Month: August 2021

Attackers Can Remotely Disable Fortress Wi-Fi Home Security Alarms

31 August 2021

New vulnerabilities have been discovered in Fortress S03 Wi-Fi Home Security System that could be potentially abused by a malicious party to gain unauthorized access with an aim to alter system behavior, including disarming the devices without the victim’s knowledge. The two unpatched issues, tracked under the identifiers CVE-2021-39276 (CVSS score: 5.3) and CVE-2021-39277 (CVSS […]

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Researchers Propose Machine Learning-based Bluetooth Authentication Scheme

31 August 2021

A group of academics has proposed a machine learning approach that uses authentic interactions between devices in Bluetooth networks as a foundation to handle device-to-device authentication reliably. Called “Verification of Interaction Authenticity” (aka VIA), the recurring authentication scheme aims to solve the problem of passive, continuous authentication and automatic deauthentication once two devices are paired […]

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CISA Adds Single-Factor Authentication to the List of Bad Practices

31 August 2021

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Monday added single-factor authentication to the short list of “exceptionally risky” cybersecurity practices that could expose critical infrastructure as well as government and the private sector entities to devastating cyberattacks. Single-factor authentication is a method of signing in users to websites and remote systems by using […]

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New Microsoft Exchange ‘ProxyToken’ Flaw Lets Attackers Reconfigure Mailboxes

31 August 2021

Details have emerged about a now-patched security vulnerability impacting Microsoft Exchange Server that could be weaponized by an unauthenticated attacker to modify server configurations, thus leading to the disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). The issue, tracked as CVE-2021-33766 (CVSS score: 7.3) and coined “ProxyToken,” was discovered by Le Xuan Tuyen, a researcher at the […]

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How Does MTA-STS Improve Your Email Security?

30 August 2021

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol or SMTP has easily exploitable security loopholes. Email routing protocols were designed in a time when cryptographic technology was at a nascent stage (e.g., the de-facto protocol for email transfer, SMTP, is nearly 40 years old now), and therefore security was not an important consideration. As a result, in most email […]

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Get Lifetime Access to 24 Professional Cybersecurity Certification Prep Courses

29 August 2021

Not all heroes wear capes. Cybersecurity professionals are digital warriors who use their knowledge and skill to battle malicious hackers. Sounds like an exciting career, right? If the comic-book comparisons aren’t working for you, perhaps some figures will. According to ZipRecruiter, the average salary of a cybersecurity professional is just over $100,000 a year. The […]

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LockFile Ransomware Bypasses Protection Using Intermittent File Encryption

28 August 2021

A new ransomware family that emerged last month comes with its own bag of tricks to bypass ransomware protection by leveraging a novel technique called “intermittent encryption.” Called LockFile, the operators of the ransomware have been found exploiting recently disclosed flaws such as ProxyShell and PetitPotam to compromise Windows servers and deploy file-encrypting malware that […]

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Microsoft Warns of Widespread Phishing Attacks Using Open Redirects

28 August 2021

Microsoft is warning of a widespread credential phishing campaign that leverages open redirector links in email communications as a vector to trick users into visiting malicious websites while effectively bypassing security software. “Attackers combine these links with social engineering baits that impersonate well-known productivity tools and services to lure users into clicking,” Microsoft 365 Defender […]

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Microsoft, Google to Invest $30 Billion in Cybersecurity Over Next 5 Years

27 August 2021

Google and Microsoft said they are pledging to invest a total of $30 billion in cybersecurity advancements over the next five years, as the U.S. government partners with private sector companies to address threats facing the country in the wake of a string of sophisticated malicious cyber activity targeting critical infrastructure, laying bare the risks […]

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Kaseya Issues Patches for Two New 0-Day Flaws Affecting Unitrends Servers

27 August 2021

U.S. technology firm Kaseya has released security patches to address two zero-day vulnerabilities affecting its Unitrends enterprise backup and continuity solution that could result in privilege escalation and authenticated remote code execution. The two weaknesses are part of a trio of vulnerabilities discovered and reported by researchers at the Dutch Institute for Vulnerability Disclosure (DIVD) […]

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