23 Apr 2019

Attackers are weaponizing more vulnerabilities than ever before

Threat actors are stepping up their efforts to weaponize vulnerabilities affecting Adobe products, new data by RiskSense shows. In 2018, a record-breaking 177 flaws were weaponized, which is 139% higher than in 2017. The study also found that last year almost three times more vulnerabilities were exploited in the wild before

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23 Apr 2019

FBI: $2.7 Billion in Losses to Cyber-Enabled Crimes in 2018

The FBI released its annual Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) report this week, which shows that the IC3 received close to 352,000 complaints related to cybercrimes last year, with the total losses from Internet-enabled crime estimated at $2.7 billion. The figures indicate a surge in cybercrime costs, which amounted to

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23 Apr 2019

Report: Weaponized PDFs on the Rise

New research by SonicWall indicates that cyber attacks involving weaponized PDFs have dramatically increased in the past months. Last year, the company detected 47,000 PDF-based attacks. However, attacks of this kind began increasing in December and surged in March when 73,000 attacks were discovered, far more than the total for

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23 Apr 2019

Hackers are targeting these employees the most (hint: it’s not the C-suite)

A new proofpoint report shows that phishing campaigns are increasingly targeting generic email accounts within companies (e.g. sales@company.com). Almost 30% of targeted phishing attacks in Q4 of 2018 were directed at such email addresses, which are usually shared between multiple employees, up from 13% in the previous quarter. The report

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22 Apr 2019

Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds

A new survey by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found that 42% of UK citizens expect that they will lose money as the result of a cyber scam, and a whopping 85% of people do not believe that they have sufficient knowledge to protect themselves against cybercrime. This

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22 Apr 2019

WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins Pleads Guilty To Creating Banking Malware

Marcus Hutchins, a British security researcher who helped to stop the 2017 global WannaCry ransomware attack by triggering the malware’s kill switch, has pleaded guilty to entering a conspiracy to create and distribute malware, and to aiding and abetting the distribution of malware. A further eight charges have been dropped

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22 Apr 2019

Easter Attack Affects Half a Billion Apple iOS Users via Chrome Bug

A malvertising campaign launched last week takes advantage of an unpatched software vulnerability in the iOS version of Google Chrome, putting about half a billion users at risk. The threat actor behind the attack has been identified as the eGobbler gang, a cybercriminal group known for launching malvertising campaigns around

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22 Apr 2019

Phone Scams Cause Americans to Lose $10.5 Billion in 2018

According to a new report by Truecaller, as many as 43 million Americans may have been scammed in the past 12 months, for a total of $10.5 billion in losses. Contrary to stereotypes about gullible old people, young adults (aged 18-34) are actually more likely to fall victim to phone

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19 Apr 2019

Report: Under-Resourced People Face Higher-Than-Average Cyber Risks

A new University of California study[pdf] shows that underserved people face higher cybersecurity risks than other citizens. The study defines underserved people as “residents from low-income households, foreign-born and foreign-language speakers, and seniors.” The survey found that underserved people are more likely to fall victim to cyber scams, to experience

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19 Apr 2019

6 Takeaways from Ransomware Attacks in Q1

A new Coveware report based on data from the first quarter of 2019 highlights six interesting ransomware trends: Threat actors are demanding higher ransoms – the average ransom amount asked in incidents handled by Coveware was %12,762, a 89% increase over the last quarter of 2018, when the amount was $6,733.

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