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Articles of interest from the week of February 4, 2019


MSP-MSSP Partnerships Paying Off in Big Ways
Managed service providers (MSPs) have offered security services as part of their core offerings for decades, but in today's threat landscape, a managed firewall and antivirus isn't going to cut it. Businesses need advanced tools and specialized management that most MSPs just aren't equipped to provide. (By Kris Blackmon, Channel Futures)

Hackers Stole Nearly Half a Billion Personal Records in 2018
Hackers stole nearly 447 million consumer records containing sensitive personal information last year, according to the 2018 End-of-Year Data Breach Report from the Identity Theft Resource Center. That's a jump of 126 percent from 2017 (when roughly 198 million sensitive records were stolen) and a new record for the number of compromised files in a single year. (By Herb Weisbaum, NBC News)

Crooks Continue to Exploit GoDaddy Hole
Godaddy.com, the world's largest domain name registrar, recently addressed an authentication weakness that cybercriminals were using to blast out spam through legitimate, dormant domains. But several more recent malware spam campaigns suggest GoDaddy's fix hasn't gone far enough, and that scammers likely still have a sizable arsenal of hijacked GoDaddy domains at their disposal. (By Krebs on Security)

New cryptocurrency malware SpeakUp hits Linux and Mac devices
The IT security researchers at Check Point have identified a new malware called SpeakUp targeting Linux and macOS – The new findings prove that there has been a surge in malware attacks against Linux and Apple devices. (By Waqas, HackRead)

Sextortion Scam Stating Popular Adult Site Was Hacked to Record You Through Webcam
A sextortion scam variant is going around that states the popular adult site was hacked to include malicious script that records a visitor through their webcam and sends it to the hacker. The scam emails also states that this script was able to connect back to the visitors computer to steal their data and contacts. (By Lawrence Abrams, Bleeping Computer)

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