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The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and National Security Administration (NSA) have joined forces to warn about a new threat of cyberattacks sourced from Russia. The two intelligence agencies have posted a complete technical analysis of what is be called Drovorub malware, which is targeting Linux-based systems. According to the FBI/NSA white paper, Drovorub was developed by the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, better known as GRU. GRU has been responsible for numerous cyber espionage campaigns against the United States and its allies, and had a hand in attempting to influence the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. In the past, we've seen GRU operating under the following... Read more...
There's no question that we’re are living in relatively dangerous times with regards to cybersecurity concerns. There isn't a week that goes by that we don't hear of app malware, some large corporation's customers database being raided, or devices themselves being the subject of low-level attacks. The good news, however, is that Microsoft and a number of its hardware partners are working on solutions to help shore up the defenses of our PCs against malicious actors. Microsoft notes that the National Vulnerability Database has monitored a five-fold increase in firmware-based attacks on devices from 2016 to 2018. The company specifically calls out Russian-based APT28 group (aka... Read more...
There have been many concerns over the last few years that foreign entities have been interfering in elections. Microsoft is launching its AccountGuard initiative to protect elections and political campaigns from cyberattacks. AccountGuard is a free program for candidates, campaign offices, and other political institutions that already use Office 365, and it covers both personal and organizational accounts. Microsoft will notify the person or organizations if their accounts are threatened, will offer security advice and training, and will allow their customers to adopt previews of new programs. Microsoft believes that AccountGuard is particularly relevant in light of their recent entanglement... Read more...
There’s a bit of bad blood between Microsoft and Google following news that the latter spilled the beans on a 0-day Windows kernel exploit. Google originally alerted Microsoft and Adobe to the vulnerability on October 21st, and went public with its findings just ten days later on November 1st. "We believe in coordinated vulnerability disclosure, and today’s disclosure by Google puts customers at potential risk," said a Microsoft spokesperson yesterday in a statement. "Windows is the only platform with a customer commitment to investigate reported security issues and proactively update impacted devices as soon as possible.” While Adobe has issued a patch for its part in the exploit, Microsoft... Read more...