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. Owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, Bob also conducts security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. Bob also teaches Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. Bob works as an instruction for CompTIA’s non-profit IT-Ready Program in the Twin Cities. IT-Ready is a tuition free 8-week program designed to teach students of all ages the fundamentals of IT support to prepare them for an entry level position in Information Technology Support. Graduates of the classes take the exams to become CompTIA A+ certified. Bob is a frequent speaker at conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference2016, 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. Bob has been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com
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