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Cyber Readiness Institute Launches New Program for SMBs
News  |  12/17/2018  | 
Program seeks to raise employees' cyber awareness and give small and midsize business owners the tools to make a difference.
53 Bugs in 50 Days: Researchers Fuzz Adobe Reader
News  |  12/17/2018  | 
Automatic vulnerability finding tools detect more than 50 CVEs in Adobe Reader and Adobe Pro during a 50-day experiment.
Facebook: Photo API Bug Exposed 6.8M User Photos
Quick Hits  |  12/17/2018  | 
The flaw let developers access images that users may not have shared publicly, including those they started to upload but didnt post.
Shhhhh! The Secret to Secrets Management
Commentary  |  12/17/2018  | 
Companies need to take a centralized approach to protecting confidential data and assets. Here are 12 ways to get a handle on the problem.
Email Bomb Threats Follow Sextortion Playbook
News  |  12/14/2018  | 
Yesterday's wave of email bomb threats appear to be an evolution of tactics by the same groups that earlier tried "sextortion" and personal threats, Talos researchers say.
Iranian Hackers Target Nuclear Experts, US Officials
Quick Hits  |  12/14/2018  | 
Hackers ramp up efforts to infiltrate email accounts of Americans responsible for enforcing severe economic sanctions on Iran.
Retailers: Avoid the Hackable Holidaze
Commentary  |  12/14/2018  | 
The most wonderful time of the year? Sure, but not if your business and customers are getting robbed.
2019 Attacker Playbook
Slideshows  |  12/14/2018  | 
Security pundits predict the ways that cybercriminals, nation-state actors, and other attackers will refine their tactics, techniques, and procedures in the coming year.
Universities Get Schooled by Hackers
News  |  12/13/2018  | 
Colleges and universities are prime targets for criminals due to huge sets of personal information and security that is weaker than in many businesses.
Despite Breaches, Many Organizations Struggle to Quantify Cyber-Risks to Business
News  |  12/13/2018  | 
Enterprises are struggling with familiar old security challenges as a result, new survey shows.
Cybercrime Is World's Biggest Criminal Growth Industry
Quick Hits  |  12/13/2018  | 
The toll from cybercrime is expected to pass $6 trillion in the next three years, according to a new report.
Setting the Table for Effective Cybersecurity: 20 Culinary Questions
Commentary  |  12/13/2018  | 
Even the best chefs will produce an inferior product if they begin with the wrong ingredients.
Education Gets an 'F' for Cybersecurity
Quick Hits  |  12/13/2018  | 
The education sector falls last on a list analyzing the security posture of 17 US industries, SecurityScorecard reports.
The Economics Fueling IoT (In)security
Commentary  |  12/13/2018  | 
Attackers understand the profits that lie in the current lack of security. That must change.
Worst Password Blunders of 2018 Hit Organizations East and West
News  |  12/12/2018  | 
Good password practices remain elusive as Dashlane's latest list of the worst password blunders can attest.
Bug Hunting Paves Path to Infosec Careers
News  |  12/12/2018  | 
Ethical hackers use bug bounty programs to build the skills they need to become security professionals.
Deception: Honey vs. Real Environments
Commentary  |  12/12/2018  | 
A primer on choosing deception technology that will provide maximum efficacy without over-committing money, time and resources.
Mac Malware Cracks WatchGuards Top 10 List
News  |  12/12/2018  | 
Hundreds of sites also still support insecure versions of the SSL encryption protocol, the security vendor reports.
Microsoft, PayPal, Google Top Phishing's Favorite Targets in Q3
Quick Hits  |  12/12/2018  | 
One out of every 100 emails an enterprise receives is a phishing scam, and the attackers behind them are getting more sophisticated.
Forget Shifting Security Left; It's Time to Race Left
Commentary  |  12/12/2018  | 
Once DevOps teams decide to shift left, they can finally look forward instead of backward.
Higher Education: 15 Books to Help Cybersecurity Pros Be Better
Slideshows  |  12/12/2018  | 
Constant learning is a requirement for cybersecurity professionals. Here are 15 books recommended by professionals to continue a professional's education.
Battling Bots Brings Big-Budget Blow to Businesses
News  |  12/11/2018  | 
Fighting off bot attacks on Web applications extracts a heavy cost in human resources and technology, according to a just-released report.
Equifax Breach Underscores Need for Accountability, Simpler Architectures
News  |  12/11/2018  | 
A new congressional report says the credit reporting firm's September 2017 breach was 'entirely preventable.'
Patch Tuesday Arrives with 9 Critical CVEs, 1 Under Attack
News  |  12/11/2018  | 
Serious bugs addressed today include a Win32K privilege escalation vulnerability and Windows DNS server heap overflow flaw.
The Grinch Bot Before Christmas: A Security Story for the Holidays
Commentary  |  12/11/2018  | 
Once upon a time, buyers purchased products from certified sellers. Today, hoarders use botnets to amass goods at significant markup for a new gray-market economy.
Grammarly Takes Bug Bounty Program Public
Quick Hits  |  12/11/2018  | 
The private bug bounty program has nearly 1,500 participants and is ready for a public rollout with HackerOne.
How Well Is Your Organization Investing Its Cybersecurity Dollars?
Commentary  |  12/11/2018  | 
The principles, methods, and tools for performing good risk measurement already exist and are being used successfully by organizations today. They take some effort -- and are totally worth it.
DanaBot Malware Adds Spam to its Menu
News  |  12/10/2018  | 
A new generation of modular malware increases its value to criminals.
'Highly Active' Seedworm Group Hits IT Services, Governments
News  |  12/10/2018  | 
Since September, the cyber espionage actors have targeted more than 130 victims in 30 organizations including NGOs, oil and gas, and telecom businesses.
'Dr. Shifro' Prescribes Fake Ransomware Cure
Quick Hits  |  12/10/2018  | 
A Russian firm aims to capitalize on ransomware victims' desperation by offering to unlock files then passing money to attackers.
6 Cloud Security Predictions for 2019
Commentary  |  12/10/2018  | 
How the fast pace of cloud computing adoption in 2018 will dramatically change the security landscape next year.
Kubernetes Deployments Around the World Show Vulnerabilities
Quick Hits  |  12/7/2018  | 
Kubernetes owners who expose APIs to the Internet are leaving their systems open to hackers.
Insider Threats & Insider Objections
Commentary  |  12/7/2018  | 
The tyranny of the urgent and three other reasons why its hard for CISOs to establish a robust insider threat prevention program.
Kubernetes Vulnerability Hits Top of Severity Scale
News  |  12/6/2018  | 
The security issue strikes at some of the basic reasons for the rising popularity of containers as an architecture and Kubernetes as an orchestration mechanism.
Adobe Flash Zero-Day Spreads via Office Docs
News  |  12/6/2018  | 
Adobe has patched a zero-day in its Flash player after attackers leveraged the exploit in an active campaign.
Bringing Compliance into the SecDevOps Process
Commentary  |  12/6/2018  | 
Application security should be guided by its responsibility to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems and data. But often, compliance clouds the picture.
4 Lessons Die Hard Teaches About Combating Cyber Villains
Commentary  |  12/6/2018  | 
With proper planning, modern approaches, and tools, we can all be heroes in the epic battle against the cyber threat.
55% of Companies Don't Offer Mandatory Security Awareness Training
Quick Hits  |  12/6/2018  | 
Even those that provide employee training do so sparingly, a new study finds.
Apple Issues Security Fixes Across Mac, iOS
Quick Hits  |  12/6/2018  | 
Software updates for Mac and iOS bring patches to Safari, iCloud, iTunes on Windows, and tvOS.
Boosting SOC IQ Levels with Knowledge Transfer
Commentary  |  12/6/2018  | 
Despite shortages of skills and staff, these six best practices can improve analysts' performance in a security operations center.
Toyota Builds Open-Source Car-Hacking Tool
News  |  12/5/2018  | 
PASTA testing platform specs will be shared via open-source.
A Shift from Cybersecurity to Cyber Resilience: 6 Steps
Commentary  |  12/5/2018  | 
Getting to cyber resilience means federal agencies must think differently about how they build and implement their systems. Here's where to begin.
Starwood Breach Reaction Focuses on 4-Year Dwell
News  |  12/5/2018  | 
The unusually long dwell time in the Starwood breach has implications for both parent company Marriott International and the companies watching to learn from.
Windows 10 Security Questions Prove Easy for Attackers to Exploit
News  |  12/5/2018  | 
New research shows how attackers can abuse security questions in Windows 10 to maintain domain privileges.
The Case for a Human Security Officer
Commentary  |  12/5/2018  | 
Wanted: a security exec responsible for identifying and mitigating the attack vectors and vulnerabilities specifically targeting and involving people.
Backdoors Up 44%, Ransomware Up 43% from 2017
News  |  12/4/2018  | 
Nearly one in three computers was hit with a malware attack this year, and ransomware and backdoors continue to pose a risk.
Jared, Kay Jewelers Web Vuln Exposes Shoppers' Data
Quick Hits  |  12/4/2018  | 
A Jared customer found he could access other orders by changing a link in his confirmation email.
5 Emerging Trends in Cybercrime
Commentary  |  12/4/2018  | 
Organizations can start today to protect against 2019's threats. Look out for crooks using AI "fuzzing" techniques, machine learning, and swarms.
'Influence Agents' Used Twitter to Sway 2018 Midterms
Quick Hits  |  12/3/2018  | 
About 25% of political support in Arizona and Florida was generated by influence agents using Twitter as a platform, research shows.
Filling the Cybersecurity Jobs Gap Now and in the Future
Commentary  |  12/3/2018  | 
Employers must start broadening their search for experienced security professionals to include people with the right traits rather than the right skills.
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Higher Education: 15 Books to Help Cybersecurity Pros Be Better
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  12/12/2018
Worst Password Blunders of 2018 Hit Organizations East and West
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  12/12/2018
2019 Attacker Playbook
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark Reading,  12/14/2018
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CVE-2018-20201
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-18
There is a stack-based buffer over-read in the jsfNameFromString function of jsflash.c in Espruino 2V00, leading to a denial of service or possibly unspecified other impact via a crafted js file.
CVE-2018-20194
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-18
There is a stack-based buffer underflow in the third instance of the calculate_gain function in libfaad/sbr_hfadj.c in Freeware Advanced Audio Decoder 2 (FAAD2) 2.8.8. A crafted input will lead to a denial of service or possibly unspecified other impact because limiting the additional noise energy l...
CVE-2018-20195
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-18
A NULL pointer dereference was discovered in ic_predict of libfaad/ic_predict.c in Freeware Advanced Audio Decoder 2 (FAAD2) 2.8.8. The vulnerability causes a segmentation fault and application crash, which leads to denial of service.
CVE-2018-20196
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-18
There is a stack-based buffer overflow in the third instance of the calculate_gain function in libfaad/sbr_hfadj.c in Freeware Advanced Audio Decoder 2 (FAAD2) 2.8.8. A crafted input will lead to a denial of service or possibly unspecified other impact because the S_M array is mishandled.
CVE-2018-20197
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-18
There is a stack-based buffer underflow in the third instance of the calculate_gain function in libfaad/sbr_hfadj.c in Freeware Advanced Audio Decoder 2 (FAAD2) 2.8.8. A crafted input will lead to a denial of service or possibly unspecified other impact because limiting the additional noise energy l...