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From a broken TLS CA, to Facebook, to FIN12 hit and run

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Alexandre Blanc Weekly Cyber

Yet another crazy week in cyber, which makes me wonder if there is any quiet week anymore, and, as a lot spoke about mental health as well, how long do you think a human can take all of this ?

Meanwhile, I’m still motivated to do good, and while ransomware gangs make millions every month, we try to get a couple of bucks from people so as we can help secure them (not asking for money, just tough to get organization to spend just enough to protect themselves).

But I’m telling you, this won’t last, ransomware projections are so huge, that we’ll come to a point where, sorry, we don’t take new customers. Scarcity, is where we’re heading, and I’m telling you, find your cyber security partner NOW, because we, skilled humans in this field, are in very limited supply. The illusion of the market may make you think you have choice, but there is a fun fact in the back end, A sells the skills of B, which sells the skills of C, which rely on A for any overflow…… do you see it coming ?


Monica talks Cyber to Alex

Meanwhile, Monica and myself are going to share some insights on our CISO experience, hopefully a series to start in November, and well scheduled (according to her, she likes when things are organized, and it’s good !), and pretty fun (according to me, and her actually, we agree on this)…. (wait, did I mean we don’t agree on everything ? )…. (seems I’m talking to myself now…. ok, let’s move on).

Edit : Monica said that I should say that the audience will have an AWESOME opportunity not only to ask ya questions for this episode but ALSO TO SHAPE OUR NEXT EPISODES and what challenges we address (that’s what she said :P )


Mani got Alex to talk and talk and talk :D

This week as well, did record a 6 min LinkedIn podcast with Mani Keerthi which actually turned to be very relevant in a pretty short time ! Thanks Mani ! :)


And now, finally, this week in 56 points :

1 – Letsencrypt updated their CA (certificate authority) and it went bad for a lot of stuffs – Let’s Encrypt’s root certificate has expired and stuff is breaking all over the place


2 – Surprise, yet another massive leak – US retailer Neiman Marcus confirms Data breach – Just 4.6 Millions customers data


3 – You first need to have proper security posture, otherwise, nothing will help you – US unites 30 countries to disrupt global ransomware attacks


4 – I fixed the issue by dropping any phone call. Only accepting known persons over encrypted channels – FCC orders phone carriers to enforce unlawful robocall blocking


5 – Hacked down to hardware – Flaw in AMD Platform Security Processor Affects Millions of Computers


6 – Cryptoland never cease to amaze me – Crypto platform mistakenly gives $90M to users, asks for refund


7 – Just a reminder, building your security posture, assessing the potential impact and placing proper security controls to mitigate the risk is not optional, unless you absolutely don’t care – Sandhills online machinery markets shut down by ransomware attack


8 – That’s hacking ! The power of technical creativity ! Creating Wireless Signals with Ethernet Cable to Steal Data from Air-Gapped Systems


9 – Clowd style leak ! Poorly Configured Apache Airflow Instances Leak Credentials for Popular Services


10 – Like it or not, patch management is critical – New Atom Silo ransomware targets vulnerable Confluence servers


11 – Good work Europol, some less criminals – Ransomware operators behind hundreds of attacks arrested in Ukraine (doesn’t calm down anyhow, but that’s already something ! )


12 – Learn why privacy and data protection is important (aside of Pandora papers ) – Transnational fraud ring stole millions from Army members, veterans


13 – Quite an interesting take on this one, after all we are in a continuously evolving environment, seeing rising threats, and regulation playing ketchup – Regulations & Ransomware: A Quick Overview


14 – Facebook offline day ! Great for humans mental health, on this linkedin post, I covered, including comment, the whole story, with other, pointing to the BGP error , but we all know the truth : The home router of Mark got powered off as his cat stepped on it, and poof ! Facebook Blames Outage on Faulty Router Configuration


15 – Just don’t SMS, anything you type on it, is being reviewed by thousands of people, indexed, reshared and all – Company That Routes Billions of Text Messages Quietly Says It Was Hacked


16 – Android patch time ! Android October patch fixes three critical bugs, 41 flaws in total


17 – You are hacked ! UEFI (aka BIOS) hacked since 2012 – New UEFI bootkit used to backdoor Windows devices since 2012


18 – Not even out for a day, already broke network support for widely used Intel network/wifi cards – Microsoft confirms Windows 11 issues with VirtualBox, Intel Killer


19 – Do you have accounts without MFA ? unacceptable – Large ransom demands and password-guessing attacks escalate


20 – Almost forgot ! I was on 123CMMC with the awesome Dana Mantilia ! We had a great episode on here :


21 – it’s apache web server patch time ! Apache fixes actively exploited zero-day vulnerability, patch now


22 – It smells a lot like….clowd ! The Telegraph exposes 10 TB database with subscriber info


23 – Root cause is credentials guessing or Brut force, so don’t expose your management networks and have decent governance – Ransomware gang encrypts VMware ESXi servers with Python script


24 – Very positive outcome, some souls got saved from evil thanks to this failure – Facebook outage leads to massive user exodus to Telegram, Signal


25 – You should already know this but a reminder – 3 Ways the Government Can Track Your Phone


26 – Don’t forget, private browsing still allows your Internet Service Provider to see everything you do. Private browsing only protects you if someone looks at your browsing history. Firefox improves advertising tracker blocking in private browsing


27 – Take this as an example ! YOU must do it too on all your accounts – Google to turn on 2-factor authentication by default for 150 million users


28 – Good move, especially that investing less than the payment made to criminals is enough to build your whole security posture and strongly reduce the likelihood of such incident and totally squeeze the potential impact – Ransom Disclosure Act would give victims 48 hours to report payments


29 – Adam will never find a job in IT ever again – Fired IT admin revenge-hacks school by wiping data, changing passwords


30 – The Internet of threats (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Threats (IIoT), must be sandboxed and protected behind layered defense and zero trust network access control – Multiple Critical Flaws Discovered in Honeywell Experion PKS and ACE Controllers


31 – Fact is, you need MFA at the very least, and, you should think security architecture with additional controls, such as « geo fencing », and more, capabilities depending. ATO (account take over) attacks increased 307% between 2019 and 2021


32 – The cloud leaks again, I think there might be a medication for this, I mean it can’t hold anything, anything it eats just is spread around…. looks like the cloud is sick to me. The entirety of Twitch has reportedly been leaked, Source codes and user payouts among the data released in a 128GB torrent


33 – All these connected crap will get you killed ! STOP connecting everything, this is absolute non sense ! Medtronic urgently recalls insulin pump controllers over hacking concerns


34 – The cloud is a tool, powerful, sensitive and dangerous, that criminals masters ! Iranian Hackers Abuse Dropbox in Cyberattacks Against Aerospace and Telecom Firms


35 – Backups are only a corrective measure, it means, it’s the ultimate resource you should nod need for recovery – CISO Point Of View ‘Mashup’: The Importance of Securing Storage & Backup


36 – You are hacked, you just don’t know it yet ! This malware is active since 2018 ! Criminal Hackers use stealthy ShellClient malware on aerospace, telco firms


37 – Good move, but, now that Pandora box is open, I’m afraid it’s too late – European Parliament calls for ban on AI-powered mass surveillance


38 – Challenging times ahead. We know compliance doesn’t equal security, but, self regulation has proven to be ineffective – New Regulations Are Coming — Get a Handle on Your App Portfolio


39 – There is no such thing as free lunch ! Firefox now shows ads as sponsored address bar suggestions


40 – Diversity is critical to ensure resilience. Monoculture is lethal everywhere – Netherlands orders Apple to offer more App Store payment methods


41 – No comment – Microsoft fixes bug blocking Azure Virtual Desktops security updates


42 – How do you like your Yamale ? Some like it hot, hot yamale ! Snake yamale ! Code Execution Bug Affects Yamale Python Package — Used by Over 200 Projects


43 – Full unauthenticated remote access, anybody can watch your b…eer – Unpatched Dahua cams vulnerable to unauthenticated remote access


44 – A good reading about pentest on your (not actually yours, but ok) AWS stack – Penetration Testing Your AWS Environment – A CTO’s Guide


45 – If you self host an onionshare instance, make sure you patch – Serious Data Exposure Vulnerabilities Spotted In OnionShare Platform


46 – Good move, no longer have to guess editor’s website, find terms and conditions and discover how to unsubscribe – Apple now requires all apps to make it easy for users to delete their accounts


47 – I don’t take calls anymore except through encrypted channels – Fraudulent robocalls to cost consumers $40 billion in 2022


48 – Cut the BS and do it right or don’t do it ! U.S. govt to sue contractors who hide breach incidents


49 – A good reading about these ICS affected by vulnerabilities – Four Critical Vulnerabilities Discovered in Bosch Rexroth WEB Interfaces


50 – An apache patch patching the patched apache as it didn’t patch patchingly ! Apache emergency update fixes incomplete patch for exploited bug


51 – Automated detection and response is mandatory ! No time, the only time you have is the time to be encrypted ! FIN12 hits healthcare with quick and focused ransomware attacks


52 – How would your organization detect and respond to such incident ?
What is your RPO ? Recovery Point Objective define how much data you’ll lose between last valid and tested backup, and restore time.
What is your RTO ? Recovery Time Objective defines how long it will take for you to recover – Engineering giant Weir Group hit by ransomware attack


53 – Attribution is always a tricky game. Proxy, fork anyone ? But for sure, it’s easier to have visibility when you collect telemetry (backdoor) from most of the computers in the world ;) Microsoft: Russian state hackers behind 53% of attacks on US govt agencies


54 – hard coded credentials + cloud is a recipe for disaster :) leak accelerator :) BrewDog exposed data for over 200,000 shareholders and customers


55 – Rootkit active for 18 months, just spotted now – Researchers Warn of FontOnLake Rootkit Malware Targeting Linux Systems


56 – All your eggs in the same basket ! Monoculture and Market Share: The State of Communications
and Collaboration Software in the US Government


And that’s about it for this week, good enough I guess !

Have a good weekend all ! See you on here hopefully next week !

Alexandre Blanc Cyber Security

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Yes we can fix this mess, but do we want to ? That’s another story

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I wonder if I’ll end in the linkedin top voices list this year….yes, curious to know :)

Before going to the list of key #cybersecurity event we saw this week, I wanted to quickly speak about solutions. I present all these incidents and news, hoping that people who read, actually understand better the threat landscape and get better prepared.

Today, and for a while, there are technical solutions against all the incidents we see, many many options are available, allowing you to place the right security controls, at the right place, to properly mitigate risks, and mostly remove the impact of incidents.

Yes, you need to spend some money, and yes, you need just a little effort. But in the end, this is way better than being the next one in the news, feeding criminals and transnational criminal organizations with your data, your customers data, your employees data etc.

Yes, backup are absolutely needed, but no, they are not a proper strategy AGAINST ransomwares and breaches. They are just corrective controls, it means, they are in, too late. They are absolutely needed, but in case of data loss etc, can’t help against data theft.

If you know what you do, and you have a good security architecture, you know your inventory, data flows, assets, you’re good. If you don’t know all of this, then, get support from MSSP. I sure work for VARS Corporation, so, I know the tools we use, and I can honestly tell you, they work. We mitigate incidents. There are certainly others, providing similar service levels, so go, find your managed security partner, and get your stuff in order. We can obviously be the one.

We all offer, maturity audit, cyber security audit, gap analysis against a framework (NIST CSF, ISO, CMMC, you name it, mostly sharing the same goal and means anyways), but if you have to take action, for quick win, go for XDR, Email advanced security, dark web monitoring, as starting point. That good old 80 / 20 rule…. FACT, no BS, that the best bang for your bucks to begin with.

An absolute key point to me : Mix the providers, integrated solutions, but different tools, it’s almost digital suicide to rely on a single tool provider. A huge SPOF (single point of failure), you must apply the basics, which is overlapping security controls, and these, from different vendors. Because when vendor 1 backend is hacked (like solarwinds, or azure, or mostly all of them), you need to have a trigger from vendor 2 solution.

This week in 74 points, which I think is the worst (biggest) amount of news I did since I started this newsletter :

1 – NIST comes with some ransomware guidance, always good to have a baseline – NIST Issues Cybersecurity Framework for Ransomware Risk Management


2 – Not like if you haven’t been warned, real leak, or cover to allow what would normally be illegal data use – Clubhouse leaked data trove including phone numbers isn’t as bad as it sounds (don’t worry, nahhh)


3 – Astonishing that people still blindly trust tech and Internet ! Bitcoin.org hackers steal $17,000 in ‘double your cash’ scam


4 – Got to love the #clowd and big tech abuses – When the FBI seizes your messages from Big Tech, you may not know it for years


5 – OT / industrial cyber risk is tricky. Ask questions about probabilities like we did 10 years ago and you get answers that just don’t work well – Mark Fabro, President & Chief Security Scientist at Lofty Perch joins the podcast to look at the modern way to model risk


6 – New Android malware, a lot of them lately, don’t blindly trust applications – New Android Malware Steals Financial Data from 378 Banking and Wallet Apps


7 – You can not trust technology – Malicious ‘Safepal Wallet’ Firefox add-on stole cryptocurrency


8 – DMARC, SPF, DKIM, all help to avoid domain impersonation – How Does DMARC Prevent Phishing?


9 – Everything is infected, do you have the proper tools to detect and respond to cyber threats ? A New Jupyter Malware Version is Being Distributed via MSI Installers


10 – Organizations don’t chose to go multi-cloud most of the time, they fail on multiple cloud and end up in nightmare situations – How to avoid the pitfalls of multi-cloud strategy deployment


11 – The cloud is addicted to leaks, so it postpone the suppression of unsafe protocols for a year – Microsoft will disable Basic Auth in Exchange Online in October 2022 ( I know I blame the cloud once again)


12 – Good to see an article about SIEM/SOC and the evolution of the SIEM toward modern environment – Next Generation SIEM/SOC: Formula 1 vs. Rally


13 – You are a target (yes, anyone, and you) – New malware steals Steam, Epic Games Store, and EA Origin accounts


14 – You are hacked, do you even see it ? Russian Turla APT Group Deploying New Backdoor on Targeted Systems


15 – I’m sure your MSSP provider reminded you how critical it is to have XDR protection on your domain controllers as well – Microsoft Warns of ‘FoggyWeb’ Malware Targeting AD FS Servers


16 – Connected cars will get you killed remotely – Yes, Car Hacking Is a Reality. Here’s How Can You Protect Your Fleet


17 – Crimecoins – Ethereum dev admits to helping North Korea evade crypto sanctions


18 – This was an absolutely unexpected stat ! Women, Minorities Are Hacked More Than Others


19 – It’s Qnap patch time ! QNAP fixes critical bugs in QVR video surveillance solution


20 – Why the cloud is exploding your costs and killing your business, and how you should carefully take load out of the dangerous cloud – Cloud Computing Like a Day in a Chocolate Factory for IT Managers


21 – Malware analysis, Blacktech in Japan is active at least ince 2018 – Malware Gh0stTimes used by attack group BlackTech


22 – Jealous of the cloud rip off performance, Veeam decided to follow the ransomware gang by taking a lot more money from the dumb customers – Socket to me: Veeam instance license confusion


23 – Privacy focused video conferencing solution – What started as a small video conferencing service for friends and family, my friend Mitchell Cohen, continued to grow and build a great product


24 – Good job, some less scammers in the place ! Ukraine takes down call centers behind cryptocurrency investor scams


25 – This is very cool ! Some good stuff for exchange servers – New Microsoft Exchange service mitigates high-risk bugs automatically (hoping they don’t break everything to push you to cloud…)


26 – Don’t fall for the scam ! Credential Spear-Phishing Uses Spoofed Zix Encrypted Email


27 – Nice tool, for both offensive and defensive work ! TruffleHog – Now a Browser Extension That Detects Secret Keys In JavaScript


28 – Tuesday, auth0 had 2 regions down, US-1 and EU, which did lead some customers and users not able to login


29 – An interesting document from CISA and NSA about picking the proper VPN for your remote needs – Selecting and Hardening Remote Access VPN Solutions


30 – What could possibly go wrong – Master Lock Introduces New Bluetooth ProSeries Padlocks – Wireless is weak !


31 – When threat actors sells surveillance kits to law enforcement and apply full obfuscation – SAS 2021: FinSpy Surveillance Kit Re-Emerges Stronger Than Ever


32 – Cloud glitched Wednesday ! Twitter web client outage forced users to log out, blocks logins


33 – Cloudy days this week, auth0, twitter, O365, did sound a lot of coincidence to me – Microsoft 365 MFA outage locks users out of their accounts


34 – Was Atlassian patch time – Atlassian Confluence RCE Flaw Abused in Multiple Cyberattack Campaigns


35 – October is the Cyber Security month, and this sponsored article bring some hints and tools to fulfill what you can do during this time ! Essential Toolkit for National Cyber Security Awareness Month


36 – One may wonder why would Facebook care about app privacy ? Obvious, data is Facebook value, while there is no issue for them to take data, there is no way they’ll let anyone mine theirs – Facebook Releases New Tool That Finds Security and Privacy Bugs in Android Apps


37 – Lesson is : when attackers gets in, you lost, it’s too late – Trucking giant Forward Air reports ransomware data breach


38 – Great reading, understand that as soon as you outsource, you are hacked – Cyberspace, Cybergames, and Cyberspies


39 – You understand that internet is a battlefield, the team behind solarwinds hack is still out there, actively hacking – New Tomiris backdoor likely developed by SolarWinds hackers


40 – It’s not new, been on incident response and they wiped the NAS and other backups, but they automated now, especially destroying VEEAM backups – Conti Ransomware Expands Ability to Blow Up Backups


41 – Lovely, the cloud ruined your life. So much for « play protect » BS, and others « just use the official store it’s safe » – New Android malware steals millions after infecting 10M phones


42 – Reminder : cloud=leak – Apple iCloud Private Relay Service Glitch Exposes Users’ Real IP Addresses


43 – Fun thing to see all this big tech with AI, ML, security center and all, and yet, threat actors do business as usual – Threat Actors smarter than you and big tech Weaponize Telegram Bots to Compromise PayPal Accounts


44 – Some accurate advice here rather than in the article :
1 – duct tape against the leaks
2 – hope it will only happen to others
3 – no duck given, it’s not our data anyways
3 Security Initiatives AWS’s New CEO Should Prioritize


45 – Big move here, more and more, big player buy their #cybersecurity company as it seems the market is growing – Akamai acquires Guardicore to expand its zero trust security portfolio


46 – You are hacked, you just don’t know it yet – New FinSpy Malware Variant Infects Windows Systems With UEFI Bootkit


47 – Due diligence is the process where you assess that the scoped area is actually matching your requirements, and allows to validate a possible integration or state of things – New CyCognito Report Reveals Subsidiaries are Global Enterprise Achilles Heel; Increasing Attack Surface and Exposure Drawing in Attackers


48 – Implementation flaws and API, the usual recipe for disaster – Salt Security Finds Widespread Elastic Stack API Security Vulnerability that Exposes Customer and System Data


49 – Dangerous to be a #cybersecurity CEO with « suspicions of high treason » because of sharing threat intelligence – Russia arrests cybersecurity firm CEO after raiding offices


50 – Microsoft will raise the price of O365 by 25% next year, because now they hold you by the … data, so you just shut up and pay.


51 – Somehow there are losers in the cloud world domination game – How IBM lost the cloud


52 – Interesting statistics about ransomware threat actors. Who they are and their market share – The Top Ransomware Threats Aren’t Who You Think


53 – We know wireless is weak, and in this case, same as the cloud, we got huge implementation failure – Thousands of University Wi-Fi Networks Expose Log-In Credentials


54 – Just a reminder, stealing from :
– Steam
– Epic Games Store
– EA Origin
Stealing :
– Cookies
– Passwords
– Bank cards

BloodyStealer Malware Steals Cookies, Passwords, Bank Cards From Gamers Browser


55 – Nice self assessment tool – ImmuniWeb Launches Free Cloud Security Test to Detect Unprotected Storage


56 – This, AND, knowing the cloud leaked all biometric data it ever collected, this is clearly not a good option – How much trust should we place in the security of biometric data?


57 – Smartphone for payments is an absolute joke – Apple Pay with VISA lets hackers force payments on locked iPhones


58 – Wireless is weak – Apple AirTag Zero-Day Weaponizes Trackers – Apple’s personal item-tracker devices can be used to deliver malware, slurp credentials, steal tokens and more thanks to XSS


59 – An interesting take about identity consolidation in the cloud – The Need For Identity Consolidation In The Cloud – In an obvious initial approach, goal is to consolidate and bring relevant views of different events across platforms. An evolution of the SSO (single sign on).
On my side, it triggers a question of who decide what proves we are who we are. It’s totally fine for an organization to consider as many non invasive solution to achieve this goal.
It’s a whole other question when it comes to defining our identity in society.


60 – The cloud is as blind as its customers !!! New Azure AD Bug Lets Hackers Brute-Force Passwords Without Getting Caught


61 – If you don’t care about privacy and use chrome, then it’s patch time for you – Google Emergency Update Fixes Two Chrome Zero Days


62 – How has this even been deployed without proper shielding ?! – Military’s RFID Tracking of Guns May Endanger Troops


63 – Reaching the ransomware infection is NOT an option. You must have proper defenses in place – RansomEXX ransomware Linux encryptor may damage victims’ files


64 – it’s #QNAP patch time again ! QNAP fixes bug that let attackers run malicious commands remotely


65 – Big or small doesn’t matter, threat actors will go for every targets ! JVCKenwood hit by Conti ransomware claiming theft of 1.5TB data


66 – Do not fall for the scam ! You’d get hacked – Fake Amnesty International Pegasus scanner used to infect Windows


67 – Rootkit is back on stage lately – GhostEmperor hackers use new Windows 10 rootkit in attacks


68 – Digital transformation killed data governance, we totally lost control – Content sprawl is increasing the risk of data breaches and leaks


69 – When the cloud industry starts to feel the heat, they try to throw some rocks at gov, without cleaning anything in front of their door – Trusted Cloud Principles (lol, we are in the zero trust era due to you cloud, lol again)


70 – The cloud, continuous implementation failure ! Because the cloud is failure by design ! Criminal Hackers rob thousands of Coinbase customers using MFA flaw


71 – Technology is under attack, I don’t think people stand a chance sadly – Flubot Android malware now spreads via fake security updates


72 – Can you keep up ? New APT ChamelGang Targets Russian Energy, Aviation Orgs


73 – Don’t blindly pull apk android software from the cloud and internet cesspool – Hydra malware targets customers of Germany’s second largest bank


74 – At least someone looking at this ! Let’s hope the solution won’t be « let’s throw this is the clowd » ! The FCC proposes rules to fight SIM swap and port-out fraud


What a CRAZY week in the news !

Have a great week end all, as usual, zero BS cyber security.

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Riding cloud can be tricky, don’t fall from it, in the weekly cyber !

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Alexandre Blanc Weekly cyber, quite late this time, on a sunday night !

Somehow short week for me, but quite intense, ended escaping in the hoods off grid, and that’s pretty good !

Meanwhile, earlier, this week has been quite intense, and despite my good will, humanity always find way to show how bad and nasty it can be, and as bad as I want to expose stupidity, it will not help, because it seems some are so bad, that there is no cure. For these, R.I.P means Rot In Peace :D

BUT FOR YOU, 48K+ followers, 24K+ subscribers to this newsletter, I send you all my love, and the peace I found in nature, here, north from Quebec in the « Parc des Grands Jardins », where you wake after a cold night in beautifully frozen nature, that quickly transform as the sun rises !

Before the sun chase the clouds and make this world beautiful again !

Back to our topic, this week in 46 points, this happened :

1 – Scammers strategy reviewed, as they use porn scam to get your attention – Porn Spam, Malware and Questionable References to Teens

2 – I told you, they just went on vacation ! And now they are fully back ! REvil ransomware is back in full attack mode and leaking data

3 – Some said it’s great, I believe, in the case of this Facebook based service, a backup encrypted with a password stored in the cloud, is not something safe, how long will this backup hold against dictionary attack based on all the passwords ever leaked on internet ? 10 seconds ? WhatsApp to Finally Let Users Encrypt Their Chat Backups in the Cloud , good idea, but I’m afraid it’s a false sense of privacy.

4 – The cloud strikes again ! (I know you come from my cloud rants :P ) – MyRepublic Data Breach Raises Data-Protection Questions

5 – This article bring facts you must be aware of so as you avoid the pitfalls – cloud-based issues comprise 79% of observed exposures compared with 21% for on-premises assets ( I see you cloud lover, bla bla, this sentence is out of context, bla bla… ok, read the linked article on the post, and you’ll have all the context :) )

6 – Wireless is weak, bluetooth hacked again – BrakTooth Vulnerabilities Riddle Bluetooth Devices From Numerous Vendors

7 – Zero day exploit out and shared. No patch, no fix. Windows MSHTML zero-day exploits shared on hacking forums (more in the comments of the post as usual)

8 – How much do you know who’s really behind the keyboard ? Real-Time Identity Protection at Last: Closing a Critical Gap in our Security Stacks

9 – Once again, don’t fall for the scam – FTC warns of extortionists targeting LGBTQ+ community on dating apps

10 – Everything is fake in technology, and it’s very challenging to know what is a good investment and what is not (like if it took human model ! ). Fake Walmart press release hoax causes Litecoin to spike 34%

11 – You are hacked and you don’t know it yet – Linux Implementation of Cobalt Strike Beacon Targeting Organizations Worldwide

12 – Hopefully you’ll update your build quickly, but won’t drop security scans to avoid supply chain attacks – Critical Bug Reported in NPM Package With Millions of Downloads Weekly

13 – Do you have an incident response plan ? ( hint : you must have one) – BlackMatter ransomware hits medical technology giant Olympus

14 – A not so sandboxed browser tab (deception again I know) – New SpookJS Attack Bypasses Google Chrome’s Site Isolation Protection

15 – On a related topic, the not so #privacy focused browser needs patching – Google patches 10th Chrome zero-day exploited in the wild this year (Security and privacy are two very different things ! )

16 – Windows 11, lol – Firefox now bypasses Windows 11’s messy default browser settings (yet they are about to sign a deal with Microsoft to make Bing the default search engine….. that makes you wonder)

17 – Apple patch time ! There is a worm in the apple – Apple products vulnerable to FORCEDENTRY zero-day attack – patch now (if you haven’t patched at this time, shame on you ! )

18 – HP Omen patch time (HP Gaming PC line) – HP OMEN Gaming Hub flaw hits millions of gaming devices

19 – Always watch where you download from, as once again threat actor use ads to be placed on top of search results – New Stealthier ZLoader Variant Spreading Via Fake TeamViewer Download Ads . That said, using pihole instance as your DNS server should wipe all ads from your web browser, and drop the risk :P

20 – The evolution of ransomware, from early days to industrial infrastructure take over – Ransomware, a timeline of destruction Part II

21 – We often say the perimeter is gone, but it doesn’t mean your attack surface is gone, it’s actually expended and on steroid if you use the cloud – Principles Of External Attack Surface Protection: Discover Everything

22 – Top of the risks being the dangerous cloud and an ever growing uncontrolled attack surface. No wonder why data continuously leak – Most Fortune 500 companies’ external IT infrastructure considered at risk

23 – A very accurate view, explaining why it takes an incident for organization to handle their security posture properly – Ransomware preparedness is low despite executives’ concerns

24 – Don’t forget to register for the coming event on Sept 24th, great panels covering the ransomware challenges, and what we can do about it – I’m lucky to participate in 2 panels, with amazing co-panelists, and this will be quite fun and interesting – Was so sick during the preparation of this one, you have no idea :P

25 – This article in PDF format will cover some key points of supply chain security, and what to look after – How safe is your technology supply chain

26 – Oldie and still goodie – How to Install Fail2ban on Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux

27 – Cloud is poisoning your VMs. Want it or not. Issue with the cloud, you control nothing (Yeah admit it, you missed these ones :P ) – Microsoft Azure Users with Linux VMs Exposed to Security Vulnerabiltiy Called OMIGOD—How to Fix

28 – You’d better be sure that the channel you pick as replacement for the password is as safe as the password ! Sensitive topic to me, I don’t think passwordless is a fix, password is supposed to be a secret, if no longer a secret, then there is no confidentiality, see what I mean ? If you need third party to support the validation of you, this is becoming to be complex – Microsoft rolls out passwordless login for all Microsoft accounts (lots of comments on this post, some pros, some cons).

29 – Packets Can Cause Bullets – Why cyber wars becomes war

30 – Great news for previous Revil victims ! (assuming you kept a copy or image of your encrypted drives) – Free REvil ransomware master decrypter released for past victims

31 – Hopefully by now, all your NETGEAR manageable switched are patched ! Third Critical Bug Affects Netgear Smart Switches — Details and PoC Released

32 – The whole internet relies on pretty weak bases, one being domains – Anonymous Hacker claims to have stolen Data from Epik

33 – A vulnerability is a risk only if there is a way to exploit it – No Patch for High-Severity Bug in Legacy IBM System X Servers – Micro network segmentation ant ZTNA for the rescue !

34 – Everyday we help customers effectively protecting their infrastructure. Have started to take care of your security ? (selft push for the work side at VARS :D ) – Ransomware encrypts South Africa’s entire Dept of Justice network

35 – Don’t let your router serve evil ! MikroTik shares info on securing routers hit by massive Mēris botnet

36 – Don’t wait to reach that point ! Prevention ! Ransomware gang threatens to wipe decryption key if negotiator hired

37 – Smart is dumb, not the first time I say it, if it contains the word « smart » in its name, you are not the smart part of it ! Smart Home Hack Breaks Down Walls Figuratively And Literally

38 – Nice article, points and puns, showing that there is still a threat for low hanging fruits – Airline Credential-Theft Takes Off in Widening Campaign

39 – Running windows on Linux is way less dangerous than the opposite :) the underlaying systems should be the reliable one :) New malware uses Windows Subsystem for Linux for stealthy attacks

40 – I have to admit, it has been couple of weeks since the last joke like this – New Windows security updates break network printing

41 – How much would it take to bribe your low paid employees for their access ? AT&T lost $200M in seven years to illegal phone unlocking scheme

42 – As usual, keep your systems patched, and apply one of the oldest security principle, least privileges. Nowadays in an hyper connected and infected cyber world, it would not be very wise, to say the least, to let any user with full power on a systems, or even not patching properly – Capoae Malware Attacking Linux systems & Web Apps Using Multiple Vulnerabilities

43 – While you should have active patch management, these should not be missed ! Researchers compile list of vulnerabilities abused by ransomware gangs

44 – The more we place services online, the more we grow our attack surface – Cyberattack hits German Election body

45 – This might actually be effective – U.S. to sanction crypto exchanges, wallets used by ransomware

46 – An interesting reading to start the week – Security Implications of a weakened supply chain

Wishing you a great week all, as you can see this newsletter went out late sunday night :D Hopefully it will bring some useful points to you ! Good night (Or good day if you read this in the morning :) )

Alexandre Blanc

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