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The vast majority of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) rank security as their top priority, though less than a third of those organizations have a dedicated IT security professional on staff, according to 2018 SMB IT Security Report, released today by Untangle. More than 350 SMBs worldwide participated in the survey, which attempted to gauge their
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the creation of a new cyber-risk management center intended to protect the nation’s banks, energy companies and other industries from potentially crippling cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure, according to agency officials who spoke at the 31 July cybersecurity summit hosted by DHS. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Neilsen led a
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Attackers are leveraging a new technique that allows them to run a specious file that looks legitimate but is actually malicious, according to the research team at Cyberbit. The component object model (COM) hijacking technique, usually used for attackers as a persistence mechanism, also has evasive capabilities. A proof-of-concept experiment run by the Cyberbit research
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By using the HiBids advertising platform, cyber-criminals have been delivering malicious advertisements to millions of victims worldwide in a large-scale malvertising and banking Trojan campaign, according to researchers at Check Point. These malicious ads can infect the PC or mobile device of the person viewing the ads with malware, such as a crypto-miner, ransomware or a banking
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In an effort to deliver more robust application and data security solutions that protect enterprises against attacks from cyber-criminals, California-based Imperva Inc. announced that it will acquire the Los Angeles-based application security company Prevoty. The deal, which is expected to close in Q3 2018, has an estimated value of $140m. The Prevoty office will become an Imperva location.
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A flaw in the website design for LifeLock, a company charged with protecting the identity of its online customers, resulted in millions of customer accounts being exposed, according to KrebsonSecurity. A vulnerability in the site, which reportedly lacked authentication and security, has been fixed, but the breach highlights the larger security concerns inherent in web application security. Of
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Android users have been warned about another Exobot banking malware source code (v. 2.5) that was leaked online. It was first detected in May 2018 and has been dubbed “Trump Edition.” The leak is expected to result in a surge of malicious Android apps given that the malware source code is now available in dark
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by Naked Security writer Happy SysAdmin Day! If you’re a System Administrator at work, then you’re definitely IT support at home as well. In fact, if you’re reading an article on Naked Security then you’re almost certainly the least non-technical user in your family, and that means you’re IT support at home too. And that
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by Lisa Vaas Come the end of 2020, it will be time to stick a fork in Adobe Flash. That’s when, if you’ll forgive the mixed metaphor, the malware petri dish will officially be toast. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that government agencies are going to toss Flash into the compost pile After all, the government
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by Paul Ducklin A few years ago – make that quite a few, actually – Sophos was a lot smaller than it is now. Recruitment was different too – back then we weren’t so much writing cybersecurity software as helping to invent the entire field of anti-malware research. One of the paradoxical things that’s important
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by Danny Bradbury Google took its efforts to protect online accounts up a notch this week, announcing its own hardware-based security key. Announced at Google’s Cloud Next conference, the Titan keys are a two-factor authentication (2FA) solution, designed to combat one of the most prevalent forms of online attack: account hijacking. Without 2FA, attackers who
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by Mark Stockley So you’re a sysadmin – blue team, red pill, grey hat. Your brain works at the speed of a hyperloop inside a rocket ship slingshotting around a black hole that’s slingshotting around another black hole. You make the impossible possible, you make the improbable into the everyday and for everything else there’s