Category Archives: Security

Irish DPC fines Meta/Facebook €265 million after data privacy incident

[German]The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has imposed a 265 million fine on Meta, Facebook's parent company. This follows a data protection incident in which millions of Facebook users' data was pulled from the company's systems via tools until September … Continue reading

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Dell, HP, Lenovo uses outdated OpenSSL versionen in UEFI

[German]A firmware analysis by security vendor Binarly has revealed that devices from Dell, HP and Lenovo use outdated versions of the OpenSSL encryption library in their UEFI implementations. This poses a risk, as encryption could be broken and the update … Continue reading

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How to find weak passwords in Active Directory and eliminate them with PowerShell

[Sponsored Post]Weak or compromised passwords are a known gateway for attackers. If you are able to identify which users in Active Directory (AD) are threatened by this, then PowerShell can help to remedy it. However, PowerShell scripts cannot eliminate basic AD deficits, other tools are needed for this. More ...

Hackers penetrate energy systems via outdated Boa web server of IoT components

[German]Many vendors use outdated software components in their IoT components. Microsoft has now presented a case in which a web server that was discontinued in 2005 was misused to penetrate the systems of Indian power grid via vulnerabilities. The background … Continue reading

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WhatsApp leak: Nearly 500 million user data offered in underground forum (Nov. 2022)

[German]On November 16, 2022, an unknown person offered a huge data set with approximately 487 million WhatsApp user data in an underground forum. The data set allegedly contains WhatsApp user data from 84 countries. The leak contains also mobile phone … Continue reading

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DDoS attack on EU parliament after resolution condemning Russia as supporting terror

Yesterday, the European Parliament approved a resolution labeling Russia as supporting terrorism. Hours later, the EU Parliament's websites were attacked by cyberattacks. The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, confirmed the cyberattack on Twitter. IT experts tried to repel … Continue reading

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Free Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace banned from France's schools

[German]The French Ministry of Education has banned the use of free office solutions with US cloud connections such as Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace in French schools. The reason given for this is data protection concerns, as the offerings in … Continue reading

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Extended Security Updates (ESU) for SQL Server 2008 – 2012

[German]Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 has already expired on July 10, 2019. For Microsoft SQL Server 2012, on the other hand, support ended on July 12, 2022, which means that Microsoft has also … Continue reading

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Global Cyber Risk at Elevated Level

Security provider Trend Micro (TM) has now presented its Cyber Risk Index (CRI) for the first half of 2022. According to TM, the global cyber risk is at an elevated level. Many companies surveyed said they had experienced security incidents … Continue reading

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OpenLiteSpeed vulnerabilities put web server at risk

[German]A few days ago, security researchers from Palo Alto Networks pointed out that three OpenLiteSpeed security vulnerabilities threaten the security of the web servers in question. The OpenLiteSpeed web servers are among the sixth most popular web servers in the … Continue reading

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Hive ransomware gang looted 100 million from 1,300 victims (including Media Markt)

[German]German Electronics retailer Media Markt was the victim of a Hive ransomware attack in 2021. I had heard something about a $240 million ransom demand at the time. Now the FBI has put the damage caused by the Hive gang … Continue reading

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