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SMEs relearn security basics under COVID’s telework conditions

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Wednesday launched a free “Telework Essentials Toolkit” designed to help businesses to adjust to the realities of working from home during the COVID pandemic. DHS teamed up with the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI), Global Cyber Alliance and other partners to add these resources to the agency’s dedicated…

U.S. urges Linux users to secure kernels from new Russian malware threat

Linux users should not assume they are safe from the ambitions and reach of reputed Russian hacking group Fancy Bear, which has been using a newly disclosed malware toolset to establish a command-and-control connection with infected Linux systems. Called Drovorub, the toolset essentially creates a backdoor that enables file downloads and uploads, the execution of…

Government warns OT assets still in danger of attack over internet

Security professionals responsible for protecting critical infrastructure strive to isolate and segregate their most mission-critical systems, but there are still too many operational technology (OT) assets that are accessible to attackers over the internet, according to a new government alert. When searchable and accessible via the internet, OT systems – just like conventional IT systems…

Is TikTok out of time? Experts mull implications of ban

Edicts by Wells Fargo, India and the U.S. military forbidding use of popular Chinese video-sharing app TikTok, may portend a national ban and raise questions if such a prohibition would be practical and enforceable, and what the greater implications would be. Owned by Beijing-based internet technology company ByteDance, TikTok has been downloaded more than 2…

Here are the hurdles that will face Biden’s new CISO

As the newly appointed CISO of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, Chris DeRusha, former chief security officer with the State of Michigan, has fewer than four months to implement his cybersecurity vision before Election Day arrives — all in the midst of a pandemic that has altered the traditional way that campaigns traditionally operate. DeRusha will…

NetWalker ransomware group claims attack on Fort Worth transportation agency

Another Texas-based government institution may have fallen victim to ransomware actors. According to a reliable source, the cybercriminals behind the malicious encryptor NetWalker have published online evidence of an attack on Trinity Metro, a transit agency that operates bus and commuter rail transportation services in Fort Worth and its nearby Tarrant County suburbs. Trinity Metro…

OSX.EvilQuest ransomware targets Macs; Ransom X blamed for TxDOT attack

The crowded ransomware market is now home to three newly discovered players that recently gained the attention of security researchers and malware analysts — including one that targets Mac users and another blamed for a recent attack on the Texas Department of Transportation. Dubbed OSX.EvilQuest, the Mac ransomware was observed being distributed on a Russian…

Ex-CIA exec: Covid-19 has created ideal ‘crisis’ conditions for malicious hackers

Companies trying to stave off business disruption caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic may be ripe for compromise as they introduce new risks in the scramble to maintain business continuity, warned a retired senior CIA executive in a keynote presentation Wednesday at the InfoSec World 2020 digital conference. In essence, the coronavirus has created ideal…

Australia says state-based actor is behind surge of sophisticated cyberattacks

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned late last week that a sophisticated, state-sponsored cyber actor has been attacking the country’s government and corporate institutions, as well as critical infrastructure operators, with increasing regularity. Morrison did not name-and-shame the specific country that is responsible for the alleged attacks. But inside sources told Reuters that China is…

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