Anglo African weekly news wrap on trending cyber-attacks, to keep you alert

December 19, 2019

A Motherboard report found Ring lacking basic security measures for preventing hackers from hijacking the devices. Serious security holes in the Ring smart doorbell have been uncovered, according to a new investigation. For instance, Ring owners aren’t notified of suspicious login alerts when devices are accessed on various IP addresses — and there are seemingly no limitations for incorrect login attempts.

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An attacker could exploit CVE-2019-1491 to obtain sensitive information that could be used to mount further attacks. Microsoft has released out-of-band security updates to address a vulnerability in SharePoint Server. According to a Microsoft Security Advisory, an attacker could exploit the bug (CVE-2019-1491) to obtain sensitive information and then use that information to mount further attacks.

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The data breach disclosure was met with ire from customers whose lab test results, health card numbers and more were accessed. LifeLabs, a Canadian laboratory testing company, said it has paid hackers after they accessed the data of 15 million customers – including highly-sensitive lab test results.

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Remote attackers can easily compromise the device and pivot to move laterally through the LAN or WAN. A firmware vulnerability in TP-Link Archer C5 v4 routers (used in enterprise and home environments) could allow unauthorized, remote access to the device with administrative privileges.

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