Microsoft Patch Tuesday, March 2023 Edition

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2023 15:19:32 +0000

Microsoft on Tuesday released updates to quash at least 74 security bugs in its Windows operating systems and software. Two of those flaws are already being actively attacked, including an especially severe weakness in Microsoft Outlook that can be exploited without any user interaction.

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Highlights from the New U.S. Cybersecurity Strategy

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 01:33:06 +0000

The Biden administration today issued its vision for beefing up the nation’s collective cybersecurity posture, including calls for legislation establishing liability for software products and services that are sold with little regard for security. The White House’s new national cybersecurity strategy also envisions a more active role by cloud providers and the U.S. military in disrupting cybercriminal infrastructure, and names China as the single biggest cyber threat to U.S. interests.

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New Protections for Food Benefits Stolen by Skimmers

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2023 21:09:07 +0000

Millions of Americans receiving food assistance benefits just earned a new right that they can’t yet enforce: The right to be reimbursed if funds on their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are stolen by card skimming devices secretly installed at cash machines and grocery store checkout lanes.

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New T-Mobile Breach Affects 37 Million Accounts

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2023 04:09:22 +0000

T-Mobile today disclosed a data breach affecting tens of millions of customer accounts, its second major data exposure in as many years. In a filing with federal regulators, T-Mobile said an investigation determined that someone abused its systems to harvest subscriber data tied to approximately 37 million current customer accounts.

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New Ransom Payment Schemes Target Executives, Telemedicine

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2022 18:25:04 +0000

Ransomware groups are constantly devising new methods for infecting victims and convincing them to pay up, but a couple of strategies tested recently seem especially devious. The first centers on targeting healthcare organizations that offer consultations over the Internet and sending them booby-trapped medical records for the “patient.” The other involves carefully editing email inboxes of public company executives to make it appear that some were involved in insider trading.

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ConnectWise Quietly Patches Flaw That Helps Phishers

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2022 19:35:11 +0000

ConnectWise, a self-hosted, remote desktop software application that is widely used by Managed Service Providers (MSPs), is warning about an unusually sophisticated phishing attack that can let attackers take remote control over user systems when recipients click the included link. The warning comes just days after the company quietly patched a vulnerability that makes it easier for phishers to launch these attacks.

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U.S. Govt. Apps Bundled Russian Code With Ties to Mobile Malware Developer

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2022 22:08:21 +0000

A recent scoop by Reuters revealed that mobile apps for the U.S. Army and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were integrating software that sends visitor data to a Russian company called Pushwoosh, which claims to be based in the United States. But that story omitted an important historical detail about Pushwoosh: In 2013, one of its developers admitted to authoring the Pincer Trojan, malware designed to surreptitiously intercept and forward text messages from Android mobile devices.

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Report: Big U.S. Banks Are Stiffing Account Takeover Victims

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2022 18:46:12 +0000

When U.S. consumers have their online bank accounts hijacked and plundered by hackers, U.S. financial institutions are legally obligated to reverse any unauthorized transactions as long as the victim reports the fraud in a timely manner. But new data released this week suggests that for some of the nation’s largest banks, reimbursing account takeover victims has become more the exception than the rule.

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