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In March 2018 abuse.ch, a non-profit cybersecurity organization in Switzerland launched project URLhaus with the aim of detecting, collating and sharing URLs that contain malware. In the 10 months since its inception, over 265 security researchers helped takedown nearly 100,000 websites which were distributing malware.

The URLhaus project has been a massive success and is assisting network administrators and security analysts with protecting their environment. Averaging 300 new detections per day, this feed is freely available to anyone via their API, feeds or can be downloaded and imported into non-programmatic protection systems. The URLhaus detections are also being distributed to prevalent blacklisting services such as Google Safe Browsing, Spamhaus DBL and SURBL.

There are some interesting trends that can be identified from analysis of their published statistics. The notable standout from the list of detected malware is Emotet, a banking trojan derived from an earlier banking trojan Feodo. Discovered in June 2014, Emotet has become one of the most costly financial malware infections and, as can be seen from the URLhaus data, is still rampant today.

Almost every week, an ever-growing list of data breaches occur around the world. In a lot of cases, attackers ultimately gain access to sensitive information such as a hashed password database. This type of information can be useful for the bad guys when targeting specific organisations and/or people.

How are you stroing your passwords

A critical bug has just been discovered in the new iOS allowing eavesdropping via FaceTime. A fix is expected later this week, but in the meantime, it is highly recommended to turn off FaceTime.

https://9to5mac.com/2019/01/28/facetime-bug-hear-audio/

Daily Backups are bread and butter of any organisation's IT department. An organisation can lose its data due to many reasons: cyber-attacks, corrupt storage media, rogue employees or human error.  Yet many companies fail to formulate a backup and recovery plan for their data. One simple yet effective strategy is the 3-2-1 backup strategy:  

3 2 1 backup strategy

Department of Homeland security has issued an emergency directive requiring all US agencies to operate with a .gov domain. AU Gov tends to follow US Gov directives in turn so potentially, this is something that may be incorporated into the ISM in future.