Weekend Update

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

Microsoft disrupts Fancy Bear election meddlers

In a new skirmish, Microsoft took control of six internet domains that were about to be used by the group to spoof US political organizations.

SamSam: The (almost) $6 million ransomware

New research reveals that SamSam ransomware has affected far more victims, and raised far more ransom, than previously thought.

Mikrotik Routers Can Be Exploited for Crypto-Mining – Patch Now

An exploitable weakness in the remote administration utility can turn your Mikrotik router into a crypto-mining zombie,  A patch is available from the manufacturer to fix this problem.

Cybercrime Billionaires Arrested

Three leaders of the cybercrime group Fin7 were arrested recently.  The successful credit card stealing business the founded is worth over a billion dollars, and is still operational after their arrests.  A fascinating true-crime story.

Dangerous Windows 10 flaw lets hackers secretly run any app on your PC

Researchers have discovered a method to use Regsvr32 to run applications that leave no trace.  This process can bypass whitelisting apps such as AppLocker.  Scary video follows.



About the Author:

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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