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

February 12, 2020

According to a report from Risk Based Security, the total number of records exposed due to data breaches has increased by 284% in 2019. In total, there were over 15.1 billion records exposed due to 7,098 breaches reported last year.

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Beginning March, when Firefox 74 is set to arrive in the release channel, Mozilla will disable older Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol versions as default options for secure connections. An improvement over the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, TLS is meant to improve the security of the Web, but flaws and weaknesses in older iterations, specifically TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1, render connections vulnerable to attacks such as BEAST, CRIME and POODLE.

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Without a doubt, the Emotet trojan is today’s top malware threat, in both terms of quantity (due to its huge spam campaigns) and risk (due to its known history of allowing ransomware gangs to buy themselves access to infected networks). Historically, Emotet has worked by getting a foothold inside a company after careless employees open boobytrapped Office documents they receive via email.

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It may sound creepy and unreal, but hackers can also exfiltrate sensitive data from your computer by simply changing the brightness of the screen, new cybersecurity research shared with The Hacker News revealed. In recent years, several cybersecurity researchers demonstrated innovative ways to covertly exfiltrate data from a physically isolated air-gapped computer that can’t connect wirelessly or physically with other computers or network devices.

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Adobe today released the latest security updates for five of its widely used software that patch a total of 42 newly discovered vulnerabilities, 35 of which are critical in severity. The first four of the total five affected software, all listed below, are vulnerable to at least one critical arbitrary code execution vulnerability that could allow attackers to take full control of vulnerable systems.

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