30 Oct 2019

Research finds 2019 increase in breaches and cybersecurity spending

Cyberattack volume rose by 17% in the past year, while the severity of attacks jumped by 30%, a new report by ServiceNow and Ponemon shows. In response to these trends, companies have increased the cybersecurity budgets by 24%. One major pain point is vulnerability management, with companies needing 12 days

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30 Oct 2019

Cybersecurity Trumps Political, Reputational Concerns for Companies

29% of risk managers consider cybersecurity the no. 1 threat to their organization, a higher number than for any other risk category, a recent survey by ISACA shows. Cybersecurity was followed at a distance by reputational risks (15%) and financial risks (13%). Many risk managers fear that they are failing

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30 Oct 2019

WhatsApp Sues Israeli Firm NSO Over Cyberespionage

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is suing Israeli spyware vendor NSO Group over the firm’s alleged involvement in cyberespionage campaigns targeting journalists, human rights defenders and others via the popular messaging app. According to WhatsApp, an investigation found that NSO Group attempted to exploit the messaging app in order to install malware on

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30 Oct 2019

Examining security process maturity in 400 organizations

A new report by SecureTrust paints a bleak picture of the state of security process maturity across a broad range of sectors. The study rates the maturity of organizations on a scale of 0 to 5, with 3.5 being the minimum recommended score. However, every single industry in the report received

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30 Oct 2019

Major vulnerability patched in the EU’s eIDAS authentication system

The European Union’s electronic IDentification, Authentication and trust Services (eIDAS) system that is used by EU member states, citizens and companies to manage electronic transactions and signatures, contained two major security vulnerabilities that could have allowed threat actors to impersonate EU citizens or firms in transactions. The flaws, which were 

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30 Oct 2019

xHelper Trojan Variant Reinstalls Itself After Removal, Infects 45K

In the past 6 months, an Android Trojan called xHelper has infected over 45,000 devices, mostly in the US, India and Russia. The number of infected devices is still growing every day. Symantec warns that xHelper seems to be virtually impossible to remove, since even factory resets do not get

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30 Oct 2019

New Adwind Variant Targets Windows, Chromium Credentials

Security researchers with Menlo Labs have spotted a new version of the notorious Adwind remote access trojan (RAT) that can steal login credentials from compromised machines. The malware is being distributed via phishing emails, compromised websites as well as outdated and malicious WordPress sites. While previous versions of Adwind were

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29 Oct 2019

US wants to bolster fight against Islamic State after its leader’s death

In the wake of the recent US military operation that resulted in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the US “is determined to prevent a resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq,” the US State Department said on Monday, adding that it “continues to work with the

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29 Oct 2019

Georgia hit by massive cyber-attack

The country of Georgia has suffered a massive cyberattack that took down over 2,000 websites, including the national TV station. The attack impacted more than 15,000 websites, including the presidential website, various court websites and the sites of NGOs and businesses. The attackers replaced the home pages of many targeted

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29 Oct 2019

US Lawmakers Fear Chinese-Owned TikTok Poses Security Risk

In a letter to US Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senator Tom Cotton warn that the popular Chinese video app TikTok may represent a national security risk. The senators argue that ByteDance, the company that owns the app, may provide

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