Welcome to the latest copy of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we analyze the wild world of security.

In the last newsletter, we talked about using AI to tackle the botheration of malware.

That got me cerebration about how we can come up with able apparatus acquirements (ML) models to detect awful content, abnormally as they’re consistently evolving.

You know how it goes: cyber baddies find one way to sneak malware onto computers, and aegis folks build defenses to stop them. The villains then find addition way to creep in, a new aegis is built.

Break in, defend, repeat. It goes on and on.

I asked Adrien Gendre, Chief Band-aid Architect at predictive email aegis firm Vade Secure, about this. As it turns out, it requires compassionate the threats you’re likely to face as a business and model an adapted solution.

“When malware signatures change frequently, the apparatus acquirements models built to detect them lose their predictive capabilities,” Gendre says. “It’s capital that we define the awful behaviors so that ML models are efficient.”

But this also means the models are accomplished not just on proper data sets, but also on adversarial inputs, he warns.

Here’s the catch: having huge amounts of training data alone doesn’t mean anything. There needs to be proper data affection checks in place too.

“What we need is a sound supervised ML model that’s built on affection data,” Gendre says.

So what does all this construe to? Before all-embracing AI for cybersecurity, businesses need to accept how they’re used, if they’re efficient, and if they have been done the right way.


Do you have a afire cybersecurity question, or a aloofness botheration you need help with? Drop them in an email to me, and I’ll altercate it in the next newsletter! Now, onto more aegis news.

What’s trending in security?

  • A new parody website generates random excuses to explain why companies got hacked and apologize to their users. [Why the fuck was I breached?]


  • Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has rolled out Smarter Encryption, which routes you automatically to encrypted versions of websites. [DuckDuckGo]
  • Throwback to a 2015 story about a hacker and modern-day Robin Hood: Hamza Bendelladj was bedevilled in the US for using a computer virus to steal money from more than 200 American banks and banking institutions to give millions of dollars to Palestinian charities. [Al Jazeera]
  • A small boyhood of Robinhood users gamed a bug within the free trading belvedere to get absolute money to trade stocks. [Bloomberg]
  • Talk about going rogue. An agent of cybersecurity firm TrendMicro sold data acceptance to 68,000 barter — less than 1% of the company’s 12 actor chump base — to tech abutment scammers. [Ars Technica]
  • This new attack employs obfuscation chains to evade antivirus protections and steal user passwords, track online habits and hijack claimed advice from Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. [Cisco Talos]
  • Ransomware attacks popped up in different cities in Louisiana and Boston targeting government entities and hospitals. Addition was directed at a major web hosting firm SmarterASP.NET.


  • A peek into Microsoft ATP, the team tracking the world’s most alarming hackers. [MIT Technology Review]
  • Google had an absolute cybersecurity accessory called Chronicle. Here’s the account of how it went up in flames. [Motherboard]
  • Apple is alive on a fix for a bug in macOS that stores encrypted email letters in a plain text format. [Bob Gendler]
  • This new MegaCortex Ransomware variant was found to encrypt your files, change your password, and abuse to broadcast your files if you don’t pay up. In a abstracted discovery, advisers detected an aberrant form of ransomware that’s being deployed in targeted attacks adjoin action servers.
  • There’s assuredly an iOS app that can check if your iPhone’s been hacked. [iVerify]
  • Security advisers found weaknesses in Android phones’ basal baseband software that can be exploited to trick accessible phones into giving up their unique identifiers — such as their IMEI and IMSI numbers — decline a target’s affiliation in order to ambush phone calls, advanced calls to addition phone or block all phone calls and internet access altogether. [TechCrunch]


  • Amazon patched a flaw in Ring doorbells that apparent the passwords for the Wi-Fi networks to which they were affiliated to in cleartext, acceptance nearby hackers to ambush the Wi-Fi countersign and gain access to the arrangement to launch larger attacks or conduct surveillance. [TechCrunch]
  • 2019 is clearly the worst year for data breaches — 5,183 data breaches were appear with 7.9 billion annal apparent in just the first 9 months of this year. [Risk Based Security]
  • ZombieLoad flaw alternate from the dead as a new adaptation that could allow any hacker who manages to run code on a target computer to force Intel chips to leak acute data — article the aggregation alone to fix for nearly 14 months. [Wired]
  • An Iranian government-linked hacking group — dubbed “APT33” — has been using botnets for extremely targeted malware campaigns adjoin organizations in the Middle East, U.S., and Asia. [Trend Micro]
  • IT provider InfoTrax Systems detected a aegis breach only after one of its servers maxed out its accumulator accommodation — the result of the hacker creating a data annal file that had grown so large that a hard drive ran out of space. [FTC]

Data Point

New statistics published by APWG have appear that phishing attacks are at the accomplished level in 3 years. The total number of phishing sites detected in July through September 2019 was 266,387. This was up 46% from the 182,465 seen in the second division of 2019, and almost double the 138,328 seen in Q4 2018.


 It’s no abruptness that attackers are consistently attractive for new ways to trick users into giving out personal information. Part of the reason phishing attacks abide to be successful is because there’s always going to be addition who will click a shady link. What’s needed is an urgent acquaintance about phishing campaigns that target them and help the public accept why they are at risk.

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