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Navigating through the mind of a 2020 hacker

When someone gets notified that they have been impacted by a data breach, many people picture a hooded figure in a dark basement with lines of code streaming across a computer screen. Contrary to popular belief, cyberattacks are rarely carried out by a sophisticated cyber-assassin looking to destroy a business. Most of the time they…
Featured, Security News, Vulnerabilities

As tech reaches end of life, hackers are watching

A recent rash of cyberattacks against web commerce sites relying on Adobe's Magento 1 platform underscores the criticality of having a strategy in place for securing technology no longer supported by the vendor.
Data Breach, Featured, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Hackers hijack design platform to go phishing

Australian design platform Canva unwittingly provided phishing campaigns with graphics, making threat actors’ schemes appear more legitimate as they pilfer credentials through social engineering trickery.
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Security News

Hacker-for-hire groups profit by commoditizing APT tactics

In the span of just over three months, researchers have exposed three mercenary, “hacker-for-hire” groups engaging in industrial espionage and stealing corporate secrets for profit. Despite using tactics, techniques and procedures that are more typical of a nation-state ATP group, these threat actors –  Dark Basin, DeathStalker and an unnamed third entity group detailed late last month by Bitdefender –…
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Featured, Network Security, Research, Security News, Vulnerabilities

New report suggests the bug bounty business is recession-proof

Organizations during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and global recession may find themselves relying more on external assistance from the greater hacking community as a way to augment their internal efforts to mitigate vulnerability risk.
Government, Phishing, Security News

Twitter hackers lured employees to give up VPN credentials

The attackers that hacked Twitter in July pretended to call from Twitter’s IT department about a VPN issue, then persuaded employees to enter their credentials into a website that looked identical to the real VPN login site. The claims by the hackers were credible – and successful – because Twitter’s employees were all using VPN…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Facebook starts ‘Hacker Plus’ loyalty program for bug bounties

Facebook today launched Hacker Plus – a loyalty program that aims to offer incentives to security researchers with additional rewards and benefits. In a post by Dan Gurfinkel, a security engineering manager at Facebook, the company said security researchers will be eligible for additional bonuses on bounty awards, access to more soon-to-be-released products and features…
Corporate News, Security News

Former Uber chief security officer charged for hacker ‘hush money’

Federal prosecutors charged Joe Sullivan, the former chief security officer for Uber, with crimes related to an alleged cover-up of the company’s massive 2016 hack. After hackers stole the personal information of nearly 60 million Uber drivers and customers, Sullivan is accused of arranging to pay the hackers $100,000 as if it was a bug…
Government, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Hackers chain Windows, VPN bugs to access government systems

Threat actors have gained access to government networks through a combination of Windows and VPN bugs, a commonly used tactic known as vulnerability chaining in which multiple bugs are used in a single intrusion to compromise a network or application. The recent malicious activity took aim at federal and state, local, tribal and territorial government…
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