Weekend Update

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


TA18-276B: Advanced Persistent Threat Activity Exploiting Managed Service Providers

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APTs Targeting IT Service Provider Customers

10/03/2018 10:56 AM EDT  Original release date: October 03, 2018

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) has received multiple reports of advanced persistent threat (APT) actors actively exploiting trust relationships in information technology (IT) service provider networks around the world.


Cyber Actors Increasingly Exploit The Remote Desktop Protocol to Conduct Malicious Activity

BACKGROUND
Remote administration tools, such as Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), as an attack vector has been on the rise since mid-late 2016 with the rise of dark markets selling RDP Access. Malicious cyber actors have developed methods of identifying and exploiting vulnerable RDP sessions over the Internet to compromise identities, steal login credentials, and ransom other sensitive information. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recommend businesses and private citizens review and understand what remote accesses their networks allow and take steps to reduce the likelihood of compromise, which may include disabling RDP if it is not needed.


ST18-004: Protecting Against Malicious Code

09/28/2018 11:17 AM EDT  Original release date: September 28, 2018

What is malicious code?
Malicious code is unwanted files or programs that can cause harm to a computer or compromise data stored on a computer. Various classifications of malicious code include viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.  Following these security practices can help you reduce the risks associated with malicious code.  Click link for full article.


Trending Threat: DocuSign Phishing Campaign

from Wombat Security

Recently, we’ve noticed a rising wave of attacks on DocuSign accounts, with more than 10,000 malicious emails being sent each week. Attacks are highest for companies in finance, manufacturing, and insurance, but all industries have been affected.

The popularity of DocuSign makes it a favorite target of cybercriminals. They create increasingly elaborate, fake DocuSign emails and websites designed to steal users’ information and access their accounts.   Read more…


Robocallers slapped with huge fines for using spoofed phone numbers  (YAY!)

One poor woman whose phone number was hijacked by robo-callers got several calls a day from irate consumers who thought she was trying to market to them.


October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

10/01/2018 10:52 AM EDT  Original release date: October 01, 2018

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is a collaborative effort between DHS and its public and private partners—including the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)—to raise awareness about the vital role cybersecurity plays in the lives of U.S. citizens. NCCIC will be participating in NCSAM through weekly posts in the Current Activity section of the NCCIC website. Over the course of the month, these will touch on

  • Cybersecurity at home,
  • Careers in cybersecurity,
  • Workplace cybersecurity, and
  • Critical infrastructure cybersecurity.

NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review the Stay Safe Online NCSAM page and the Stay Safe Online NCSAM Events page for additional information and details on NCSA events.


 

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Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.
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