News – July 2023


  • FortiGuard Labs Discovers Multiple Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Message Queuing Service

    July 24, 2023

    Over the last few months, FortiGuard Labs has discovered and reported multiple vulnerabilities found in the Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) service. Microsoft patched these vulnerabilities in the April and July 2023 security updates. These patches are rated as critical/important, and as always, we urge users to install them as soon as possible. Read more… Source: Fortinet Labs  

  • Spyhide stalkerware is spying on tens of thousands of phones

    July 24, 2023

    A phone surveillance app called Spyhide is stealthily collecting private phone data from tens of thousands of Android devices around the world, new data shows. Spyhide is a widely used stalkerware (or spouseware) app that is planted on a victim’s phone, often by someone with knowledge of their passcode. The app is designed to stay hidden ...

  • North Korea Leverages SaaS Provider in a Targeted Supply Chain Attack

    July 24, 2023

    In July 2023, Mandiant Consulting responded to a supply chain compromise affecting a US-based software solutions entity. Mandiant researchers believe the compromise ultimately began as a result of a sophisticated spear phishing campaign aimed at JumpCloud, a zero-trust directory platform service used for identity and access management. JumpCloud reported this unauthorized access impacted fewer than five ...

  • US Army Hopes AI Will Give Soldiers An Information Advantage

    July 21, 2023

    The Army in recent years has introduced the concept of “information advantage,” in which soldiers have the ability to make decisions and act faster than their adversaries. The service now believes artificial intelligence is the key to making the strategy a reality. Both in industry and the Defense Department, many are exploring the possibility of utilizing ...

  • First known open-source software attacks on banking sector could kickstart long-running trend

    July 21, 2023

    Application security provider Checkmarx has detailed its findings on the first known open-source software (OSS) attacks targeting the banking sector. During the first half of 2023, the firm said its supply chain research team detected several OSS attacks that showcased advanced techniques designed to exploit legitimate services – such as attaching malicious functionalities to specific components ...

  • US ambassador to China and high level diplomat in East Asia targeted in recent cyberattack

    July 21, 2023

    The U.S. ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, and the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for East Asia Daniel Kritenbrink’s email accounts were breached by China-based hackers in the massive cyberattack that began in May and was discovered in mid-June, according to U.S. officials familiar with the investigation into the matter. The hackers are not believed to have ...

  • A defense against attacks on unmanned ground and aerial vehicles

    July 21, 2023

    A University of Texas at Arlington engineering researcher is working on defenses that could thwart cyberattacks against networks of self-driving cars and unmanned aerial vehicles. “If hackers find a way to affect 10 out of 100 self-driving cars in a given area, they might have an impact on all 100 cars because the 10 hacked cars ...

  • Seven AI companies commit to safeguards at the White House’s request

    July 21, 2023

    Microsoft, Google and OpenAI are among the leaders in the US artificial intelligence space that have committed to certain safeguards for their technology, following a push from the White House. The companies will voluntarily agree to abide by a number of principles though the agreement will expire when Congress passes legislation to regulate AI. Read more… Source: Engadget  

  • Exploitation of Citrix Zero-Day by Possible Espionage Actors (CVE-2023-3519)

    July 20, 2023

    Security and networking devices are “edge devices,” meaning they are connected to the internet. If an attacker is successful in exploiting a vulnerability on these appliances, they can gain initial access without human interaction, which reduces the chances of detection. As long as the exploit remains undiscovered, the threat actor can reuse it to gain access ...

  • Apple slams UK surveillance-bill proposals

    July 20, 2023

    Apple says it will remove services such as FaceTime and iMessage from the UK rather than weaken security if new proposals are made law and acted upon. The government is seeking to update the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) 2016. It wants messaging services to clear security features with the Home Office before releasing them to customers. ...