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The tip of the IRS data breach – and it IS an iceberg

Posted May 27, 2015    Morey Haber

The IRS has been warned for decades about their security best practices. And now, at least 100,000 Americans have had their records compromised. How? The IRS uses a service called “Get Transcript”.

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April 2015 Patch Tuesday

Posted April 14, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Microsoft gave everyone a breather in this month’s Patch Tuesday, serving up fixes for a surprisingly modest 26 vulnerabilities. The fixes address various flaws including remote code execution, information disclosure, security feature bypass and cross-site scripting to name a few. Let’s dive right in: MS15-032 – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3038314) IE makes…

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March 2015 Patch Tuesday

Posted March 10, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Microsoft patched 44 CVEs across 14 bulletins this month, with vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Adobe Font Driver necessitating the bulk of those fixes. With so many bulletins, it was only natural that a wide variety of security flaws were found:  remote code execution, elevation of privilege, denial of service, information disclosure, cross-site scripting, spoofing and security feature bypass were all present and accounted…

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February 2015 Patch Tuesday

Posted February 10, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Microsoft patched a fairly hefty 58 CVEs across 9 bulletins this month, with Internet Explorer taking the lion’s share of those fixes. Among the offending flaws are remote code execution, security bypass, elevation of privilege, and information disclosure vulnerabilities. MS15-009 fixes 41 assorted flaws in Internet Explorer including remote code execution, ASLR bypass, privilege elevation…

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Anthem Breach

The Anthem Breach: What We Know Now

Posted February 5, 2015    Morey Haber

I learned about the breach directly from the CEO before all the hype and speculation hit. This is the level of caring and responsibility I personally expect as an Anthem customer. So now that the news is out there, let’s talk about the technical aspects of the breach.

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Advanced Threat Analytics Reveals Hidden Risks: Introducing BeyondInsight Clarity

Posted February 3, 2015    Chris Burd

BeyondInsight Clarity, now shipping standard with BeyondInsight v5.4, enables our customers to detect critical IT security threats previously lost amidst volumes of data, while identifying specific users, accounts and assets exhibiting patterns of risky activity.

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January 2015 Patch Tuesday

Posted January 14, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Starting off the new year, Microsoft directs its focus more toward user rights and access. For the majority of bulletins, an attacker would need some form of authentication prior to elevating their privileges. Aside from these, the most notable vulnerability lies within an old friend named Telnet, which even the newer versions of windows are…

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Dark Reading

2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities

Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of “least privilege” could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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Monetary Authority of Singapore

Why MAS Compliance is Still a Real MUST

Posted November 12, 2014    Morey Haber

As reported in our blog earlier this year MAS guidelines are set to change the way financial institutions conduct business in Singapore. Now, nearly four months past the compliance date of July 2014, we are revisiting the guidelines that surround the regulations. Non-compliance was said to result in the following implications for financial institutions: Financial…

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