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CISOs burdened by unhealthy stress levels, survey study finds

In a recent survey of 400 U.S.- and UK-based chief information security officers, an overwhelming number, 88 percent, said they find themselves under a moderate or high amount of job-related stress. Moreover, 48 percent admitted that the stress has affected their mental health, while 31 percent said their job performance has suffered, according to .uk…

Billie Eilish sweeps Grammys, but Taylor Swift leads with most malware files

Being nominated for a Grammy doesn’t not raise your Q-rating; it also, apparently, increases the likelihood that cybercriminals will appropriate your name or song tracks to trick targets into opening malicious files. Researchers at Kaspersky looked at 14 musical artists who were nominated this year for a major Grammy award and determined that in 2019…

Imaginative attack scenarios elicit intrigue at NYU’s CSAW cyber event

Using AI to create artificial fingerprints that can unlock strangers’ phones… abusing electric vehicle charging stations to overwhelm the power grid… exploiting 3D printer technology to execute an all-new form of supply chain attack… These may have once sounded like far-flung ideas, but top cyber minds at New York University have been actively exploring such…

We interviewed cyber experts on a Vegas ferris wheel. Then ride security showed up…

In the film “Ocean’s 11,” Danny Ocean and his team of expert cybercriminals execute a daring casino heist in glitzy Las Vegas. This past summer at the Black Hat and DEF CON conferences in Sin City, the editorial staff at SC Media attempted to pull off a less ambitious – and decidedly more legal –…

Metasploit Project publishes exploit for Bluekeep bug

Coders late last week publicly released a working exploit for the dangerous Bluekeep bug that was found and patched earlier this year in Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol implementation. Designated as CVE-2019-0708, BlueKeep is a remote Windows kernel use-after-free vulnerability that could be used to create wormable attacks similar to the WannaCry ransomware incident of May…

Research: Hacktivism activity and chatter has markedly dropped since 2016

After peaking in 2016, the number of active hacktivist groups have since dipped precipitously, as has overall online chatter regarding hacktivism, according to a new report from researchers at Recorded Future. Furthermore, the researchers found a marked reduction in the frequency of large-scale international hacktivism campaigns. Members of the company’s Insikt Group team theorize that…

Study: Ransomware generates most interest among underground forum users

An analysis of 3.9 million online posts published on underground forums found that ransomware, crypters and trojans were the most frequently referenced categories of malware and malicious tools – an indication of their popularity among forum visitors and potential cybercriminals. Web shells, remote access trojans, adware, computer viruses, FUD (fully undetectable) crypters, exploit kits and rootkits – in that…

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