Over the past few weeks, the use of Zoom video conferencing software has exploded ever since it emerged the platform of choice to host everything from cabinet meetings to gym classes amidst the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and work from home became the new normal.
The app has skyrocketed to 200 million daily users from an average of 10 million in December — along with a 535 percent increase in daily traffic to its download page in the last month — but it’s also seen a massive uptick in Zoom’s problems, all of which stem from sloppy design practices and security implementations.
Zoom may never have designed its product beyond enterprise chat initially, but with the app now being used in a myriad number of ways and by regular consumers, the company’s full scope of gaffes have come into sharp focus — something it was able to avoid all this time.
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Microsoft says that Basic Authentication’s removal from Exchange Online is being postponed until the second half of 2021 due to the current situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In response to the COVID-19 crisis and knowing that priorities have changed for many of our customers we have decided to postpone disabling Basic Authentication in Exchange Online for those tenants still actively using it until the second half of 2021,” Microsoft’s Exchange team announced.
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Over 350,000 of all Microsoft Exchange servers currently exposed on the Internet haven’t yet been patched against the CVE-2020-0688 post-auth remote code execution vulnerability affecting all supported Microsoft Exchange Server versions.
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A 39-year old man has been arrested in Singapore for his suspected involvement in money laundering offences linked to a business email scam-related to COVID-19.
This person was usurping the identity of a legitimate company and advertised the fast delivery of FFP2 surgical masks and hand sanitisers.A European Member State reported to Europol that one of their pharmaceutical companies had been defrauded of €6.64 million by this individual.
Once the pharmaceutical company transferred the funds to a bank in Singapore, the items were never delivered and the supplier became uncontactable.Europol immediately got in touch with the authorities in Singapore to block the payment.
The Singaporean authorities identified the man who had received the funds and subsequently arrested him on 25 March.
As reported in a recent Europol report
, criminals have been quick to seize opportunities to exploit the crisis by adapting their modi operandi or engaging in new criminal activities. Law enforcement is taking a very serious view on all those who are trying to profit from the anxieties and fears of victims throughout the crisis. Europol is working 24/7 to support police officers as they face these unprecedented challenges.
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Cybercriminals will stop at nothing to exploit every chance to prey on internet users. Even the disastrous spread of SARS-COV-II (the virus), which causes COVID-19 (the disease), is becoming an opportunity for them to likewise spread malware or launch cyber attacks.
Reason Cybersecurity recently released a threat analysis report detailing a new attack that takes advantage of internet users’ increased craving for information about the novel coronavirus that is wreaking havoc worldwide.
The attack specifically targets those who are looking for cartographic presentations of the spread of COVID-19.
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