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Balancing AI with Human Intelligence in Cybersecurity

By Landon Lewis, CEO, Pondurance Although artificial intelligence (AI) has been around for more than half a century, the advancements and hype surrounding the technology over the past couple of decades have led to much discussion and confusion about whether machines will someday replace humans in the workforce. A quick Google search reveals stories about…

Making Office IoT Attacks DOA

By Josh Wyatt, global executive services director, Optiv Security When we think about securing the internet of things (IoT), the conversation usually turns to the sensational – ranging from industrial controllers being compromised to bring down critical infrastructure, to automobile cruise control systems being hacked, to last year’s “holiday nightmare” security story where researchers found…

4M applications for youth org internships exposed


An unprotected Elasticsearch database exposed at least four million “opportunity applications” for internships at AIESEC, billed as “the world’s largest youth-run organization” with more than 100,000 members in 127 countries. researcher Bob Diachenko of, found the information, which included email addresses, full names, birth dates and gender as well as an in-depth description of…

Downloads of cracked software distribute ransomware via adware bundles


Websites offering cracked versions of popular software programs have recently been serving up adware bundles that secretly deliver a variant of STOP ransomware. According to a pair of reports from Bleeping Computer founder Lawrence Abrams, the scheme came to light in December 2018 with the appearance of the malicious encryptor “Djvu” – so named because… takes down 100K malware distribution sites in 10 months


Swiss non-profit threat sharing,, announced its platform has managed to takedown 100,000 malware distribution sites in 10 months in a recent project which consisted of sharing malicious URL used for distribution.’s URLhaus project was launched last year to collect malicious URLs by allowing anyone to sign up with a Twitter account to report…

Adobe releases third update in less than a month


Adobe today announced security updates for its vulnerabilities in its Experience Manager product that could result in sensitive information disclosure. The updates address a Moderate rated reflected cross-site scripting vulnerability and an Important rated stored cross-site scripting vulnerability in Adobe Experience Manager version 6.0 through version 6.4 across all platforms, according to a Jan. 22…

Critical vulnerability issued for Cisco switches


Cisco has revealed a critical-rated vulnerability in its small business switches software that if exploited can allow a remote attacker to bypass the device’s user authentication mechanism. The vulnerability in version of the Cisco software exists because under specific circumstances, the affected software enables a privileged user account without notifying administrators of the system.…

ACLU demands Justice Dept. reveal facial recognition tech use


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Massachusetts are demanding the Justice Department reveal how the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition technology. The rights organization has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to compel the department about the use of the technology “and what safeguards,…

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French privacy regulator fines Google $57M for GDPR violation


French regulators hit Google with a $57 million fine for violating GDPR rules that took effect last May by being less than upfront about how user data is collected and used. French data privacy agency CNIL levied the fine, the first against a U.S. company since GDPR took effect last spring, noting that Google “Essential…

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