Four New Normals for 2017

Ransomware, insecure connected devices, bug bounties and governments buying bugs: All four ceased to be novelties in 2016; they’re all new normals for cybersecurity.

Microsoft is ready to officially declare network worms passé for the enterprise. In its latest Security Intelligence Report, released Wednesday, Microsoft said that risks posed by Web-based threats to large, distributed network environments have surpassed malware such as Conficker. The report is based on data collected from more than one billion endpoints in more than […]

Microsoft said that it has not seen any evidence that hackers have figured out a way to take advantage of a critical vulnerability in the Windows Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) that the company disclosed and patched on Tuesday. The statement comes in the wake of unconfirmed reports of working exploits for the RDP hole circulating online on Thursday. 

As a follow-up to its usual Patch Tuesday release this week, officials at Microsoft are warning users that an exploit against the recently disclosed Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) vulnerability for Windows is likely to come in the next 30 days.According to a supplementary entry on its Security Research & Defense blog, Microsoft claims the “attractiveness” of the RDP vulnerability may make it especially appealing to hackers.

One of the wonderful things about some pieces of malware is that, like that slightly dodgy uncle who never seems to have a job, they never really go away. They just sort of hang about in the background, waiting for the right time to hit you up for some spare cash or CPU cycles. It appears that the once-celebrated and now nearly forgotten Conficker malware has entered that realm.

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