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  1. Open source Git repository management system GitLab this week announced the launch of a public bug bounty program with rewards of up to $12,000 for critical vulnerabilities found in its products and services.

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  2. Protecting Santa’s Workshop...and Payment Card Data

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  3. The French foreign ministry said Thursday its travel alert registry website had been pirated and citizens' personal data "could be misused".

    In a statement the ministry did not say how many people were affected by the breach of the Ariane system, which lets people register for security alerts when travelling abroad.

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  4. Without an online presence an organization doesn’t exist, and having a website is just the baseline. Today, an organization’s Internet presence has expanded to include other digital channels. Companies of all sizes are actively using social media to engage with customers and build loyalty for their brand.

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  5. A government organization in Rhode Island announced on Wednesday that it has filed a lawsuit against Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., over the recent security incidents involving the Google+ social network.

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  6. The United States said Wednesday that China was behind the massive hack of data from hotel giant Marriott, part of an ongoing global campaign of cyber-theft run by Beijing.

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  7. Grammarly, the popular service for checking grammar and spelling, this week announced the launch of a public bug bounty program.

    Grammarly has been running a private bug bounty program with HackerOne for more than a year. The program has nearly 1,500 participants and resulted in payouts totaling $50,000.

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  8. A new variant of the destructive Shamoon malware was uploaded to VirusTotal this week, but security researchers haven’t linked it to a specific attack yet.

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  9. Equifax Could Have Prevented Massive Data Breach, Report From U.S. House Says

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  10. California-based Super Micro told customers on Tuesday that it has conducted a thorough investigation in response to a Bloomberg article claiming that Chinese spy chips had been planted on its servers, but found no evidence of malicious hardware.

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  11. Misconfigured databases with poor or absent access controls on both cloud and in-house servers is a known and common problem. Where these databases are exposed to the internet, anybody -- with or without cyber expertise -- can access the database and its content. While there is no 'hack' involved, such instances should still be called a breach since there is often no way of knowing whether the data contained has been accessed by malicious actors.

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  12. SAP this week released its December 2018 set of security updates to address a dozen vulnerabilities in its products, including a Critical flaw in Hybris Commerce. 

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  13. As we near the end of 2018, another wave of massive cyber-attacks has exposed personally identifiable information belonging to hundreds of millions of people and will cost the impacted businesses untold amounts of dollars in lost revenue, settlements, and fines.

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  14. Industrial cybersecurity firm Claroty on Tuesday announced significant enhancements to its threat detection product, along with technology integrations with several cybersecurity, network infrastructure and industrial automation providers.

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  15. Experts believe that the Windows kernel zero-day vulnerability fixed this week by Microsoft with its Patch Tuesday updates has been exploited by several threat actors, including a new group.

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  16. Biometric screening is expanding to the rental car industry.

    Hertz said Tuesday it is teaming up with Clear, the maker of biometric screening kiosks found at many airports, in an effort to slash the time it takes to pick up a rental car. Clear hopes it will lead more travelers to its platform, which has 3 million members in the U.S.

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  17. Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday updates for December 2018 address nearly 40 vulnerabilities, including a zero-day flaw affecting the Windows kernel.

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  18. The December 2018 Patch Tuesday updates released by Adobe address a total of 87 vulnerabilities affecting the company’s Acrobat software.

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  19. A newly identified exploit kit is targeting home and small office routers in an attempt to compromise the mobile devices or desktop computers connected to the routers, according to Trend Micro.

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  20. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce has released a report identifying strategies for the prevention and mitigation of cybersecurity incidents.

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