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From The Comodo Think Tank: What do MSPs need to tell business owners to help them make the right IT SERVICES choices




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In a new thought leadership article in Business Solutions Magazine, Comodo Product Manager Ilker Simsir outlines how the services industry has morphed from the reactive break-fix model to the proactive managed services provider approach.


Why is full managed services a better option? Why is in-house IT not the solution for all? How can a company budget their IT better through an MSP model? How can IT security be improved by adopting an MSP platform? These questions are asked and answered in the article.

In turn, MSPs can ask themselves questions to ensure they have the right technology solutions in place to meet the needs their customers and prospects. As an MSP, do you have a remote management and monitoring solution, so you automate routine tasks? Do you have service desk capabilities to provide professional service automation to manage customer service requests, service level agreements and ticket priorities?  Do you have patch management capabilities to maintain up to date knowledge of all available patches from operating systems to third party software?

Read the new thought leadership byline by Comodo here:

And be sure to check out for great information on the free Comodo ONE platform – a tool designed by MSPs for MSPs.


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USCYBERCOM Released New Malware Samples





New malware samples associated with the operations of Russian threat actors Turla and Zebrocy have been released this week by the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM).

Turla was most recently observed attacking a European government agency with numerous backdoors, connected to malicious activities dating back two decades and often referred to as Rat, Waterbug, Venomous Bear, Belugasturgeon, and KRYPTON.

USCYBERCOM posted new samples of the ComRAT Trojan on VirusTotal on Thursday, which is suspected to be one of the oldest malware families employed by Russia-linked threat actors.

The FBI is extremely optimistic that ComRAT malware is being used by Russian-sponsored APT actor Turla, an intelligence organisation operating for at least a decade, to hack victim networks. A malware intelligence study from the Cybersecurity and Information Protection Agency (CISA) reports that the group is well known for its customised software and tailored operations.

The report shares knowledge about a PowerShell script that is used to mount another script that loads the ComRAT version 4 DLL in turn. CISA clarifies that the malware contains DLLs used as contact modules that are inserted into the default browser and that use a called pipe to communicate with the ComRATv4 code. In order to accept commands and exfiltrate files, a Gmail web interface is used.

A total of five ComRAT files and two samples identified with the Russian threat actor Zebrocy were posted by USCYBERCOM on VirusTotal.

The Russian hacker community, initially detailed in 2018, is considered part of the notorious Sofacy APT (also referred to as APT28, Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm, Sednit, and Strontium) by some security firms, while others see it as a distinct organisation.

New Zebrocy attacks were discovered in September 2020, demonstrating persistent targeting of countries connected to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ( NATO).

Windows executables are the two examples that USCYBERCOM shared on VirusTotal that are suspected to be a new version of the Zebrocy backdoor. The malware gives remote access to a compromised device to attackers and facilitates multiple operations, CISA says.

CISA advises that security best practises be implemented by users and administrators to ensure that their devices stay safe from recently shared samples of ransomware or other risks.


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The WordPress Core Team has Released an Emergency Release of WordPress 5.5.3





An emergency update of WordPress 5.5.3 has been released by the WordPress core team, just one day after version 5.5.2 was released. This emergency update was made to fix a problem implemented in WordPress 5.5.2, making it difficult to run WordPress without a database link installed on a brand new website. A second problem caused a number of pages to be erroneously upgraded to version 5.5.3-alpha while planning for this emergency upgrade.

According to the release notes, the WordPress auto-update framework upgraded some pages from version 5.5.2 to 5.5.3-alpha between about 15:30 and 16:00 UTC on October 30th. This happened because, in an effort to discourage new users from using this update, the WordPress Core team blocked the 5.5.2 release download. By deleting the 5.5.2 download, the API returned the 5.5.3-alpha-49449 alpha version as the version that WordPress can migrate to.

An overview of the release 5.5.3-alpha-49449 showed no distinction between the release 5.5.2 of WordPress and 5.5.3-alpha-49449 of WordPress, since much of the key features is the same. Owing to the mistake, no recorded site functionality was disabled. However, along with the Akismet plugin, a number of additional Twenty- themes were built with that autoupdate.

To fix both concerns, download 5.5.2 was originally re-enabled by the Core team to discourage sites from upgrading to the alpha version, followed by the WordPress 5.5.3 emergency release to resolve the issue that stopped new install.

What Should I Have Done?

If your WordPress 5.5.3-alpha site has been upgraded, you can have additional themes built on your site. You may have Akismet mounted as well. When installed as part of the pre-release kit, these themes and plugins were not allowed. Check the themes and installation of plugins. There will be no other plugins installed or deleted.

Upgrade the pages to WordPress 5.5.3 normally, just as you will on every other update to WordPress. If you want your site to auto-update, you will already have version 5.5.3 enabled.

If you haven’t upgraded to 5.5.2 for WordPress yet, upgrading to 5.5.3 is exactly the same version with a slight patch. It is secure to upgrade your site.


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Hackers Continue to Target Zerologon Vulnerability





This week, Microsoft announced that it continues to obtain complaints of attacks targeting the Zerologon vulnerability from customers.

Patched on August 11, the Microsoft Windows Netlogon Remote Protocol (MS-NRPC) found the security vulnerability. Tracked as CVE-2020-1472, to compromise Active Directory domain controllers and obtain domain administrator rights, the problem can be exploited.

After the DHS directed federal departments to quickly submit available fixes, the flaw came into the spotlight, with both Microsoft and CISA releasing reports on the attackers actively exploiting the bug.

Microsoft released a guide at the end of September to provide companies with all the required information to fix the problem inside their Active Directory implementations, but it seems that certain customers are already vulnerable.

“The vulnerability could cause an attacker to fake a domain controller account that could be used to capture domain credentials and take over the domain, if the original advice is not implemented,” Microsoft now says.

The technology giant also reiterates that downloading the available patches on each domain controller is the first step in fixing the vulnerability.

Responsive Directory domain controller and trust accounts will be secured alongside Windows domain-joined system accounts until they have been fully deployed. The business states that we highly urge everyone who has not adopted the upgrade to take this measure now.

Customers can use the upgrade to follow the previously released advice from Microsoft to ensure that they are completely covered. In that guide, for more clarification, the organisation has already revised the FAQs.

Following the upgrade, to ensure that CVE-2020-1472 is actually handled in their system, consumers are recommended to locate any devices that might still be vulnerable, fix them, and then allow compliance mode.

CISA issued a warning on Thursday to warn of continuing misuse of Zerologon and to encourage administrators to instal the patches available as soon as possible.


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