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Companies Not Ready for Attacks: Report

Companies’ cyber resilience is down slightly from last year, a new report found. Thirty-two percent of IT and security professionals say their organization has a high level of cyber resilience – down slightly from 35 percent in 2015, according to a glo …

Decrypter Released for New Ransomware

A decrypter released for a newly spotted ransomware family called Alma Locker. Alma Locker is more advanced than all the other recent ransomware variants released in the past month. RELATED STORIES New Ransomware Version Available Ransomware Decrypters …

Westermo Switch Issue Updated

Westermo created an update for a hard-coded certificate vulnerability in its industrial switches that allows the web interface certificate to change, according to a report on ICS-CERT. Independent researcher, Neil Smith, who identified the vulnerabilit …

New Ransomware Decrypter Available

New versions of ransomware continue to hit the market and they level of severity for each variant varies. The good news is, though, researchers continue to issue decrypters so users can get their computer back in workable condition. RELATED STORIES Dec …

CA Oil Pipelines Need Safety Devices

Plains All American must install a range of safety features on the oil pipelines that fouled a California beach before they can restart them, a U.S. regulator said. In an 11-page order, the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration …

8 Coal Plants Shutting Down in MI

Eight coal-fired units at three power plants in Michigan will shut down over the next seven years. The units will retire between 2020 and 2023, said officials at Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. RELATED STORIES Dynegy Shutting Down IL Coal Plants Duke Shut …

Google Patches Android, Qualcomm Holes

Android operating system security update released patching 40 vulnerabilities. Of all the vulnerabilities, there were eight critical, 28 high and four medium issues. RELATED STORIES LG Fixes Device Vulnerabilities Androids Suffer from Mediaserver Attac …

Updated Tor Browser Releases

The Tor Project released version 6.0 of its famous privacy-first Web browser, based on the Firefox 45-ESR release. The browser has better HTML5 support and updated security features to safeguard encrypted traffic and its updates mechanism, officials sa …

Standards for Productivity and Profit

One refinery was running a very complex parallel network and workers knew adhering to standards was the way to ensure a secure environment, save money, keep the system up and running for a more profitable enterprise.

Ransomware Uses Viewing App in Attack

A new ransomware family infects users’ computers via poorly secured TeamViewer installations and then encrypts all the data, researchers said. The first signs of this new ransomware infection ended up found on the Bleeping Computer forums, where victim …

Enabling Business Through Safety, Security

By Gregory Hale An oil platform stood silently awash in the Gulf of Mexico waves a short time ago and unbeknownst to workers on the rig and others onshore, malware was on board turning that facility into a potential floating time bomb. Malware, downloa …

Ransomware Locks Files, Tosses Key

New ransomware is infecting users and then throwing away the key. The basis of this new ransomware comes from the open source Hidden Tear that encrypts a victim’s files and then loses the encryption key, which means all files are unrecoverable. RELATED …

Cisco Patches Vulnerabilities

Cisco fixed critical and high severity vulnerabilities in its networking and security products. One of the critical flaws that came in with a CVSS score of 10 is an unauthorized access issue affecting Cisco standalone and modular controllers running Wi …

Adware can Disable Security

Adware is able to trick an operating system into untrusting digital certificates from security companies to thwart anti-malware products from blocking it. Anti-malware firm Malwarebytes initially detected the threat as a piece of adware that installs p …

‘Slightly Radioactive’ Leak Fixed

Talen Energy Corp. reconnected Unit 1 of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant near Berwick, PA, one week after it shut down due to a leak discovered during routine equipment testing. Talen officials said Friday the unit was back on the regional power gr …

Down, but not Out: Blackhole Returns

The Blackhole Exploit Kit is back to conduct a new series of drive-by download attacks, said researchers said. Attackers used the tool to push malware from compromised websites onto the Windows machines for years up to October 2013, after an arrest of …

Edge Now Blocks Code Injection

Microsoft’s Edge browser’s rendering engine is getting an update that includes a security feature designed to block unauthorized code injection attempts. Way back in May, Microsoft removed support on Edge for legacy technologies and features, including …

VA Reactors Down to Fix Water Leak

Both nuclear reactors at Dominion Virginia Power’s Surry County plant shut down to repair water leaks, a utility official said. The first unit shut down over the weekend for planned maintenance to repair seals on one of the three reactor coolant pumps, …

IEI: Secure Network Design Principals

By Gregory Hale A network could go unnoticed or even unappreciated, but in today’s manufacturing enterprise, a proper design could be the difference between a secure, rugged process that keeps running smoothly or a nightmare that is not reliable, which …

Cost Effective Cisco IOS Rootkits Possible

While sophisticated attacks occur all the time, but is it possible to develop rootkits for devices running Cisco IOS that does not require advanced knowledge or heavy duty resources, a new paper reported. The “SYNful Knock” malware ended up discovered …

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