Items tagged with Homeland Security

The cybersecurity advisory unit of U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to Windows computer users about code for a "wormable" bug that was published online last week. The exploit is known as SMBGhost and takes advantage of an issue in Windows' server message block or SMB. SMB is a component of Windows that allows it to talk with other devices, such as printers or servers. The warning from the Homeland Security isn't only that the SMBGhost code has been published online, but that the code is designed to take advantage of a security vulnerability that Microsoft patched in March. The warning tells Windows users to update their computers to protect themselves from the exploit.... Read more...
Earlier this month, the National Security Agency (NSA) issued a warning to Windows users -- especially businesses running older versions of Windows -- to patch their systems against the BlueKeep wormable exploit. At the time, the NSA wrote, "NSA is concerned that malicious cyber actors will use the vulnerability in ransomware and exploit kits containing other known exploits, increasing capabilities against other unpatched systems." Now the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) – the cybersecurity wing of the Department of Homeland Security -- is issuing its own warning about BlueKeep and the danger it poses to unpatched Windows systems. As we've previously... Read more...
Last week a joint operation between the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Department of Homeland Security, and Europol was announced. Named Operation Onymous, it led to the arrest of 17 people, the shutdown of over 400 hundred .onion sites, and Tor relays seized by government officials. As a result, the Tor Project is asking for help to determine how government officials were able to locate these services. “Tor is most interested in understanding how these services were located, and if this indicates a security weakness in Tor hidden services that could be exploited by criminals or secret police repressing dissents,” reads a statement on the Tor Project blog. “We are also interested... Read more...