Weekly Tech Recap 12 Apr 2024

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In a Nutshell:

In this week’s tech roundup, the focal points are cybersecurity and privacy concerns. Threat actors have been exploiting GitHub’s search function to disseminate malware by creating bogus repositories and concealing malware within Microsoft Visual Code project files. In response to criticisms concerning its security practices, Microsoft has rolled out security updates to rectify 149 vulnerabilities and has started publishing root cause data for deficiencies. Privacy-focused browsers such as DuckDuckGo have been recommended as substitutes for Chrome following Google’s acknowledgment of user tracking in Incognito mode. Furthermore, AI is expected to significantly influence cybersecurity, with 82% of professionals believing it will bolster their work efficiency. Numerous initiatives and summits are being conducted by major tech firms to support the secure development of AI and explore the potential consequences.

Weekly Noteworthy Reads:

In an exposition by Checkmarx, it was disclosed that threat actors are leveraging GitHub’s search function to deceive users into downloading malware. By creating sham popular repositories, manipulating search rankings, and frequently hiding malware inside Microsoft Visual Code project files, they underscore the need for developers to exercise caution when downloading source code from open-source repositories.

In April 2024, Microsoft pushed security updates to resolve 149 defects, including two that were being actively exploited. These vulnerabilities range from critical to low in terms of severity, with the update also addressing 68 instances of remote code execution, 31 privileges escalation, 26 security feature bypasses, and six denial-of-service bugs. In response to criticisms concerning its security practices, Microsoft has started sharing root cause data for security deficiencies using the Common Weakness Enumeration industry standard. This is according to a report by Krebs on Security, which revealed that April’s Patch Tuesday recorded a historic high of 147 security vulnerabilities in Windows and related software being addressed.

Lastly, Wired stressed the importance of using privacy-centric browsers after Google’s admission that it tracks users in Chrome’s Incognito mode. It recommended alternatives like DuckDuckGo, which obstructs trackers, enforces encrypted HTTPS connections, ranks sites based on their data usage intensity, and auto-cleans browsing data.

Update on AI and Cybersecurity in April 2024

  • Google unveiled its new AI Cyber Defense Initiative in a bid to encourage the use of AI in cybersecurity through investments in AI-ready infrastructure and security training.

  • The Cybersecurity Implications of AI Summit: North America West is slated for April 16, 2024, focusing on different aspects of AI in cybersecurity.

  • A poll conducted by ISC2 titled AI in Cyber 2024: Is the Cybersecurity Profession Ready? indicates a significant impact of AI on the field of cybersecurity in the future, with 82% predicting AI will improve their work efficiency.

  • The Cloud Security Alliance launched the AI Safety Initiative to guide the future of AI in cybersecurity through comprehensive best practices, particularly highlighting the promising area of Generative AI.

  • The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a report discussing steps to tackle immediate AI-related operational risks, cybersecurity difficulties, and fraud challenges in the Financial Sector.

Big hitters like Google, ISMG, ISC2, CSA, and the U.S. government are propelling secure AI development and deployment. Realizing the potential impact of AI on cybersecurity, significant steps are being taken to ensure readiness and proficiency.


Written By

Argandov

Cybersecurity professional and IT enthusiast with a passion for technology, music, personal growth, and Eastern philosophy. Transitioned from mechanical engineering to IT in 2020, with a full-time interest in Technology, Cybersecurity and recent advances in AI. Seeks to integrate eastern philosophy, mindfulness and a growth mindset into daily life and work.