have set out to create a consumer ratings service for the cybersecurity industry. The initiative, launched Tuesday and set to be led by Marsh & McLennan, will attempt to score best products to reduce hacking risks and will create an assessment of the best cybersecurity…
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Data Breach, Security News

Dow Jones database holding 2.4 million records of politically exposed persons

A cybersecurity researcher found the Down Jones Watchlist residing in an open Elasticsearch database containing 2.4 million records of politicians, criminals and national and international sanction lists. Independent researcher Bob Diachenko reported on his Security Discovery blog that he came across the 4.4GB dataset on February 22. The files were not secured and could be…
Cybercrime, IoT, Network Security, Security News

Fearing backlash, IoT hacker ‘TheHackerGiraffe’ no longer sticking neck out for PewDiePie

The hacker who’s taken credit for compromising connected devices such as printers and smart televisions in support of YouTube star PewDiePie has gone dark, apparently due to fears of prosecution as well as death threats. According to multiple reports, the individual known as TheHackerGiraffe deleted his (or her/their) accounts on Twitter, Cloudflare, Patreon and other…
Government/Defense, Security News

DoD Inspector General finds multiple flaws in missile defense system cybersecurity

The potential scenario of this cybersecurity flaw being exploited is not as severe, as say, the plot from the movie Wargames, but several major holes have been found in defense facilities housing technical information on the nation’s ballistic missile defense systems (BMDS) that could prove disastrous to America’s ability to defend itself against an ICBM attack.…
Vulnerabilities

Patch Tuesday August 2018: Microsoft corrects two actively exploited zero-day bugs

Microsoft Corporation today released a series of Patch Tuesday updates, issuing fixes for 60 flaws, two of which have reportedly been actively exploited as zero-days. Collectively, the repairs address bugs found in Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Windows, Microsoft Office (and Office Services and Web Apps), ChakraCore, Adobe Flash Player, .NET Framework, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL…
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