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Microsoft Issues Patches for Defender Zero-Day and 82 Other Windows Flaws

For the first patch Tuesday of 2021, Microsoft released security updates addressing a total of 83 flaws spanning as many as 11 products and services, including an actively exploited zero-day vulnerability.

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Ransomware Attackers Using SystemBC Malware With RAT and Tor Proxy

Cybercriminals are increasingly outsourcing the task of deploying ransomware to affiliates using commodity malware and attack tools.

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New Evidence Suggests SolarWinds' Codebase Was Hacked to Inject Backdoor

The investigation into how the attackers managed to compromise SolarWinds' internal network and poison the company's software updates is still underway, but we may be one step closer to understanding what appears to be a very meticulously planned and highly-sophisticated supply chain attack.

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US Agencies and FireEye Were Hacked Using SolarWinds Software Backdoor

State-sponsored actors allegedly working for Russia have targeted the US Treasury, the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and other government agencies to monitor internal email traffic as part of a widespread cyberespionage campaign.

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Watch Out! Adrozek Malware Hijacking Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Yandex Browsers

Microsoft on Thursday took the wraps off an ongoing campaign impacting popular web browsers that stealthily injects malware-infested ads into search results to earn money via affiliate advertising.

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Zero-Click Wormable RCE Vulnerability Reported in Microsoft Teams

A zero-click remote code execution (RCE) bug in Microsoft Teams desktop apps could have allowed an adversary to execute arbitrary code by merely sending a specially-crafted chat message and compromise a target's system.

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WARNING — Critical Remote Hacking Flaws Affect D-Link VPN Routers

Some widely sold D-Link VPN router models have been found vulnerable to three new high-risk security vulnerabilities, leaving millions of home and business networks open to cyberattacks—even if they are secured with a strong password.

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Microsoft Releases Windows Update (Dec 2020) to Fix 58 Security Flaws

Microsoft on Tuesday released fixes for 58 newly discovered security flaws spanning as many as 11 products and services as part of its final Patch Tuesday of 2020, effectively bringing their CVE total to 1,250 for the year. Of these 58 patches, nine are rated as Critical, 46 are rated as Important, and three are rated Moderate in severity.

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Multiple Botnets Exploiting Critical Oracle WebLogic Bug — PATCH NOW

Multiple botnets are targeting thousands of publicly exposed and still unpatched Oracle WebLogic servers to deploy crypto miners and steal sensitive information from infected systems.

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Stantinko Botnet Now Targeting Linux Servers to Hide Behind Proxies

An adware and coin-miner botnet targeting Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan at least since 2012 has now set its sights on Linux servers to fly under the radar.

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Password Security Advisories

Password Security Advisories

A password is a secret word or string of characters that is used for user authentication to prove identity, or for access approval to gain access to a resource. The password should be kept secret from those not allowed access. User names and passwords are commonly used by people during a log in process that controls access to protected computer operating systems, mobile phones, automated teller machines (ATMs), etc.

A typical computer user has passwords for many purposes: logging in to accounts, retrieving e-mail, accessing applications, databases, networks, web sites, and even reading the morning newspaper online.

Password Security tips

Don't use personal information such as your name, age, birth date, child's name, nickname, phone number or favorite color/song, etc that can be easily accessed or guessed.

Don't use words that can be found in any dictionary of any language.

Develop a mnemonic for remembering complex passwords.

Use both lowercase and capital letters.

Use a long password made up of numbers, letters and special characters

Make sure you use different passwords for each of your accounts.

Be sure no one watches when you enter your password.

Always log off if you leave your device and anyone is around—it only takes a moment for someone to steal or change the password.

Use comprehensive security software such as your anti-virus and keep it up to date to avoid key loggers (keystroke loggers) and other malware.

Avoid entering passwords on computers you don't control (like computers at an Internet cafe or library)—they may have malware that steals your passwords.

Depending on the sensitivity of the information being protected, you should change your passwords periodically.


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