By AMSAT April 9,2021
A Brief Weekly Review of Top Stories that Dominated the Cyberworld
The outgoing week saw many events that made headlines. From social media giant Facebook removing over a dozen network fueling deception campaigns to a leading open-source security management company raising $75m, the world of cybersecurity was witness to a number of spectacular developments.
Here’s a brief review of what took place in the past week.
Google Fixed Critical Code Execution Flaw in Android
Search engine titan Google patched more than 30 vulnerabilities in Android, including a remote code execution flaw in the System component.
The code execution vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2021-0430 and impacting Android 10 and 11, was considered critical severity. The bug was patched as part of the 2021-04-01 security patch level.
Five other flaws were addressed in the System component: three elevation of privilege and two information disclosure issues. All of these featured a severity rating of high.
Facebook Eliminated 14 Networks Fueling False Campaigns
Facebook announced that in March it eliminated a total of 14 networks of accounts from its online services, for spreading false content meant to manipulate public opinion.
These networks, which emerged from 11 countries, included a total of 1,167 Facebook accounts and 290 Instagram accounts, as well as 255 pages and 34 groups on Facebook, the social platform announced.
$75 Million Raised by Open-Source Security Management Firm WhiteSource
WhiteSource, an open-source security management company, announced that it had raised $75 million in a Series D funding round.
The Series C funding round was announced in October 2018, when the company secured $35 million. The latest round, which brings the total raised by the company to more than $120 million, was led by Pitango Growth, with participation from M12, Susquehanna Growth Equity, and 83North.
WhiteSource, founded in 2011, has developed a product designed to help software development teams capably manage the open source components they use.
WhiteSource has offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Israel, with over 800 customers worldwide, including nearly a quarter of Fortune 100 companies.
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