19 Jun 2019

How organizations can better defend against DNS attacks

New research by EfficientIP highlights the growing threat of DNS attacks to organizations. In the past year, 82% of firms suffered a DNS attack and the average business was targeted more than nine times, which represents a 34% increase compared to last year’s report. The attacks are also getting more

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19 Jun 2019

Iran claims it dealt ‘heavy blow’ to US ‘spy network’

Amid increasing US-Iran animosity, Iranian National Security Secretary Ali Shamkhani on Tuesday stated that his agency recently managed to “deal a heavy blow against America’s international spy network.” The official added that the Iranian government is currently “engaged in the battle of intelligence with the United States,” and that it

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19 Jun 2019

FBI warning: Foreign spies using social media to target government contractors

In April of this year, the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) warned government contractors that their employees are being targeted on social media by foreign intelligence services, with the aim of recruiting individuals with US government security clearances. The alert outlined four recent, real world examples of campaigns that

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19 Jun 2019

Insecure password memory aids: A passwordless future could be the solution

A new survey by Okta shows that many employees are open to passwordless authentication. For example, 70% of employees think that the adoption of biometrics would benefit their organization. According to Dr. Maria Bada of Cambridge University, the research indicates that many employees dislike passwords because they “can experience negative emotions

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19 Jun 2019

Cyber Weaknesses That Led to Breaches at NASA’s JPL Persist, Says IG

A new report[pdf] by the NASA inspector general exposes major shortcomings in the cybersecurity posture of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as a result of which the research center “has experienced several notable cybersecurity incidents that have compromised major segments of its IT network,” over the past decade. Glaring security weaknesses

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19 Jun 2019

Hacker Steals Customer Payment Info in EatStreet Data Breach

On May 3, a threat actor gained unauthorized access to the payment card information of an unknown number of customers of Eatstreet, a popular online food ordering service. The company discovered the incident on May 17 and swiftly locked the hacker out of their database. For customers who have used

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19 Jun 2019

Only Quarter of IaaS Users Can Audit Config Settings

A new McAfee report shows that moving to the cloud often has security benefits for organizations, but there are some major drawbacks as well. According to the survey, 87% of organizations “experience business acceleration” due to their adoption of cloud services and a majority (52%) also saw their security improve

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19 Jun 2019

Modular Backdoor Can Spread Over Local Network

A new report by Kaspersky provides insight into Plurox, a highly sophisticated piece of malware first discovered in February. Plurox is a modular backdoor capable of distributing itself across networks and of planting additional malware on infected machines. Multi-functional “modular” malware is a growing threat to organizations. Plurox can infiltrate

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18 Jun 2019

Iran says it won’t wage war, U.S. deploys more troops to Middle East

In a Tuesday speech, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that “despite all of the Americans’ efforts in the region and their desire to cut off our ties with all of the world and their desire to keep Iran secluded,” his country “will not wage war against any nation.” A day

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18 Jun 2019

Business travelers, beware: Hackers looking over your shoulder can cause data breaches

A new 3M survey underlines the threat of visual hacking, which is when a threat actor obtains sensitive personal or company data by simply looking over someone’s shoulder. Visual hacking is a major risk to business travelers, 80% of which consider it to be a threat. But despite the high

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