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This week in the Security landscape, news ending September 4, 2020

Hello folks, welcome to this week in the Security Landscape and news I’ve been reading within the past week.

55% of Cybersquatted Domains are Malicious or Potentially Fraudulent

In a single month, cyber-squatters registered almost 14,000 domain names, more than half of which went on to host malicious or likely fraudulent content,
Palo Alto Networks states in a report released this week. The company, which collected information on newly registered domains in December 2019, found
13,857 domains classified by its software as cybersquatting based on lexical analysis.

I want to read this article more, it caught my attention when reading the blog post. Whether the acters are cybersquatting by putting these pages up as part of their campaigns to get you when you least expect it, or whether you get it by clicking something, it doesn’t matter. Its going to definitely get ugly now. According to this article, Typosquatting is only part of the problem in Cybersquatting as a whole, and the article gives some numbers.

This Week in Security News: 09/04/2020
This article has the article linked, but may have other articles that I’ve not read as well. If there is something in this that you want me to cover, than please contact me. There are many ways to do so.

One of the questions in regards to securing strategy is whether your employees are as secure as you think they should be. Read the article Are employees the weakest link in your security strategy? Train them! for more on this one, and you can bring it up for potential topic discussion on any of the podcasts along the tech landscape here on the network. I believe that training is a start, simulations are good if you know where to get your hands on that, but let your people know to ask if they aren’t sure. I’ve got one of those, and it pays off.

The article in question even goes in to the fact that most of the attacks (92 percent of Covid-19) were email based. Email is still the first line of defense, and we can’t let our guard down.What are you doing if you run a network to teach your customers and users how to be safe with all that email?

Tik Tok can’t seem to stay out of the news. According to an article recently read, really interesting ads and things have been removed. TikTok scrubs ads promoting diet pills, fake apps after Tenable report is the article, and now I really don’t want to use the app!

The video-sharing app, which claims some 49 million daily active users in the U.S., said Thursday it removed an array of advertisements from its central
#ForYou page that marketed suspicious diet pills, fake mobile apps and other inauthentic services.

Do you think those silly scammers as mentioned in the first paragraph really care? Their reputation really doesn’t sit well with me.

Speaking of things I’ve read whether it is in the security landscape or not, lets talk about Email. I read this article from Krebs just today, and it really makes you think about short email addresses. This specifically talks about gmail, but I have a question. What about other providers? The short email address whether it is two or three letters are used for various purposes like putting it as a second email address whereby you get those password resets and the like. Apparently Krebs on Security definitely gets lots of those through another address, and he documents what he finds in a piece entitled The Joys of Owning an ‘OG’ Email Account and if you’re new to the Internet or haven’t been here in awhile, you’ll want to take a look at this article and learn what NOT to do.

Think you haven’t had enough reading about typosquatting and cybersquatting? Think again. The most popular brand websites that hackers use for typosquatting campaigns comes from Cyberscoop and it may have other info the other article I published may not have. This is going to get interesting.

If you think the FBI has some good stuff out there, apparently they do. The FBI’s digital security guide for local police actually has good OPSEC advice should be passed along to your intellegence community friends. This article is packed full of stuff that might be of interest.

Cisco Systems needs to issue a patch, according to an article. Cisco says it will issue patch ‘as soon as possible’ for bugs hackers are trying to exploit is the article. The bugs are so bad, that they released info last Saturday and it talks about exhausting memory. This must be bad and I hope a patch is forthcoming.

Find something you want us to talk about? Send me an email with a link and I’ll be sure to give it a look. That’s all I’ve read this week, I’ll be back soon with more! Happy trails!

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This week in the Security landscape, news ending September 4, 2020 was released on September 4, 2020 at 12:00 pm by tech in article commentary.
Last modified: September 4, 2020.

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