Weekly Intelligence Bulletin – Week 7

11. February 20

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Industry impacted: Information Technology

Adobe’s monthly security update includes patches for 42 vulnerabilities in Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Framemaker, Experience Manager, and Adobe Digital Editions. Of the vulnerabilities, 35 are critical in severity, five are rated as important, and two as moderate.

In the latest Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released security updates for 99 vulnerabilities in products including Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, Office, Internet Explorer, Edge, and more. Microsoft rates 87 of the 99 vulnerabilities as important and 12 as Critical remote code execution (RCE) flaws, including a scripting engine memory corruption vulnerability in Internet Explorer currently exploited in the wild.


Industry impacted: Telecommunication Services

Over the previous week, reports on nation states, namely the US, Germany, and China, allegedly abusing their access to critical technology to conduct espionage were published. US and German intelligence agencies reportedly operated Crypto AG, which sold encryption machines to governments worldwide to enable CIA and BND to easily decipher diplomatic, military, and other communications encrypted with it. Separately, the US announced it had evidence that Huawei has backdoor access to networks it is operating around the world and is therefore able to intercept information.


14 February – Munich Security Conference 2020
17 February – EU Council Eurogroup Meeting in Brussels, Belgium
20 February – G20: Second Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting
20 February – Special Meeting of European Council