Technology cyber-security predictions for 2020

Targeted ransomware – 2019 saw ransomware exploits getting highly targeted against specific businesses, as well as local government and healthcare organizations. Attackers are spending time intelligence-gathering on their victims, to ensure they can inflict maximum disruption, and ransoms are scaled up accordingly. Attacks have become so damaging that the FBI has softened its stance on paying ransoms: …

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Microsoft fixes critical remote desktop bug

Microsoft fixed 59 vulnerabilities in October’s Patch Tuesday, including several critical remote code execution (RCE) flaws. One of the most significant was a flaw (CVE-2019-1333) in the company’s Remote Desktop Client that enables a malicious server to gain control of a Windows computer connecting to it. An attacker could accomplish this using social engineering, DNS poisoning, a man-in-the-middle…

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iPhone attack may have targeted Android and Windows too

Last week’s significant hack of iPhones also targeted Android smartphones and Windows computers, it has been reported. Google dropped hints about nation-state involvement in its announcement, but a separate report that Windows and Android devices were also on the target list offers a new twist to the story. If correct, the inclusion of Windows and Android shouldn’t be surprising…

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