IT Security Weekend Catch Up – August 15, 2020

Afraid of missing important security news during the week? We’re here to help! Every week we put together a curated list of all important security news in one place, for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

For the less technical

  1. Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates
  2. Mozilla is laying off 250 people and planning a ‘new focus’ on making money
  3. A new platform is calling: Help us test one-to-one voice and video conversations on Signal Desktop
  4. Instagram wasn’t removing photos and direct messages from its servers
  5. Canon USA’s stolen files leaked by Maze ransomware gang
  6. SANS security training firm hit with data breach
  7. The secret SIMs used by criminals to spoof any number
  8. Belarus has shut down the Internet amid a controversial election + more information
  9. Boeing 747s receive critical software updates over 3.5″ floppy disks

For the more technical

  1. Google Chrome browser bug exposes billions of users to data theft + more information
  2. Microsoft August 2020 Patch Tuesday
  3. Internet Explorer and Windows zero-day exploits used in Operation PowerFall
  4. Microsoft’s patch for LSASS flaw incomplete, Google researcher says
  5. Exploiting vBulletin: “A tale of a patch fail”
  6. Flickr API: Report? Or read on?
  7. Hacking Zoom: Uncovering tales of security vulnerabilities in Zoom
  8. Keeping the gate locked on your IoT devices: Vulnerabilities found on Amazon’s Alexa
  9. TikTok was found to be bypassing Android’s built-in protections and sneakily tracking users
  10. Samsung Find My Mobile vulnerability (PDF)
  11. Beyond KrØØk: Even more Wi‑Fi chips vulnerable to eavesdropping
  12. Attack of the week: Voice calls in LTE + more information
  13. Cracking the August SmartLock: WiFi password eavesdropping made easy (PDF)
  14. A simple telephony honeypot received 1.5 million robocalls across 11 months
  15. DDoS attacks in Q2 2020
  16. Threat actors join in the race towards a coronavirus vaccine
  17. EmoCrash: Exploiting a vulnerability in Emotet malware for defense
  18. Color by numbers: inside a Dharma ransomware-as-a-service attack
  19. Agent Tesla: Old RAT uses new tricks to stay on top
  20. Russian GRU 85th GTsSS deploys previously undisclosed Drovorub malware (PDF)
  21. RedCurl cybercrime group has hacked companies for three years
  22. CactusPete APT group’s updated Bisonal backdoor
  23. Dopple-ganging up on facial recognition systems

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