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Watch Out IT Admins! Two Unpatched Critical RCE Flaws Disclosed in rConfig

Watch Out IT Admins! Two Unpatched Critical RCE Flaws Disclosed in rConfig
November 03, 2019Swati Khandelwal
If you're using the popular rConfig network configuration management utility to protect and manage your network devices, here we have an important and urgent warning for you. A cybersecurity researcher has recently published details and proof-of-concept exploits for two unpatched, critical remote code execution vulnerabilities in the rConfig utility, at least one of which could allow unauthenticated remote attackers to compromise targeted servers, and connected network devices. Written in native PHP, rConfig is a free, open source network device configuration management utility that allows network engineers to configure and take frequent configuration snapshots of their network devices. According to the project website, rConfig is being used to manage more than 3.3 million network devices, including switches, routers, firewalls, load-balancer, WAN optimizers. What's more worrisome? Both vulnerabilities affect all versions of rConfig, including the latest rConfig ver

How MSPs can become Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Providers

How MSPs can become Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Providers
October 29, 2019The Hacker News
Managed detection and response (MDR) is one of the fastest-growing segments in the cybersecurity market. ESG research from April 2019 reveals that 27% of organizations are actively pursuing an MDR project, while another 11% plan to pursue an MDR project in the future. Cynet now enables service providers to add MDR to their portfolio and gain an important competitive advantage over competitors with Cynet 360 integrated offering of breach protection platform and CyOps 24\7 SOC team ( Learn more here ). MDR is a relatively new security service offering that emerged in recent years to assist the standard organization with a team of experts that provide 24\7 alert prioritization, investigation, and proactive threat hunting — tasks that are typically beyond its in-house capabilities. Cynet 360's complete coverage across endpoints, network, and user accounts makes it a tool of choice that provides MDR providers with real-time threat coverage across the entire environment with a

Cynet's Vulnerability Assessment Enables Organizations to Dramatically Reduce their Risk Exposure

Cynet's Vulnerability Assessment Enables Organizations to Dramatically Reduce their Risk Exposure
October 22, 2019The Hacker News
Protection from cyberattacks begins way before attackers launch their weapons on an organization. Continuously monitoring the environment for security weaknesses and addressing such, if found, is a proven way to provide organizations with immunity to a large portion of attacks. Among the common weaknesses that expose organizations to cyberattacks, the most prominent are software vulnerabilities in systems and applications that attackers relentlessly take advantage of. To assist in the discovery of such vulnerabilities, Cynet now offers organizations a 14 days free access to its Cynet 360 platform in which they can leverage its built-in vulnerability assessment tools. A vulnerability is a bug in the software that enables a threat actor to manipulate it for malicious purposes. For example, a vulnerability in Word enables attackers to craft a Word document in such a manner that when a user double clicks to open it, it transparently opens a connection between the user computer an

Just An SMS Could Let Remote Attackers Access All Your Emails, Experts Warn

Just An SMS Could Let Remote Attackers Access All Your Emails, Experts Warn
September 04, 2019Mohit Kumar
Beware! Billion of Android users can easily be tricked into changing their devices' critical network settings with just an SMS-based phishing attack. Whenever you insert a new SIM in your phone and connects to your cellular network for the very first time, your carrier service automatically configures or sends you a message containing network-specific settings required to connect to data services. While manually installing it on your device, have you ever noticed what configurations these messages, technically known as OMA CP messages, include? Well, believe me, most users never bother about it if their mobile Internet services work smoothly. But you should worry about these settings, as installing untrusted settings can put your data privacy at risk, allowing remote attackers to spy on your data communications, a team of cybersecurity researchers told The Hacker News. Mobile carriers send OMA CP (Open Mobile Alliance Client Provisioning) messages containing APN settin

DHS Warns Small Airplanes Vulnerable to Flight Data Manipulation Attacks

DHS Warns Small Airplanes Vulnerable to Flight Data Manipulation Attacks
July 31, 2019Swati Khandelwal
What could be more horrifying than knowing that a hacker can trick the plane's electronic systems into displaying false flight data to the pilot, which could eventually result in loss of control? Of course, the attacker would never wish to be on the same flight, so in this article, we are going to talk about a potential loophole that could allow an attacker to exploit a vulnerability with some level of "unsupervised" physical access to a small aircraft before the plane takes off. The United States Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) has issued an alert for the same, warning owners of small aircraft to be on guard against a vulnerability that could enable attackers to easily hack the plane's CAN bus and take control of key navigation systems. The vulnerability, discovered by a cybersecurity researcher at Rapid 7, resides in the modern aircraft's implementation of CAN (Controller Area Network) bus—a popular vehicular networking standard used in au

Engage Your Management with the Definitive 'Security for Management' Presentation Template

Engage Your Management with the Definitive 'Security for Management' Presentation Template
July 16, 2019The Hacker News
In every organization, there is a person who's directly accountable for cybersecurity. The name of the role varies per the organization's size and maturity – CISO, CIO, and Director of IT are just a few common examples – but the responsibility is similar in all places. They're the person who understands the risk and exposure, knows how prepared the team and most important – what the gaps are and how they can be best addressed. Apart from actually securing the organization – and losing some sleep over it – this individual has another equally important task: to communicate the security risk, needs, and status to the company's management. After all, the level of security rises in direct proportion to the amount of invested resources, and management people are the ones who decide and allocate them. Since management people are not typically cybersecurity savvy, engaging them can be challenging – one must find the balance between high-level explanations, a direct c

Cynet Launches Free Offering For Incident Response Service Providers

Cynet Launches Free Offering For Incident Response Service Providers
July 09, 2019The Hacker News
More and more, organizations take the route of outsourcing incident response to Managed Security Service Providers. This trend is distinct regardless of the organization's cyber maturity level and can be found across a wide range of cyber maturity, from small companies with no dedicated security team to enterprises with a fully equipped SOC. The hands of the incident response service providers are extremely busy, and the need from their side to scale while maintaining top quality has never been greater. To address this need, Cynet offers IR service providers to collect data, analyze, investigate and remediate threats on their customers' environments with Cynet 360 platform for free, introducing unmatched speed and reliability into their operations. Any incident responder can now simply sign up to Cynet and immediately get free access to the platform. "Cynet tackles the incident response play at its most fundamental core – speed," said Eyal Gruner, co-fo

WEBINAR: How to Get Enterprise Cyber Security for your Mid-Sized Organization

WEBINAR: How to Get Enterprise Cyber Security for your Mid-Sized Organization
May 21, 2019The Hacker News
High-quality cybersecurity posture is typically regarded as the exclusive domain of the large and heavy resourced enterprises – those who can afford a multi-product security stack and a skilled security team to operate it. This implies a grave risk to all organizations who are not part of this group, since the modern threat landscape applies to all, regardless of size and vertical. What is less commonly known is that by following basic and well-defined practices and wise security product choices, any organization can level up its defenses to a much higher standard. "At the end of the day it comes down to strategic planning," says Eyal Gruner, CEO and co-founder of Cynet, "rather than thinking in term of specific product or need, zoom out and breakdown the challenge to its logical parts – what do you need to do proactively on an on-going basis, while you're under attack and when you manage a recovery process." From the various frameworks of security b

Advanced Breach Protection Demystified – Untold Truths On Security Beyond AV

Advanced Breach Protection Demystified – Untold Truths On Security Beyond AV
March 28, 2019The Hacker News
Doing business in today's connected world means dealing with a continually evolving threat landscape. With potential losses due to downtime following a breach, plus valuable client and proprietary information at risk, most organizations realize they cannot afford to be complacent. This puts extra onus on security IT teams, who are continuously left scrambling, looking for the best way to protect their organizations against the threats that bypass AV and firewall. Added to this is another challenge in that most organizations are limited in the resources they can invest in security. Many are left reliant on a single product on top of their security stack. Common practice in organizational security circles as they attempt to remain secure is to upgrade endpoint protection with EPP\EDR or a Network Analytic tool. But as we all know, what's common is not necessarily what's best. How can an organization ensure it remains secure, especially with all that is at stake?

Cynet is offering unhappy competitors' customers a refund for the time remaining on existing contracts

Cynet is offering unhappy competitors' customers a refund for the time remaining on existing contracts
March 12, 2019The Hacker News
Cynet goes head-to-head with CrowdStrike, DarkTrace, Cylance, Carbon Black & Symantec, offering their unhappy customers a refund for the time remaining on their existing contracts. Cynet, the automated threat discovery and mitigation platform was built to address the advanced threats that AV and Firewalls cannot stop. Today, Cynet announced that any organization currently deploying an advanced security solution from the list below who are unhappy with it and up for renewal in 2019 - can try Cynet for free  here. If they decide to switch to Cynet – they will be reimbursed for the remaining contract with the previous security vendor. The Cynet offer is relevant to companies that have at least 300 endpoints and are currently customers of any of the following solutions: Crowdstrike / Carbon Black / Darktrace / Cylance / Symantec / Fire Eye Endpoint Protection / SentinelOne / Cybereason / CISCO AMP / Trend Micro Apex / Palo Alto Networks Traps. What makes Cynet so sure th

Google Launches Backstory — A New Cyber Security Tool for Businesses

Google Launches Backstory — A New Cyber Security Tool for Businesses
March 05, 2019Swati Khandelwal
Google's one-year-old cybersecurity venture Chronicle today announced its first commercial product, called Backstory , a cloud-based enterprise-level threat analytics platform that has been designed to help companies quickly investigate incidents, pinpoint vulnerabilities and hunt for potential threats. Network infrastructures at most enterprises regularly generate enormous amounts of network data and logs on a daily basis that can be helpful to figure out exactly what happened when a security incident occurs. However, unfortunately, most companies either don't collect the right telemetry or even when they do, it's practically impossible for them to retain that telemetry for more than a week or two, making analysts blind if any security incident happens before that. Backstory solves this problem by allowing organizations to privately upload and store their petabytes of "internal security telemetry" on Google cloud platform and leverage machine learning and da

Learn How XDR Can Take Breach Protection Beyond Endpoint Security

Learn How XDR Can Take Breach Protection Beyond Endpoint Security
February 19, 2019The Hacker News
How do you know whether an attacker has infiltrated your network? Can you really rely on an Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solution to be your go-to technology for identifying security breaches? Endpoint detection and response (EDR) platform has been an important technology to detect cybersecurity incidents, but it provides only the view of endpoints, just a portion of the big picture. Since hackers can explore and exploit anything within reach, not just a few monitored endpoints, many security professionals are reaching the realization that the actual attack surface of their organizations is significantly wider than only endpoints. In an ideal and more effective approach to security, a broader set of attack vectors and activity data should be examined to get a more complete view of the attack operation. On top of the endpoint, security solutions must also include cloud, threat intelligence, network data, and logging information, among others. If you haven't already,

Researchers Release Tool That Finds Vulnerable Robots on the Internet

Researchers Release Tool That Finds Vulnerable Robots on the Internet
January 28, 2019Mohit Kumar
A team at a robot cybersecurity startup has released a free, open-source tool for information security professionals to help them easily 'footprint' and detect unprotected robots, not only connected to the Internet, but also to the industrial environments where they operate. Dubbed " Aztarna ," the framework has been developed by Alias Robotics , a Spanish cybersecurity firm focused on robots and is capable of detecting vulnerable industrial routers and robots powered by ROS (Robot Operating System), SROS (Secure ROS) and other robot technologies. Written in Python 3, Aztarna is basically a port scanning tool with a built-in database of fingerprints for industrial routers (including Westermo, Moxa, Sierra Wireless, and eWON), and robotic technologies and components, as well as patterns that power the tool to test those devices against various known vulnerabilities and security misconfigurations. Researchers at Alias Robotics told The Hacker News that Aztarna h

Google DNS Service (8.8.8.8) Now Supports DNS-over-TLS Security

Google DNS Service (8.8.8.8) Now Supports DNS-over-TLS Security
January 10, 2019Swati Khandelwal
Almost every activity on the Internet starts with a DNS query, a key function of the Internet that works as an Internet's directory where your device looks up for the server IP addresses after you enter a human-readable web address (e.g., thehackernews.com). Since DNS queries are sent in clear text over UDP or TCP without encryption, the information can reveal not only what websites an individual visits but is also vulnerable to spoofing attacks. To address these problems, Google announced Wednesday that its Public DNS (Domain Name System) service finally supports DNS-over-TLS security protocol, which means that the DNS queries and responses will be communicated over TLS-encrypted TCP connections. The DNS-over-TLS has been designed to make it harder for man-in-the-middle attackers to manipulate the DNS query or eavesdrop on your Internet connection. Launched over eight years ago, Google Public DNS, at IP addresses 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4, is world's largest public Domai

VPNFilter Router Malware Adds 7 New Network Exploitation Modules

VPNFilter Router Malware Adds 7 New Network Exploitation Modules
September 27, 2018Swati Khandelwal
Security researchers have discovered even more dangerous capabilities in VPNFilter —the highly sophisticated multi-stage malware that infected 500,000 routers worldwide in May this year, making it much more widespread and sophisticated than earlier. Attributed to Russia's APT 28, also known as 'Fancy Bear,' VPNFilter is a malware platform designed to infect routers and network-attached storage devices from 75 brands including Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, TP-Link, QNAP, ASUS, D-Link, Huawei, ZTE, Ubiquiti, and UPVEL. In May, when VPNFilter infected half a million routers and NAS devices in 54 countries, the FBI seized a key command-and-control domain used by the malware and asked people to reboot their routers. Initially, it was found that VPNFilter had been built with multiple attack modules that could be deployed to the infected routers to steal website credentials and monitor industrial controls or SCADA systems, such as those used in electric grids, other infr

Hackers can compromise your network just by sending a Fax

Hackers can compromise your network just by sending a Fax
August 14, 2018Swati Khandelwal
What maximum a remote attacker can do just by having your Fax machine number? Believe it or not, but your fax number is literally enough for a hacker to gain complete control over the printer and possibly infiltrate the rest of the network connected to it. Check Point researchers have revealed details of two critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities they discovered in the communication protocols used in tens of millions of fax machines globally. You might be thinking who uses Fax these days! Well, Fax is not a thing of the past. With more than 300 million fax numbers and 45 million fax machines in use globally, Fax is still popular among several business organizations, regulators, lawyers, bankers, and real estate firms. Since most fax machines are today integrated into all-in-one printers, connected to a WiFi network and PSTN phone line, a remote attacker can simply send a specially-crafted image file via fax to exploit the reported vulnerabilities and seize co

Critical Unpatched RCE Flaw Disclosed in LG Network Storage Devices

Critical Unpatched RCE Flaw Disclosed in LG Network Storage Devices
April 18, 2018Mohit Kumar
If you have installed a network-attached storage device manufactured by LG Electronics, you should take it down immediately, read this article carefully and then take appropriate action to protect your sensitive data. A security researcher has revealed complete technical details of an unpatched critical remote command execution vulnerability in various LG NAS device models that could let attackers compromise vulnerable devices and steal data stored on them. LG's Network Attached Storage (NAS) device is a dedicated file storage unit connected to a network that allows users to store and share data with multiple computers. Authorized users can also access their data remotely over the Internet. The vulnerability has been discovered by the researcher at privacy advocate firm VPN Mentor, the same company that last month revealed severe flaws in three popular VPNs —HotSpot Shield, PureVPN, and ZenMate VPN. The LG NAS flaw is a pre-authenticated remote command injection vulnera

Here's how hackers are targeting Cisco Network Switches in Russia and Iran

Here's how hackers are targeting Cisco Network Switches in Russia and Iran
April 09, 2018Mohit Kumar
Since last week, a new hacking group, calling itself ' JHT ,' hijacked a significant number of Cisco devices belonging to organizations in Russia and Iran, and left a message that reads—" Do not mess with our elections " with an American flag (in ASCII art). MJ Azari Jahromi, Iranian Communication and Information Technology Minister, said the campaign impacted approximately 3,500 network switches in Iran, though a majority of them were already restored. The hacking group is reportedly targeting vulnerable installations of Cisco Smart Install Client, a legacy plug-and-play utility designed to help administrators configure and deploy Cisco equipments remotely, which is enabled by default on Cisco IOS and IOS XE switches and runs over TCP port 4786. Some researchers believe the attack involves a recently disclosed remote code execution vulnerability ( CVE-2018-0171 ) in Cisco Smart Install Client that could allow attackers to take full control of the network
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