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

June 26, 2019

It is tempting to think that the process of securing a Windows 10 device can be reduced to a simple checklist. Install some security software, adjust a few settings, hold a training session or two, and you can move on to the next item on your to-do list. Alas, the real world is far more complicated than that. There is no software magic bullet, and your initial setup simply establishes a security baseline. After that initial configuration is complete, security requires continued vigilance and ongoing effort. Much of the work of securing a Windows 10 device happens away from the device itself. A well-planned security policy pays attention to network traffic, email accounts, authentication mechanisms, management servers, and other external connections.

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Leviathan is a mass audit toolkit which has wide range service discovery, brute force, SQL injection detection and running custom exploit capabilities. It consists open source tools such masscan, ncrack, dsss and gives you the flexibility of using them with a combination. Discover FTP, SSH, Telnet, RDP, MYSQL services running inside a specific country or in an IP range via Shodan, Censys. It’s also possible to manually discover running services on a IP range by integrated “masscan” tool.

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Cisco released security updates for Data Center Network Manager to address several vulnerabilities that could allow a remote attacker to take over an affected system.  Two of the vulnerabilities are rated critical and include an Arbitrary File Upload and Remote Code Execution vulnerability and an Authentication Bypass vulnerability, according to a June 26 US Cert advisory.  The Arbitrary File Upload and Remote Code Execution vulnerability is caused by an incorrect permission settings in affected DCNM software that could be exploited by uploading specially crafted data to the affected device.

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Mozilla appears to be taking another swipe at Google amid increasing competition between the two browser makers. As most readers will be aware, Google’s Manifest V3–which causes some ad blockers to break–has led many Chrome users to switch to Firefox.  Mozilla has been taking advantage of the momentum–and there’s even a Reddit thread welcoming ex-Chrome users to Firefox including help switching between the browsers.

“Modern attackers are risk-averse and profit-oriented.” PCM a California-based hardware and cloud services provider has confirmed that it was hacked. During the attack, threat actors accessed files belonging to the company’s clients that were held in the firm’s Office 365 file share database. Access to the company’s Office 365 network appears to be the source of the breach.

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