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Google’s New Desktop Chrome Apps Follow in Comodo’s Footsteps

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It’s not only a matter of which came first: Google’s Chrome Apps experience or Comodo’s Virtual Kiosk; it’s also a matter of which virtual platform is superior.

Google recently unveiled its Chrome Apps initiative, allowing users to launch apps that exist outside of the browser. Over the past few weeks, Google has been updating its developer version of the Chrome browser to run what’s essentially Chrome OS within Windows 8’s “Metro” mode. Google’s long term plan likely entails shifting users away from any particular desktop platform (Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux) and onto Google Chrome as a platform.

Hmm, I wonder if Google took a hint from us while designing their new strategy…?

Nearly a year ago, in December of 2012, Comodo developed our Virtual Kiosk technology in order to provide users with a free, fully isolated browsing environment with enhanced security. In addition to enhanced security, the Virtual Kiosk also seamlessly integrated with Google’s Chrome Application ecosystem. Once open, the Kiosk welcomes the user with an elegant, touch friendly shell complete with preinstalled apps likes Gmail, Google Play, and the most important of all – Angry Birds.

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Searching for and installing additional apps is a piece of cake. You simply open the App Market (shown below) and choose your new apps from Google’s Chrome Web Store and you’re done. Your new apps will instantly appear on your Desktop!

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Unlike the Chrome Apps initiative, the Virtual Kiosk can also run legacy Windows applications such as Microsoft Word or Internet Explorer, providing an even superior user experience. That’s right; you can have your cake and eat it too.

When you install COMODO Internet Security 2013, you not only get a virtual computer inside a computer, but you also get a top-of-the-line Internet Security suite. The Virtual Kiosk is a sandboxed operating environment inside of which you can run programs and browse the Internet without the fear of those activities damaging your real computer. Additionally, when you run programs in the sandbox you leave no cookies or browsing history behind on your real system. This makes the Virtual Kiosk ideal for performing actions that require the highest security protocols such as online banking and shopping, visiting risky websites, clicking unknown links, and testing Beta software.

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What Makes Virtual Kiosk Different (A.K.A. Better) Than Desktop Chrome Apps Experience?

Besides the obvious differences like the name of the product and release date, below are the not so obvious, yet very important, differences between Virtual Kiosk and the Desktop Chrome Apps experience:

  • Virtual Kiosk provides a fully isolated environment whereas the Desktop Chrome Apps experience does not.
  • Some users believe it is possible for apps to break out of the Desktop Chrome Apps environment while Virtual Kiosk has the capability to securely trap apps inside the isolated environment.
  • Virtual Kiosk provides an iOS like user experience, different from the Desktop Chrome Apps experience.
  • Google’s Desktop Chrome Apps experience can only operate Chrome’s Web Apps, whereas Virtual Kiosk provides seamless integration with both the Google Chrome Application ecosystem and legacy Windows applications. Furthermore, all of the apps are accessible from the Virtual Kiosk desktop.

As you can see, there are clear differences in the capabilities and security levels between these two virtual experiences. It’s okay, Google. Everyone knows imitation is the highest form of flattery.

TEST YOUR EMAIL SECURITY GET YOUR INSTANT SECURITY SCORECARD FOR FREE Source: https://blog.comodo.com/pc-security/googles-new-desktop-chrome-apps-experience-is-following-in-comodos-footsteps/

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6 Crucial password security tips for everyone

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These days, everyone has passwords. Lots and lots of passwords! When I think of how many user accounts with passwords that I have, I probably have dozens. A few for social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn, a few for my favorite media streaming services, one for Nintendo Switch and another for the PlayStation Network, a few for my utilities including electricity and my ISP, a few with Amazon and other online retailers, one with the government to file my personal income taxes, my home WiFi password, a Gmail account for all of my Google and YouTube stuff, accounts to authenticate into a couple of different web browsers, an account for my bank’s website, and there are probably at least a dozen more. And I’m a pretty typical technology user. So chances are, you have many similar…

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Deadly Ransomware Story Continues to Unfold

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A ransomware attack with fatal consequences is attracting notice and comment from around the world.

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s story breaking the news of fatal consequences in a German ransomware attack.

Reaction is continuing to the story of what Reuters says may be the world’s first human fatality directly attributed to a cyberattack. According to the news service’s reporting, the attack, which began on Sept. 10, utilized a known vulnerability in a Citrix VPN as its point of entry. As of today, The University Clinic in Duesseldorf remained unable to admit new patients brought in by ambulance.

Because a woman died after being redirected to another hospital, German authorities are investigating possible manslaughter charges against the still-unknown attackers. “If homicide charges are combined with computer crime charges, it could be a sound idea to attempt imposing a lengthy prison sentence for the attackers, and, potentially, to get more international cooperation in the investigation,” says Ilia Kolochenko, founder and CEO of ImmuniWeb. She warns, though, that “the causation element will likely be extremely burdensome to prove within the context: defense attorneys will likely shift the entire blame on other parties spanning from hospital personnel and its IT contractors in charge of network management and security.”

Terence Jackson, CISO at Thycotic, notes: “According to a recent Check Point report, 80% of observed ransomware attacks in the first half of 2020 used vulnerabilities reported and registered in 2017 and earlier — and more than 20% of the attacks used vulnerabilities that are at least 7 years old.”

The pre-existing vulnerability means that “there was time to mitigate the threat in theory, but it illustrates the importance of running vulnerability scans and acting on findings at least every 30 days if not more frequently,” says Mark Kedgley, CTO of New Net Technologies. The potential disruption of those scans, he says, must be weighed against the operational requirements of 24 x 7 organizations like hospitals.

Dark Reading will continue to follow this story.

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Incident Of The Week: Equinix Is The Latest In A Long Line Of Ransomware Victims

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[Records Exposed: Undisclosed  |  Industry: Internet  |  Type Of Attack: Ransomware]

Equinix is the latest victim in a long line of ransomware targets. The data center and colocation service provider released a short statement on September 9 that read,

“Equinix is currently investigating a security incident we detected that involves ransomware on some of our internal systems. Our teams took immediate and decisive action to address the incident, notified law enforcement and are continuing to investigate. Our data centers and our service offerings, including managed services, remain fully operational, and the incident has not affected our ability to support our customers. Note that as most customers operate their own equipment within Equinix data centers, this incident has had no impact on their operations or the data on their equipment at Equinix. The security of the data in our systems is always a top priority and we intend to take all necessary actions, as appropriate, based on the results of our investigation.”

The threat actors are demanding $4.5 million in exchange for a decryptor and the promise that they won’t release stolen data. However, Equinix updated their statement on September 14 to reiterate that customers’ data and operations remain safe.

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It appears the guilty party is the young cybercriminal group known as NetWalker who first burst on the scene in August of 2019. Their success lies in their ability to automate ransomware attacks, including a countdown clock and prefab ransom note that populates at just the right time during the operation. Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) poses an increasing threat across the cyber security landscape, as it allows inexperienced or less technical hackers purchase the automation software needed to execute such a hack.

With NetWalker acting as the gatekeeper, hacker groups go through a screening process before gaining access to a web portal that holds NetWalker’s ransomware, which can then be customized to fit their specific needs. NetWalker’s commission of 20% has earned the group $25 million between March 1 and July 27.

Lessons Learned:

If it seems like ransomware attacks have been in the news a lot lately, it’s because they have. In fact, a report by Coalition discovered that in the first half of 2020, 41% of cyber insurance claims were ransomware incidents. It was also reported that, while ransomware attacks are becoming slightly less frequent, their rate of success and size of target are growing. In other words, the increasingly sophisticated strategies of these threat actors poses real risks to even the most developed enterprise.

Related: How To Preemptively Track Phishing Campaigns

While ransomware attacks are specific in their execution, the vulnerabilities exploited to make them possible are the same as most other cyber threats. Specifically, 54% of cyber attacks are achieved through email (malware) and phishing schemes.

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Ransomware attacks rely in part on lax cyber protocols. In order to best safeguard your enterprise from this growing threat, consider the following:

  1. Back up data smartly – One of the ways cyber criminals convince corporations to pay ransoms is by holding their data hostage by encrypting it. While most enterprises back up their data, it is often located in the same compromised infrastructure the original data. Consider backing up data to external drives or a second cloud service provider.
  2. Choose a reputable security suite – Standard antivirus software and basic firewalls may be sufficient for the layperson, but enterprises should invest in a security suite that uses smart tools and sophisticated algorithms to spot and, if possible, remove ransomware. The tool must be able to run in the background 24/7.
  3. Install Software Updates – Cyber criminals look for the path of least resistance. Such a path is usually found in outdated software that hasn’t downloaded the most up-to-date patches, bug fixes, and other newly designed features. Remember to keep all apps, plug-ins, and third-party software up to date as well.

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Source: https://www.cshub.com/attacks/articles/incident-of-the-week-equinix-is-the-latest-in-a-long-line-of-ransomware-victims

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