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Carolinas Check Point: Weekly Updates & Threat Intelligence

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  • Tips & Tricks #7 - “Endpoint Anti-Ransomware & Forensics”
    Check Point’s Advanced Threat Prevention Subject Matter Expert, Scot Kight, will be discussing the powerful Anti-Ransomware & forensic capabilities of Check Point’s Endpoint Security Solution, SandBlast Agent.
    • Interface Updates
    • Understanding common attacks and how to protect your endpoints
    • Automatic Remediation of Ransomware
    • Forensics & the MITRE Attack Framework (sample Ryuk report)

           When: Friday, April 24th 9am EST Register Here

Interested in learning more about SandBlast Agent?  Check out this video playlist from Check Point Endpoint Solution Architect, Dan Schneppenheim.

  • We are here to keep you safe - Complimentary remote security to enable business continuity in times of uncertainty due to the coronavirus. 
    As your trusted cyber security partner, we offer you a 60-day complimentary license to ensure secure connectivity for remote employees.  Security Gateway evaluations (hardware or virtual) are available to support your remote access infrastructure.  This license will include:
    • Remote Access VPN – Enterprise-grade remote access. Simple, safe and secure connectivity to your email, calendar, contacts and corporate applications.
    • Mobile Security – Protect your personal mobile device from viruses and other types of malware.
    • Endpoint Security – Protect your laptop and PC against viruses, spyware and ransomware.
      Learn more

  • Free Jump Start Training!!
    We are happy to announce the exciting collaboration between Check Point and Cybrary.IT, the world’s leader in Cyber Security Online Training. Cybrary hosts Check Point online Jump Start modules, providing the Cyber Security community a smooth path to Check Point’s core. 
    Access the Training Here
  • Find a comprehensive list of all Check Point Webinars & Events here, and upcoming CheckMates Events here.



  • A critical vulnerability in the WordPress SEO plugin, Rank Math, could allow attackers to give administrator privileges to any registered user. The plugin is currently installed on more than 200,000 sites. Patched version of the plugin has been released.
  • Mozilla has released a new Firefox version to address two actively exploited vulnerabilities (CVE-2020-6819 and CVE-2020-6820). Both vulnerabilities are use-after-free issues and can lead to RCE attacks.
  • Experts have published POC exploits for a Windows vulnerability (CVE-2020-0796) to demonstrate its exploitation for local privilege escalation. Researchers discovered 48,000 vulnerable servers exposed online.
    Check Point IPS blade provides protection against this threat (Microsoft Windows SMBv3 Remote Code Execution (CVE-2020-0796))
  • Google has published Chrome version 80.0.3987.162 that include fixes to eight security issues, three of which are high severity vulnerabilities.


  • A new campaign of the Zeus Sphinx banker is targeting clients of US, Canadian and Australian banks using COVID-19 themed emails. Emails titled “COVID 19 relief” contain password-protected Word documents with malicious macros.
    Check Point SandBlast, Anti-Bot and Anti-virus provide protection against this threat (Trojan-Banker.Win32.Zeus)
  • Personal details of more than 4.9 million Georgians have been published on a hacking forum. The source of the information, which includes names, addresses, DOB, ID and mobile numbers, is still unclear.
  • Japan’s CERT has found an APT campaign exploiting patched Firefox and Internet Explorer vulnerabilities (CVE-2019-17026 and CVE-2020-0674) and targeting Japanese entities. The same vulnerabilities were previously used by the Peninsula APT, active for more than 10 years, focusing on Chinese targets. Check Point IPS blade provides protection against this threat (Microsoft Internet Explorer Use After Free (CVE-2020-0674))
  • Marriott hotels have disclosed a security breach affecting 5.2 million guests. The company informed guests via email and provides personal-information-monitoring services to those impacted. Marriott was fined $123 million last year for a 2018 breach of 327 million records.
  • Recently detected Magecart campaign has claimed 17 e-commerce sites using a new credit card skimmer, dubbed MakeFrame. The activity is attributed to Magecart group 7. Researchers report of a 20% increase in Magecart attacks since the beginning of the Corona pandemic.
  • Mandrake, a newly revealed spyware / banker, is targeting Australian Android users. This financially motivated malware has been active since 2016, customizing attacks to each individual victim.
  • Sonatrach, Algeria’s national oil company, is the latest victim of the Maze ransomware group. As part of its double-extortion strategy, the attackers posted Sonatrach’s investment plans, financials and other details on a dedicated site, threatening to publish additional information unless ransom is paid. Check Point SandBlast provides protection against this threat



  • Check Point Research have shown that since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak there is a drop of 17% monthly in the overall number of cyberattacks globally, while the number of coronavirus-related cyberattacks keeps increasing.
  • The FBI has issued a warning regarding a new wave of attacks by FIN7 APT group. Attackers target businesses by sending USB devices through the US Postal Service, offering gift cards. The USB emulates keyboard strokes to initiate its infection-chain through PowerShell.
  • The recent surge in Zoom conference application usage is followed by increased scrutiny to its privacy policy and vulnerabilities. Critics complain of unsolicited data sharing with Facebook, unmet promises of end-to-end encryption, exposure to UNC path injection that exposes users to credential stealing and threat of uninvited participant and more.
  • Researchers have examined 150,000 Android applications and discovered that 8.5% contained backdoors allowing access to admin-only functions, master passwords and more. Sixteen percent of the examined preinstalled apps extracted from Samsung smartphones included hidden backdoors.
  • Forty-two million records of Iranian Telegram users have been exposed online on an unprotected Elasticsearch cluster, revealing user IDs and phone numbers. Telegram is prohibited in Iran and the data originated from an unofficial fork version of the open source application. The leaked data exposes users to risk both from Iranian authorities and by additional attackers.



  • CheckMates Video Series: Check Point for Beginners
    If you’re new to Check Point, or would like to brush up on your CP skillset, this is an excellent video series to get you started!  
  • The “Ultimate” Collection of Check Point Links
    This is a personal favorite compiled by Valerie Loukine, a Cyber Security Evangelist here at Check Point.  The document includes 50+ links to helpful articles, secure knowledge (SK’s), best practice guides, videos & more.  I highly recommend you bookmark this one!
  • CheckMates “TechTalk” Webinar Recordings
    In case you missed our previous TechTalks, checkout this page for a list of recordings of all the TechTalk webinar series.  Including Management API Best Practices, Migrate to R80.20, IPS Ease of Use in R80.20, & more.



Aaron Rose

Security Engineer

Check Point Software Technologies

M: 859.967.4945

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