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In the News2019-04-09T22:18:06+00:00


New Cyber Security Directive Forces Federal Agencies to Patch Vulnerabilities in 15 Days

By |May 18th, 2019|Categories: Virsec in the News|

CPO Magazine, May 10, 2019, with comments by Willy Leichter DHS issues mandate to patch vulnerabilities twice as fast as before The Department of Homeland Security has issued a new cybersecurity mandate to US federal government agencies that they must now patch critical vulnerabilities twice as fast as before. Their previous timeframe for patching critical category vulnerabilities was within 30 [...]

Chinese Hacking Group Used Stolen NSA Hacking Tools Ahead of Shadow Brokers’ Leaks

By |May 16th, 2019|Categories: Virsec in the News|

Security Ledger, May 9, 2019, with comments by Ray DeMeo NSA Hacking tools Stolen in 2016 Were Leaked into the Wild in 2016 and 2017 In August of 2016, the mysterious group called The Shadow Brokers released its first round of stolen NSA hacking tools into the wild. They reportedly stole these prized hacking tools from the Equation Group, the [...]

The 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigative Report Is Out – Shows Major Perimeter Weaknesses for Enterprises

By |May 14th, 2019|Categories: Virsec in the News|

Brilliance Security Magazine, Payments Next & Solutions Review, May 8, 2019, with comments by Satya Gupta Report reveals C-suite executives are hacker targets 12 times more often than average employees   Verizon’s Data Breach Investigative Report shows several areas of perimeter weakness, some critical. One such critical vulnerability concerns high-level executives, targeted by hackers 12 times more than average employees [...]

Q&A: The drivers behind the stark rise — and security implications — of ‘memory attacks’

By |May 9th, 2019|Categories: Virsec in the News|

May 6, 2019, Byron V. Acohido’s interview with Willy Leichter and Shauntinez Jakab with Virsec. Watch the interview A distinctive class of hacking is rising to the fore and is being leveraged by threat actors to carry out deep, highly resilient intrusions of well-defended company networks. These attacks are referred to in the security community as “fileless attacks” or “memory [...]

Huge manufacturing company Aebi Schmidt struck by ransomware

By |April 26th, 2019|Categories: Virsec in the News|

SC Magazine, TechCrunch, April 24, 2019, with comments by Saurabh Sharma, Virsec’s vice president; A few weeks ago, news surfaced that a ransomware virus was wreaking havoc on European companies, particularly industrial and manufacturing companies, across several countries in Europe. The malware was LockerGoga and it’s still active. (See our recent blog LockerGoga Ransomware Slams Industrial Firms in Europe, Could [...]

Kaspersky’s latest report reveals cyber threats to industrial systems in H2 2018, but underplays real threats its own systems fail to detect

By |April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Virsec in the News|

Kaspersky's latest report, March 31, 2019, with comments by Ray Demeo; Kaspersky’s latest report reveals threats to industrial systems in H2 2018, but underplays real threats its own systems fail to detect A new Kaspersky’s report* shows nearly 1 in 2 industrial systems bear evidence of attempted malicious break-ins. They say their own (Kaspersky) solutions detected over 19.1K modifications of [...]

Memory attacks get security pros’ attention

By |March 28th, 2019|Categories: Virsec in the News|

Watch interview SC Media, Teri Robinson, interviews Willy Leichter with Virsec about memory attacks TR: Today people seem to be becoming more aware of memory attacks. Is that right? WL: I think they are. I saw a recent stat from Microsoft. Someone in a conference admitted that something like 75% of their vulnerabilities were around memory usage. So it’s been [...]

9 disruptive security plays from RSAC 2019

By |March 16th, 2019|Categories: Virsec in the News|

RSA 2019 just finished last week, showcasing the latest cybersecurity technologies meant to tackle the increasing threats that continually plague organizations. Given the enormous and rising number of cyber breaches, it’s evident number of cyber threats is far outweighing the number of effective solutions. Right from the start, it’s not a level playing field. Companies must defend all fronts and [...]

MY TAKE: Memory hacking arises as a go-to tactic to carry out deep, persistent incursions

By |March 12th, 2019|Categories: Security News, Virsec in the News|

The Last Watchdog, by Byron V. Acohido, March 4, 2019; with comments by Satya Gupta In his article last week, Byron Acohido discusses how memory attacks have become a powerful new class of hacking method that sneaks past conventional IT security systems. Byron reports that companies have spent $216 billion on security products and services over the past two years, [...]