Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.

Truly Unhackable? New Computer Chip Could Put an End to ‘Patch and Pray’

Does the term unhackable send you into fits of laughter? Or make you wave your hand as if to dismiss the possibility without needing a second thought? Before you do either of those things—again—consider this: a new computer chip remains unhacked after DARPA and more than 500 cybersecurity researchers tried to break through its security. And the developers say this chip could end the “patch and pray” strategy that keeps security teams running in circles and lower the stress level of CISOs in the process. The University of Michigan developed the processor, which it calls MORPHEUS. The name might tip you off to a key feature; it morphs before attackers can figure out how to crack the chip’s security. “Imagine trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube that rearranges itself every time you blink… Read more

Italian charged with hiring “dark web hitman” to murder his ex-girlfriend

Fortunately, this suspect wasn’t as anonymous as he thought…

Microsoft releases a cyberattack simulator – Shall we play a game?

Microsoft has released an open-source cyberattack simulator that allows security researchers and data scientists to create simulated network environments and see how they fare against AI-controlled cyber agents.

This simulator is being released as an open-source project named ‘CyberBattleSim‘ built using a Python-based Open AI Gym interface. The Microsoft 365 Defender Research team created CyberBattleSim to model how a threat actor spreads laterally through a network after its initial compromise.  More…

Pwn2Own 2021: Zoom, Teams, Exchange, Chrome and Edge “fully owned”

Two lucky winners scooped $200k for just 30 minutes’ work – if you don’t count the days, weeks and months of meticulous effort beforehand.

Name:Wreck IoT bug report claims “at least 100M devices” may be impacted

The programmers among us are learning… but not always quickly enough, it seems. Here’s some food for coding thought…



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I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com
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