Weekend Update

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


Hacked tornado warning systems leave Texans in the dark

Add this latest public warning system sabotage to a growing list of fear-and-panic-spreading hacking incidents.


You left WHAT on that USB drive?!

Nudies, taxes, and memos – oh, my! Research shows that even if we think we’ve deleted content on the sticks, we’re leaving all that and more.


MS-ISAC Releases Security Primer on TrickBot Malware

Original release date: March 14, 2019 – The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) has released a security primer on TrickBot malware. TrickBot is a modular banking Trojan that targets users’ financial information and acts as a dropper for other malware. An attacker can leverage TrickBot’s modules to steal banking information, conduct system and network reconnaissance, harvest credentials, and achieve network propagation.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review MS-ISAC’s White Paper: Security Primer – TrickBot for more information and best practice recommendations.


Pre-installed Android apps are harvesting and sharing your data

New research reveals that the bloatware pre-installed on many new Android phones could do far more than simply chew up your storage.


Office Depot Pays $25 Million To Settle Deceptive Tech Support Lawsuit

Office Depot and Support.com, Inc, a tech support software provided from California, agreed to pay $25 million and $10 million respectively for allegedly tricking their customers into paying for millions of US dollars worth of computer repair services using fake malware scans.


WordPress Plugin Vulnerability – Yuzo Related Post

The Yuzo Related Posts plugin, which is installed on over 60,000 websites, was removed from the WordPress.org plugin directory on March 30, 2019 after an unpatched vulnerability was publicly, and irresponsibly, disclosed by a security researcher that same day. The vulnerability, which allows stored cross-site scripting (XSS), is now being exploited in the wild.


 

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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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