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  • Microsoft Patch Tuesday – January 2017

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    This month the vendor has released 4 bulletins, two of which are rated Critical.






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    Hello, welcome to this month's blog on the Microsoft patch release. This month the vendor has released 4 bulletins, two of which are rated Critical.
    As always, customers are advised to follow these security best practices:
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  • Airport boarding gate display leaks booking codes, puts passenger data at risk

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    Attackers could gain full control over passenger bookings, cancel flights, and steal sensitive information with leaked booking codes.






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    While waiting for my flight to begin boarding at a European airport recently, I noticed that one of the screens at the gate showed a timed-out web browser window. Being curious and more than a little bored, I opened the IP address displayed on the screen on my smartphone expecting it to be unreachable from the internet.
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  • Latest Intelligence for December 2016

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    The number of web attacks blocked per day were up by almost 100,000, and Symantec helps law enforcement crack down on cybercrime.






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    Some of the key takeaways from December’s Latest Intelligence, and the threat landscape in general, include an increase in the number of web attacks blocked by Symantec, the return of a particularly nasty disk-wiping threat, and how Symantec played a vital role in two law enforcement operati
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  • Bayrob: Three suspects extradited to face charges in US

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    Symantec’s assistance paves way for long-running FBI investigation into gang that stole up to $35 million from victims.






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    Three Romanian men have been indicted in the US for allegedly operating a longstanding fraud operation known as Bayrob that conned victims out of millions of dollars.
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  • Latest Intelligence for November 2016

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    Email malware nearly doubles to one in 85 emails and spam rate rises for third month in a row.






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    Some of the key takeaways from November’s Latest Intelligence, and the threat landscape in general, include an increase in phishing emails, a drop in the number of new malware variants, the return of an aggressive disk-wiping malware, and the continuing saga of the Mirai botnet.

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    The global spam rate for November increased for the third month in a row to 54.3%



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  • Microsoft Patch Tuesday – December 2016

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    This month the vendor is releasing 12 bulletins, six of which are rated Critical.






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    Hello, welcome to this month's blog on the Microsoft patch release. This month the vendor is releasing 12 bulletins, six of which are rated Critical.
    As always, customers are advised to follow these security best practices:
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  • PowerShell threats surge: 95.4 percent of analyzed scripts were malicious

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    Symantec analyzed 111 threat families that use PowerShell, finding that they leverage the framework to download payloads and traverse through networks.






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    PowerShell threats are on the rise: 95.4% of the scripts Symantec analyzed were malicious



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  • Avalanche malware network hit with law enforcement takedown

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    Symantec plays part in takedown of the Avalanche malware-hosting network.



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    The Avalanche malware-hosting network has been dealt a severe blow following the takedown of infrastructure used by at least 17 malware families.
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  • Shamoon: Back from the dead and destructive as ever

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    Malware hit targets in Saudi Arabia and was configured to wipe disks on November 17.






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    Shamoon (W32.Disttrack), the aggressive disk-wiping malware which was used in attacks against the Saudi energy sector in 2012, has made a surprise comeback and was used in a fresh wave of attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia.
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  • Mirai: New wave of IoT botnet attacks hits Germany

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    New variant of malware used in attacks that knocked 900,000 home internet users offline.



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    A new wave of attacks involving the Mirai botnet has crippled internet access for nearly a million home users in Germany. The latest attacks used a new version of the Mirai malware (Linux.Gafgyt.B) which is configured to exploit a weakness found in routers widely used in Germany.
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