An independent security researcher disclosed a zero-day vulnerability contained in the "Sign in with Apple" feature that, if exploited, could have resulted in a full account takeover. The vulnerability has been patched, and Apple says it found no account misuse tied to it.
Don't forget to lock down online shared code repositories, as Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG learned the hard way after a researcher was able to access nearly 9 GB of software development documentation from a misconfigured GitLab repository.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features Retired General Keith Alexander, former NSA director, discussing the long-term security implications of the shift to working from home. Also: an update on ransomware gangs leaking data and an analysis of using open source code for app development.
Apple and Google have released new APIs designed to support contact-tracing apps being developed by governments to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Already at least three U.S. states and 22 countries have expressed interest in using the APIs to build their apps.
A recent phishing campaign bypassed multifactor authentication protections within Microsoft Office 365 to steal users' credentials stored in the cloud or launch other attacks, according to the security firm Cofense.
To achieve better network visibility, security practitioners must improve their knowledge of tools that support web services, containers and the evolution of development practices, says Ed Moyle, co-founder of the cybersecurity advisory firm Security Curve.
A sophisticated cyber-espionage campaign using spyware called Mandrake has been targeting Android users for at least four years, according to security firm Bitdefender. The malware has the ability steal a range of data, including SMS authentication messages from banks.
Australia's Parliament passed a new law on Thursday to deal with a range of legal and privacy concerns arising from its quickly developed contact-tracing app, COVIDSafe. Misusing data and other offenses could garner a five-year prison sentence.
DevSecOps is in its "awkward teenage years," says Matthew Rose of Checkmarx. But with new tooling and automation - particularly application security testing tools - he sees the practice maturing quickly and delivering improved outcomes.
Microsoft addressed vulnerabilities in a dozen of its software products in its Patch Tuesday update for May. And while none of the flaws are currently being exploited, several of the most critical flaws require immediate attention, the company says.
Despite the need to battle COVID-19, several nations' in-development digital contact-tracing apps are already dogged by security and privacy concerns. Whether enough users will ever trust these apps to make them effective remains a major question. Is it too late to get more projects back on track?
Google and Apple on Monday released privacy and security guidelines for their jointly developed contact-tracing infrastructure. The companies note that apps developed using their APIs can only be developed by or for public health authorities - and solely to collect information to trace COVID-19 infections.
Done right, a zero trust architecture can reduce the complexity of one's environment while also improving cybersecurity protection and efficiency. Bob Reny of ForeScout focuses on three critical considerations: visibility, compliance and control.
Technology is no panacea, including for combating COVID-19. While that might sound obvious, it's worth repeating because some governments continue to hype contact-tracing apps. Such apps won't magically identify every potential exposure. But they could make manual contact-tracing programs more effective.