Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days. This week, read about a malicious cryptocurrency miner and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) bot that targets open Docker daemon ports. Also, learn about tips for IT and security pros struggling to patch properly throughout the pandemic.


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#Let’sTalkSecurity: Bounty Smarter Not Harder

This Week, Rik Ferguson, Vice President of Security Research at Trend Micro, hosted the first episode of #Let’sTalkSecurity featuring Katie Moussouris, Founder and CEO of Luta Security. This series explores security and how it impacts our digital world. In discussion with some of the brightest and most influential minds in the community, Trend Micro explores this fascinating topic. Check out this week’s episode and follow the link to find information about upcoming episodes and guests.

Teaming Up with INTERPOL to Combat COVID-19 Threats

Partnerships matter in times of a crisis. Specifically, public-private partnerships matter in cybersecurity, which is why Trend Micro is always happy to reach out across industry, academia, and law enforcement to collaborate. Trend Micro is delighted to be working with long-time partner, INTERPOL, over the coming weeks on a new awareness campaign to help businesses and remote workers stay safe from an influx of COVID-19 threats.

7 Tips for Security Pros Patching in a Pandemic

Patch management has historically been a challenge for IT and security teams, which are under pressure to create strong programs and deploy fixes as they are released. Now, their challenges are intensified as a global shift to remote work forces companies to rethink patching strategies. In this article, experts in vulnerability and patch management share their advice for IT and security pros struggling to patch properly throughout the pandemic.

Principles of a Cloud Migration – Security W5H – The When

Security is as important to your cloud migration as the actual workload you are moving to the cloud. It is essential to plan and integrate security at every single layer of both architecture and implementation. If you are doing a disaster recovery migration, you need to make sure that security is ready for the infrastructure, your shiny new cloud space, as well as the operations supporting it.

Samsung Patches 0-click Vulnerability Impacting All Smartphones Sold Since 2014

This week Samsung released a security update to fix a critical vulnerability impacting all smartphones sold since 2014. The security flaw resides in how the Android OS flavor running on Samsung devices handles the custom Qmage image format (.qmg), which Samsung smartphones started supporting on all devices released since late 2014.

Security 101: How Fileless Attacks Work and Persist in Systems

As security measures get better at identifying and blocking malware and other threats, modern adversaries are constantly crafting sophisticated techniques to evade detection. One of the most persistent evasion techniques involves fileless attacks, which do not require malicious software to break into a system. Instead of relying on executables, these threats misuse tools that are already in the system to initiate attacks.

Zoom Acquires Keybase to Bring End-to-End Encryption to Video Platform

Popular communications platform provider Zoom Video announced on Thursday that it has acquired secure messaging and file-sharing service Keybase for an undisclosed sum. The move is the latest by the company as it attempts to bolster the security of its offerings and build in end-to-end encryption that can scale to the company’s massive user base.

Phishing, Other Threats Target Email and Video App Users

Trend Micro has seen several threats abusing tools utilized in work from home (WFH) setups. Cybercriminals are using credential phishing sites to trick users into entering their credentials into fake login pages of email and collaboration platforms and videoconferencing apps.

Firefox 76 Delivers New Password Security Features and Security Fixes

Just in time for this year’s World Password Day, Mozilla has released new Firefox Lockwise features. Starting with Firefox 76, users will be able to check whether any of the passwords they use are vulnerable (e.g., identical to a password that has been breached) and be alerted when their login and password is involved in a breach.

Excel Files with Hidden Sheets Target Users in Italy

A spam campaign using emails that have Excel file (.xls) attachments has been seen circulating and targeting users in Italy, Germany and other countries. The attachment appears blank when opened, but it has a sheet set to “hidden” that attempts to connect to a URL and download a file. Setting sheets to hidden is a documented feature. Some of the subjects of the spam emails written in Italian involve topics like free services, correcting information, invoice details, order completion and service assistance.

Coinminer, DDoS Bot Attack Docker Daemon Ports

Researchers found an open directory containing malicious files, which was first reported in a series of Twitter posts by MalwareHunterTeam. Analyzing some of the files, Trend Micro found a malicious cryptocurrency miner and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) bot that targets open Docker daemon ports. The attack starts with the shell script named mxutzh.sh, which scans for open ports (2375, 2376, 2377, 4243, 4244) and then creates an Alpine Linux container that will host the coinminer and DDoS bot.

Naikon APT Hid Five-Year Espionage Attack Under Radar

After five years under the radar, the Naikon APT group has been unmasked in a long-term espionage campaign against several governments in the Asia-Pacific region. The Chinese APT group was first uncovered by Kaspersky researchers in 2015. A recently discovered widespread campaign reveals the group has spent the past five years quietly developing their skills and introducing the “Aria-body” RAT into their arsenal of weapons.

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