A brief overview of the main innovations in the information security solutions market for the week.
The American company Tenable has released a new version of its Nessus software for automatically finding known security gaps in information systems. Nessus 10.0 now supports the Raspberry Pi on the list of supported platforms, allowing penetration testers, consultants, security teams, and students to use the full power of Nessus anywhere. So, with Nessus 10.0 now also available for the Raspberry Pi, consultants can easily provide their clients with disposable scanners for remote auditing.
The Linux Foundation has released LFX Security, a free platform that allows software developers to secure their code. LFX provides visibility into the security status of each individual project and allows developers to quickly and easily identify and remediate vulnerabilities. The LFX platform contains community tools for security, fundraising, community expansion, project health, mentoring, and more. The platform supports projects and inspires open source development teams to write better, safer code.
Imperva has released a free security posture service for Amazon RDS Managed Relational Databases. Imperva Snapshot sends a detailed assessment report by email with the following findings:
Incorrect configurations and bad practices – analysis of cloud environment settings and database configurations;
Known vulnerabilities – detection and cataloging of vulnerabilities in databases in accordance with publicly disclosed CVEs;
Privacy and Compliance – A classification of content that has a potential to affect privacy.
Deployment of the service takes seconds, and reports will be sent to e-mail in 15-20 minutes.
Application and network performance management product provider NETSCOUT has released NETSCOUT Omnis Cyber Intelligence, a cloud-based enterprise cyber and risk intelligence platform that helps security teams easily identify, confirm, investigate and respond to threats. The platform reduces the impact of cyber threats with an analytics system that also integrates with popular SIEM platforms.
Cynamics announced an NDR solution to provide visibility and threat prediction without the need to install a device or agent on the customer’s network. Cynamics Network Detection and Response (NDR) is an artificial intelligence (AI) security solution that provides complete visibility of all enterprise networks. The solution is easy to deploy without the need to install a device or agent on the network. Cynamics NDR does not create an additional attack surface and is completely passive. It does not require any network permissions, and the solution does not collect or store any user confidential information.
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance was robbed of $570 million. Hacker withdrew BNB tokens
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has undergone another hacker attack. The attackers managed to withdraw BNB tokens worth about $570 million.
Somewhat earlier it was reported that the attack allowed the hackers to steal about $110 million, but now it turned out that everything is much worse. At the same time, the specialists of the exchange managed to freeze part of the funds, but we are talking about only 7 million dollars, which is clearly insignificant against the background of 570 million.
The exchange revealed that a cross-chain bridge connected to its BNB chain was attacked, allowing hackers to move BNB tokens off the network. Now the network has been restored, and the clients’ funds, according to Binance, are safe.
The fact of the theft of funds contributed to a sharp drop in the BNB rate by almost 5%, but after a few hours, almost half of the fall was redeemed.
Hacker who earned $27 million in cyberattacks will spend 20 years in prison and pay $21 million in fines
A Florida district court has sentenced 34-year-old IT engineer Sebastien Vashon-Desjardins to 20 years in prison for carrying out at least 90 cyberattacks.
It is noted that for several years of his activity, the hacker, using the NetWalker encryption virus, earned about $ 27 million. A search of Vashon-Desjardins revealed a crypto wallet containing 719 bitcoins, which was about $22 million at the time of the cybercriminal’s arrest in January 2022.
According to investigators, the 34-year-old cybercriminal acted in collusion with other hackers. Vashon-Desjardins himself played the role of an attacker: he infected the corporate networks of various companies with a virus and then demanded a ransom from them. Organizations from the USA, Canada and a number of European countries suffered from the activities of the criminal.
It is noted that, in addition to the prison term, the court also imposed a fine on Vashon-Desjardins in the amount of $ 21 million. Also, the criminal will have to pay compensation to the companies affected by his actions. The amount of damages has not yet been established.
Unique behavior of Ryzen 7000 processors. The notorious patches from the Specter vulnerability improve the performance of new CPUs
Recently, various vulnerabilities in processors have been talked about much less often, and users no longer worry about performance degradation due to patches. As it turns out, Ryzen 7000 processors generally benefit from such patches!
At least this is true for Linux, since it was in this OS that the author tested the Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 5 7600X. It turned out that when working out of the box, the CPUs show better performance than when loading a special version of Linux with a deactivated patch from the Specter V2 vulnerability.
Of course, such results do not appear everywhere, and during normal work they are unlikely to be critical. In particular, in total, according to the results of 190 tests, the difference was only 3%.
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