This Week in Security News: Trend Micro Research Discovers Cybercriminal Turf War on Routers and a Massive Twitter Breach Compromises Some of the World’s Most Prominent Accounts

Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days. This week, read about Trend Micro’s report on the botnet battle for IoT territory and how attacker groups are trying to gain control of vulnerable routers and other devices. Also, learn about a Twitter breach that happened earlier this week, involving some of the most well-known and wealthiest people and brands globally.

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‘DDoS-For-Hire’ is Fueling a New Wave of Attacks

Earlier this week, Trend Micro released a report about escalating global turf wars between attacker groups vying to seize control of vulnerable routers and other devices, titled “Worm War: The Botnet Battle for IoT Territory.” Robert McArdle, director of Trend Micro’s forward-looking threat research (FTR) and David Sancho, senior threat researcher, spoke with WIRED about findings from the report and how the aim of attacker groups is to power botnets that can direct a firehose of malign traffic or requests for DDoS attacks.

Extraordinary Twitter Hack Compromises Some of the World’s Most Prominent Accounts

Earlier this week, hackers hijacked the Twitter accounts of some of the world’s most prominent and wealthiest people and brands including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Kanye West, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and tech giant Apple. These hacked accounts sent out messages promising bitcoin payments as part of a scam.

Tax Scams – Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Money and Data Safe

Cybercriminals are always on the hunt for two things: people’s identity data from their accounts and their money. Both can be exposed during the tax-filing season, and cybercriminals have adapted multiple tools and techniques to obtain this information. In this blog, take a look at some of the main threats during tax-filing season and what you can do to stay safe.

Russia is Trying to Hack and Steal Coronavirus Vaccine Data, U.S., Canadian and UK Officials Claim

Officials said that hackers linked to Russian intelligence services are trying to steal information about coronavirus vaccine research in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.  They said that a group known as APT29 — also known as “Cozy Bear” and believed to be associated with Russian intelligence — was likely to blame for the attack, which used spear phishing and custom malware to target vaccine researchers.

Trend Micro and Girls in Tech to Provide Cybersecurity Training to Girls Around the World

Trend Micro recently announced that it is expanding its partnership with non-profit Girls in Tech with a new initiative aimed at closing the gender diversity and talent gap in the technology industry. Together, the organizations will provide cybersecurity training to girls around the world to help develop a large talent pool of women eager to get their start in the industry.

Microsoft Tackles 123 Fixes for July Patch Tuesday

A critical DNS bug and a publicly known elevation-of-privilege flaw top this month’s Patch Tuesday list of 123 fixes. This article includes data from the Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) July Patch Tuesday blog post, which says that this Patch Tuesday “makes five straight months of 110+ CVEs released and brings the total for 2020 up to 742. For comparison, Microsoft released patches for 851 CVEs in all of 2019. At this pace, Microsoft will eclipse that number next month.”

Guidelines Related to Security in Smart Factories (Part 4) NIST SP800 Series

This blog series explains examples of general-purpose guidelines for ICS and OT security and helps readers understand the concepts required for security in smart factories. Based on the NIST CSF that was introduced in Part 3, from the SP800 series which are guidelines with high specificity, Part 4 explains SP800-53, SP800-82, and SP800-171, which are considered to be particularly relevant to general manufacturing industries.

TikTok’s Huge Data Harvesting Prompts U.S. Security Concerns

Security researchers say TikTok’s information collection practices are consistent with Facebook Inc., Google and other U.S. tech companies looking to tailor ads and services to their users. The bigger issue lies in what TikTok does with the intel it gathers. Some groups like the Democratic and Republican national committees and Wells Fargo & Co. have discouraged or banned people from using the app.

Infrastructure as Code: Security Risks and How to Avoid Them

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is a key DevOps practice that bolsters agile software development. In this report, Trend Micro identifies security risk areas in IaC implementations and the best practices in securing them.

Lost in Translation: Serious Flaws Found in ICS Protocol Gateways

Marco Balduzzi, senior research scientist with Trend Micro, will disclose details of multiple vulnerabilities he and his team discovered in a sampling study of five popular ICS gateway products at Black Hat USA’s virtual event next month. Their findings focus not on the gateways’ software nor the industrial protocols as in previous research, but rather on a lesser-studied function: the protocol translation process that the devices conduct.

Fixing Cloud Migration: What Goes Wrong and Why?

As part of our #LetsTalkCloud series, Trend Micro is sharing some of its deep, in-house expertise on cloud migration through conversations with company experts and folks from the industry. To kick off the series, this blog covers some of the security challenges that solution architects and security engineers face with customers when discussing cloud migrations. Spoiler: these challenges may not be what you expect.

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