Google to Let Android Users Opt-Out to Stop Ads From Tracking Them

Google is tightening its privacy practices that could make it harder for apps on Android phones and tablets to track users who have opted out of receiving personalized interest-based ads. The change will go into effect sometime in late 2021. The development, which mirrors Apple’s move to enable iPhone and iPad users to opt-out of… Continue reading Google to Let Android Users Opt-Out to Stop Ads From Tracking Them

GitHub Updates Policy to Remove Exploit Code When Used in Active Attacks

Code-hosting platform GitHub Friday officially announced a series of updates to the site’s policies that delve into how the company deals with malware and exploit code uploaded to its service. “We explicitly permit dual-use security technologies and content related to research into vulnerabilities, malware, and exploits,” the Microsoft-owned company said. “We understand that many security… Continue reading GitHub Updates Policy to Remove Exploit Code When Used in Active Attacks

Malware Can Use This Trick to Bypass Ransomware Defense in Antivirus Solutions

Researchers have disclosed significant security weaknesses in popular antivirus software applications that could be abused to deactivate their protections and take control of allow-listed applications to perform nefarious operations on behalf of the malware to defeat anti-ransomware defenses. The twin attacks, detailed by academics from the University of Luxembourg and the University of London, are… Continue reading Malware Can Use This Trick to Bypass Ransomware Defense in Antivirus Solutions

TikTok Quietly Updated Its Privacy Policy to Collect Users’ Biometric Data

Popular short-form video-sharing service TikTok quietly revised its privacy policy in the U.S., allowing it to automatically collect biometric information such as faceprints and voiceprints from the content its users post on the platform. The policy change, first spotted by TechCrunch, went into effect on June 2. TikTok users who reside in the European Economic… Continue reading TikTok Quietly Updated Its Privacy Policy to Collect Users’ Biometric Data

Critical RCE Bug in VMware vCenter Server Under Active Attack

Malicious actors are actively mass scanning the internet for vulnerable VMware vCenter servers that are unpatched against a critical remote code execution flaw, which the company addressed late last month. The ongoing activity was detected by Bad Packets on June 3 and corroborated yesterday by security researcher Kevin Beaumont. “Mass scanning activity detected from 104.40.252.159… Continue reading Critical RCE Bug in VMware vCenter Server Under Active Attack

Latvian Woman Charged for Her Role in Creating Trickbot Banking Malware

The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) on Friday charged a Latvian woman for her alleged role as a programmer in a cybercrime gang that helped develop TrickBot malware. The woman in question, Alla Witte, aka Max, 55, who resided in Paramaribo, Suriname, was arrested in Miami, Florida on February 6. Witte has been charged with… Continue reading Latvian Woman Charged for Her Role in Creating Trickbot Banking Malware

Hackers Breached Colonial Pipeline Using Compromised VPN Password

The ransomware cartel that masterminded the Colonial Pipeline attack early last month crippled the pipeline operator’s network using a compromised virtual private network (VPN) account password, the latest investigation into the incident has revealed. The development, which was reported by Bloomberg on Friday, involved gaining an initial foothold into the networks as early as April… Continue reading Hackers Breached Colonial Pipeline Using Compromised VPN Password

Researchers Discover First Known Malware Targeting Windows Containers

Security researchers have discovered the first known malware, dubbed “Siloscope,” targeting Windows Server containers to infect Kubernetes clusters in cloud environments. “Siloscape is heavily obfuscated malware targeting Kubernetes clusters through Windows containers,” said Unit 42 researcher Daniel Prizmant. “Its main purpose is to open a backdoor into poorly configured Kubernetes clusters in order to run… Continue reading Researchers Discover First Known Malware Targeting Windows Containers

U.S. Recovers $2.3 Million Ransom Paid to Colonial Pipeline Hackers

In a major blow, the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday said it has recovered 63.7 bitcoins (currently valued at $2.3 million) paid by Colonial Pipeline to the DarkSide ransomware extortionists on May 8, pursuant to a seizure warrant that was authorized by the Northern District of California. The ransomware attack also hobbled the pipeline… Continue reading U.S. Recovers $2.3 Million Ransom Paid to Colonial Pipeline Hackers

Shifting the focus from reactive to proactive, with human-led secure coding

The same 10 software vulnerabilities have caused more security breaches in the last 20+ years than any others. And yet, many businesses still opt for post-breach, post-event remediation, muddling through the human and business ramifications of it all. But now, a new research study points to a new, human-led direction. ‍The following discusses insights derived… Continue reading Shifting the focus from reactive to proactive, with human-led secure coding