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#Hashtag Marketing Tracking [Video]

What Are #Hashtags A hashtag, introduced by the number sign, or hash symbol, #, is a type of metadata tag used on social networks such as Twitter and other microblogging services. It lets users apply dynamic, user-generated tagging that helps other users easily find messages with a specific theme or content. Wikipedia Why Are #Hashtags So Darn Important? By Nancy Taylor • June 12, 2015 You’ve all seen the ubiquitous # (hashtag) sign in front of social media posts, but do you really know what that symbol does—or could do for you? In case you’re reluctant to raise your hand in front of friends, co-workers or conference attendees, here’s a quick primer about the hashtag. What is a Hashtag? A hashtag is a label used on social media sites that makes it easier to find posts or in...
Ripple20 Threatens Increasingly Connected Medical Devices
Cyber Security

Ripple20 Threatens Increasingly Connected Medical Devices

A series of IoT vulnerabilities could put hospital networks, medical data, and patient safety at risk.Earlier this month, JSOF security researchers disclosed the "Ripple20" vulnerabilities, a series of flaws affecting connected devices in the enterprise, industrial, and healthcare industries. Experts worry about the implications for connected medical devices, which could provide attackers with a gateway into a hospital network or enable them to affect patient care. Ripple20 exists in a low-level TCP/IP software library built by software company Treck. Many IoT device manufacturers build the library directly into their devices or integrate it through embedded third-party components. As a result, organizations may not know they're exposed. These vulnerabilities range in severity from small b...
Another COVID-19 Side Effect: Rising Nation-State Cyber Activity
Cyber Security

Another COVID-19 Side Effect: Rising Nation-State Cyber Activity

While financial institutions and government remain popular targets, COVID-19 research organizations are now also in the crosshairs. Months into the COVID-19 pandemic,countless large and small businesses across the globe are operating in survival mode, focused on pushing through the storm. While companies concentrate on getting through each day and week, one at a time, we would be careless not to encourage them to scrutinize the potential bad actors — specifically, nation-states — that are looking to capitalize on the weaknesses created or exposed by the pandemic. According to a security vendor Radware, by the end of 2019, over a quarter of companies had experienced a foreign government/nation-state attack. In 2018, 19% of organizations believed they were attacked by a nation-state. That f...
4 Steps to a More Mature Identity Program
Cyber Security

4 Steps to a More Mature Identity Program

Security has evolved to evaluate an identity's attributes, access, and behavior to determine appropriate access.Certain junctures in history have created unintended dichotomies: haves and have nots, protected and unprotected. In cybersecurity, COVID-19 has shown us whether an enterprise is well ahead of the digital transformation curve or woefully behind. Those who've transformed have also embraced a security approach that de-emphasizes perimeter defense and instead elevates identity. Many organizations have rushed to provision IT services such as a virtual private network or other access controls to enable a virtual workforce, but identity is much more than merely providing access gateways to resources. Access without oversight merely increases the attack surface for an enterprise. Using...
Chinese Software Company Aisino Uninstalls GoldenSpy Malware
Cyber Security

Chinese Software Company Aisino Uninstalls GoldenSpy Malware

Follow-up sandbox research confirms Aisino knew about the malware in its tax software, though it's still unclear whether it was culpable. For those who followed the GoldenSpy story last week from Trustwave, where tax software from China-based Aisino was used as a backdoor to gain access to the networks of foreign firms doing business with a Chinese bank, there's an interesting wrinkle. While doing a routine follow-up investigation in a sandbox after last week's initial disclosure, Trustwave researchers found that after being discovered, Aisino sent software out with one mission in mind: to delete GoldenSpy with an uninstaller and remove any trace it existed. Brian Hussey, Trustwave's vice president of cyber threat detection and response, says this new development was significant because ...
Attackers Compromised Dozens of News Websites as Part of Ransomware Campaign
Cyber Security

Attackers Compromised Dozens of News Websites as Part of Ransomware Campaign

Malware used to download WastedLocker on target networks was hosted on legit websites belonging to one parent company, Symantec says.Attackers recently compromised dozens of US newspaper websites belonging to the same parent company and used the sites to distribute malicious code for downloading ransomware on networks belonging to targeted organizations across multiple sectors. Several major US organizations that were recently found infected with the malware appear to have been initially compromised when their employees visited one of the news websites, Symantec said. The security vendor last week had reported discovering "SocGholish," a JavaScript-based malware masquerading as a software update, on networks belonging to at least 31 major enterprise customers. A Russia-based group called E...
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Cyber Security

COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary

Check out Dark Reading's updated, exclusive news and commentary surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. ') } else document.write('') Image Source: CDC Newsroom Image library 07/01/2020Another COVID-19 Side Effect: Rising Nation-State Cyber ActivityWhile financial institutions and government remain popular targets, COVID-19 research organizations are now also in the crosshairs. 06/30/2020COVID-19 Puts ICS Security Initiatives 'On Pause'Security pros concerned that increased remote access to vulnerable operational technology and stalled efforts to harden OT environments puts critical infrastructure at greater risk. CISA Issues Advisory on Home RoutersThe increase in work-from-home employees raises the importance of home router security. Profile of the Po...
Lessons from COVID-19 Cyberattacks: Where Do We Go Next?
Cyber Security

Lessons from COVID-19 Cyberattacks: Where Do We Go Next?

We need to learn from the attacks and attempts that have occurred in order to prepare for the future.Cyber actors have shown us during the pandemic that they will let no opportunity go by without trying to take advantage. We've seen them prey upon the fear and concern around COVID-19 with phishing attacks, and capitalize on security weaknesses as organizations switched to remote work scenarios. And it's had a significant impact on security professionals' roles — a recent survey from (ISC)² found that 81% of respondents said their job function had changed during the pandemic. The upside of this is that there are lessons to learn from the types of attacks and attempts that have occurred that will help prepare organizations for the future. Capitalizing on PanicThe easiest, fastest way to exp...
Considerations for Seamless CCPA Compliance
Cyber Security

Considerations for Seamless CCPA Compliance

Three steps to better serve consumers, ensure maximum security, and achieve compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act.The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect at the beginning of the year, and the enforcement date of July 1 is just around the corner — with no signs of an extension. Organizations are beginning to feel the pressure to comply with the strict requirements that are designed to ensure that the collection, storage, and processing of personal data is consistent, secure, and noninvasive. Unfortunately, many are not ready to take on this new level of consumer privacy regulation, with 63% of respondents from a recent survey stating that working remotely has complicated maintaining compliance with the mandates that are applicable to their organization. Si...
Anatomy of a Long-Con Phish
Cyber Security

Anatomy of a Long-Con Phish

A fraudster on LinkedIn used my online profile in an apparent attempt to pull off a wide-ranging scam business venture.Phishing is one of the oldest fraud techniques online. Phishers often utilize a spray-and-pray method to hit as many potential victims as possible. The aim of such an attack is quick profit via the harvesting of user login or banking credentials. Once the victim surrenders his/her valuable information, the phisher moves on, either to the next victim or a different campaign altogether. But some phishing attacks are entirely different. For the lack of a better term, I call them "long-con phishing." I was on the receiving end of one such phishing scam recently. In March, I received this LinkedIn message: ') } else document.write('') Even...
Beware “secure DNS” scam targeting website owners and bloggers
Cyber Security

Beware “secure DNS” scam targeting website owners and bloggers

If you run a website or a blog, you probably use a cloud provider or a dedicated hosting company to manage your server and deliver the content to your readers, viewers and listeners. We certainly do – both Naked Security and our sister site Sophos News are hosted by WordPress VIP. That’s not a secret (nor is it meant to be), not least because most providers identify themselves in the HTTP headers they send back in their web replies, if only as a matter of courtesy: $ getheaders https://news.sophos.com Connecting... OK. TLS handshake... OK. ---headers--- server: nginx date: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 10:21:21 GMT content-type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 content-length: 0 x-hacker: If you're reading this, you should visit wpvip.com/careers and apply to join the fun, mention this header...