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CFTC issues an alert about potential Microsoft Azure and Office 365 compromise resulting from SolarWinds breach

2021-01-13T23:46:20-05:00January 13th, 2021|CFTC, Ransomware Attack, SEC|

On January 13, 2021, the Market Participant Division (MPD) of the CFTC sent an email to registrants informing them about an alert that was issued by the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In the alert CISA highlighted post compromise activity related to the SolarWinds Breach. More specifically, the alert highlighted that threat actors

Solarwinds ORION delivers backdoor Trojan to worldwide networks

2020-12-31T18:42:28-05:00December 14th, 2020|Alternative Asset Management, Awareness, Cloud, Cyber, Exploit, Hackers, Hedge Fund, Identity Theft, Insider threats, Malware, Password, PII, Privacy, Remote Management, Reverse Shell, RMM, Vulnerability|

Fireye detected that Solarwinds Orion is being used by attackers to steal sensitive company data. Fireye’s threat research division found that a highly sophisticated and evasive attacker compromised the Solarwind’s Orion IT monitoring and management platform to deliver a backdoor trojan. It is suspected that the campaign has started as early as April 2020 and

Elteni is shortlisted for Best Cybersecurity Solution – 2021 Fund Intelligence Operations and Services Award

2020-12-31T18:42:42-05:00December 10th, 2020|Alternative Asset Management, Award, Cyber, Featured, Hedge Fund, Investment Adviser, Private Equity, Regulatory, RIA, Services, Technology|

Cayman Islands Investment firm exposes sensitive client information!

2020-12-31T18:42:49-05:00December 6th, 2020|Alternative Asset Management, Awareness, Azure, Cloud, Cyber, Identity Theft, Microsoft, OCIE, Password, PII, Privacy, SEC|

A Cayman Islands investment firm's backups stored in a Microsoft Azure Blob Storage was not secured properly thus resulting in a potential leak of personal banking information, individual passport data, and other sensitive information. A researcher discovered the gaping hole left open by the firm’s Hong Kong based IT provider via a special search engine

OCIE issues a new alert: “Credential Stuffing”

2020-12-31T18:42:56-05:00September 16th, 2020|BEC, Business Email Compromise, Cyber, Hackers, Hedge Fund, OCIE, Password, Phishing, Private Equity, RIA, SEC|

Yesterday The Office and Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") issued an alert about safeguarding client accounts against credential compromise that highlighted the issue of "credential stuffing attacks". Credential stuffing is a type of cyber attack where many compromised user credentials are tried against systems to gain unauthorized access, using automated means. Over the past few

Major service provider to the financial services industry was breached

2020-12-31T18:43:03-05:00July 29th, 2020|Alternative Asset Management, Exploit, Hackers, Hedge Fund, Investment Adviser, Ransomware Attack|

A service provider of SEI Investments Co., affected by a ransomware attack. SEI Investments Co., a fund administrator for several high-profile asset management firms experienced a breach, exposing the personal information of investors for approximately 100 clients. SEI stated that the breach occurred through one of their service providers that faced a ransomware attack. M.J.

Critical Wormable Vulnerability Affecting Windows DNS Servers

2020-12-31T18:43:05-05:00July 15th, 2020|Cyber, Exploit|

Critical Wormable Vulnerability Affecting Windows DNS Servers On July 14, 2020 Microsoft publicly disclosed a critical vulnerability affecting Windows DNS Server. https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2020-1350 As a reminder DNS (Domain Naming System) servers are used primarily to resolve IP addresses. DNS is used for locating and identifying computer services and devices on the internet, such as email servers,

OCIE issues a new Cybersecurity: Ransomware Alert

2020-12-31T18:43:11-05:00July 10th, 2020|Alternative Asset Management, Awareness, BEC, Business Email Compromise, Cloud, Cyber, Exploit, Hackers, Hedge Fund, Insider threats, Investment Adviser, Malware, OCIE, Penetration Test, Phishing, Private Equity, Ransomware Attack, Red Team, Regulatory, RIA, SEC, Vulnerability, WFH, Work from home|

Today the OCIE issued a Ransomware Alert, highlighting an uptick in sophisticated social engineering and other cyber campaigns, designed to infiltrate the networks of financial institutions to access sensitive information and/or to deploy ransomware. As a reminder, ransomware actors typically demand monetary payment for the return of data. We can spend time regurgitating what was

Palo Alto Networks Vulnerability – CVE-2020-2021

2020-12-31T18:43:16-05:00July 1st, 2020|Exploit, Hackers, Hedge Fund, Investment Adviser, Password, Private Equity, Vulnerability, Vulnerability Disclosure|

On June 29, 2020 Palo Alto Networks published a notice about a critical vulnerability affecting their devices. https://security.paloaltonetworks.com/CVE-2020-2021. The vulnerability, which is listed as an issue affecting the way SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) authentication happens, can be exploited by remote attackers to gain access to the device. Dissecting this vulnerability, Palo Alto states that

Technology, security, and privacy in a Work From Home (WFH) environment

2020-12-31T18:43:20-05:00May 14th, 2020|Alternative Asset Management, Cyber, Exploit, Hackers, Hedge Fund, Insider threats, Investment Adviser, Privacy, RIA, WFH, Work from home|

Will Work From Home (WFH) be an Alternative Asset Management Firm’ new norm? Firstly, let me address the question that comes to mind after reading the title, this isn’t just another article about how COVID-19 has affected us………now keep reading. I’m not writing this article to express my opinion about whether WFH is good or

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