Elastic report: Nearly 33% of cyberattacks in the cloud leverage credential access

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The 2022 Elastic World wide Risk Report uncovered that nearly 33% of attacks in the cloud leverage credential access, indicating that users generally overestimate the stability of their cloud environments and for that reason fail to configure and protect them adequately. 

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Key findings for the report are centered on three primary trends: the role of human error in increasing cloud security risks, commercial software being used maliciously and endpoint attacks becoming more diverse due to the high efficacy of most endpoint security software.

And while commercial adversary simulation software such as CobaltStrike is helpful to many teams’ defense of their environments, it is also being used as a malicious tool for mass-malware implants. 


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Other findings from the Elastic report include:

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  • 54% of all malware infections were on Windows endpoints, while 39% were on Linux endpoints.
  • The largest contributor of Linux-based malware/payloads was Meterpreter at 14%, followed by Gafgyt at 12%, and Mirai at 10%.
  • CobaltStrike was the most popular malicious binary or payload for Windows endpoints with 35% of all detections, followed by
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ZyXel NWA220AX-6E Review: An Odd Wi-Fi 6E Access Point

ZyXel NWA220AX-6E is one of a kind, not necessarily in a good way.

On the one hand, it’s an affordable well-performing PoE access point that can work as a standalone unit or part of ZyXel’s cloud-based Nebula mesh system — you’d need to register an account and log in with the vendor.

On the other, it’s a selectable broadcaster that makes things hard to select by offering you either the popular 5GHz band (Wi-Fi 6) or the novelty 6GHz (Wi-Fi 6E). You read it right; you can’t use both simultaneously. It’s madness.

For this reason, you should look at the Zyxel NWA220AX-6E as more of a Wi-Fi 6E upgrade device that adds 6GHz to an existing Wi-Fi 6 (or 5) network. And only in that case it makes sense.

In a way, and at the current street price of less than $230, the NWA220AX-6E is an excellent PoE-ready alternative to the ARRIS SURFboard W6U for those looking to upgrade to the new 6GHz band.

But if you expect it to be just another Wi-Fi 6E access point, like the Netgear WAX630E, you’ll be sorely frustrated. You might even get mad.

The ZyXel NWA220AX-6E access point in action
The ZyXel NWA220AX-6E access point in action

ZyXel NWA220AX-6E: Not a typical Wi-Fi 6E broadcaster

Of all the Wi-Fi 6E broadcasters (router and access points) I’ve worked with, the NWA220AX-6E is the only one that’s not fully backward compatible.

You have to use it either as a Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router, just like in the case of the WAX630s, or

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