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Faulty CrowdStrike Update Crashes Windows Systems, Impacting Businesses Worldwide

Faulty CrowdStrike Update Crashes Windows Systems, Impacting Businesses Worldwide

Jul 19, 2024
Businesses across the world have been hit by widespread disruptions to their Windows workstations stemming from a faulty update pushed out by cybersecurity company CrowdStrike. "CrowdStrike is actively working with customers impacted by a defect found in a single content update for Windows hosts," the company's CEO George Kurtz said in a statement . "Mac and Linux hosts are not impacted. This is not a security incident or cyberattack." The company, which acknowledged "reports of [ Blue Screens of Death ] on Windows hosts," further said it has identified the issue and a fix has been deployed for its Falcon Sensor product, urging customers to refer to the support portal for the latest updates. For systems that have been already impacted by the problem, the mitigation instructions are listed below - Boot Windows in Safe Mode or Windows Recovery Environment Navigate to the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\CrowdStrike directory Find the file named &qu
Safeguard Personal and Corporate Identities with Identity Intelligence

Safeguard Personal and Corporate Identities with Identity Intelligence

Jul 19, 2024 Machine Learning / Corporate Security
Learn about critical threats that can impact your organization and the bad actors behind them from Cybersixgill's threat experts. Each story shines a light on underground activities, the threat actors involved, and why you should care, along with what you can do to mitigate risk.  In the current cyber threat landscape, the protection of personal and corporate identities has become vital. Once in the hands of cybercriminals, compromised credentials and accounts provide unauthorized access to corporations' sensitive information and an entry point to launch costly ransomware and other malware attacks. To properly mitigate threats stemming from compromised credentials and accounts, organizations need identity intelligence. Understanding the significance of identity intelligence and the benefits it delivers is foundational to maintaining a secure posture and minimizing risk.  There is a perception that security teams and threat analysts are already overloaded by too much data. By these
Pro-Houthi Group Targets Yemen Aid Organizations with Android Spyware

Pro-Houthi Group Targets Yemen Aid Organizations with Android Spyware

Jul 19, 2024 Malware / Mobile Security
A suspected pro-Houthi threat group targeted at least three humanitarian organizations in Yemen with Android spyware designed to harvest sensitive information. These attacks, attributed to an activity cluster codenamed OilAlpha , entail a new set of malicious mobile apps that come with their own supporting infrastructure, Recorded Future's Insikt Group said . Targets of the ongoing campaign include, CARE International, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), and the Saudi Arabian King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre. "The OilAlpha threat group is highly likely active and executing targeted activity against humanitarian and human rights organizations operating in Yemen, and potentially throughout the Middle East," the cybersecurity company said. OilAlpha was first documented in May 2023 in connection with an espionage campaign targeting development, humanitarian, media, and non-governmental organizations in the Arabian peninsula. These attacks leveraged What
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Top 4 Security Risks of GenAI

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Gain a competitive edge and unlock the top 4 major emerging risks within GenAI. This report from Gartner provides insights and recommended actions for security and product leaders.
APT41 Infiltrates Networks in Italy, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and the U.K.

APT41 Infiltrates Networks in Italy, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and the U.K.

Jul 19, 2024 Cyber Espionage / Threat Intelligence
Several organizations operating within global shipping and logistics, media and entertainment, technology, and automotive sectors in Italy, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the U.K. have become the target of a "sustained campaign" by the prolific China-based APT41 hacking group. "APT41 successfully infiltrated and maintained prolonged, unauthorized access to numerous victims' networks since 2023, enabling them to extract sensitive data over an extended period," Google-owned Mandiant said in a new report published Thursday. The threat intelligence firm described the adversarial collective as unique among China-nexus actors owing to its use of "non-public malware typically reserved for espionage operations in activities that appear to fall outside the scope of state-sponsored missions." Attack chains involve the use of web shells (ANTSWORD and BLUEBEAM), custom droppers (DUSTPAN and DUSTTRAP), and publicly available tools (SQLULDR2 and PINEGROV
Summary of "AI Leaders Spill Their Secrets" Webinar

Summary of "AI Leaders Spill Their Secrets" Webinar

Jul 19, 2024 Technology / Artificial Intelligence
Event Overview The " AI Leaders Spill Their Secrets " webinar, hosted by Sigma Computing, featured prominent AI experts sharing their experiences and strategies for success in the AI industry. The panel included Michael Ward from Sardine, Damon Bryan from Hyperfinity, and Stephen Hillian from Astronomer, moderated by Zalak Trivedi, Sigma Computing's Product Manager. Key Speakers and Their Backgrounds 1. Michael Ward Senior Risk Data Analyst at Sardine. Over 25 years of experience in software engineering. Focuses on data science, analytics, and machine learning to prevent fraud and money laundering. 2. Damon Bryan Co-founder and CTO at Hyperfinity. Specializes in decision intelligence software for retailers and brands. Background in data science, AI, and analytics, transitioning from consultancy to a full-fledged software company. 3. Stephen Hillian SVP of Data and AI at Astronomer. Manages data science teams and focuses on the development and scaling of
SolarWinds Patches 11 Critical Flaws in Access Rights Manager Software

SolarWinds Patches 11 Critical Flaws in Access Rights Manager Software

Jul 19, 2024 Vulnerability / Enterprise Security
SolarWinds has addressed a set of critical security flaws impacting its Access Rights Manager (ARM) software that could be exploited to access sensitive information or execute arbitrary code. Of the 13 vulnerabilities, eight are rated Critical in severity and carry a CVSS score of 9.6 out of 10.0. The remaining five weaknesses have been rated High in severity, with four of them having a CVSS score of 7.6 and one scoring 8.3. The most severe of the flaws are listed below - CVE-2024-23472 - SolarWinds ARM Directory Traversal Arbitrary File Deletion and Information Disclosure Vulnerability CVE-2024-28074 - SolarWinds ARM Internal Deserialization Remote Code Execution Vulnerability CVE-2024-23469 - Solarwinds ARM Exposed Dangerous Method Remote Code Execution Vulnerability CVE-2024-23475 - Solarwinds ARM Traversal and Information Disclosure Vulnerability CVE-2024-23467 - Solarwinds ARM Traversal Remote Code Execution Vulnerability CVE-2024-23466 - Solarwinds ARM Directory
WazirX Cryptocurrency Exchange Loses $230 Million in Major Security Breach

WazirX Cryptocurrency Exchange Loses $230 Million in Major Security Breach

Jul 19, 2024 Cryptocurrency / Cybercrime
Indian cryptocurrency exchange WazirX has confirmed that it was the target of a security breach that led to the theft of $230 million in cryptocurrency assets. "A cyber attack occurred in one of our [multi-signature] wallets involving a loss of funds exceeding $230 million," the company said in a statement. "This wallet was operated utilizing the services of Liminal's digital asset custody and wallet infrastructure from February 2023." The Mumbai-based company said the attack stemmed from a mismatch between the information that was displayed on Liminal's interface and what was actually signed. It said the payload was replaced to transfer wallet control to an attacker. Crypto custody firm Liminal is one of the six signatories on the wallet and is responsible for transaction verifications. "Our preliminary investigations show that one of the self custody multi-sig smart contract wallets created outside of the Liminal ecosystem has been compromised
10,000 Victims a Day: Infostealer Garden of Low-Hanging Fruit

10,000 Victims a Day: Infostealer Garden of Low-Hanging Fruit

Jul 15, 2024Cyber Crime / Data Protection
Imagine you could gain access to any Fortune 100 company for $10 or less, or even for free. Terrifying thought, isn't it? Or exciting, depending on which side of the cybersecurity barricade you are on. Well, that's basically the state of things today. Welcome to the infostealer garden of low-hanging fruit. Over the last few years, the problem has grown bigger and bigger, and only now are we slowly learning its full destructive potential. In this article, we will describe how the entire cybercriminal ecosystem operates, the ways various threat actors exploit data originating from it, and most importantly, what you can do about it. Let's start with what infostealer malware actually is. As the name suggests, it's malware that... steals data. Depending on the specific type, the information it extracts might differ slightly, but most will try to extract the following: Cryptocurrency wallets Bank account information and saved credit card details Saved passwords from various apps Bro
Alert: HotPage Adware Disguised as Ad Blocker Installs Malicious Kernel Driver

Alert: HotPage Adware Disguised as Ad Blocker Installs Malicious Kernel Driver

Jul 18, 2024 Malware / Windows Security
Cybersecurity researchers have shed light on an adware module that purports to block ads and malicious websites, while stealthily offloading a kernel driver component that grants attackers the ability to run arbitrary code with elevated permissions on Windows hosts. The malware, dubbed HotPage, gets its name from the eponymous installer ("HotPage.exe"), according to new findings from ESET, which discovered the malware towards the end of 2023. The installer "deploys a driver capable of injecting code into remote processes, and two libraries capable of intercepting and tampering with browsers' network traffic," ESET researcher Romain Dumont said in a technical analysis published today. "The malware can modify or replace the contents of a requested page, redirect the user to another page, or open a new page in a new tab based on certain conditions." Besides leveraging its browser traffic interception and filtering capabilities to display game-relat
AppSec Webinar: How to Turn Developers into Security Champions

AppSec Webinar: How to Turn Developers into Security Champions

Jul 18, 2024 App Security / Security Awareness
Let's face it: AppSec and developers often feel like they're on opposing teams. You're battling endless vulnerabilities while they just want to ship code. Sound familiar? It's a common challenge, but there is a solution. Ever wish they proactively cared about security? The answer lies in a proven, but often overlooked, strategy: Security Champion Programs — a way to turn developers from adversaries into security advocates? Join our upcoming FREE webinar, " Turn Developers into Allies: The Power of Security Champion Programs, " to discover the secrets behind this game-changing approach. In this webinar, you'll learn: Overcoming the Resistance: Proven tactics to bridge the gap between developers and security, fostering a spirit of collaboration and trust. The Power of Effective Communication: Learn how to make security messaging resonate with developers, without the jargon overload. Creating a Culture of Champions: Discover how to build a Securi
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