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    How to Tell a Job Offer from an ID Theft Trap

    May 22nd, 2021 by

    How to Tell a Job Offer from an ID Theft Trap

    “One of the oldest scams around — the fake job interview that seeks only to harvest your personal and financial data — is on the rise, the FBI warns. Here’s the story of a recent LinkedIn impersonation scam that led to more than 100 people getting duped, and one almost-victim who decided the job offer was too-good-to-be-true.”

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    More Phishing attacks on Office 365

    May 5th, 2021 by

    Malicious Office 365 Apps Are the Ultimate Insiders

    “Phishers targeting Microsoft Office 365 users increasingly are turning to specialized links that take users to their organization’s own email login page. After a user logs in, the link prompts them to install a malicious but innocuously-named app that gives the attacker persistent, password-free access to any of the user’s emails and files, both of which are then plundered to launch malware and phishing scams against others.”

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    SonicWall Breached

    April 30th, 2021 by

    New ransomware group uses SonicWall zero-day to breach networks

    “A financially motivated threat actor exploited a zero-day bug in Sonicwall SMA 100 Series VPN appliances to deploy new ransomware known as FiveHands on the networks of North American and European targets.

    The group, tracked by Mandiant threat analysts as UNC2447, exploited the CVE-2021-20016 Sonicwall vulnerability to breach networks and deploy FiveHands ransomware payloads before patches were released in late February 2021.

    Prior to deploying the ransomware payloads, UNC2447 was also observed using Cobalt Strike implants for gaining persistence and installing a SombRAT backdoor variant, a malware first spotted in the CostaRicto campaign coordinated by a group of mercenary hackers.

    The zero-day was also exploited in attacks targeting SonicWall’s internal systems in January and later abused indiscriminately in the wild.”

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    Your Exchange Server Hacked? Not by Brian Krebs!!

    March 29th, 2021 by

    No, I Did Not Hack Your MS Exchange Server

    “New data suggests someone has compromised more than 21,000 Microsoft Exchange Server email systems worldwide and infected them with malware that invokes both KrebsOnSecurity and Yours Truly by name.”

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    New Chrome Zero Day Flaw

    March 16th, 2021 by

    Google Warns Mac, Windows Users of Chrome Zero-Day Flaw

    “The use-after-free vulnerability is the third Google Chrome zero-day flaw to be disclosed in three months.

    Google is hurrying out a fix for a vulnerability in its Chrome browser that’s under active attack – its third zero-day flaw so far this year. If exploited, the flaw could allow remote code-execution and denial-of-service attacks on affected systems.

    The vulnerability exists in Blink, the browser engine for Chrome developed as part of the Chromium project. Browser engines convert HTML documents and other web page resources into the visual representations viewable to end users.”

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    Are you using a “free” VPN? Be careful!

    March 15th, 2021 by

    21 million free VPN users’ data exposed

    “Detailed credentials for more than 21 million mobile VPN app users were swiped and advertised for sale online last week, offered by a cyber thief who allegedly stole user data collected by the VPN apps themselves. The data includes email addresses, randomly generated password strings, payment information, and device IDs belonging to users of three VPN apps—SuperVPN, GeckoVPN, and ChatVPN.”

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    Multiple Security Updates Released for Exchange Server

    March 6th, 2021 by

    Multiple Security Updates Released for Exchange Server – updated March 5, 2021
    (Updated March 5, 2021)

    “Today we are releasing several security updates for Microsoft Exchange Server to address vulnerabilities that have been used in limited targeted attacks. Due to the critical nature of these vulnerabilities, we recommend that customers apply the updates to affected systems immediately to protect against these exploits and to prevent future abuse across the ecosystem. “

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    New Checkout Skimmers Need no Power

    February 24th, 2021 by

    Checkout Skimmers Powered by Chip Cards

    “Easily the most sophisticated skimming devices made for hacking terminals at retail self-checkout lanes are a new breed of PIN pad overlay combined with a flexible, paper-thin device that fits inside the terminal’s chip reader slot. What enables these skimmers to be so slim? They draw their power from the low-voltage current that gets triggered when a chip-based card is inserted. As a result, they do not require external batteries, and can remain in operation indefinitely.”

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    3.2 billion unique pairs of cleartext emails and passwords have just been leaked

    February 8th, 2021 by

    Largest compilation of emails and passwords leaked for free on public forum

    “More than 3.2 billion unique pairs of cleartext emails and passwords have just been leaked on a popular hacking forum, aggregating past leaks from Netflix, LinkedIn, Exploit.in, Bitcoin and more. This leak is comparable to the Breach Compilation of 2017, in which 1.4 billion credentials were leaked.

    However, the current breach, known as “Compilation of Many Breaches” (COMB), contains more than double the unique email and password pairs. The data is currently archived and put in an encrypted, password-protected container.”

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    Wind River Security Incident

    February 3rd, 2021 by

    Wind River Security Incident Affects SSNs, Passport Numbers

    “Wind River Systems, which develops embedded system software, on Friday warned of a “security incident” that had exposed personnel records.

    One or more files were downloaded from the company’s network on or around September 29, it said. Affected data included information maintained within the company’s personnel records – including critical data like Social-Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and passport numbers.

    “We have been working with law enforcement and outside experts to investigate a security incident that occurred toward the end of September,” according to the security-incident notice, filed with California’s Attorney General as part of the state’s data-breach notification requirements. “We have no indication that any information in these files has been misused.””

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