July 6, 2020
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WTH Security News July 6, 2020

100s of millions of devices, including medical, vulnerable to attack. Dubbed Ripple20 (research source), these are zero-day vulnerabilities that may or may not ever be patched. More reason than ever to have proper network isolation, NAC (Network Access Control) and Egress control.

How police secretly took over a global phone network for organized crime. Lesson: believing an app/service is secure vs independent verification are two very different things.

How hackers extorted $1.14m from University of California, San Francisco. The ransomware, NetWalker, not only steals and encrypts users’ files, but it also publishes a portion on a hacker-owned website to “encourage” the victim to pay up.

During a pandemic, stalkerware becomes even more sinister. Three antivirus companies told Cyberscoop that they saw a rise in stalkerware infections. Beware of apps and what’s running on your devices, and if concerned, a factory-reset is never a bad idea.

New Mac ransomware spreading through piracy. Re-learned lesson: be careful what you download from p2p anywhere.

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