Silex Malware

A new strain of malware is wiping the firmware of IoT devices in attacks reminiscent of the old BrickerBot malware that destroyed millions of devices back in 2017.

Named Silex, this malware began operating earlier today, about three-four hours before this article’s publication.

The malware had bricked around 350 devices when this reporter began investigating its operations, and the number quickly spiked to 2,000 wiped devices by the time we published, an hour later.

Source: ZDNet

How do you protect yourself?

Proper security measures must be in place to defend against Silex malware and similar threats. Ensure your systems have the latest patches installed. Having proper up-to-date endpoint security provides a cross-generational blend of threat defense techniques to protect systems from malware.


CVE-2019-5439


VideoLAN has released a security advisory that affects VLC media player 3.0.6 and earlier.

A remote user can create some specially crafted avi or mkv files that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a heap buffer overflow (read) in ReadFrame (demux/avi/avi.c), or a double free in zlib_decompress_extra() (demux/mkv/utils.cpp) respectively

If successful, a malicious third party could trigger either a crash of VLC or an arbitratry code execution with the privileges of the target user.

Source: VideoLAN

How do you protect yourself?

VLC media player 3.0.7 addresses the issues. This release also fixes an important security issue that could lead to code execution when playing an AAC file.


Sodinokibi Ransomware


The Sodinokibi Ransomware has been spotted being distributed through malvertising that redirects to the RIG exploit kit. With the use of exploit kits, Sodinokibi is now using a wide stream of vectors to infect victims with the ransomware.

With the addition of exploit kits to the distribution arsenal, this ransomware is poised to be a big player in the ransomware space.

Source: Bleeping Computer

How do you protect yourself?

Proper security measures must be in place to defend against Sodinokibi ransomware and similar threats. Ensure your systems have the latest patches installed. Backing up your data and having proper up-to-date endpoint security provides a cross-generational blend of threat defense techniques to protect systems from malware.