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    Reading Time: ~4 min.We live in the future. Not one with teleportation, time travel, or flying cars, but one where talking to inanimate objects is the “normal,” even “cool” thing to do. According to The Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research, 39 million people now own an interactive, voice-activated smart speaker and, in just a few […]

    The post Home Sweet Hackable Smart Home appeared first on Webroot Blog.


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    Reading Time: ~2 min.The Cyber News Rundown brings you the latest happenings in cybersecurity news weekly. Who am I? I’m Connor Madsen, a Webroot Threat Research Analyst and a guy with a passion for all things security. Any questions? Just ask. Global Gas Station Software Found Unsecured Researchers have recently discovered a vulnerability that would allow anyone to […]

    The post Cyber News Rundown: Hackable Gas Stations appeared first on Webroot Blog.


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    Reading Time: ~2 min.In light of the publicity, panic, and lingering despair around Spectre and Meltdown, I thought this might be a good time to clear up the differences between vulnerabilities, exploits, and malware. Neither Spectre nor Meltdown are exploits or malware. They are vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities don’t hurt people, exploits and malware do. To understand this distinction, witness […]

    The post Spectre, Meltdown, & the CLIMB Exploit: A Primer on Vulnerabilities, Exploits, & Payloads appeared first on Webroot Blog.


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    Reading Time: ~5 min.Since inception in late 2016, the TrickBot banking trojan has continually undergone updates and changes in attempts to stay one step ahead of defenders. While TrickBot has not always been the stealthiest trojan, its authors have remained consistent in the use of new distribution vectors and development of new features for their product. On March […]

    The post TrickBot Banking Trojan Adapts with New Module appeared first on Webroot Blog.


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    Reading Time: ~2 min.The Cyber News Rundown brings you the latest happenings in cybersecurity news weekly. Who am I? I’m Connor Madsen, a Webroot Threat Research Analyst and a guy with a passion for all things security. Any questions? Just ask. Zenis Ransomware Makes Resolution Problematic for Victims Researchers recently discovered a new ransomware variant named Zenis that […]

    The post Cyber News Rundown: Zenis Ransomware Deletes Backups appeared first on Webroot Blog.


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    Reading Time: ~3 min.The brazen theft of cryptocurrency has been an ongoing issue for years now, mostly affecting exchanges and users who fail to store their private keys securely. But what about scams purporting to be giving free cryptocurrency away? It seems a little ridiculous, but there is a serious problem with this new incarnation of the classic […]

    The post Twitter is a Hotbed for Crypto Scam Bots appeared first on Webroot Blog.


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    Reading Time: ~2 min.The Cyber News Rundown brings you the latest happenings in cybersecurity news weekly. Who am I? I’m Connor Madsen, a Webroot Threat Research Analyst and a guy with a passion for all things security. Any questions? Just ask. City of Atlanta Faces Ransomware Roadblock In the past week, the city of Atlanta has been dealing […]

    The post Cyber News Rundown: Atlanta Ransomware Attack appeared first on Webroot Blog.


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    Reading Time: ~3 min.When WannaCry ransomware spread throughout the world last year by exploiting vulnerabilities for which there were patches, we security “pundits” stepped up the call to patch, as we always do. In a post on LinkedIn Greg Thompson, Vice President of Global Operational Risk & Governance at Scotiabank expressed his frustration with the status quo. Greg […]

    The post Re-Thinking ‘Patch and Pray’ appeared first on Webroot Blog.


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    Reading Time: ~2 min.The Cyber News Rundown brings you the latest happenings in cybersecurity news weekly. Who am I? I’m Connor Madsen, a Webroot Threat Research Analyst and a guy with a passion for all things security. Any questions? Just ask. Panera Ignores Security Flaw for Months This week it was revealed that Panera failed to disclose or […]

    The post Cyber News Rundown: Breaking Panera Bread appeared first on Webroot Blog.


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    Reading Time: ~2 min.The Cyber News Rundown brings you the latest happenings in cybersecurity news weekly. Who am I? I’m Connor Madsen, a Webroot Threat Research Analyst and a guy with a passion for all things security. Any questions? Just ask. Music-Oriented YouTube Channels Hacked Within the last week, hackers have defaced multiple YouTube music videos, focusing largely […]

    The post Cyber News Rundown: Hacktivists Strike YouTube Music Videos appeared first on Webroot Blog.