The global decline of cybersecurity confidence

Tenable Network Security solicited insights from 700 security practitioners in nine countries and across seven industry verticals to calculate a global index score reflecting overall confidence that the world’s cyber defenses are meeting expectations.

According to this year’s data, global cybersecurity confidence fell six points over 2016 to earn an overall score of 70 percent — a “C-” on the report card.

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Three Misconceptions About Business Email Compromise (BEC) Attacks, Debunked

Highly-targeted, low volume business email compromise (BEC) scams are one of the biggest threats to companies today. Unlike traditional high-volume credential phishing attacks, BEC is a form of highly targeted email spoofing that impersonates corporate identities to solicit fraudulent wire transfers, steal company data, credentials and other confidential information. Because they rarely contain malicious links or attachments, BEC scams are extremely difficult to prevent.

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How Machine Learning Will Help Attackers

Inside McAfee Labs’ predictions (PDF) for 2017 is this: criminals will use machine learning to analyze massive quantities of stolen records to identify potential victims and build contextually detailed emails that very effectively target these individuals. In short, just as defenders use machine learning to detect attacks, attackers will use machine learning to automate attacks and evade detection.

Read the full article on Security Week

New anti-Facial Recognition Glasses Protect Users’ Privacy From CCTV Cameras

Facial recognition technology is being widely used, so it was about time when anti-facial recognition tech would come up with an inexpensive solution. Yes, the solution in the discussion is sunglasses and eyewear known as “Reflectacles” developed to protect users from facial recognition software, eyes of security cameras and protect their privacy with systems designed to invade their privacy without their knowledge.

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An Unknown Botnet Is Launching Daily DDoS Attacks for the Last 10 Days

Since November 23, an unidentified group has been using a massive botnet to launch large DDoS attacks on a daily basis, targeting a small number of targets concentrated on the US west coast.

According to Cloudflare, a company that among other things provides DDoS mitigation services, the attacks aren’t linked to a variant of the Mirai malware that was used in recent months to create massive botnets and launch similar DDoS attacks.

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