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02/02/2021

Unemployment data exposed via third-party software attack.

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The Washington state auditor's office today said names, Social Security numbers, banking information, and other personal data on residents filing unemployment claims were breached in the attack on the vendor, whose product is used by the auditor's office for transferring large files. The exposed data affects claimants who filed for unemployment benefits with the state between Jan. 1 to Dec. 10, 2020.

Meanwhile, an Accellion executive told The Seattle Times that the breached software was FTA, an older legacy package that the company has urged customers for years to abandon in favor of a next-generation product. Accellion's software was breached in December.

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27/01/2021

Speed of Digital Transformation May Lead to Greater App Vulnerabilities

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Software Security

Digital transformation initiatives have become a common way for companies to make their businesses more agile and to adapt quickly to market changes. But faster software development speeds and the greater number of applications may be causing vulnerabilities to be more common, application-security experts said this week.

Industries such as manufacturing, IT, and retail each have a large share of companies whose applications are always vulnerable, according to the AppSec Stats Flash monthly report from WhiteHat Security. Seventy percent of applications at manufacturing companies, 56% of IT applications, and 56% of retail applications have at least one serious vulnerability affecting the software for the entire year, the report stated.

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19/01/2021

Successful Malware Incidents Rise as Attackers Shift Tactics

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Cyber Defense

Companies relaxed security controls to help employees to be productive during the coronavirus pandemic, leading attackers to shift their tactics and take advantage of the chaos caused by remote work, according to a report published by cloud security firm Wandera on Jan. 15.

Compared with pre-pandemic times, employees were twice as likely to connect to inappropriate content during work hours and more likely to continue accessing email after being compromised with mobile malware, the company states in its "Cloud Security Report 2021." As a result, attackers shifted attacks to the weekends, and 41% more organizations experienced a malware infection on an employee's remote device.

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