Aerospace and military companies in the crosshairs

This blog post is a summary of this week’s Information Security News put together by our Security Incident Response Team (SIRT)

ESET researchers are warning about targeted phishing attacks agains high-profile aerospace and military companies in Europe. The attacker will approach individual personnel about possible job vacancies, some file-sharing then commences with the pretense of informing about this vacancy, this is in reality malware giving the attacker foothold on the victims machine.

Be vigilant about files you get from strangers, and people who makes contact on social media and LinkedIn.

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Zoom continues to face security issues

This blog post is a summary of this week’s Information Security News put together by our Security Incident Response Team (SIRT)

Zoom has become very popular as people are working from home and unable to travel, but faced backlash after multiple security vulnerabilities was discovered earlier this year. Now Cisco Talos discovered two more security vulnerabilities that could lead to remote code execution. One of the bugs was in zooms giphy animated gif code that could lead to path traversal and arbitrary file write, and the other one was in Zooms message processing code where a specially crafted message could lead to arbitrary code execution. Both vulnerabilities was disclosed to Zoom and a patch was released
before Talos publicly released the information. Just another reminder to keep software up to date.

Zoom also announced that they will no longer offer end-to-end encryption to its free user but offer it as part of its premium feature for paid customers. The move has been criticized by security experts, especially in lieu of all the recent security vulnerabilities discovered in their platform. Eric Yuan, Zooms CEO claim that the move is to work together with FBI and local law enforcement in case someone use Zoom for a bad purpose

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NATO Condemns Cyber-Attacks

Fraudulent iOS VPN Apps Attempt to Scam Users

Hackers Compromise Cisco Servers Via SaltStack Flaws

Malware Campaign Hides in Resumes and Medical Leave Forms

Zero-day in Sign in with Apple

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Zero click bugs in Apple operating systems

This blog post is a summary of this week’s Information Security News put together by our Security Incident Response Team (SIRT).

According to Google’s project zero there are vulnerabilities in Apples operating systems media managements. The vulnerabilities could let an attacker gain access by sending a specially crafted image or video to a target and no interaction would be needed from the user to be exploited.
The vulnerabilities was found using fuzzing techniques on previously found bugs, and the vulnerabilities they found have now been fixed.

More on this topic:

Google discloses zero-click bugs impacting several Apple operating systems

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Zoom faces a privacy and security backlash

This blog post is a summary of this week’s Information Security News put together by our Security Incident Response Team (SIRT).

The use of the Zoom video conference application has exploded in popularity amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but this has lead to the importance of scrutiny from a security and privacy perspective which as uncovered lots of privacy and security issues and even zero day vulnerabilities.
As result of this Zoom now faces a privacy and security backlash.

More on this topic:

Wired article on Zoom

Even Doc Searls has written a series of four posts about Zoom and privacy.

 

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In COVID-19 Scam Scramble, Cybercrooks Recycle Phishing Kits

Hackers Install Secret Backdoor on Thousands of Microsoft SQL Servers

Online Credit Card Skimmers Are Thriving During the Pandemic

‘Zombie’ Windows win32k bug reanimated by researcher

Privacy vs. Surveillance in the Age of COVID-19

Covid-19 phishing on the rise

This blog post is a summary of this week’s Information Security News put together by our Security Incident Response Team (SIRT).

Criminals continue to use the covid-19 pandemic for personal gain and according to Barracuda networks the amount of phishing emails have spikes by over 650% since the end of February.

But even as the campaigns are revving up their attempts at tricking people, their attempts remain largely the same as before the pandemic started. The tools, methods and payloads stays pretty much the same, but now trying to leverage the fear and need for information during a crisis. The company proofpoint.com made en excellent one-slide summary of what is new seen below.

 

 

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Reality Check: The Story of Cybersecurity

This blog post is a summary of this week’s Information Security News put together by our Security Incident Response Team (SIRT).

“Often, hackers are portrayed as “technical sorcerers” while defenders are “hapless techies focused on zero-day vulnerabilities and only the most advanced threat vectors,” but in reality, that’s not true.
Cybercriminals are not always sophisticated, and in fact, more script kiddies exist than technically savvy hackers.
The difference is that cybercriminals are more organized and create tools and exploit kits that allow less sophisticated actors to become well equipped in launching attacks.”

said Rohit Ghai, president of RSA, in his keynote at the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week.

“The security landscape needs to change the narrative of its story. So we need to reclaim our narrative, reorganize our defense, and rethink our culture.”
this was his solicitation to the cyber security community.

more talks from the RSA Conference 2020 or download the RSAC 2020 Trend Report

 

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RSAC 2020: Lack of Machine Learning Laws Open Doors To Attacks

New Wi-Fi Encryption Vulnerability Affects Over A Billion Devices

New LTE Network Flaw Could Let Attackers Impersonate 4G Mobile Users

FBI recommends using passphrases instead of complex passwords

Gmail Is Catching More Malicious Attachments With Deep Learning

 

Cloud security is voodoo?

“Researchers detail the process of finding two flaws in the Azure Stack architecture and Azure App Service, both of which have been patched.”

“Check Point Research analysts who discovered two vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure have published the details of how these flaws were found and how attackers could potentially use them.”

Read more at darkreading.com

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The State of Breach Protection 2020

This blog post is a summary of this week’s Information Security News put together by our Security Incident Response Team (SIRT).

“What are the key considerations security decision makers should take into account when designing their 2020 breach protection?”
1,536 cybersecurity professionals has been asked that question and many other security related questions in Cynet’s “The State of Breach Protection 2020″ survey.
The survey report will give a great insight into common practices, prioritizations and preferences of organization today in how their are protecting themselves from breaches.

Download the full survey report here

 

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EU privacy fines near £100m, but regulators are hungry for more

Iran-Linked PupyRAT backdoor used in recent attacks on European energy sector

250 Million Microsoft Customer Support Records Exposed Online

NIST’s new privacy rules – what you need to know

Cisco Warns of Critical Network Security Tool Flaw

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New year, new vulnerabilities

This blog post is a summary of this week’s Information Security News put together by our Security Incident Response Team (SIRT).

The year 2020 started of by throwing out a bunch of new vulnerabilities that needed fixing.
First it was the Citrix vulnerability in Application Delivery Controller and Gateway products, formerly known as netscaler. The vulnerability was technically was released in 2019 as CVE-2019-19781; and allowed an attacker to get arbitrary remote code execution trough a directory traversal. The exploit was really easy to pull of and only needed two web-requests to the gateway, and multiple POC was released early January leading to active exploitation in the wild. Citrix has not yet released a patch for the vulnerability, but instead released a way to mitigate the vulnerability by means of configuration. A patch is expected next week.

Then on Tuesday, 14th of January Microsoft released its monthly patches fixing a bunch of bugs and security issues. In this patch there were two critical vulnerabilities that warranted extra atention. One was dubbed “curveball” and is tracked as CVE-2020-0601. Curveball is a bug in the Windows crypto API(Crypt32.dll) and how Windows Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC). The vulnerability allows anyone to present a certificate, and windows will happily acknowledge it as a valid certificate even when it is no. This could let an attacker launch Man-in-the-middle attacks against HTTPS connections, present fake certificates for phishing pages and allow fake signed executables to be launched. The vulnerability affects Windows 10, and Windows server 20016 and later.

Another big one from this patch was the Microsoft RD gateway vulnerability tracked as CVE-2020-0609 allowing arbitrary remote code execution by sending a specially crafted request to the server over the RDP connection. By using this exploit an attacker could get full access to the server by means of installing software, create users with full access rights etc.

There were also multiple other other vulnerabilities fixed, such as CVE-2020-0603 is a critical remote code execution bug in ASP.NET Core allowing an attacker to execute code by getting a user to open a file, and CVE-2020-0636 (Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)) allowing a user to run commands with elevated privileges.

In other news, SHA-1 is a Shambles after the first chosen prefix collision for sha1 was done. This means that sha1 is considered unsafe to use for integrity checking as you can create two documents that are completely different, add extra data to make them the same length and then add some specific data to generate the same sha1-sum for both documents. SHA1 should now be avoided for integrity checking of data.

A total of 334 vulnerabilities was patched by Oracle this week, covering many widely used applications like MySQL, VirtualBox, Java and Oracle Database.

On a different note, Windows 7 and windows server 2008(r2) is now end of life as of January 14, and will not get any more security updates. Microsoft wil also up the fees for running these operation systems, so both from a economical and security standpoint it makes sense to upgrade now sooner than later.

To sum up this weeks security news, stay up to date with patching at all times. There is no excuse not to.

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Threat Hunting or Efficiency: Pick Your EDR Path?

This blog post is a summary of this week’s Information Security News put together by our Security Incident Response Team (SIRT).

Cybersecurity teams face a lot of conflicting objectives—both within their teams and from upper management. But a May 2019 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of McAfee really puts a fine point on it: When decision makers were asked which endpoint security goals and initiatives they’re prioritizing for the coming year, the top two responses were “improve security detection capabilities” (87%) and “increase efficiency in the SOC” (76%).

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Dexphot Malware Hijacked 80K+ Devices to Mine Cryptocurrency

It’s Way Too Easy to Get a .gov Domain Name

A Cause You Care About Needs Your Cybersecurity Help

Google caught a state hacker crew uploading badness to the Play Store