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The Rombertik malware destroys the MBR to prevent unauthorized use by cybercriminals. The feature is not aimed at security researchers, says Symantec.
The FBI says a researcher admitted hijacking an airplane by hacking into its systems, but the expert noted that his statement was taken out of context.
Researchers have published the details and proof-of-concept code for some unpatched and unconfirmed vulnerabilities affecting Google App Engine for Java.
Security experts share thoughts on the recently disclosed vulnerability dubbed "VENOM." The bug is serious, but not as dangerous as Heartbleed.
United Airlines launches bug bounty program. Researchers can earn up to 1 million award miles for reporting critical vulnerabilities.
Trend Micro unmasks a spate of ongoing attacks targeting government, military and industry officials in Taiwan and the Philippines.
Cisco TelePresence products are plagued by command injection, DoS, and authentication bypass vulnerabilities. Software updates that address the flaws are available.
Three vulnerabilities have been found by SEC Consult in WSO2 Identity Server. The vendor has patched the security holes.
The Chinese threat group known as APT17 and DeputyDog has been using a clever technique to hide the IP addresses for C&C servers in plain sight.
The VENOM vulnerability is a critical threat to virtual environments, but some security experts are hesitant to equate it with the Heartbleed bug discovered last year.

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Marc Solomon's picture
Malvertising underscores the need for an approach to security that addresses the full attack continuum. With ongoing visibility and control, and intelligent and continuous updates, security professionals can take action to stop the inevitable outbreak.
Torsten George's picture
When an organization is solely focused on strengthening its compliance posture to pass an audit, they primarily look at control failures and gaps and try to mitigate them.
Mark Hatton's picture
You need to identify your security shortcomings before someone else does. Simulate attacks and tests to associate known vulnerabilities, previous attack patterns, and security/network data to identify potential attack paths to your company’s most important data.
Scott Simkin's picture
While SSL decryption is necessary for maintaining network security, security admins need to establish strict rules about how they handle decrypted data.
Ryan Naraine's picture
John Hultquist, Manager of Cyber Espionage Threat Intelligence at ISIGHT Partners, joins the podcast to talk about "NEWSCASTER," a cyber espionage operation that uses fictitious social media accounts to launch attacks.
Danelle Au's picture
The protection of connected ( Internet of Things) devices is likely better performed at a network level rather than an endpoint level due to the variety of devices that may exist and the limited endpoint security functions that can be supported.
Mark Hatton's picture
The fact that you aren’t seeing or hearing about potential threats to the organization, or alarms aren’t being raised by the security team, shouldn’t make you feel better as an executive.
Torsten George's picture
A threat is the agent that takes advantage of a vulnerability. This relationship must be a key factor in the risk assessment process and can no longer be treated as risk’s neglected step child.
Marc Solomon's picture
Many continue to click on links or attachments sent via email without taking any steps to verify the origin of the email or the validity of the link or attachment. It only takes one click to for an attacker to establish a foothold in the target’s systems.
Mark Hatton's picture
Here are five things I recommend security pros keep in mind when navigating the line between tight security and keeping the organization running at peak proficiency.