In the News 2017-10-13T21:18:05+00:00

In the News

Why Uber’s flaunting of disclosure laws should ignite security regulations

The Last WatchDog, November 27, 2017; article by Byron V. Acohido, comments by Willy Leichter; Uber’s choice to come clean about their breach cover up right before Thanksgiving didn’t keep the news from getting attention before the holiday or after. Their action of bribing hackers and trusting that would ensure their stolen data would be deleted was beyond brazen and difficult [...]

Uber Once Again on the Hot Seat, Covering Up a Breach & Ignoring Notification Laws

SearchSecurity, November 22, 2017; Comments by Willy Leichter For awhile now, Uber customers have overlooked a growing number of the company’s sins. To name a few, this month the state of Colorado fined Uber nearly $9 million for allowing its employees to drive customers even though the drivers had serious criminal records and driving violations. Last summer, Uber was caught [...]

AVGater abuses antivirus software for local system takeover

SearchSecurity, November 15, 2017; comments by Satya Gupta; A Proof of Concept Exploit Demonstrates Hackable Vulnerability A security researcher in Vienna, Florian Bogner, has recently discovered a “proof of concept” exploit that’s affecting multiple anti-virus products and has the power to completely take over a system. Such proof of concept exploits carry out attacks on computers or networks simply to [...]

What is the cyber kill chain? Why it’s not always the right approach to cyber attacks.

CSO Online, November 7, 2017; comments by Maria Korolov. Cyber attackers follow a series of steps when perpetrating their attack plan. First, they might perform reconnaissance where they evaluate which companies could be the most advantageous targets. Then they might use approaches such as spear phishing to go after a specific person or group of people, often leveraging information found [...]

You Must Remember This: Memory-Based Attacks Are the New Battleground

SC Magazine, October 30, 2017; by Willy Leichter, VP Marketing, Virsec; Now, even B-Grade actors have easy access to cyber warfare tools created at the nation-state level The multitude of recent cyberattacks have a number of things in common: they are sophisticated, multi-pronged, use fileless techniques, and target applications at the memory level – largely invisible to conventional security products. [...]

DHS, FBI Warn of APTs Targeting U.S. Energy, Nuclear, Water, Aviation Sectors

Search Security and other publications, October 24, 2017; Atiq Raza & Satya Gupta comment on DHS, FBI APT warnings; The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an alert on Friday, October 20, stating that an advanced persistent threat (APT) group -- called Dragonfly in a September report from Symantec -- has targeted government entities and the energy, water, aviation, nuclear [...]

Patching the Iron Tail Is Easier Said than Done

Cyber Defense, October 10, 2017; Willy Leichter contributes article to eMagazine While Patching Is Best Practices Approach, Some Organizations Have Complex Reasons for Delaying In our new reality of a new hack every week, if not every day, it’s easy to want to find someone to blame. An easy place to point a finger is those companies who haven’t implemented [...]

Alive and Kickin’

SC Magazine, October 2, 2017; Satya Gupta comments on ransomware and fileless attacks. Fileless ransomware attacks threaten SQL databases, IoT devices, while escaping notice of traditional defense systems Ransomware is not only alive and kickin’ – but its evil authors are continually morphing and developing new ways to torture our networks and ruin plenty of good nights’ sleep. If only [...]

Yahoo data breach found to affect all 3 billion users

Search Security Tech Target, October 9, 2017; Willy Leichter comments on recent breach impact. Mass amounts of Yahoo account data stolen but not discovered or reported for years The number three billion, as in 3 billion users affected in a data breach, is getting close to half the entire world population (measured at 7.4 billion in 2016). What’s even more [...]

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