The FBI and CISA issued a joint cybersecurity advisory to warn organizations to remain vigilant against ransomware attacks during weekends or holidays. The FBI and CISA warn organizations to keep high their defenses against ransomware attacks during weekends or holidays. The government agencies have observed an increase in ransomware attacks occurring on holidays and weekends, […]
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Robert Chesney wrote up the Solar Winds story as a case study, and it’s a really good summary.
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U.S. CISA has published an analysis of the FiveHands ransomware, the same malware that was analyzed a few days ago by researchers from FireEye’s Mandiant experts. The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published an analysis of the FiveHands ransomware that was recently detailed by FireEye’s Mandiant. At the end of April, researchers […]
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The UK and US cybersecurity agencies have published a report detailing techniques used by Russia-linked cyberespionage group known APT29 (aka Cozy Bear). Today, UK NCSC and CISA-FBI-NSA cybersecurity agencies published a joint security advisory that warns organizations to patch systems immediately to mitigate the risk of attacks conducted by Russia-linked SVR group (aka APT29, Cozy Bear, and The Dukes)). The […]
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The Threat Report Portugal: Q1 2021 compiles data collected on the malicious campaigns that occurred from January to March, Q1, of 2021. Threat Report Portugal Q1 2021: Phishing and malware by numbers. The Portuguese Abuse Open Feed 0xSI_f33d is an open sharing database with the ability to collect indicators from multiple sources, developed and maintained by Segurança-Informática. This feed is […]
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French experts spotted a new Ryuk ransomware variant that implements self-spreading capabilities to infect other devices on victims’ local networks. Experts from French national cyber-security agency ANSSI have spotted a new Ryuk ransomware variant that implements worm-like capabilities that allow within local networks. “On top of its usual functions, this version holds a new attribute […]
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Excellent Brookings paper: “Why data ownership is the wrong approach to protecting privacy.”
From the introduction:
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Treating data like it is property fails to recognize either the value that varieties of personal information serve or the abiding interest that individuals have in their personal information even if they choose to “sell” it. Data is not a commodity. It is information. Any system of information rights — whether patents, copyrights, and other intellectual property, or privacy rights — presents some tension with strong interest in the free flow of information that is reflected by the First Amendment. Our personal information is in demand precisely because it has value to others and to society across a myriad of uses…
I am a co-author on a report published by the Hoover Institution: “Chinese Technology Platforms Operating in the United States.” From a blog post:
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The report suggests a comprehensive framework for understanding and assessing the risks posed by Chinese technology platforms in the United States and developing tailored responses. It starts from the common view of the signatories — one reflected in numerous publicly available threat assessments — that China’s power is growing, that a large part of that power is in the digital sphere, and that China can and will wield that power in ways that adversely affect our national security. However, the specific threats and risks posed by different Chinese technologies vary, and effective policies must start with a targeted understanding of the nature of risks and an assessment of the impact US measures will have on national security and competitiveness. The goal of the paper is not to specifically quantify the risk of any particular technology, but rather to analyze the various threats, put them into context, and offer a framework for assessing proposed responses in ways that the signatories hope can aid those doing the risk analysis in individual cases…
This report is six months old, and I don’t know anything about the organization that produced it, but it has some alarming data about router security.
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Conclusion: Our analysis showed that Linux is the most used OS running on more than 90% of the devices. However, many routers are powered by very old versions of Linux. Most devices are still powered with a 2.6 Linux kernel, which is no longer maintained for many years. This leads to a high number of critical and high severity CVEs affecting these devices.
Since Linux is the most used OS, exploit mitigation techniques could be enabled very easily. Anyhow, they are used quite rarely by most vendors except the NX feature…
Bloomberg News has a major story about the Chinese hacking computer motherboards made by Supermicro, Levono, and others. It’s been going on since at least 2008. The US government has known about it for almost as long, and has tried to keep the attack secret:
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China’s exploitation of products made by Supermicro, as the U.S. company is known, has been under federal scrutiny for much of the past decade, according to 14 former law enforcement and intelligence officials familiar with the matter. That included an FBI counterintelligence investigation that began around 2012, when agents started monitoring the communications of a small group of Supermicro workers, using warrants obtained under the …
Google revealed that Gmail users from the United States are the most targeted by email-based phishing and malware. A joint five-month study conducted by Google with Stanford University researchers analyzed over 1.2 billion email-based phishing and malware attacks against Gmail users to determine what are factors influence the risk of attack. Experts discovered that malicious […]
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