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Microsoft has linked the recently patched MSHTML vulnerability (CVE-2021-40444) exploited via malicious Office documents to known ransomware operators. [Read More]
Linux and Windows variants of the payload carry remote access capabilities such as file manipulation and shell command execution. [Read More]
The patch comes exactly one week after the Redmond, Wash. software giant acknowledged the CVE-2021-40444 security defect and confirmed the existence of in-the-wild exploitation via booby-trapped Microsoft Office documents. [Read More]
Belarus and Ukraine saw the largest increase in ICS attacks during the first half of 2021, but it’s unclear if the attacks are linked to the political situation in the area. [Read More]
The vulnerability was patched three years ago, but devices that did not have their passwords reset following the fix are still vulnerable. [Read More]
Google joins Apple and Microsoft in warning about zero-day flaws being exploited in the wild. This time the target is the popular Google Chrome browser. [Read More]
Apple ships fixes for a pair of iOS and macOS security defects alongside a warning that these issues belong in the “actively exploited” zero-day category. [Read More]
Hackers leaked online credentials stolen from 87,000 VPN devices, affecting roughly 22,500 victims worldwide, including nearly 3,000 in the United States. [Read More]
Tenable makes its priciest acquisition to date and expands its product portfolio with capabilities to detect security problems in code before they become operational security risks. [Read More]
Cisco warns that these vulnerabilities could be exploited by attackers to reboot devices, elevate privileges, or overwrite and read arbitrary files. [Read More]

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