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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17 May 2019

Supply Chain Attack Hits Best of the Web Website

Earlier this week, a security researcher discovered that threat actors injected keyloggers into the Best of the Web trust seal that has been issued to over a 100 websites. Keyloggers are malware designed to steal user information by recording keystrokes. Often they also have other data stealing capabilities, such as

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17 May 2019

Authorities Takedown GozNym Cybercrime Group That Stole an Estimated $100 Million

A cooperative effort by Europol, Eurojust and law enforcement agencies from the US, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Germany and Bulgaria has resulted in the takedown of an organized cybercrime network that stole around $100 million by targeting dozens of financial institutions in North America with the GozNym banking Trojan. The criminals

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15 May 2019

Website Attack Attempts Rose by 69% in 2018

New research by Sitelock indicates that attempts to attack websites are on the rise. In 2018, the average website faced 62 attack threats on a daily basis. The most common attacks involved the use of backdoors, shells, and JavaScript files (cross-site scripting or XSS). XSS attacks target visitors, since they

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09 May 2019

Information Services Giant Wolters Kluwer Hit by Malware Attack

Global information services firm Wolters Kluwer has suffered a malware attack, prompting it to temporarily shut down a great number of its online services including CCH, which comprises software tools and services for tax, accounting and audit workers. After discovering “technical anomalies” on May 6, the company shut down most of

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08 May 2019

Nation state actors, affiliates behind increasing amount of data breaches

The latest version of Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) shows that a growing number of data breaches is the result of attacks by state-backed hackers. In the 2018 report, these actors caused just 12% of data breaches, but this number almost doubled to 23% this year. Organized cybercrime remained

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01 May 2019

Most adults are concerned about malware and phishing on social media

A new study by ID Experts shows that most Americans have privacy and security concerns about social media platforms. When it comes to privacy, over two out of three (68%) respondents are worried about Facebook, while just two out five people are concerned about Instagram (40%) and YouTube (39%). Interestingly,

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29 Apr 2019

Malware Makes Itself at Home in Set-Top Boxes

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the popularity of television set-top boxes known as “Kodi boxes” to distribute malware. Kodi boxes, which provide users with illicit access to premium film, television and other content, are used by around 12 million people. Although the illicit content is presented as “free,” Digital Citizens Alliance

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26 Apr 2019

Cybercriminals are becoming more methodical and adaptive

A new report by Trustwave sheds light on how cybercriminals continue to shift tactics to increase the success rate of their attacks. When it comes to spam, the report shows that campaigns aiming to distribute malware are on the decline, while other malicious spam campaigns, such as those involving sextortion

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23 Apr 2019

Russian hackers are targeting European embassies, according to new report

Check Point researchers have uncovered a recent campaign in which Russian threat actors targeted European embassies in various countries including Nepal, Guyana, Kenya, Italy, Liberia, Bermuda, and Lebanon. The hackers targeted embassy officials with emails containing sophisticated malicious files that were presented as official US State Department documents. Opening the

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