April 20, 2021
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The Tag Barnakle malvertising group has targeted ad-serving systems on a massive scale, exposing at least tens of millions of Android and iPhone users to malicious ads, reports security company Confiant. Tag Barnakle has already infiltrated more than 120 Revive-based servers, avoiding detection via cloaking and client-side fingerprinting.
Full Story: Ars Technica (4/19) 
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Google Project Zero gives more time to patch bugs
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Developers now have an additional 30 days before Google's Project Zero publicizes software flaw details. This update adds more time for users to apply patches before vulnerabilities are disclosed, writes Tim Willis from Project Zero.
Full Story: The Verge (4/17) 
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The Lazarus Group's latest malware-delivery technique involves compressing malicious objects into PNG files to avoid detection, Malwarebytes researchers have discovered. On runtime, the PNG is converted into a bitmap, decompressing the hidden malicious object.
Full Story: Dark Reading (free registration) (4/19) 
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Companies who were unprepared for the COVID-19 lockdown last year are starting to increase their employee cybersecurity training efforts while acknowledging many remote workers still do not take security seriously enough, reports Prey, an anti-theft software firm. Prey says its survey finds most businesses were overwhelmed by the pandemic, but 88% have worked to boost their training programs.
Full Story: TechRepublic (4/16) 
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IT Channel
UserZoom, a startup that provides user experience insights and monitoring for apps and websites, raised $100 million in its most recent funding round. "Today's users and customers demand more, and leaders need the data and insights that UserZoom provides to allow them to quickly make confident, customer- and data-driven decisions to stay in front of the competition," noted Alfonso de la Nuez, UserZoom co-founder and co-CEO.
Full Story: VentureBeat (4/15) 
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IT Workforce
The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Washington is hosting a hackathon exclusively for female-identifying and nonbinary students. The virtual event is designed to close the gender gap in the predominantly male industry.
Full Story: GeekWire (4/18) 
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Policy Watch
Rosenworcel: FCC to restart cybersecurity advisory council
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Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission, said the agency plans to re-establish its cybersecurity advisory council, which will focus on protecting 5G networks, by June 30. She cited a recent spate of attacks on the global supply chain as evidence for the need to arrive at a "strategic approach" regarding security.
Full Story: ExecutiveGov (4/16) 
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