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  1. Microsoft has shipped the stable version of the Microsoft Edge 88 browser, featuring a brand new Password Generator and the ability to alert on compromised credentials.   The browser refresh also drops support for the FTP protocol and for the Adobe Flash plugin.

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  2. Just days into his leadership role, U.S. President Joe Biden has instructed U.S. intelligence agencies to provide him with a detailed assessment of the SolarWinds hack, which fueled a global cyber espionage campaign impacting many high-profile government agencies and businesses.

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  3. U.S. chip-making giant Intel Corp. has acknowledged a website hack and premature data disclosure forced the early release of its earnings report for the fourth quarter of 2020.

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  4. An Iran-based software company is likely behind a recently identified crypto-jacking campaign targeting SQL servers, according to a report by British anti-malware vendor Sophos.

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  5. QNAP this week warned users of attacks targeting QNAP NAS (network-attached storage) devices with a piece of malware named “dovecat.”

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  6. Cybercriminals have been abusing unprotected servers running Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) service to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, application and network performance management company NETSCOUT warned this week.

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  7. Cybercriminals behind a successful phishing campaign have exposed more than 1,000 corporate employee credentials on the Internet, according to a warning from security vendor Check Point.

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  8. Security updates released this week by the developers of the Drupal content management system (CMS) patch a vulnerability identified in a third-party library.

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  9. Multi-cloud network security platform provider Valtix on Thursday announced that it raised $12.5 million in strategic funding.

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  10. Microsoft on Wednesday released another report detailing the activities and the methods of the threat actor behind the attack on IT management solutions firm SolarWinds, including their malware delivery methods, anti-forensic behavior, and operational security (OPSEC).

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  11. Cisco this week released patches to address a significant number of vulnerabilities across its product portfolio, including several critical flaws in SD-WAN products, DNA Center, and Smart Software Manager Satellite (SSMS).

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  12. Amazon has awarded an $18,000 bug bounty for an exploit chain that could have allowed an attacker to take complete control of a Kindle e-reader simply by knowing the targeted user’s email address.

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  13. A Russian researcher has made public on GitHub a functional exploit targeting a critical vulnerability that SAP patched in its Solution Manager product in March 2020.

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  14. A recently identified malvertising campaign targeting mobile and other connected devices users makes heavy use of obfuscation and cloaking to avoid detection.

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  15. Far Too Many Organizations Are Still Failing to Develop Intelligence Requirements Based on the Needs of Their Stakeholders

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  16. Snort 3 was officially released on Tuesday and users have been advised to switch to Snort 3 from any previous version of the popular intrusion prevention and intrusion detection system (IPS/IDS).

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  17. Oracle this week announced the availability of its first cumulative set of security fixes for 2021, which includes a total of 329 new patches.

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  18. Ransomware attacks took a heavy toll on the United States last year with more than 2,000 victims in government, education and health care, security researchers say in a new report.

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  19. Google has released Chrome 88 to the stable channel with several security improvements inside, including patches for 36 vulnerabilities, one of which is rated critical severity, and dropped support for Adobe Flash.

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  20. A recently identified piece of malware is targeting Linux devices to ensnare them into a botnet capable of malicious activities such as distributed denial of service (DDoS) and crypto-mining attacks.

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