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April 2, 2020
This week we bring you the podcast from our makeshift home studios (pillow forts). We discuss Dharma ransomware, the tour guide who turned out to be a Chinese spy, and why thousands of dark web sites suddenly vanished. Host Anna Brading is joined by Sophos experts Mark Stockley, Greg Iddon, Peter Mackenzie and me. Listen...
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At least 300,000 people in the UK pose a sexual threat to children as paedophiles look to exploit the coronavirus lockdown, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned. Investigators have identified offenders discussing opportunities to abuse children during the Covid-19 crisis in chats online. And police are warning of a spike in abuse with schools...
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  Existing approaches to application security (AppSec) testing are not getting the job done: 2009 called, and they want their technology back. Traditional AppSec Testing Is Behind the Times This is evident in the fact that the number of vulnerabilities per application is the same today as it was in 2000—26.7 serious vulnerabilities. In spite...
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Fortnite creator Epic has revealed a new mobile game developed in collaboration with J.J. Abrams’ game development company Bad Robot Games, a spinoff of his production studio Bad Robot that was formed back in 2018 with funding from Epic investor Tencent. Abrams previously collaborated with Epic to debut a trailer of Star Wars: The Rise...
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by DH Kass • Apr 2, 2020 Microsoft has told “several dozen hospitals” to immediately patch weaknesses in their virtual private network (VPN) infrastructure after finding evidence that a ransomware crew was probing for weaknesses to exploit. The VPN threats targeting hospitals are particularly ominous as the coronavirus (Covid-19) rampages across the globe. While some...
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Technology skills platform Pluralsight is making all of its courses free to everyone this month. “In these uncertain times where government leaders and healthcare experts are asking us to practice social distancing, Pluralsight wants to offer an incentive for technology learners to follow that advice and better themselves,” said Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard. “With this...
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At least 300,000 people in the UK pose a sexual threat to children as paedophiles look to exploit the coronavirus lockdown, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned. Investigators have identified offenders discussing opportunities to abuse children during the Covid-19 crisis in chats online. And police are warning of a spike in abuse with schools...
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THE global economy has come to a virtual standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, this has not deterred cyber-criminals and fake news peddlers from trying to take advantage of peoples’ vulnerabilities to launch malicious cyberattacks or create fear and unrest by disseminating… Source link
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With COVID-19 concerns running high, attackers are trying new tactics to get to users. Scammers can be pretty innovative when it comes to finding new ways to sneak phishing messages past secure email gateways and other filtering mechanisms. One example is “text direction deception,” a tactic where an attacker forces an HTML rendering engine to...
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Of the nearly 10 million Americans who recently have filed for unemployment insurance – 6.6 million this week and 3.3 million the week before – as the coronavirus pandemics shut down businesses and the economy, the cybersecurity workforce seemingly has been spared. But experts warned that widespread layoffs in the future could leave organizations vulnerable....
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As the world continues to battle with the deadly coronavirus pandemic, immoral cybercriminals are once again on the prowl. This time, they are using the chaos and fear through phishing techniques and sophisticated malware hacks to access people’s crypto holdings. On March 27, residents in the United Kingdom received warnings from their local councils “to...
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Two penetration testers share their day-to-day responsibilities, challenges they encounter, and the skills they value most on the job. All organizations have vulnerabilities, but they can’t fix them until they find them. It’s the job of penetration testers to put themselves in an attacker’s shoes and find flaws before the bad guys do. Penetration testing,...
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Cyberattacks surged by 380% between 2014 and 2015Credit: Markus Spiske. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has become the latest power sector organisation to have fallen victim of a cyberattack. ENTSO-E – which represents 42 European transmission system operators in 35 countries – said on 9 March 2020 it had recently...
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A misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 bucket has exposed the data of about 14 million users of the popular Key Ring app that includes some payment and medical card information. The database was discovered by vpnMentor’s Noam Rotem and Ran Locar who found 44 million records were open to public viewing. Key Ring is generally...
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Bots that mimic human behavior are driving a growing percentage of website traffic while contributing to an avalanche of misinformation. Bad bot traffic is growing and site scraping is making coronavirus malware more effective. Those are two of the conclusions in a new report released today, which also notes that, on average, more than a...
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Remote access has become an irreplaceable tool for the success of many companies, but using it safely and securely is difficult. Virtual private networks (VPNs) and desktop sharing platforms are two of the more commonly used tools to facilitate remote access, but if used improperly, they can pose huge security risks to your company’s network....
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For the first time since HackerOne – a bug-bounty-hosting platform which employs “ethical hackers” to find and fix exploitable vulnerabilities in businesses and organizations’ security perimeters – was launched, it recently summarily sacked a vendor from its platform, explaining it believed biometric mobile voting app Voatz’s attitude was a bit too aggressive, even “hostile,” in...
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Just as legitimate businesses have had to make major adjustments to the realities of COVID-19, the cybercriminal underground economy has also had to stay nimble. Indeed, a new dark web report from Digital Shadows’ Photo Research Team shows that some hacking forum members are in a struggle to keep their cybercriminal operations afloat, while others...
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As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to force people to work from home, countless companies are now holding daily meetings using videoconferencing services from Zoom. But without the protection of a password, there’s a decent chance your next Zoom meeting could be “Zoom bombed” — attended or disrupted by someone who doesn’t belong. And according to...
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