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Cloudflare goes down again, taking with it websites that rely on it

Credit: ID 73769506 © Oxana Vorobyeva | Dreamstime.com Web accelerator and content distribution network (CDN) provider Cloudflare has become such a critical component of the web that when it goes down, so do many others. At least those that don’t have a backup to services provided by Cloudflare.  It’s the second major outage it’s experienced […]

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The week in security: Boards wear more cyber risk as threats continue to get worse

Credit: ID 145087971 © | Dreamstime.com An Australian IT consultant has been jailed for 3 years after hacking a WiFi network to get insider trading information. Also creating problems was a concerted attack on the world’s telecommunications companies, which saw more than 100GB of call record data stolen but fell short of the worst-case scenario. […]

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180 days later: Reflections on the first half of 2019

Credit: ID 66018113 © Jozef Micic | Dreamstime.com Firstly I want to give a clear warning about this article, this is going to be a bit broody as I am very disappointed in our progress, actually, lack of progress is a better way to put it. Over the last six months, I have had a […]

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Firefox 68 to address antivirus conflict over HTTPS intercepting

Credit: ID 142416574 © | Dreamstime.com Mozilla Firefox developers are taking a different tack to recent efforts to clamp down on antivirus products that intercept HTTPS traffic to inspect it for malware.  On one hand, antivirus products can use this technique to protect end-users from malware before it reaches the browser. On the other, as […]

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Singapore Government tries a second, expanded bug bounty

Credit: ID 129369772 © Djvstock | Dreamstime.com The Singapore Government has announced a new short-term bug bounty program to for external hackers to find vulnerabilities in nine key government-run websites.   The bug bounty is being overseen by the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) and the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA).  The three […]

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Nation-state DNS exploits risk destabilising the Internet

Credit: ID 140154449 © | Dreamstime.com A recent spate of damaging DNS-level attacks was promulgated with “terrifying” ease by cybercriminals who leveraged compromised access credentials rather than even having to hack the DNS servers themselves, a DNS expert has warned. One of the interesting things about attacks such as DNSpionage and Sea Turtle, Infoblox executive […]

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Telecom insiders detail hardships posed by Chinese technology ban

Democratic Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Geoffrey Starks hosted a workshop on June 27 entitled “Find IT, Fix It, Fund It” to hear from “interested parties on how to address the national security threats posed by insecure equipment within our communications networks.” Although not explicitly stated in the Commission’s public notice or its press release, […]

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Cisco sounds warning on 3 critical security patches for DNA Center

Cisco issued three “critical” security warnings for its DNA Center users – two having a Common Vulnerability Scoring System rating of 9.8 out of 10. The two worst problems involve Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM).  Cisco DNA Center controls access through policies using Software-Defined Access, automatically provision through Cisco DNA Automation, virtualize devices through […]

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Alphabet ‘moonshot’ cybersecurity firm Chronicle goes home to Google

Chronicle, the security-focussed sibling of Google’s parent company Alphabet, will become part of Google Cloud. It means the VirusTotal malware information service will be part of Google’s cloud infrastructure rival to Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Google announced the sideways move on Thursday, proclaiming the “union will create a powerful and comprehensive security […]

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EU gets a new boss for rating products for cybersecurity

ENISA, the European Union Agency for Network and Information and Security, has been given a permanent role as the top EU cybersecurity body and the key judge of products to be assessed for cybersecurity weaknesses. Reflecting the increased role of cybersecurity in governing society, the EU has made ENISA or the the European Union Agency […]