Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3595-2
March 23, 2018
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3595-2
March 23, 2018
UPDATE: Eighteen enforcement officers have entered the Cambridge Analytica headquarters in London’s West End to search the premises after the data watchdog was granted a warrant to examine its records, reports The Guardian.
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With spots in the knockout round up for grabs, action at the WGC-Dell Match Play 2018 heated up on Friday.
Hear that? It’s almost as if thousands of spooks and hackers suddenly cried out at once… The Internet Engineers Task Force has just unanimously approved a security framework that will make encrypted connections on the web faster and more resistant to snooping.
“It’s receiving and filtering and then gives us alerts when certain kinds of public communication are detected,” Broadrick explains. Shawsheen Tech buys the social media scanning service from a Vermont-based company called Social Sentinel. It’s one of many technology firms doing some form of social media scanning or monitoring. Social Sentinel claims it’s the only one with expertise in protecting schools. Shawsheen Tech has about 1,300 students. It pays Social Sentinel approximately $10,000 per year, according to Broadrick.
After Firefox 62 the browser will gain an optional Chrome-like ad filter and several privacy-enhancing features similar to those that Apple’s WebKit developers have been working on for Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention. By the third quarter of 2018, Firefox should also be blocking ad-retargeting through cross-domain tracking. It’s also going to move all key privacy controls into a single location in the browser, and offer more “fine-grained” tracking protection. Dotzler says Mozilla is in the “early stages” of determining what types of ads Firefox should block by default. Also on the roadmap is a feature that arrived in Firefox 59, released earlier this month. A new Global Permissions feature will help users avoid having to deny every site that requests permission for location, camera, microphone and notifications. Beyond security and privacy, Mozilla plans to build on speed-focused Quantum improvements that came in Firefox 57 with smoother page rendering.
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New Research From Balabit Reveals More Than A Quarter Of Companies Expect To Be Breached In The Next Six Months
New research released today has illustrated the fact that Infosec executives view ransomware and DDoS attacks as the biggest security threat to their organisations. Eyal Benishti, CEO & Founder at IRONSCALES commented below.
Precisely two months on the day since the release of its first version, the group behind the Rapid ransomware strain has released v2.0 today.
This new version has not suffered any major modifications compared to its previous release, but small changes have occurred.
The biggest is the addition of a code routine that detects the user’s PC locale settings before launching encryption operations. If the user has locale settings set to Russian, the ransomware will not encrypt files.
Second, the ransomware now adds a randomly generated string as the file extension at the end of encrypted files. Version 1.0 used “.rapid”, which allowed victims to easily detect what ransomware strain had infected their PCs.
But users now can detect they’ve been infected with Rapid 2.0 because the ransom note says so right at the top. The ransom note also uses different wording, compared to v1.0, and a subsequent updated version that was deployed in fake IRS malspam campaign.
Rapid 2.0 still relies on asking victims to get in contact with the ransomware’s operators via email. This version uses email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org as contact addresses.
First spotted by security researcher MalwareHunter, Rapid 2.0 seems to have been released into the wild by accident, as the ransomware’s source code was not packed and included debug messages that helped researchers quickly analyze its source code. The AVCrypt ransomware, also spotted for the first time today, was also not packed, revealing its secrets to researchers in a similar manner.
Bleeping Computer is not aware of any attempts to mass-distribute this threat at the time of writing, but the Rapid crew were quite successful at distributing v1.0, so they do have the channels in place to switch to mass-distributing v2.0 if they wish to.
Ransom note text:
- ALL YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED BY RAPID 2.0 RANSOMWARE - Dont worry, you can return all your files! Attention!
All your files documents, photos, databases and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase a Rapid Decryptor.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files and will delete Rapid from your PC.
To get this software you need write on our e-mail: 1. email@example.com
2. firstname.lastname@example.org (if first email unavailable) What guarantees do we give to you?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt him for free. But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information Attention!
Dont try to use third-party decryptor tools because it will destroy your files.
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Colombia devastated France in front of a home crowd on Friday as they thundered back from two goals down to win their friendly fixture 3-2 at the Stade de France following late penalty drama in Saint-Denis.
My name is Esmeralda Cortez Rosales. I’m 21, and a student at UC Berkeley. Four years ago, when I was applying to colleges, the personal statement on my applications began like this:
Security Operation Centers face a flood of excessive alerts and are working with outdated metrics that are leading to alert fatigue for many security operation centers (SOC) according to a new study released by Fidelis Cybersecurity.* Bob Noel, Director of Strategic Relationships and Marketing at Plixer commented below.
Cambridge Analytica is reeling in the wake of a scandal in which a whistleblower alleged the political analytics firm illicitly obtained Facebook data from more than 50 million profiles, and used this information for its work on the 2016 US presidential election.
Cambridge Analytica’s acting CEO reiterated Friday that the company didn’t use Facebook data it received through a third-party research agency in its work with the Trump campaign during the election.
The Twitter hashtag #DeleteFacebook pretty much sums up the sentiment stirring in the business community.