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The tendency by many attackers to wait for the right time to strike gives defenders an opening, FireEye says. Many threat actors tend to lurk around compromised networks for days before deploying ransomware, giving victim organizations a chance to prevent the attacks if they can spot the initial activity quickly enough. Researchers from FireEye Mandiant...
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Fraudsters allegedly targeted elderly victims, ultimately wringing more than $4 million from their bank accounts. Five men from Connecticut have been indicted on 11 counts stemming from their alleged involvement in a romance and lottery fraud that took more than $4 million from victims. According to the indictment, the fraud schemes began in August 2015 and...
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Younger minds — more agile and less worried by failure — provide a useful model for cyber defenders to think more creatively. Hackers are becoming increasingly bold, brazen, and cunning. To defend our connected world against the threat of increasingly mischievous, imaginative, and reckless hackers, cybersecurity experts must also learn to embrace “childish” qualities such...
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Attackers are capitalizing on the rise of misconfigured Internet-connected devices running the WS-Discovery protocol, and mobile carriers are hosting distributed denial-of-service weapons. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks remain a popular attack vector but have undergone changes as cybercriminals shift their strategies. Today’s attackers are turning to mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to diversify and...
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Two dozen individuals have been named in the latest arrests of alleged participants in a business email compromise scheme that cost victims $30 million. Federal officials have arrested two dozen individuals on charges related to a series of business email compromise (BEC) fraud and money-laundering schemes. The individuals, most of whom live in or around...
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The cruise liner, forced to shut down operations due to coronavirus, says the incident may have compromised passengers’ personal data. Carnival-owned Princess Cruises — the cruise line forced to suspend operations after two ships became hot spots for coronavirus — reports that a breach may have compromised passenger data. A notice published on the Princess...
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There’s no justice in the world — at least that’s how it must feel for security admins in small towns, school districts, and other local government bodies. Already strapped for cash and operating on shoestring budgets, these organizations and institutions have become the prime target for ransomware hackers. There is little doubt that ransomware has...
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Threat actor’s practice of using known malware and tactics gives an opening for defenders, says Recorded Future. The activities of Turla Group, a stealthy Russia-based threat actor associated with numerous attacks on government, diplomatic, technology, and research organizations, may be trackable because of the group’s penchant to use older malware and techniques alongside its arsenal...
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To get back up and running quickly, and because it’s cheaper, city and county governments often pay the ransom, especially if insurance companies are footing the bill. The result: More ransomware. Small and local government have not only continued to pay ransoms to the criminals behind ransomware, but they have been doing so at an...
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A rapid transition to remote work puts pressure on security teams to understand and address a wave of potential security risks. Many companies, concerned for employees’ health amid the rapid spread of coronavirus, have begun encouraging them to work from home. The shift, rightly done to protect people from infection, could also potentially expose organizations...
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Prepare for the future by adopting a risk-based approach. Following these five steps can help. The role of the CISO is rapidly changing to include managing safety risks and protecting sensitive information, according to a recent Garner report. This shift is being driven by the deployment of cyber-physical systems (CPS) such as Internet of Things...
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Visibility into phishing attacks by content delivery networks and security firms shows many domains fail to be classified as malicious. More than 20% of the sites used for phishing are not detected by current blacklists as malicious, even days after the start of an attack, according to new research published by internet-services firm Akamai. The...
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As Magecart and formjacking attacks become more sophisticated, it’s essential to address not only what services may interact with users, but what that interaction looks like and how to control it. 2019 left enterprises scrambling for security measures to tackle new threats such as formjacking and targeted attacks perpetrated by the group known as Magecart...
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But roughly 2 million infected systems remain in the wild, and infected systems could be reactivated at any time. Bitsight and Microsoft have taken joint action against the Necurs botnet, analyzing the client software and disrupting the command-and-control (C&C) infrastructure. Necurs has been one of the largest botnets since it was first detected in 2012....
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The uncommon Internet Query file format lets attacks slip past defenses to effectively break into target networks. Researchers have detected an attack campaign that leverages Internet Query files (IQY) to bypass enterprise defense systems and deliver a new variant of Paradise ransomware. Paradise has been active since 2017; now, its operators are finding new ways...
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Listen more closely and your network’s metadata will surrender insights the bad guys counted on keeping secret In the 1979 cult classic When a Stranger Calls, a babysitter receives numerous telephone calls from a strange man, only to discover the calls are coming from inside the house! Indeed, the notion of a stranger lurking inside...
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Today’s defenses must be creative in both isolating threats and segmenting environments to prevent attacks. Here’s why. As more applications move to the cloud and hybrid cloud environments, so too do the threats and bad actors that permeate today’s businesses. Today, defending against such threats is only half the battle, and preventing against the vulnerabilities...
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One thing seems certain: Attackers are only getting more devious and lethal. Expect to see more advanced attacks. We’re in an arms race with cybercriminals. Adversaries are becoming stealthier and more dangerous, constantly improving their attack techniques to evade the best security defenses. From malicious mobile apps to exploited cloud misconfigurations and devastating Remote Desktop...
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A new malware campaign that offers a “coronavirus map” delivers a well-known data-stealer. Criminals are leveraging the Covid-19 epidemic to spread malware through a “Coronavirus Map” app that provides no useful information to victims but may provide the victims’ user names, passwords, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information to the attacker. The new campaign,...
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PwndLocker is harder to detect than other crypto-malware, Crypsis Group says. Researchers have discovered a new ransomware variant that they say has significantly different behavior and characteristics than most other ransomware types. The ransomware, called PwndLocker, was found by The Crypsis Group in February during a client engagement. Subsequent analysis showed it was developed entirely as...
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