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Gov’t warns on VPN security bug in Cisco, Palo Alto, F5, Pulse software

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning that some VPN packages from Cisco, Palo Alto, F5 and Pusle may improperly secure tokens and cookies, allowing nefarious actors an opening to invade and take control over an end user’s system.  The DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warning comes on the heels of […]

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Medical IoT – The Future of Assassination

Credit: ID 125251747 © Katarzyna Bialasiewicz | Dreamstime.com I want to do something a little different with this article, I want to take you down the rabbit hole that is IoT and the dark side that is lurking around the corner that I know is going to bare its ugly head at some point in […]

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FEMA contractor at center of privacy violation provides services to many other agencies

Late last-year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was found to have exposed 2.3 million disaster survivors to identity theft and fraud by unnecessarily sending sensitive data to a government contractor administering FEMA’s emergency lodging program. The contractor, who failed to flag for FEMA the data oversharing, was found by the agency to have 11 […]

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‘Sextortion’ spam goes up… and profits go down

Credit: ID 22633027 © Skypixel | Dreamstime.com So-called sextortion scammers have in the past made big bucks from victims who fall for claims in spam email that someone has compromising film or footage.  Cisco’s Talos Intelligence malware researchers last year documented one group who’d made about $150,000 in two months using the scam after analyzing […]

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Riding its antivirus success, Bitdefender’s new Australian office signals bigger intentions

Credit: ID 18150012 © Daniel Draghici | Dreamstime.com Establishing a formal Australian presence may have seemed like a long time coming given the strength of the Bitdefender brand, but the company’s new local head says the opening of a Melbourne office reflects a strategic decision to use Australia as the hub of its ambitions to […]

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Group behind TRITON industrial sabotage malware made more victims

Security researchers have uncovered additional attacks attributed to the group behind the TRITON malware framework, one of the few threats found to date that was specifically designed to sabotage industrial equipment. TRITON was first uncovered in 2017 after hitting the systems of a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia with the possible goal of causing an […]

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Your Android phone is now a physical 2FA security key for Google services

Credit: ID 137356047 © Dg Studio | Dreamstime.com Google has now made Android a critical piece in protecting Gmail users from phishing attackers. The company announced on Wednesday that Android 7 Nougat devices can now act as a physical security key by connecting to a PC via Bluetooth.   Instead of requiring a physical security […]

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You can now use your Android phone as a security dongle for two-factor authentication

Google now has a new way of enabling two-factor authentication: using your phone as the near-equivalent of a physical security key. You should already be familiar with two-factor authentication: Typically, you’ll secure a web-based application like Gmail by not only inputting a password, but also providing a second means of authentication, such as an SMS […]

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Google expands cloud security capabilities, including simpler configuration

Google has announced 30 new features or enhancements of its Google Cloud platform that are designed to improve the ability of organizations to manage security not only for the Google platform, but other cloud-based services and applications as well. “The mission here is to build the most trusted cloud,” said Michael Aiello, product management director […]

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New TajMahal APT discovered by Kaspersky with an unknown number of victims

A previously unknown and technically sophisticated advanced persistent threat (APT) framework that has been in operation for five years has been discovered. Revealed by Kaspersky Lab and dubbed Project TajMahal, the newly discovered APT framework contains up to 80 malicious modules stored in its encrypted virtual file system (VFS) including backdoors, loaders, orchestrators, C2 communicators, […]