Tue. Aug 20th, 2019

Layer 7 Weekly Round Up: 7/22 Edition

THE BIG STORY

1. Here’s how to get $125 from Equifax Settlement

Equifax has settled with the U.S. government and will pay at least $575 million, and possibly as much as $700 million. Some of the funds will go towards an account that can provide consumers with free credit monitoring services, and reimburse those who paid for these services after the 2017 breach.

 

WE’RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

2. New variant of WatchBog malware scans for BlueKeep flawed Windows RDP Servers

Researchers at Intezer Lab have discovered a new variant of the WatchBog malware that scans for Windows computers vulnerable to BlueKeep exploits.

 

INCIDENTS THIS WEEK

3. Critical flaws in corporate VPNs put enterprises at risk

Researchers at Devcore have warned that three popular corporate VPN providers — Palo Alto Networks, Pulse Secure, and Fortinet — used by enterprises around the world contain flaws that are “easy” to remotely exploit.

 

WORTHY MENTION

4. New senate intelligence report: “extensive” Russia 2016 election interference

In a newly released report, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by hackers linked to the Russian government. —Vox

 

INTERESTING READ

5. Adware is the malware you should actually worry about

This article by Lily Newman at Wired argues that Adware — a form of malware that hides on your device and serves you advertisements — is the malware we should be most concerned about. —Wired