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Log4j: What is it and how can you identify it?

written by: Matthew Watkinson, CIO, Secure Sense Log4j CVE-2021-44228 Public Disclosure On Thursday December 9th, 2021, a Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability was disclosed [CVE-2021-44228] affecting the Log4j library in versions between 2.0 and 2.14.1.  Log4j is a heavily utilized logging class used in the Java programming language. Because of the widespread use of the log4j library in various java applications, this vulnerability has had a significant impact in modern infrastructure and...

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Social Engineering Attack Enabled Hackers to Penetrate Twitter’s Administrative Systems and Hijack High-Profile Accounts

In one of the most extraordinary and high-profile cyberattacks ever made public, hackers on July 15 compromised Twitter’s administrative systems and hijacked the social media accounts of prominent politicians and business leaders. The attackers then used those accounts to masquerade as the victims and request donations in bitcoin. Twitter said it was the victim of “a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access...

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Threat Of Iranian Cyberattacks: What Are The Risks?

The US Department of Homeland Security is warning organizations of potential Iranian cyberattacks. While this is no strong indication that Canada would be targeted for cyberattacks by Iran, the overall risk is heightened, especially for Canadian companies operating in or with assets in the US. Learn more from Dark Reading below, as well as, get recommendations from our partner SentinelOne on what you can do to protect your organization. DHS Warns of Potential...

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Hackers Shoot for PGA Ransomware Success
Hackers Shoot for PGA Ransomware Success

The latest ransomware attack of the summer impacts golf’s governing body Early Tuesday morning officials at the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) found that their systems had been compromised. The group discovered the attack when they attempted to access documents, but instead got a message saying; "Your network has been penetrated, all files on each host in the network have been encrypted with a strong algorithm. This may lead to the impossibility of...

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Has the ‘Unhackable’ Wallet Been Hacked?
Has the ‘Unhackable’ Wallet Been Hacked?

A week after launch Pen Testers say they have successfully hacked into the Bitfi wallet. July 2018 saw cryptocurrency hardware wallet manufacturer Bitfi offer a $100,000 (later raised to $250,000) bounty for anyone that was able to hack into their device. Spearheaded by executive chairman John McAfee -yes, that McAfee. Unlike other bug bounty programs, Bitfi announced this program to showcase “the world’s first unhackable device” and not to gain true...

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How do SME's Fight off CyberAttacks?
How do SME’s Fight off Cyber Attacks?

(Carbon Black) Does the fact that well-known brands are successfully attacked and breached mean that SMEs are even more at risk of cyber attacks? If SMEs can defend themselves against cyber attacks, how should they go about doing so? We will look to address these questions and concerns here, providing tips that can help SMEs weather the ever more frightening cyber security storm. 1) Where should SMEs be investing money for their...

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Organizations In 40 Countries Under ‘Invisible’ Cyberattacks

Unknown threat actors are stealing sensitive financial data using memory resident malware crafted from legitimate tools, Kaspersky Lab warns. Cyberattacks have become increasingly stealthy in recent years, with goals like persistence and lateral movement becoming much more important to threat actors than ever before. Now it appears that some attacks have gotten so stealthy they are almost invisible. Kaspersky Lab this week issued an alert about a series of targeted attacks on organizations...

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