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Week in review: Spot deep-faked job candidates, data exfiltration via bookmarks, Patch Tuesday forecast

Cybersecurity news

Here’s an overview of some of last week’s most interesting news, articles, interviews and videos:

Browser synchronization abuse: Bookmarks as a covert data exfiltration channel
Two universal and seemingly innocuous browser features – the ability to create bookmarks (aka “favorites”) and browser synchronization – make users’ lives easier, but may also allow hackers to establish a covert data exfiltration channel.

Ransomware gangs are hitting roadblocks, but aren’t stopping (yet)
Ransomware attacks are in decline, according to reports by several cybersecurity companies. Why is that?

Cyberattack prevention is cost-effective, so why aren’t businesses investing to protect?
In this Help Net Security interview, Former Pentagon Chief Strategy Officer Jonathan Reiber, VP Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy, AttackIQ, offers insight for CISOs – from talking to the Board to proper budget allocation.

August 2022 Patch Tuesday forecast: Printers again?
Looking ahead to next week, we have a server end-of-life and still more updates that can impact printers.

How to minimize your exposure to supply chain attacks
Supply chain attacks are on the rise, and many organizations seem unsure on how to respond to the threat. Here are are several steps you can take to minimize your risk of being involved in a supply chain breach.

The most impersonated brand in phishing attacks? Microsoft
Vade announced its H1 2022 Phishers’ Favorites report, a ranking of the top 25 most impersonated brands in phishing attacks.

6 ways your cloud data security policies are slowing innovation – and how to avoid that
As practically every organization shifts from managing their data in network-based data centers to storing it in the cloud, cloud data security policies are created to secure this data in a cloud environment. With more and more data migrating to the cloud, these policies must adapt to a wide range of data stores, locations, uses and environments.

Phishers use custom phishing kit to hijack MFA-protected enterprise Microsoft accounts
An ongoing, large-scale phishing campaign is targeting owners of business email accounts at companies in the FinTech, Lending, Insurance, Energy and…


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G gets August 2022 Android security patch

Samsung once again became the first smartphone brand to roll out a new Android security patch as it released the August 2022 security patch for the Galaxy S20, S21, and S22 series recently. Now, it is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G that’s getting updated with the August 2022 patch.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G gets August 2022 Android security patch

The new firmware is rolling out with version F707BXXU6GVG5 for the Galaxy Z Flip 5G having model code SM-F707B. It’s currently seeding in Switzerland, but the rollout should expand to other markets soon.

If you live in Switzerland and haven’t received the update yet, you can check for it manually by heading to your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G’s Settings > Software update menu.



Security Teams Overwhelmed With Bugs, Bitten by Patch Prioritization

The number of vulnerabilities disclosed in the first half of the year topped 11,800, forcing companies to determine the impact of an average of 90 security issues per weekday.

The numbers are from cybersecurity firm Flashpoint’s “The State of Vulnerability Intelligence — 2022 Midyear Edition” report, which notes that the massive number of vulnerabilities reported in the first half of the year highlights the problems facing companies as they try to triage software security issues and determine which software updates to prioritize. 

Without better guidance, organizations attempting to sort through the security issues struggle to separate those that are highly critical from minor vulnerabilities and those that may not affect their environment at all, says Brian Martin, vice president of vulnerability intelligence at Flashpoint.

“There are some issues that will have no bearing on any real organization in the world — it might be a vulnerability in some Chinese blog that has seven installs worldwide,” Martin says. “On the other hand, we do have vulnerabilities in Microsoft products, Google products, Apple products. Stuff that is just as high-profile and concerning as any issue from a Patch Tuesday.”

Daily vulnerability volumes
Daily vulnerability volumes in the first half of 2022. Source: Flashpoint

Clouding the issue is the focus put on zero-day vulnerabilities, those labeled as “discovered in the wild” by researchers before a patch is available. These are difficult to collect information on. Google’s Project Zero documented 20 such vulnerabilities exploited in the wild in the first half of 2022, while Flashpoint found at least 17 more issues.

Yet the most common attacks usually use known vulnerabilities.

“Discovered-in-the-wild vulnerabilities are often used in high-profile breaches or are attributed to Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attacks,” the report states. “Due to their nature, organizations often lack defensive options for them. However, business leaders need to keep in mind that discovered-in-the-wild vulnerabilities represent a tiny fraction of compromises occurring around the world.”

Organizations also had to deal with a growing number of days with hundreds of reported vulnerabilities because…


LG G8X ThinQ receives final OS upgrade with Android 12 and June 2022 security patch update

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