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New Intel firmware boot verification bypass enables low-level backdoors

By replacing a PC's SPI flash chip with one that contains rogue code, an attacker can can gain full, persistent access.

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APT group Elfin switches from data destruction to data stealing via WinRAR vulnerability

Iran-linked hacker group switches techniques from Shamoon wiper attacks to WinRAR exploits.

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Hackers use Slack to hide malware communications

A watering hole attack used Slack for its command-and-control communications to avoid network and endpoint detection.

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What is a man-in-the-middle attack? How MitM attacks work and how to prevent them

A man-in-the-middle (MitM) attack is when an attacker intercepts communications between two parties either to secretly eavesdrop or modify traffic traveling between the two. Detecting MitM attacks is difficult, but they are...

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Cylance researchers discover powerful new nation-state APT

A new APT, dubbed White Company, is flexing its muscle on the world stage, and it has security researchers worried.

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Why I don’t believe Bloomberg’s Chinese spy chip report

China can and has stolen the information it wants from US companies without using secretly embedded hardware, so why would it jeopardize its massive semiconductor industry?

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Mingis on Tech: Lessons from RSA 2018

This year's RSA security conference focused on a variety of cybersecurity topics – everything from blockchain to the looming GDPR rules. CSO's Steve Ragan was there and offers insights on what mattered most at the show.

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Microsoft sets novel antivirus prerequisite before offering Windows emergency updates

Windows users are being warned they must have up-to-date antivirus software on their PCs to get updates aimed at fending off attacks that take advantage of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws.

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Browser makers build bulwarks to stump Spectre attacks

Most major browser makers responded to concerns about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities by updating their wares to try and fend off any web-based attacks.

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Step aside, Windows! Open source and Linux are IT’s new security headache

The Equifax breach is the latest example of attackers targeting open-source software in the enterprise.

Tech Talk: The Equifax data breach, a new Apple Watch and A.I. for all

With the Equifax breach still making waves, the new Apple Watch now on wrists and A.I. seemingly everywhere, our panel digs into what's in the news in IT.

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Mingis on Tech: The language of malware

When it comes to tracking down the bad actors behind malware and ransomware, cybersecurity firms are turning to linguists.

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