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Threat Intel: Finding Balance in an Overcrowded Market
News  |  4/23/2018  | 
Industry insiders discuss how threat intelligence has changed and what may happen as the market becomes increasingly saturated.
IDS & IPS: Two Essential Security Measures
Partner Perspectives  |  4/23/2018  | 
To protect business networks, one line of security isn't enough.
Cybercrime Economy Generates $1.5 Trillion a Year
News  |  4/20/2018  | 
Threat actors generate, launder, spend, and reinvest more than $1.5 trillion in illicit funds, according to a new study on cybercrime's 'web of profit.'
SunTrust Ex-Employee May Have Stolen Data on 1.5 Million Bank Clients
Quick Hits  |  4/20/2018  | 
Names, addresses, phone numbers, account balances, may have been exposed.
DNC Sues Guccifer 2.0, Russian Federation & Trump Campaign for Election Conspiracy
Quick Hits  |  4/20/2018  | 
DNC first hacked by Russians in 2015, according to the filing.
Biometrics Are Coming & So Are Security Concerns
Commentary  |  4/20/2018  | 
Could these advanced technologies be putting user data at risk?
At RSAC, SOC 'Sees' User Behaviors
News  |  4/20/2018  | 
Instruments at the RSA Security Operations Center give analysts insight into attendee behavior on an open network.
First Public Demo of Data Breach via IoT Hack Comes to RSAC
News  |  4/19/2018  | 
At RSA Conference, senior researchers will show how relatively unskilled attackers can steal personally identifiable information without coming into contact with endpoint security tools.
How to Protect Industrial Control Systems from State-Sponsored Hackers
Commentary  |  4/19/2018  | 
US-CERT recently issued an alert about Russian threat activity against infrastructure sectors. Is there a way to fight back?
70% of Energy Firms Worry About Physical Damage from Cyberattacks
Quick Hits  |  4/18/2018  | 
High-profile ICS attacks Triton/Trisis, Industroyer/CrashOverride, and Stuxnet have driven energy firms to invest more in cybersecurity, survey shows.
The Role of KPIs in Incident Response
Commentary  |  4/18/2018  | 
Using KPIs can have a positive impact on the tactical and strategic functions of a security operations program.
Cyber War Game Shows How Federal Agencies Disagree on Incident Response
News  |  4/18/2018  | 
Former officials at DHS, DOJ, and DOD diverge on issues of attribution and defining what constitutes an act of cyber war.
Latest News from RSAC 2018
News  |  4/18/2018  | 
Check out Dark Reading's exclusive coverage of the news and security themes that are dominating RSA Conference 2018 this week in San Francisco.
Data Visibility, Control Top Cloud Concerns at RSA
News  |  4/18/2018  | 
As the traditional perimeter dissolves and sensitive data moves to the cloud, security experts at RSA talk about how they're going to protect it.
8 Ways Hackers Monetize Stolen Data
Slideshows  |  4/17/2018  | 
Hackers are craftier than ever, pilfering PII piecemeal so bad actors can combine data to set up schemes to defraud medical practices, steal military secrets and hijack R&D product information.
New Malware Adds RAT to a Persistent Loader
News  |  4/17/2018  | 
A newly discovered variant of a long-known malware loader adds the ability to control the victim from afar.
INsecurity Conference Seeks Security Pros to Speak on Best Practices
News  |  4/16/2018  | 
Dark Reading's second annual data defense conference will be held Oct. 23-25 in Chicago; call for speakers is issued.
7 Non-Financial Data Types to Secure
Slideshows  |  4/14/2018  | 
Credit card and social security numbers aren't the only sensitive information that requires protection.
Power Line Vulnerability Closes Air Gap
Quick Hits  |  4/13/2018  | 
A new demonstration of malware shows that air-gapped computers may still be at risk.
Former Airline Database Administrator Sentenced for Hacking Reservation System
Quick Hits  |  4/13/2018  | 
Former PenAir IT staffer gets five-year probation sentence via plea deal.
Federal Agency Data Under Siege
Commentary  |  4/13/2018  | 
Seventy-one percent of IT security professionals in US federal agencies have reported breaches in their organizations.
Uber Agrees to New FTC Settlement Over 2016 Breach Disclosure
Quick Hits  |  4/12/2018  | 
Uber has agreed to an updated settlement with the FTC after news of its massive 2016 data breach.
Microsegmentation: Strong Security in Small Packages
Commentary  |  4/12/2018  | 
A deep dive into how organizations can effectively devise and implement microsegmentation in a software-defined networking data center.
New Email Campaign Employs Malicious URLs
News  |  4/12/2018  | 
A new attack dropping the Quant Loader Trojan bypasses scanners and sandboxes.
How Attackers Can Exploit rTorrent with Monero Cryptocurrency Miner
Partner Perspectives  |  4/12/2018  | 
As cryptomining campaigns become more profitable, cybercriminals are becoming more creative about finding new ways to extend their operations.
Attacker Dwell Time Still Too Long, Research Shows
News  |  4/11/2018  | 
New DBIR and M-Trends reports show the window between compromise and discovery are still way too long.
2.6 Billion-Plus Data Records Breached Last Year
News  |  4/11/2018  | 
Most exposed data records caused by human error.
Stopping Cyber Madness: Why the Private Sector Must Lead the Fight
Commentary  |  4/11/2018  | 
The government's ability to help secure the Internet will be limited given the light speed of the Internet versus the slower pace of government. That's why stopping the madness begins with the private sector.
Palo Alto Networks Buys Secdo for Endpoint Detection
Quick Hits  |  4/11/2018  | 
The acquisition is intended to ramp up Palo Alto's endpoint detection capabilities with new tech and talent.
Hack Back: An Eye for an Eye Could Make You Blind
Commentary  |  4/11/2018  | 
Attackers have had almost zero consequences or cost for stealing data from innocent victims. But what if we could hack their wallets, not their systems?
HTTP Injector Steals Mobile Internet Access
News  |  4/10/2018  | 
Users aren't shy about sharing the technique and payload in a new attack.
20 Ways to Increase the Efficiency of the Incident Response Workflow
Commentary  |  4/10/2018  | 
Despite all the good intentions of some great security teams, we are still living in a "cut-and-paste" incident management world.
Verizon DBIR: Ransomware Attacks Double for Second Year in a Row
News  |  4/10/2018  | 
Outside attackers still the biggest problem - except in healthcare.
Attackers Exploit Cisco Switch Issue as Vendor Warns of Yet Another Critical Flaw
News  |  4/9/2018  | 
Cisco says companies fixing previously known protocol issue should also patch against critical remote-code execution issue.
Ransomware Up for Businesses, Down for Consumers in Q1
News  |  4/9/2018  | 
Ransomware, spyware, and cryptomining were the biggest enterprise threats during an otherwise quiet quarter for malware, researchers report.
6 Myths About IoT Security
Slideshows  |  4/9/2018  | 
Here are common misconceptions about securing these devices - and tips for locking them down.
RTF Design, Office Flaw Exploited in Multi-Stage Document Attack
News  |  4/9/2018  | 
Threat actors chained CVE-2017-8570 with known design behaviors in .docx and RTF to launch a multi-stage document attack.
Serverless Architectures: A Paradigm Shift in Application Security
Commentary  |  4/9/2018  | 
"Serverless" forces software architects and developers to approach security by building it in rather than bolting it on. But there is a downside.
Best Buy the Latest Victim of Third-Party Security Breach
Quick Hits  |  4/9/2018  | 
Retailer says customer payment and other information may have been exposed via the breach of [24]7.ai online chat provider.
Businesses Fear 'Catastrophic Consequences' of Unsecured IoT
News  |  4/6/2018  | 
Only 29% of respondents in a new IoT security survey say they actively monitor the risk of connected devices used by third parties.
Protect Yourself from Online Fraud This Tax Season
Commentary  |  4/6/2018  | 
Use these tips to stay safe online during everyone's least-favorite time of the year.
Stripping the Attacker Naked
Commentary  |  4/6/2018  | 
How cyber threat intelligence can help you gain a better understanding of the enemy and why that gives security teams the upper hand.
Mirai Variant Botnet Takes Aim at Financials
News  |  4/5/2018  | 
In January, a botnet based on Mirai was used to attack at least three European financial institutions.
Sears & Delta Airlines Are Latest Victims of Third-Party Security Breach
News  |  4/5/2018  | 
An insecure ecosystem of third parties connected to an enterprise network poses a growing risk, security analysts say.
Supply Chain Attacks Could Pose Biggest Threat to Healthcare
News  |  4/5/2018  | 
Healthcare organizations often overlook the supply chain, which researchers say is their most vulnerable facet.
How to Build a Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan
Commentary  |  4/5/2018  | 
Being hit by a cyberattack is going to be painful. But it can be less painful if you're prepared, and these best practices can help.
Unpatched Vulnerabilities the Source of Most Data Breaches
News  |  4/5/2018  | 
New studies show how patching continues to dog most organizations - with real consequences.
How Security Can Bridge the Chasm with Development
Commentary  |  4/5/2018  | 
Enhancing the relationships between security and engineering is crucial for improving software security. These six steps will bring your teams together.
Cryptomining: Fast-Becoming the Web's Most Profitable Attack Method
Partner Perspectives  |  4/5/2018  | 
The ROI of 'cryptojacking' has never been higher, making bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies a more attractive target for cybercriminals. Here's why.
Four Gas Pipeline Firms Hit in Attack on Their EDI Service Provider
News  |  4/5/2018  | 
Attack a warning on vulnerabilities in energy networks, security analysts say.
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8 Ways Hackers Monetize Stolen Data
Steve Zurier, Freelance Writer,  4/17/2018
Securing Social Media: National Safety, Privacy Concerns
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  4/19/2018
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CVE-2017-0290
Published: 2017-05-09
NScript in mpengine in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine with Engine Version before 1.1.13704.0, as used in Windows Defender and other products, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (type confusion and application crash) via crafted JavaScript code within ...

CVE-2016-10369
Published: 2017-05-08
unixsocket.c in lxterminal through 0.3.0 insecurely uses /tmp for a socket file, allowing a local user to cause a denial of service (preventing terminal launch), or possibly have other impact (bypassing terminal access control).

CVE-2016-8202
Published: 2017-05-08
A privilege escalation vulnerability in Brocade Fibre Channel SAN products running Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) releases earlier than v7.4.1d and v8.0.1b could allow an authenticated attacker to elevate the privileges of user accounts accessing the system via command line interface. With affected version...

CVE-2016-8209
Published: 2017-05-08
Improper checks for unusual or exceptional conditions in Brocade NetIron 05.8.00 and later releases up to and including 06.1.00, when the Management Module is continuously scanned on port 22, may allow attackers to cause a denial of service (crash and reload) of the management module.

CVE-2017-0890
Published: 2017-05-08
Nextcloud Server before 11.0.3 is vulnerable to an inadequate escaping leading to a XSS vulnerability in the search module. To be exploitable a user has to write or paste malicious content into the search dialogue.