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The majority of vulnerabilities in 2018 were associated with network vulnerabilities, while less than 20% were associated with web applications and APIs, according to the fourth annual Vulnerability Stats Report from edgescan. When it comes to breaches, though, web application security remains the area of greatest risk. “The percentage of high and critical risks combined, compared to all discovered risks is still high at 19.2% for public internet-facing (external) applications and 24.9% for non-public or internal applications,”...

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Microsoft has expanded the reach of its cyber security service for political organisations in Europe, after detecting a fresh wave of attacks from Russian hackers. The firm's vice president for customer security and trust Tom Burt said Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Centre (MSTIC) had discovered attacks on employees of the German Council of Foreign Relations, and European offices of the Aspen Institute and the German Marshall Fund. Source: CityAM 

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Thousands of websites are being hit by cyber-thieves who implant code to scoop up payment card numbers, research suggests. Security giant Symantec found more than 4,800 websites were being hit by these "form-jacking" attacks every month. High-profile victims of these attacks include airline BA and Ticketmaster. Online crime groups had turned to the attacks as other more established techniques proved less and less lucrative, Symantec said. Source: BBC

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A third of workers used own email for work, and 24% shared files with family and friends. Employees are still the weak link in the security system, with poor habits that potentially put organisations at risk of critical data and intellectual property loss, and severe legal and reputational repercussions, new research from Microsoft has found. Source: Irish Times

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LandMark White has claimed that the data inadvertently leaked by the property valuation firm and subsequently posted on a ‘darkweb’ forum is “relatively benign”. Earlier this month the ASX-listed company revealed details of a data breach. It subsequently entered a trading halt to assess the impact on its business, after major banks paused their use of its services. Source: ComputerWorld

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Australia’s major political parties have been targeted by a “sophisticated state actor”, according to Scott Morrison, as part of a breach of the Parliament House computer network. The head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, Alistair MacGibbon, says agencies were unsure what material had been taken in the incident because the rapid remediation efforts had removed some of the forensic evidence. Source: Guardian

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Any risk posed by involving the Chinese technology giant Huawei in UK telecoms projects can be managed, cyber-security chiefs have determined. The UK's National Cyber Security Centre's decision undermines US efforts to persuade its allies to ban the firm from 5G communications networks. The Chinese government is accused of using Huawei as a proxy so it can spy on rival nations. Source: BBC

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Taiwanese NAS maker QNAP has admitted its devices are affected by mysterious malware that alters hosts files on infected boxen following The Register's report.In a security advisory published yesterday, QNAP told its customers: "A recently reported malware is known to affect QNAP NAS devices. We are currently analyzing the malware and will provide the solution as soon as possible." Source: The Register

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