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

June 20, 2019

Security researchers recently unearthed an unsecured and unencrypted MongoDB database that contained personally identifiable information (PII) of more than 78,000 patients in the United States who use a prescription drug named Vascepa that helps lower triglycerides in adults. Researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar at vpnMentor, who discovered an unsecured and publicly accessible MongoDB database owned and managed by Florida-based ad agency xSocialMedia that stored almost 150,000 medical records earlier this week, have also discovered another unsecured MongoDB database that contains personally identifiable information of more than 78,000 US patients as well as their medical prescriptions.

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A serious security flaw exists in diagnostic software used by Dell and other PC manufacturers, according to a Thursday blog post from cybersecurity firm Safebreach Labs. The diagnostic software goes by the name SupportAssist on Dell PCs, but is actually a rebranded version of software written by PC-Doctor. The software in question is used by a number of different OEMs that manufacture Windows PCs, and typically comes pre-installed as a tool for monitoring hardware and software health.

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A component in SupportAssist software pre-installed on Dell PCs – and other OEM devices – opens systems up to DLL hijacking attacks. Millions of PCs made by Dell and other OEMs are vulnerable to a flaw stemming from a component in pre-installed SupportAssist software. The flaw could enable a remote attacker to completely takeover affected devices.

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CNET and CBS News Senior Producer Dan Patterson spoke with KGB Espionage Museum’s Agne Urbaityte about why and how plates and ashtrays were used as eavesdropping and spying devices. The following is an edited transcript of the interview.

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With the GandCrab Ransomware operation shutting down, affiliates are looking to fill the hole left behind with other ransomware. Such is the case with the Sodinokibi Ransomware, whose affiliates are using a wide range of tactics to distribute the ransomware and earn a commission.

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