15 Aug 2019

Norman Cryptominer Employs Sophisticated Obfuscation Tactics

Security researchers with Varonis have spotted a sophisticated new strain of cryptomining malware that uses various obfuscation tactics in order to avoid detection. The researchers describe the cryptominer, dubbed “Norman,”  as “a high-performance miner for Monero cryptocurrency,” that distinguishes itself from other miners in the way it “employs evasion techniques

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08 Aug 2019

Smominru hijacks half a million PCs to mine cryptocurrency, steals access data for Dark Web sale

  Carbon Black researchers are tracking a cryptomining campaign that has already infected more that 500,000 machines with Smominru malware that enslaves them into a massive botnet. According to a new report[pdf], the infected machines are used to mine Monero (XMR) and the malware is also capable of “access mining,”

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05 Jul 2019

New Golang malware plays the Linux field in quest for cryptocurrency

Palo Alto Networks researchers have discovered a new strain of cryptojacking malware written in the Go programming language. The malware, dubbed Golang, uses the resourcing powers of infected systems in order to mine Monero (XMR) cryptocurrency. Golang targets Linux servers and is capable of compromising machines in a variety of

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19 Jun 2019

Modular Backdoor Can Spread Over Local Network

A new report by Kaspersky provides insight into Plurox, a highly sophisticated piece of malware first discovered in February. Plurox is a modular backdoor capable of distributing itself across networks and of planting additional malware on infected machines. Multi-functional “modular” malware is a growing threat to organizations. Plurox can infiltrate

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14 Jun 2019

Ransomware rebounding in popularity as cryptojacking loses steam

Ransomware campaigns surged by 167% between Q4 of last year and the first three months of 2019, new research by Positive Technologies shows. Ransomware now accounts for 24% of all cyberattacks, up from 9% in Q4 of 2018. The resurgence of ransomware coincides with a drop in cryptojacking, i.e. the

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22 May 2019

Massive DDoS attacks lasting more than an hour increased 487% in 2019

New Kaspersky Lab research shows that distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks surged by 84% in the first three months of this year. This growth reverses the downward trend that was recorded throughout 2018. Compared to the first quarter of last year, larger attacks involving 100Gbps or more increased by a staggering

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20 May 2019

Ransomware and malware attacks decline, attackers adopting covert tactics

New figures released by Microsoft indicate that global ransomware attacks fell by 60% between March and December of last year, while malware attacks declined in general. Instead, threat actors are launching campaigns that rely on more covert attack techniques such as phishing and social engineering in general. Cyber criminals also

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16 Apr 2019

Bad security hygiene still a major risk for enterprise IT networks

A new report[pdf] by Ixia analyses the 2018 cyber threat landscape. According to the report the 5 main security issues last year were: Most product vulnerabilities were the result of software design flaws including well-documented and easily avoidable issues like SQL injection and cross-site scripting vulnerabilities The human factor is

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15 Apr 2019

The correlation between DDoS attacks and cryptomining

A new NSFOCUS report indicates that the declining price of cryptocurrencies in 2018 prompted threat actors to stop using botnet resources  for cryptomining attacks – as these were getting less and less profitable – and increasingly use them to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks instead. Despite this, the number of

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11 Apr 2019

Finance Remains Most Attacked Sector Globally Six of the Past Seven Years

A new NTT security report shows that 17% of all cyberattacks in the past year targeted the financial sector. The technology sector also accounted for 17% of attacks in 2018, but finance has been the most targeted industry for 6 of the last 7 years. Other highly targeted industries were

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