05 Mar 2019

Microsoft Sees 250% Phishing Increase, Malware Decline by 34%

The 24th volume of Microsoft’s Security Intelligence Report shows that phishing surged in 2018. The detected 250% increase in phishing attacks last year confirms similar findings of other recent studies. The research also confirmed that threat actors are moving away from ransomware and malicious software (malware) in general, as malware

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27 Feb 2019

Increasing security measures are driving cybercriminals to alter their techniques

The 2019 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index shows that cybercriminals are moving away from ransomware and malware in general because a growing awareness of these attacks among organizations, in combination with increased threat mitigation efforts, have made malware-based attacks less lucrative. Cryptojacking attacks, in which threat actors hijack the processing

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26 Feb 2019

Social Media Drives $3.2bn+ in Black Hat Profits

According to a new report by Bromium, cybercriminals heavily rely on social media platforms to spread malware and to exchange illegal resources. Consequently, yearly profits of social media-enabled cybercrime total at least $3.25bn. The researchers found that instances of social media-enabled cybercrime have soared over the last few years, as

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21 Feb 2019

ATM Hacking Has Gotten So Easy, the Malware’s a Game

A new report by Kaspersky Lab describes WinPot, a new malware strain designed for “ATM jackpotting” attacks, in which cyber criminals get ATMs to spit out cash. The striking thing about WinPot is that the interface is designed to look similar to a slot machine, as if to underline that plundering cash

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20 Feb 2019

POS firm says hackers planted malware on customer networks

North Country Business Products (NCBP), a US vendor of point-of-sale (POS) products, suffered a serious security breach last month in which a threat actor managed to upload malicious software (malware) onto the POS networks of 139 of its customers. The targets are bars, coffee shops and restaurants. Dunn Brothers Coffee was hit

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11 Feb 2019

First clipper malware discovered on Google Play

Researchers with ESET have found a malicious app designed to steal cryptocurrency in the Google Play Store. The app, which mimicked MetaMask, a legitimate service for running Ethereum-supported applications in a browser, has been removed from the Play Store after the researchers alerted Google. The app ran a form of

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08 Feb 2019

Business Email Compromise Attacks See Almost 500% Increase

A new report by Proofpoint indicates that business email compromise (BEC) scams surged 476% between between Q4 2017 and Q4 2018. Moreover, that same period saw a 226% increase of email fraud attempts targeting businesses.. Other key findings of the research where a dramatic increase (442%) of phishing attacks involving fake social

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07 Feb 2019

Cryptojacking Overtakes Ransomware, Malware-as-a-Service on the Rise

According to new Check Point research, cryptojacking attacks, in which malware uses the processing resources of an infected system to mine cryptocurrency, impacted ten times more organizations in 2018 than ransomware did. The report also found that threat actors are becoming increasingly successful at staying under the radar, since a

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05 Feb 2019

ExileRat Targeting Tibetan Supporters via Malicious PowerPoint Docs

Researchers with the Cisco Talos Group have discovered a malspam campaign targeting the mailing list of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), which is also referred to as the Tibetan Government in Exile. In the first stage of the attack, threat actors sent an email to everyone on the mailing list, while making

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04 Feb 2019

Chafer APT Takes Aim at Diplomats in Iran with Improved Custom Malware

New research from Kaspersky Lab sheds light on a cyber-espionage campaign conducted by Chafer, an Iranian Advanced Persistent Threat (ATP). Throughout autumn of last year, the threat group carried out attacks against embassies in Iran involving a custom version of the Remexi spyware. Remexi can log keystrokes, take screenshots and

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