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** Researcher hacks smart fingerprint padlock in mere seconds
Posted on Jun 14, 2018 01:48 pm
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The Tapplock one “smart” padlock, which received many rave reviews by tech-focused news sites and YouTubers, can be forced to open in under two seconds with a smartphone. The discovery was made by Pen Test Partners researcher Andrew Tierney, who decided to probe the security of the software used by the product after seeing a YouTuber opening a locked Tapplock one by simply unscrewing its back and a few internal screws. Breaking into the “smart” … More → (https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/06/14/tapplock-one-hack/)

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** Don’t start the blockchain revolution without making security a top priority
Posted on Jun 14, 2018 01:15 pm
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McAfee released a report detailing the numerous cybersecurity risks associated with blockchain-based cryptocurrencies, and asserts the necessity of making cybersecurity a top priority as industry builds out the foundations for the widespread implementation of blockchain technologies. Proof-of-work blockchain Demand for blockchain technology continues to grow among some of the most established industries worldwide, including the government, finance, retail, health care, and automotive sectors. In fact, nearly every industry has invested in, acquired or implemented blockchain … More → (https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/06/14/blockchain-security-priority/)

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** Europe and Russia home to half of credential theft victims worldwide
Posted on Jun 14, 2018 01:00 pm
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According to Blueliv’s credential detection data, since the start of 2018 there has been a 39% increase in the number of compromised credentials detected from Europe and Russia, compared to the same period in 2017 (January-May). In fact, Europe and Russia are now home to half of the world’s credential theft victims (49%). When Russian credential victims are removed from the dataset, this year-over-year comparison jumps to 62%. The Eurasian growth figures tracked by Blueliv … More → (https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/06/14/credential-theft-victims/)

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** DNS amplification attacks double in Q1 2018
Posted on Jun 14, 2018 12:45 pm
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DNS amplification types of DDoS attacks doubled in the first quarter of 2018 over last quarter, and spiked nearly 700 percent year-over-year, according to Nexusguard. Nexusguard’s scanning and attack Memcached honeypot Nexusguard’s Q1 2018 Threat Report, which analyzes thousands of global cyber attacks, reported that 55 of the attacks were due to exploited Memcached servers. The vulnerable servers pose a significant new risk if not properly configured, similar to exposed servers enabled by DNSSEC, a … More → (https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/06/14/dns-amplification-attacks-q1-2018/)

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** IoT connections to grow 140%, will reach 50 billion by 2022
Posted on Jun 14, 2018 12:30 pm
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New data has revealed that the total number of connected IoT sensors and devices is set to exceed 50 billion by 2022, up from an estimated 21 billion in 2018. Juniper Research found that this growth, equivalent to 140% over the next 4 years, will be driven by edge computing services (the processing of data away from the cloud and closer to the source); increasing both deployment scalability and security. IBM tops IoT vendors As … More → (https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/06/14/iot-connections-2022/)

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** Compliance worries prevent greater cloud use
Posted on Jun 14, 2018 12:15 pm
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New research released by WinMagic shows that 87% of ITDMs limit their use of the cloud because of the complexity of managing regulatory compliance. A quarter said, it meant as a result, they only work with a single cloud vendor in their infrastructure, rather than exploit the benefits of a multi-cloud environment, such as cost effectiveness, flexibility, reliability, security and avoiding vendor lock-in. Hands tied by management tools The survey, which spoke to ITDMs in … More → (https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/06/14/compliance-worries-cloud-use/)

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** Dixons Carphone breach: Personal and payment card info compromised
Posted on Jun 13, 2018 08:57 pm
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Dixons Carphone, the multinational electrical and telecommunications retailer that holds over 2,000 stores across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, has suffered a security breach. About the breach The company discovered the “unauthorised access to certain data held by the company” while reviewing their systems and data and that access has since been closed off. “Our investigation is ongoing and currently indicates that there was an attempt to compromise 5.9 million cards in one of … More → (https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/06/13/dixons-carphone-breach/)

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** Overview: Microsoft June 2018 Patch Tuesday
Posted on Jun 13, 2018 07:14 pm
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It’s that time of the month again when Microsoft releases patches for its software. The June 2018 updates fix 50 vulnerabilities, 12 of which are critical. The company has also detailed the vulnerabilities patched by Adobe and delivered via Microsoft’s updates (among those is the Flash Player flaw recently spotted being exploited in the wild) and released an update for Microsoft Office that improves the memory handling of Office applications that render Office Art (as … More → (https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/06/13/june-2018-patch-tuesday/)

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** Google removes inline installation option for Chrome extensions
Posted on Jun 13, 2018 02:31 pm
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Google is shutting down an often used vector for delivering malicious Chrome extensions to users by removing the inline installation option. What will happen? The announcement was made by Extensions Platform Product Manager James Wagner, who explained that, from Tuesday onwards, inline installation will be unavailable to all newly published extensions. “Extensions first published on June 12, 2018 or later that attempt to call the chrome.webstore.install() function will automatically redirect the user to the Chrome … More → (https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/06/13/chrome-extensions-inline-installation/)

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** Zero Trust Security: Never trust, always verify
Posted on Jun 13, 2018 01:10 pm
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Zero Trust Security assumes that untrusted actors already exist both inside and outside the network. Trust must therefore be entirely removed from the equation. In this podcast, Barry Scott, CTO, EMEA at Centrify, talks about how you can secure every user’s access to apps, endpoints and infrastructure through single sign-on, multi-factor authentication and privileged access security. Here’s a transcript of the podcast for your convenience. Hello. My name is Barry Scott, and I’m the EMEA … More → (https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/06/13/zero-trust-security/)

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