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DHS urges Govt departments to lock down their domain name settings.

Threat Researchers at Securonix have reported a rise in attacks that target vulnerabilities in Hadoop components, such as Hadoop YARN, Redis and ActiveMQ. The researchers warned of an increase in the number of multi-vector and multi-platform automated attacks against cloud infrastructure over the past few months. These attacks frequently include crypto mining, ransomware and botnet malware. Source: The Register

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DHS urges Govt departments to lock down their domain name settings.

New stealthy tactics have allowed DDoS attacks to past detection mechanisms, with attacks against Internet services providers increasing in the 3rd quarter of 2018, new research by Nexusguard has revealed. DDoS attackers are spreading attack traffic across many IP prefixes in attempts to overwhelm targeted sites and ISPs. The attack traffic within each IP is small, which allows it to avoid detection by DDoS mitigation technologies. Source: Dark Reading

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DHS urges Govt departments to lock down their domain name settings.

265 researchers from around the world have taken down 100,000 Malware distribution websites as part of a campaign known as URLhaus, a project started by abuse.ch, a non-profit cybersecurity organisation in Switzerland. The project started in March and has a recorded daily average 300 submissions.  However, web hosting providers are still slow to respond to abuse complaints and the average takedown time is more than a week. A lot of work still needs to be...

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DHS urges Govt departments to lock down their domain name settings.

Avast, a digital security company, has discovered that 55% of PC applications are out of date, a 7% rise since 2017. If applications are not updated, then users can be targeted by hackers and malicious software because security updates which fix exploits and vulnerabilities will not have been installed. PC users are recommended to regularly check for security updates. However, many users are unaware of the threats posed by out of date software. Windows 7...

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DHS urges Govt departments to lock down their domain name settings.

A survey carried out by SAS, a software analytics company, has revealed that two thirds of US consumers want the government to do more to protect their data privacy. 73% of respondents said they are more concerned about their data privacy now then they were a few years ago. 83% of people who thought the US needed more data privacy regulation also wanted the right to tell an organisation not to share or sell their...

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DHS urges Govt departments to lock down their domain name settings.

Amid domain hijackings, the DHS has issued a directive urging US government departments to lock down their domain name settings for official web addresses. The directive was issued after Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) were alerted to hackers successfully tampering with the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure. Government employees have been urged to use strong passwords for DNS settings and multi-factor authentication to prevent unauthorised access. Domain hijacking can allow hackers to...

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