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Phishing attacker gains access to Baystate Medical Center patient records


Baystate Medical Center reportedly suffered a data breach possibly impacting 12,000 patients. The Springfield, Mass.-based hospital told patients that between Feb. 7 and March 7, 2018, several employee email accounts were compromised after a worker was victimized by a phishing scheme giving an unauthorized person access to their accounts. Baystate said the accounts were quickly…

Mirai botnet upgraded to work with new IoT processors


The developers behind the Mirai botnet have recompiled the malware so it can take advantage of a wider group of processors/architectures and upgraded with a new encryption algorithm. Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 in February found samples of Mirai compiled for Altera Nios II, OpenRISC, Tensilica Xtensa, and Xilinx MicroBlaze processors, which primarily are used…

Cisco fixes previously issued flawed patches for routers


Cisco fixed two flawed patches for its RV320 and RV325 small business routers, while also revealing two medium-rated additional vulnerabilities. The previously patched vulnerabilities, CVE-2019-1652 and CVE-2019-1653, were improperly patched in September 2018. If it is exploited a remote attacker would be able to inject and run admin commands on a device without a password…

The Need for Trust amidst the “Zero Trust” Movement

My entrance into the world of technology and cybersecurity coincidentally occurred in simultaneous fashion with what Symantec has coined the Big Boom age[1] of data breach. It was March 2005 that the world witnessed the first data breach to include over one million compromised records at DSW Shoe Warehouse. Since then and as of today,…


74 Facebook groups for cybercriminals found


There are Facebooks groups for moms, people who like trains, or old photographs of Chicago so it should come as no surprise that cybercriminals also use the social media network to discuss what they like. Cisco Talos found 74 Facebook groups with more than 385,000 members with dedicated to acts ranging from shady to illegal.…

Critical vulnerability in Apache HTTP Server patched


A critical vulnerability in Apache HTTP Server that if exploited could allow an attacker to gain full root control has been patched. The cause, dubbed Carpe Diem by the researcher who discovered it Ambionics engineer Charles Fol, affects Apache HTTP Server versions 2.4.17 to 2.4.38. The vulnerability, CVE-2019-0211, is a privilege escalation issue that happens…

Pharma firm Bayer hit with WINNTI malware


The German drug manufacturer Bayer reported it was hit with a cyberattack launched from China that used WINNTI malware that resided on its network for at least one year. The company told Reuters it found the malware in its system in early 2018 and then studied and analyzed until last month when it was removed.…

RiskSec preview: Angelo Longo, CISO at Resorts Casino Hotel

We’ve all heard how IoT technologies have and will continue to cause massive challenges to the execution and maintenance of security controls for organizations. How can security teams implement plans and policies to address the security vulnerabilities wrought by IoT-related technologies being leveraged in their organization’s building, products and more? At RiskSec 2019, gain a…

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