Security Newsletter
8 February 2021
Proper patching would have prevented 25% of all zero-days found in 2020
Google said today that a quarter of all the zero-day vulnerabilities discovered being exploited in the wild in 2020 could have been avoided if vendors had patched their products correctly. The company, through its Project Zero security team, said it detected 24 zero-days exploited by attackers in 2020. Six of these were variations of vulnerabilities disclosed in previous years, where attackers had access to older bug reports so they could study the previous issue and deploy a new exploit version.
This situation could have been avoided if vendors had investigated the root cause of the bugs in greater depth and invested more into the patching process. Zero-days provide a window into an attacker's mind that defenders should take advantage of and try to learn about the entry vectors an attacker is trying to exploit, determine the vulnerability class, and then deploy comprehensive mitigations.
Being able to correctly and comprehensively patch isn't just flicking a switch: it requires investment, prioritization, and planning. It also requires developing a patching process that balances both protecting users quickly and ensuring it is comprehensive, which can at times be in tension. While we expect that none of this will come as a surprise to security teams in an organization, this analysis is a good reminder that there is still more work to be done.
Read More on ZDNet
Even More on Google Project Zero blog
Account takeover attacks spiked in 2020
Kaspersky has released the results of research into fraud detected by its Fraud Prevention platform in 2020, and the results further reinforce what we already knew: 2020 was a banner year for online fraudsters, with account takeovers dominating as the method of choice. Occurring whenever a bad actor is able to steal login credentials and seize control of an online account, takeover attacks rose from 34% of fraud detected by Kaspersky in 2019 to 54% by the end of December 2020.
Other methods of fraud were blips on the radar compared to account takeovers: The next most popular method, at just 16% of detected fraud, was money laundering/mule transactions, followed by new account fraud (14%), and a mere 12% of instances used remote access or hacking tools to accomplish their goals. In short, when it comes to fraud, account takeovers should be the No. 1 concern for individuals and businesses heading into 2021, especially as social distancing and remote work continue to be the norm.
Kaspersky makes several recommendations all online services and retailers should adopt to help stem the tide of account takeovers: Limit the number of times a transaction, such as logging in, can be attempted. Send out regular emails to customers warning them of the latest fraud trend. Annual security audits, along with penetration tests, should become standard practice. Have a team dedicated to fraud analysis that can keep up on trends and analyze attacks to find solutions. Implement multifactor authentication on all accounts.
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Even More on Kaspersky Blog
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