When it comes to vulnerability management, many organizations opt to protect only their most critical security gaps - but, meanwhile, the criminals exploit the secondary vulnerabilities. Kevin Flynn of Skybox Security explains why context is everything in managing vulnerabilities.
Many media outlets have suggested that the recent arrest of a Russian computer programmer ties to the 2016 U.S. presidential election meddling blamed on Russia. But the only source for this supposed connection traces to a Russian propaganda arm that's been blamed for participating in said meddling.
Forty targets in 16 countries were attacked using advanced attack tools and techniques that match the capabilities documented via the "Vault 7" stash of alleged CIA network exploitation documents released by WikiLeaks, Symantec says.
A zero-day flaw in Microsoft Office is being targeted via in-the-wild attacks, security firms warn, including by the notorious Dridex botnet. While there is a workaround, Microsoft says it plans to issue a full fix this week as part of its regularly scheduled security updates.
Spanish police arrested Russian computer programmer Pyotr Levashov, apparently while he was vacationing with his family. Authorities say his arrest relates to alleged Kelihos spam botnet and pump-and-dump stock campaigns, not to Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
More than 60,000 servers running Microsoft's out-of-support IIS 6.0 server software may be vulnerable to a newly revealed zero-day exploit. No patch will be produced, but a workaround can blunt an attack.
The FBI recently warned that hackers are targeting FTP servers run by healthcare organizations in order to obtain medical records. New statistics show more than 750,000 FTP servers can be accessed anonymously worldwide.
A scareware campaign has been locking iOS devices with faux ransomware, demanding a payoff via virtual iTunes gift cards, security researchers warn. A fix for the exploited iOS flaw is included in a massive batch of product patches and updates released by Apple.
An analysis of British Home Secretary Amber Rudd's call for law enforcement to gain access to encrypted communications services, such as WhatsApp, leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, a preview of ISMG's Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in San Francisco.
Microsoft's docs.com service has been an open window to viewing people's personal data. The company appears to have taken some steps to contain the exposure, but those watching closely say sensitive data can still be found via search engines.
Following last week's Westminster attack in London, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd is demanding that police and intelligence agencies be given on-demand access to end-to-end encrypted communications services such as WhatsApp.
WikiLeaks has released a second batch of CIA attack tools, dubbed Dark Matter, which includes malware designed to exploit Mac OS X and iOS devices. But Apple contends the attacks target vulnerabilities in its software that have long been patched, so users are not at risk.
With the rapid changes in the threat landscape and the risks introduced by DevOps, the cloud and other new elements, organizations need to have a continuous vulnerability assessment program as a security baseline, says Richard Bussiere of Tenable Network Security.
The U.S. Justice Department is reportedly preparing to charge multiple "Chinese middlemen" with helping to orchestrate the $81 million Bangladesh Bank heist on behalf of North Korea. Security experts have long been reporting that the attack code and tactics appear to trace to North Korea.