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Windows 10 support extended again: September releases now get 30 months

Ars Technica - 6 Září, 2018 - 17:55

Enlarge / Licensing is not really the easiest topic to illustrate. (credit: Peter Bright)

In its continued efforts to encourage corporate customers to make the switch to Windows 10, Microsoft is shaking up its support and life cycle plans again. Support for some Windows 10 releases is being extended, and the company is offering new services to help detect and address compatibility issues should they arise.

The new policy builds on and extends the commitments made in February this year. Microsoft has settled on two annual feature updates (the "Semi-Annual Channel," SAC) to Windows 10, one finalized in March (and delivered in April) and the other finalized in September (and delivered in October). Initially, the company promised 18 months of support for each feature update, a policy that would allow customers to defer deployment of feature updates or even skip some updates entirely. Going forward, the September releases are going to see even longer support periods; for Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education, each September release will receive 30 months of servicing. In principle, an organization that stuck to the September releases could go two years between feature updates.

Customers of Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Pro for Workstations will continue to receive only 18 months of updates for both March and September releases.

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Open Source Summit: Innovation, Allies, and Open Development - 6 Září, 2018 - 16:48 August was an exciting month for Linux and open source, with the release of Linux kernel 4.18, a new ebook offering practical advice for enterprise open source, and the formation of the Academy Software Foundation. And, to cap it off, we ended the month with a successful Open Source Summit event highlighting open source innovation at every level and featuring keynote presentations from Linus Torvalds, Van Jones, Jim Zemlin, Jennifer Cloer, and many others.
Kategorie: Hacking & Security

Mozilla Patches Critical Code Execution Bug in Firefox 62

Threatpost - 6 Září, 2018 - 16:34
The update includes nine security patches overall.
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Mobile spyware maker mSpy leaks millions of records – AGAIN

Sophos Naked Security - 6 Září, 2018 - 15:21
The irony: Parents put it on kids' phones to protect them, but this breach exposed sensitive data including Whatsapp and Facebook messages.

Social Security numbers exposed on US government transparency site

Sophos Naked Security - 6 Září, 2018 - 15:14
The US government exposed dozens of people's’ personal details, including social security numbers, due to an online mishap on a public transparency portal.

19-Year-Old Hacker Arrested Over Making Hoax School and Flight Bomb Threats

The Hacker News - 6 Září, 2018 - 15:12
British police have arrested a 19-year-old teen who is an alleged member of Apophis Squad cybercriminal group responsible for making hoax bomb threats to thousands of schools and airlines; and DDoSing ProtonMail and Tutanota secure email services. George Duke-Cohan was arrested in his bedroom at his family home in Watford by British National Crime Agency (NCA) on 31st August and pledged
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CISSP Certification Course — Become An IT Security Professional

The Hacker News - 6 Září, 2018 - 15:08
If you dream of making it big in the IT security community, the CISSP certification is a necessary milestone. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is a globally recognised certification in the field of information security, which has become a gold standard of achievement that is acknowledged worldwide. CISSP certification deals with a range of information security
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High-Severity Flaws in Cisco Secure Internet Gateway Service Patched

Threatpost - 6 Září, 2018 - 13:30
The two bugs were disclosed Wednesday in Cisco Umbrella, the tech giant's cloud-based security service.
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Thousands of unsecured 3D printers discovered online

Sophos Naked Security - 6 Září, 2018 - 13:02
With access control disabled, other people could download previous print files, or even maliciously damage the printer.

How a data request turned into a data breach - 6 Září, 2018 - 12:44 The process was smooth enough, with the right safeguards apparently in place.
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Russia 'front of the queue' when it comes to hacking, says security minister - 6 Září, 2018 - 12:36 Hackers from hostile states continue to probe and attempt to access UK computer networks on a daily basis, according to security minister Ben Wallace, with Russia leading the pack.
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Ungagged Google warns users about FBI accessing their accounts

Sophos Naked Security - 6 Září, 2018 - 12:20
Some of those who received the letters conjecture that it may be because they purchased the LuminosityLink RAT.

Threat Landscape for Industrial Automation Systems in H1 2018

Kaspersky Securelist - 6 Září, 2018 - 12:00

For many years, Kaspersky Lab experts have been uncovering and researching cyberthreats that target a variety of information systems – those of commercial and government organizations, banks, telecoms operators, industrial enterprises, and individual users. In this report, Kaspersky Lab Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (Kaspersky Lab ICS CERT) publishes the findings of its research on the threat landscape for industrial automation systems conducted during the first half of 2018.

The main objective of these publications is to provide information support to global and local incident response teams, enterprise information security staff and researchers in the area of industrial facility security.

Key events Energetic Bear/Crouching Yeti: attacks on servers

In February, Kaspersky Lab ICS CERT published a report on an investigation into the initial infection tactics used by the notorious APT group Energetic Bear/Crouching Yeti, as well as the results of an analysis of several web servers compromised by the group in 2016 and early 2017, using information provided by the server owners.

Energetic Bear/Crouching Yeti has been active since at least 2010, attacking companies and individuals in various countries. The specialists at CrowdStrike initially noted a strong focus on the energy and industrial sectors, which may explain the name Energetic Bear. Later, when the diversity of the group’s attacks became clearer, the researchers at Kaspersky Lab named it Crouching Yeti. The targets of the attacks are mainly concentrated in Europe and the US. Recently, the number of attacks on companies in Turkey increased significantly. According to US-CERT and the UK National Cyber Security Centre, the Energetic Bear/Crouching Yeti APT group is linked to the Russian government.

The initial infection tactics used by the group is a multi-step process that begins with phishing emails being sent out with malicious documents and infecting various servers. Some infected servers are used by the group as auxiliaries – used only for hosting various tools. Others are infected so they can be used in watering hole attacks, with some servers hosting an SMB link that leads to other servers that steal the authentication data of potential victims.

With some rare exceptions, the Energetic Bear/Crouching Yeti group uses publicly available tools to carry out their attacks. All the utilities discovered by the Kaspersky Lab ICS CERT experts have open source code that is freely available on GitHub. This makes the task of attack attribution very difficult without additional group “markers”.

In most cases observed by Kaspersky Lab ICS CERT, the attackers performed tasks to identify vulnerabilities, gain persistence on different nodes and steal authentication data in order to develop the attack further.

An analysis of the compromised servers and the attacks on them showed that for Energetic Bear/Crouching Yeti, almost any vulnerable server on the internet is seen as a potential foothold from which to develop targeted attacks.

The investigation into the initial, intermediate and subsequent targets of these attacks also revealed a diverse geography. The largest number of victims and targets was in Russia, followed by Turkey and Ukraine. Under half of the systems attacked were related to industry, agricultural services and utilities.

Attacks on industrial enterprises using RATs

Kaspersky Lab ICS CERT reported on yet another wave of phishing emails containing malicious attachments aimed primarily at industrial enterprises in Russia. The malicious program used in the attacks installs legitimate software for remote administration – TeamViewer or Remote Manipulator System/Remote Utilities (RMS) – that allows attackers to gain remote control over the targeted systems. Various techniques are used to mask the presence and activity of the unauthorized software.

When they need to move further within a compromised network, the attackers can download an additional set of malicious programs, which is specifically tailored to the attack on each individual victim. This set of malware may contain spyware, additional remote administration tools, software to exploit vulnerabilities in the operating system and application software, as well as the Mimikatz utility, which makes it possible to obtain account data for Windows accounts.

Also, Kaspersky Lab products blocked multiple attacks on the industrial network of an automobile manufacturer and service company, in particular, on computers designed to diagnose the engines and onboard systems of trucks and heavy-duty vehicles.

A RAT was installed and intermittently used on at least one of the computers in the company’s industrial network. Over a period of several months, numerous attempts to launch various malicious programs using the RAT were blocked on the computer. The blocked programs included modifications of the malware detected by Kaspersky Lab products as When launched this worm immediately begins to proliferate on the local network using exploits for the MS17-010 vulnerabilities – the same ones that were published by ShadowBrokers in the spring of 2017 and were used in attacks by the infamous WannaCry and ExPetr cryptors.

The Trojan-Downloader.Nymaim malware family was also blocked. Representatives of this family are often used to download modifications of the Necus family botnet agent which in turn is used to infect computers with ransomware from the Locky family.


All statistical data used in this report was collected using the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), a distributed antivirus network. The data was received from those KSN users who gave their consent to have data anonymously transferred from their computers. We do not identify the specific companies/organizations sending statistics to KSN, due to the product limitations and regulatory restrictions.


The data was received from ICS computers protected by Kaspersky Lab products that Kaspersky Lab ICS CERT categorizes as part of the industrial infrastructure at organizations. This group includes Windows computers that perform one or several of the following functions:

  • supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) servers;
  • data storage servers (Historian);
  • data gateways (OPC);
  • stationary workstations of engineers and operators;
  • mobile workstations of engineers and operators;
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI).

The statistics analyzed also include data received from computers of industrial control network administrators and software developers who develop software for industrial automation systems.

For the purposes of this report, attacked computers are those on which our security solutions have been triggered at least once during the reporting period. When determining percentages of machines attacked, we use the ratio of unique computers attacked to all computers in our sample from which we received anonymized information during the reporting period.

ICS servers and stationary workstations of engineers and operators often do not have full-time direct internet access due to restrictions specific to industrial networks. Internet access may be provided to such computers, for example, during maintenance periods.

Workstations of system/network administrators, engineers, developers and integrators of industrial automation systems may have frequent or even full-time internet connections.

As a result, in our sample of computers categorized by Kaspersky Lab ICS CERT as part of the industrial infrastructure of organizations, about 42% of all machines had regular or full-time internet connections in H1 2018. The remaining machines connected to the Internet no more than once a month, many much less frequently than that.

Main figures

The percentage of ICS computers attacked in H1 2018 increased by 3.5 p.p. compared with H2 2017 and reached 41.2%. The year-over-year increase was 4.6 p.p.

Percentage of ICS computers attacked, H1 2017 – H1 2018

A comparison between different regions of the world shows that:

  • countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America are significantly worse off in terms of the percentage of ICS computers attacked than countries in Europe, North America and Australia;
  • the figures for Eastern Europe are considerably greater than those for Western Europe;
  • the percentage of ICS computers attacked in Southern Europe is higher than that in Northern and Western Europe.

Presumably, this situation could be due to the amounts of funds invested by organizations in infrastructure protection solutions.

Percentage of ICS systems attacked in regions of the world, H1 2018 vs H2 2017

The main sources of infection for computers in organizations’ industrial network infrastructure are the internet, removable media and email. Contrary to the conventional wisdom about control networks being isolated, in the past years the internet became the main source of infection for computers on organizations’ industrial networks.

Main sources of threats blocked on ICS computers (percentage of computers attacked during half-year periods), H12017 – H1 2018

While a year ago, in H1 2017, the internet was the source of threats blocked on 20.6% of ICS computers, in H1 2018 the figure was as high as 27.3%.

Main sources of threats blocked on ICS computers by region, H1 2018

More information about events during H1 2018, detailed statistics and our recommendations you may find in the full version of the report (PDF)

Kaspersky Lab Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (Kaspersky Lab ICS CERT) is a global project launched by Kaspersky Lab in 2016 to coordinate the efforts of automation system vendors, industrial facility owners and operators, and IT security researchers to protect industrial enterprises from cyberattacks. Kaspersky Lab ICS CERT devotes its efforts primarily to identifying potential and existing threats that target industrial automation systems and the Industrial Internet of Things.

Cisco Issues Security Patch Updates for 32 Flaws in its Products

The Hacker News - 6 Září, 2018 - 10:53
Cisco today released thirty security patch advisory to address a total of 32 security vulnerabilities in its products, three of which are rated critical, including the recently disclosed Apache Struts remote code execution vulnerability that is being exploited in the wild. Out of the rest 29 vulnerabilities, fourteen are rated high and 15 medium in severity, addressing security flaws in Cisco
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OilRig Sends an OopsIE to Mideast Government Targets

Threatpost - 5 Září, 2018 - 23:04
The Iran-linked group is using a variant of the data-exfiltration OopsIE trojan to attack a Mideast government entity.
Kategorie: Hacking & Security

Google Rolls Out 40 Fixes with Chrome 69

Threatpost - 5 Září, 2018 - 20:34
The official release of the version includes 40 fixes, seven of which are rated "High."
Kategorie: Hacking & Security

Active Campaign Exploits Critical Apache Struts 2 Flaw in the Wild

Threatpost - 5 Září, 2018 - 19:48
A Monero cryptomining script is spreading in an ongoing campaign using the recently disclosed critical remote command-execution flaw.
Kategorie: Hacking & Security

MEGA secure upload service gets its Chrome extension hacked

Sophos Naked Security - 5 Září, 2018 - 19:07
A password-stealing version of MEGA's Chrome extension was served up on Google's webstore for about four hours - here's what to do.

The Vulnerability Disclosure Process: Still Broken

Threatpost - 5 Září, 2018 - 19:03
Despite the advent to bug bounty programs and enlightened vendors, researchers still complain of abuse, threats and lawsuits.
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