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Online predators and social media platforms on Morrison's agenda

After ramming Australia's abhorrent video streaming legislation through Parliament last month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced further social media platform crackdowns on his agenda, should his government be re-elected later this month.

Mr. Morrison said he would have social media platforms and online predators and trolls in his sights under his leadership, in a new plan that aims to protect children, families, and the community.

Major social media platforms would be held accountable under the new plan, with mandated requirements ranging from transparency reports on the number, type, and response to reports and complaints about illegal, abusive, and predatory content by their users.


Flaw in pre-installed software opens Dell computers to remote hijack

Dell computer owners should update the Dell SupportAssist software as soon as possible to close a high-risk remote code execution vulnerability. CVE-2019-3719 is not deemed to be critical as it can’t be exploited by attackers who are not on the same local network as the victim.


Major Hacks of the Week

Russian hackers were 'in a position' to alter Florida county voting records: Marco Rubio

Russian hackers have been able to breach one Florida county's voting systems as confirmed by Florida's Senator Marco Rubio during an interview, noting that that hackers not only accessed the county's systems, but had the ability to change voter roll data.


Unprotected database stored information on 80 million U.S. households

Researchers have stumbled upon an unprotected database storing information on the individuals living in roughly 80 million households in the United States. Noam Rotem and Ran Locar of vpnMentor came across the database as part of what the company calls a "huge web mapping project." The database was 24GB in size and it was hosted on Microsoft cloud servers.


Major Vulnerabilities Disclosed

Retefe Banking Trojan resurfaces in the threat landscape with innovations

The Retefe banking Trojan has resurfaced in the threat landscape and implements new techniques to avoid detection. The new variant resurfaced in April, it uses the stunnel encrypted tunneling mechanism and abuses a legitimate shareware app.

One of the major changes in the new variant is the abandon of Tor for its communications and the abuse of a legitimate shareware application.


10KBLAZE exploits could affect 9 out of 10 SAP installs of more than 50k customers

The risk of cyber attacks against SAP systems is increased after security researchers released PoC exploits for old SAP configuration flaws. SAP Message Server and SAP Gateway implements an access control list (ACL) mechanism to determine IP addresses that are allowed to register application servers. ACL wrong configurations could allow any host with network access to the Message Server to register an application server.


Legal, Regulatory and Corporate
Security and Beyond

Cybercriminals targeting social media: Facebook and Instagram are becoming phishers' favorites

According to a security research done by helpnet security, social media phishing, primarily Facebook and Instagram, saw the highest quarter- over-quarter growth of any industry with a 74.7% increase. While Facebook has been in the top 10 since report’s inception, Instagram cracked the top 25 for the first time, taking the #24 spot on the Phishers’ Favorites list.


Vietnam 'on the edge' of becoming a mid-tier cybercrime hub

Vietnam has the potential to become a mid-level cybercrime hub, according to sociologist Dr Jonathan Lusthaus, who's been studying cybercrime globally for more than seven years. Lusthaus is director of the Human Cybercriminal Project at the University of Oxford, and an adjunct associate professor at University of New South Wales Canberra Cyber.


Security Awareness Tip

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Effective defense demands a team effort where employees, enterprises, and end users alike recognize their shared role in protecting themselves from identity theft. Below are tips:

  1. Go "All in" on using passwords
  2. Mix up your passwords
  3. Avoid sneeky websites and links
  4. Never give out personal information
  5. Regularly check your credit reports
  6. Establish fraud alerts if needed
  7. Protect documents with personal information
  8. Limit your exposure


Silensec Editorial Team

Editor: Dr. Almerindo Graziano
Dr. Graziano is the Silensec CEO. He holds an MSc in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Mobile Computer Security, both from the University of Naples, Italy. Dr. Graziano has consulted in information security for private and government organisations across Europe, Africa and Middle East over the last 15 years. He is also a BSI-certified ISO27001 Lead Auditor trainer and auditor

Vice Editor: George Nicolaou (BSc, MSc)
George Nicolaou (BSc, MSc) leads the Silensec Malware Analysis Lab (MAL). He received his BSc in Computer Science and MSc in Advanced Computing Security from the University of Bath in UK, where he pursued research in malware and vulnerability analysis. For many years George has also been the Head of Research and Development department of the Astalavista Security Community. George is also a frequent speaker at security conferences around the world on advanced malware analysis, reverse engineering and exploit development techniques.

Digital Editor: Salome Omondi (B.Com)
Salome Omondi leads the Silensec Marketing Department. She holds a Bachelors of Commerce and Management from Strathmore University. Miss Omondi publishes the weekly Silensec Newsletter, keeping you up to date with the latest infosec news as well as improving information security awareness.

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