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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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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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A single — albeit complex-to-deploy — technology could stop the most expensive form of fraud, experts say. Why aren’t more companies adopting it? Business email compromise (BEC) is the most expensive form of online fraud encountered every year, with international losses in excess of $26 billion over the past three years, according to the FBI....
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With videoconferencing’s rise as an essential tool for remote work comes a downside: more security scrutiny, which has turned up a number of security weaknesses. Working from home has become the new normal for many technology and knowledge workers, and along with the move to remote work, videoconferencing services — such as Zoom — have...
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Security teams were not ready for the wholesale move to remote work and the sudden expansion of the attack surface area, experts say. A growing body of survey data suggests that the move to remote work has caused a growing number of headaches for security teams, especially regarding securing remote systems and maintaining up-to-date software...
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Experts discuss the security issues surrounding a census conducted online and explain how COVID-19 could exacerbate the risk. For the first time since it was conducted in 1790, the US census is online. A website and mobile app for a task force of field workers aim to make the decennial population count easier and more...
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These products and services could be of immediate help to infosec pros now protecting their organizations while working from home. 1 of 10 The novel coronavirus has had an impact on the global economy unlike any health-related issue in modern times. Companies have been told to close offices, while employees have been instructed to shelter...
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As more companies shift their software to a microservices-based architecture and orchestrate their containerized applications in Kubernetes, distributed security controls become a must. At a time when almost every company is to some degree a software company, digital transformation and cloud adoption are not just strategic but critical to enterprise success. Whether companies were born...
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The ‘Tekya’ malware, as researchers call it, is designed to imitate the user’s actions to click advertisements. A new malware family has been discovered operating in 56 Google Play applications, which have collectively been downloaded nearly one million times around the world. Dubbed “Tekya,” the malware aims to commit mobile ad fraud by imitating user...
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Malicious code was found hidden inside graphics files on the storage container maker’s e-commerce website. Tupperware famously locks in food’s freshness, but hackers could not be locked out of the company’s e-commerce site. The primary Tupperware site, along with several localized versions, were compromised by digital credit card skimmer disguised inside an image file. Researchers...
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Less than half of businesses surveyed can patch critical vulnerabilities within 72 hours. Why does the process take so long? Nearly 60% of data breaches in the past two years can be traced back to a missing operating system patch or application patch, researchers report. Poor patch management can be linked to the high costs...
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Password Monitor, InPrivate mode, and ad-tracking prevention are three new additions to Microsoft Edge. Microsoft today announced several new additions to its Edge browser, including three intended to strengthen security and privacy: Password Monitor, InPrivate mode, and tracking prevention. Password Monitor, when enabled, will let you know when credentials saved to autofill are detected on...
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Researchers have not determined who owns the database, which was one of several large exposed instances disclosed this week. Researchers discovered an unprotected database holding 800GB of personal user information, including 200 million detailed user records. The entirety of the database was wiped on March 3. User records inside the database held what appeared to...
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The collections contained information collected by a UK research firm on data breaches from the years 2012 to 2019. An open Elasticsearch instance has exposed more than 5 billion records in an incident discovered on March 16. The irony is that the data in two Elasticsearch collections appears to be information on data breaches collected...
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Establishing a culture where security can work easily with developers starts with making sure they can at least speak the same language. When it comes to developer and security teams, the word of the day is friction. On one hand, developers are focused on creating and moving as fast as possible. On the other, security...
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Quantifying cybersecurity risks can be a critical step in understanding those risks and getting executive support to address them. (image by Egor, via Adobe Stock) Risk. According to Mirriam-Webster the word has several meanings. First is “possibility of loss or injury: PERIL.” A little down the list comes, “the chance of loss or the perils...
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The open database exposed highly sensitive financial and business documents related to two financial organizations. An unprotected AWS S3 bucket exposed some 425 GB of data, representing approximately 500,000 documents related to MCA Wizard, an iOS and Android app developed by Advantage Capital Funding and Argus Capital Funding. According to vpnMentor researcher Noam Rotem, who...
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Axis Security has raised $17 million in VC funding. A new security-as-a-service (SaaS) startup officially launched today that provides end users with access to an organization’s private applications while keeping them off the corporate network and application server as a way to help prevent endpoint-borne threats. Axis Security, which had been operating in stealth mode,...
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Only half of respondents to a recent Dark Reading study felt confident that their third-party business partners would, at least, tell them if a compromise occurred.   In an interconnected world, incident response is rarely performed in a vacuum. Whether efforts are coordinated with partners, suppliers, customers, or peers, working in concert with other teams...
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The private equity firm will buy Checkmarx from Insight Partners, which will continue to own a minority interest. Private equity firm Hellman & Friedman will acquire application security company Checkmarx from Insight Partners for a $1.15 billion valuation, the companies reported today. Insight Partners, which acquired Checkmarx in 2015 for $84 million, will continue to...
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