Weekend Update

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


WordPress Sites Compromised via Zero-Day Vulnerabilities in Total Donations Plugin

It is our recommendation that site owners using Total Donations delete–not just deactivate–the vulnerable plugin as soon as possible to secure their sites. The following article details the issues present in Total Donations, as well as the active attacks against the plugin. We’ll also take a look at our disclosure process, and the steps we took in our attempts to contact the plugin’s developers to reach a resolution.


US gov issues emergency directive after wave of domain hijacking attacks

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued an emergency directive tightening DNS security after a recent wave of domain hijacking attacks targeting government websites.  Make sure the government site you are on is really the government, and not an impostor site.

AA19-024A: DNS Infrastructure Hijacking Campaign 01/24/2019 03:01 PM EST

CISA Emergency Directive on DNS Infrastructure Tampering  01/22/2019 06:48 PM EST

CISA Releases Blog on Emergency Directive  01/24/2019 06:38 PM EST


Fighting Emotet: lessons from the front line

Emotet is moving, shape-shifting target for admins and their security software. Here’s what we’ve learned from dealing with outbreaks.


Adventures in IoT – NEST Web Cam Broadcasts Korean Missile Attack Alert

A hacked Nest camera broadcast the fake warning about incoming North Korean missiles, sending a family into “five minutes of sheer terror.”


 

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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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