This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of a serious Apple iOS "zero-click exploit" that could have allowed hackers to remotely gain complete control of a device. Also featured: a discussion of identity proofing challenges and a review of New Zealand's updated Privacy Act.
Trickbot malware has been updated with a bootkit module, nicknamed Trickboot, which can search for UEFI/BIOS firmware vulnerabilities, according to a report from the security firms Eclypsium and Advanced Intelligence. These flaws, if exploited, can give an attacker the ability to brick a device.
CISA and the FBI have issued a warning that advanced persistent threat groups are waging cyberespionage campaigns against U.S. think tanks, especially those working on international affairs or national security policy.
Until May, all Apple iOS devices were vulnerable to a "zero-click exploit" that would have allowed hackers to remotely gain complete control and view all emails, photos, private messages and more, says Google security researcher Ian Beer. He alerted Apple to multiple vulnerabilities - all now patched.
As part of a cyberespionage campaign, the Russian hacking group known as Turla deployed a backdoor called "Crutch" that uses Dropbox resources to help gather stolen data, according to the security firm ESET.
Check Point Research has identified new variants of the long-dormant Bandook spyware that are being used for espionage campaigns across the world targeting government, financial, energy, food industry, healthcare, education, IT and legal organizations.
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Could hackers inject malicious code that compromises the synthetic DNA supply chain and ultimately tricks bioengineers into inadvertently developing dangerous viruses or toxins? A new research report says that's a growing concern and calls for robust security measures.
Ex-CISA Director Christopher Krebs revealed in a "60 Minutes" interview what made officials confident that the election results were accurate: paper ballots. Krebs didn't mention President Trump by name, but refuted claims by his administration and personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, that the election was fraudulent.
Based on the threats and tactics unleashed in 2020, cybersecurity promises to be a top-of-mind business risk for the next president to manage. Bill Swearingen of IronNet Cybersecurity reflects on a virtual roundtable discussion about what to expect over the next four years.
Warning to workers: Your productivity tools may also be tracking your workplace productivity, and your bosses may not even know it. But as more workplace surveillance capabilities appear, legal experts warn that organizations must ensure their tools do not violate employees' privacy rights.
IoT devices and applications often use a range of components, including third-party libraries and open source code. Steve Springett, who created Dependency-Track, explains how to reduce risk and keep third-party code up to date.