INFOSECURITY NEWSLETTER

September 27, 2017

Three Out of Four DDoS Attacks Target Multiple Vectors

Help Net Security Staff, helpnetsecurity.com, September 26, 2017

Three out of every four DDoS attacks employed blended, multi-vector approaches in the second quarter of 2017, according to Nexusguard. The quarterly report, which measured more than 8,300 attacks, demonstrated that hackers continued to rely on volumetric attacks to overwhelm system resources.

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What History Teaches Us About Today’s Insider Threats

Noah Powers, deltarisk.com, September 21, 2017

While insider threat attacks continue to make waves in the news, the origins of insider threats go back decades and even centuries. Insiders have emerged in religious texts, insiders have brought down empires, and insiders have stolen money and information from various organizations.

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Utilities Will Spend Billions on Cybersecurity as Threat Grows

Constance Douris, forbes.com, September 21, 2017

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released a report in February identifying products available to enhance the electric grid’s cybersecurity. New technologies employed onto the grid are multiplying the number of access points for cyber threats.

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How ‘The Invisible Network’ Poses a Major Security Threat

Matthew Wall, bbc.com, September 22, 2017

It was an ordinary day at a busy hospital – doctors, nurses and surgeons rushed about attending to the health of their patients. For Hussein Syed, chief information security officer for the largest health provider in New Jersey, it was the health of his IT network that was keeping him busy.

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CCleaner: Extremely Popular Cyber Security Program Infected Millions of Users With a Virus

Aatif Sulleyman, independent.co.uk, September 19, 2017

More than two million people used an extremely popular software cleaning tool that had been infected with malware. CCleaner was compromised “in a sophisticated manner” in August, and the problem was only spotted and fixed in mid-September.

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46,000 New Phishing Sites are Created Every Day

Help Net Security Staff, helpnetsecurity.com, September 22, 2017

An average of 1.385 million new, unique phishing sites are created each month, with a high of 2.3 million sites created in May. The data collected by Webroot shows today’s phishing attacks are highly targeted, sophisticated, hard to detect, and difficult for users to avoid.

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If Your Password Hygiene Sucks, This Password Manager Will Tell On You

Steven Melendez, fastcompany.com, September 20, 2017

It’s some of the most common security advice on the internet: Never use the same password between different accounts. That’s because despite all the attention paid to hackers exploiting so-called “zero-day” exploits, or previously undiscovered security holes, plenty of prominent digital attacks still rely on stolen passwords.

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What is a Fileless Attack? How Hackers Invade Systems Without Installing Software

Maria Korlov, csoonline.com, September 21, 2017

“We see it every day,” says Steven Lentz, CSO at Samsung Research America. “Something coming through, some exploit type, unknown ransomware. We’ve stopped several things with our defenses, either network-wise or at the end point .”

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10 Stubborn Cybersecurity Myths, Busted

Jessica Davis, healthcareitnews.com, September 26, 2017

The state of healthcare cybersecurity is bad enough without a host of inaccurate information floating around the industry. Hackers honed in on healthcare’s technology weaknesses in 2016, pummeling the industry with massive spear phishing campaigns and ransomware attacks.

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