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February 11, 2020
The Conservatives want to know what federal officials are doing about China’s alleged involvement in stealing data from thousands of Canadians. In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, two Conservative MPs say it is extremely worrisome that members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army stand accused of the high-profile 2017 hack of Equifax. The...
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2019 was an interesting year for darknet markets (DNMs) and a number of marketplaces closed for a variety of reasons. Despite the closures, crypto payments on DNMs doubled for the first time in five years. Moreover, statistics from the blockchain analytics provider 1000x Group show digital currencies like bitcoin cash (BCH) have joined BTC’s dominant...
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Today’s VERT Alert addresses Microsoft’s February 2020 Security Updates. VERT is actively working on coverage for these vulnerabilities and expects to ship ASPL-870 on Wednesday, February 12th.  In-The-Wild & Disclosed CVEs CVE-2020-0674 A vulnerability exists in the way that Internet Explorer’s scripting engine handles objects in memory. An attacker that successfully exploited this vulnerability would...
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Crypto AG made millions selling encryption devices to more than 120 countries, which unknowingly transmitted intel back to the CIA. Crypto AG, a Switzerland-based communications encryption firm, was secretly owned by the CIA in a classified partnership with West German intelligence. For years, it sold rigged devices to foreign governments with the intent of spying...
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Safer Internet Day is here! Note that it’s more than just One Safe Internet Day, where you spend 24 hours taking security seriously, only to fall back on bad habits the day after. As the old saying goes, “Cybersecurity is a journey, not a destination,” and that’s why we have SAFER internet day – it’s...
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Microsoft’s February Patch Tuesday update was much more extensive then has been the norm with 99 CVEs being revealed with 12 considered critical and one fixing a memory corruption zero day in Internet Explorer that is being exploited in the wild. February is also the first month that Microsoft did not issue a general update...
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Microsoft today released updates to plug nearly 100 security holes in various versions of its Windows operating system and related software, including a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) that is actively being exploited. Also, Adobe has issued a bevy of security updates for its various products, including Flash Player and Adobe Reader/Acrobat. A dozen of...
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After publicly pressuring its allies to ban Huawei equipment in their 5G networks, US officials are now publicly accusing the Chinese telecom giant of being able to spy on mobile data. The allegations, reported by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, represent the first specific concern the US has articulated about Huawei after months of...
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Insurance Law360, February 7, 2020 To read this article in PDF format, please click here. With unprecedented activity online, cybercrime is growing in frequency, sophistication and aggregate effect.[1] Despite the increased visibility of cybercrime, cybersecurity continues to lag behind this curve.[2] Cybercriminals abscond with nearly 1% of global gross domestic product each year.[3] This impact is...
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MIAMI VALLEY — As Ohio voters go to the polls this year the state says security is in place to make sure every vote counts. “Your voice will be heard,” said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. “Your ballot will be accurately counted.”  With about a month until Ohio’s March 17  primary election, security experts are...
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India has captured its first darknet crypto drug dealer in an investigation by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The defendant allegedly sent thousands of tablets of psychotropic drugs all over the world and received payments in digital assets to confound authorities. Indian authorities capture darkweb drug peddler India’s NCB caught the first dark web drug...
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The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. accidentally left over 440 million records publicly exposed after failing to password-protect a corporate database, according to a researcher who spotted the oversight. The misconfigured database was found to contain user emails in plain text, including those sent from internal email addresses; references to reports and internal documents; and IP...
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Microsoft today released updates to plug nearly 100 security holes in various versions of its Windows operating system and related software, including a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) that is actively being exploited. Also, Adobe has issued a bevy of security updates for its various products, including Flash Player and Adobe Reader/Acrobat. A dozen of...
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Looking to capitalize on the current coronavirus scare, malware distributors have launched a new phishing campaign that targets global companies with emails that suggest that virus could disrupt shipping operations. According to a Feb. 10 research blog post authored by Sherrod DeGrippo, senior director of threat research and detection at Proofpoint, the malicious actors have...
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One final reminder! Shape’s App Security & Fraud Summit — Virtual Event — is tomorrow, February 12, 2020 / 9:00 am PT. Join us as top cybersecurity and fraud leaders dive deep into the latest attacks, tools, and trends you need to know to protect your web and mobile applications in 2020.  Tune in, you...
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Despite warnings from FBI Director Christopher Wray that Russia is actively interfering with the 2020 presidential election through information warfare, Senate Republicans rejected a trio of bills aimed at election security. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., blocked each of the bills, claiming the legislation was an attempt by Democrats to rest control over elections “in the...
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Researchers found the total cost far exceeded the amount of ransom paid to attackers. Ransomware attacks have cost US healthcare organizations more than $157 million since 2016, and that’s only counting ransomware that had an impact on more than 500 people. And according to a new report, the dollars and cents only scratch the surface...
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Top federal and state officials pressed a Senate committee on Tuesday to provide more resources and authorities to fight cyberattacks, an issue of increasing concern in the wake of debilitating attacks on governments entities this past year. Senior cybersecurity and tech leaders from Michigan and Texas noted during their testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental...
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US officials say Huawei maintains backdoors into telecom networks across the world, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The news comes after years of escalating sanctions against the company — including an executive order in May that prohibited US companies from licensing tech to Huawei — but the justifications for those sanctions...
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by Netsurion • Feb 11, 2020 A data breach today takes 127 days to detect, according to the Ponemon Institute. Comprehensive visibility and real-time analysis of device and application log data provide an early warning of cybersecurity threats before damage occurs. Log monitoring and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) decision makers sometimes make short-sighted...
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