Mass-Scale Ransomware Attacks Providing Hackers the Ability to Earn Quick Money

During the past six months, the Carbon Black Threat Analysis Unit (TAU) analysed more than 1,000 ransomware samples, categorising them into 150 families, and found the following: Attackers are looking to make quick, easy money with unsophisticated malware combined with sophisticated delivery methods. The majority of today’s ransomware aims to target the largest vulnerable population possible. “Ransomware as a Service (RaaS)” and the emergence of Bitcoin have lowered the barrier…

September 22, 2017
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Beyond the Phish Report from Wombat Security Reveals the No. 1 Problem Area for End-Users is Protecting Confidential Information

Wombat Security Technologies (Wombat), the leading provider of cyber security awareness and training, today announces the release of its 2017 Beyond the Phish Report. The analysis of more than 70 million questions and answers – a significant increase from 20 million in 2016 – across 10 categories identifies strengths and weaknesses tied both directly to phishing and threats beyond the phish. The report examines end-user knowledge of business-critical best practices…

September 22, 2017
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Businesses paid £222M to ransomware hackers last year, new Datto study finds

Datto, Inc. revealed the results of its second annual global State of the Channel Ransomware Report. As the largest survey of its kind, the report provides unique visibility into the current state of ransomware from more than 1,700 managed service providers (MSPs) who work with more than 100,000 small-to-mid-sized businesses (SMBs) around the world. Ninety-nine percent of MSPs predict uptick in attacks will continue across the next two years. The…

September 22, 2017
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SEC Had Huge Cyber Weaknesses in January

Five critical weaknesses were discovered by the US Dept of Homeland Security as early as January, on SEC’s computers. Read Full Story  ORIGINAL SOURCE: Reuters The post SEC Had Huge Cyber Weaknesses in January appeared first on IT SECURITY GURU. Source: http://www.itsecurityguru.org

September 22, 2017
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Russian linked ads to be Turned over to Congress

Social Media giant, Facebook, will hand over Russian-linked ads to Congress, after coming under increased scrutiny. It is believed the ads were intended to sway the 2016 Presidential Election. Read Full Story  ORIGINAL SOURCE: ZDNet The post Russian linked ads to be Turned over to Congress appeared first on IT SECURITY GURU. Source: http://www.itsecurityguru.org

September 22, 2017
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1.385 MILLION New Phishing Sites created Monthly!

An average 46,000 phishing sites are created each week; that’s 1.385 million per month. View Full Story  ORIGINAL SOURCE: Help Net Security The post 1.385 MILLION New Phishing Sites created Monthly! appeared first on IT SECURITY GURU. Source: http://www.itsecurityguru.org

September 22, 2017
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Another Day, Another Data Breach- National Bank of Canada Hit

The National Bank of Canada has become the latest victim of a data breach. The bank said a technical glitch may have exposed the personal info of approx’ 400 customers earlier this week. View Full Story  ORIGINAL SOURCE: IBT The post Another Day, Another Data Breach- National Bank of Canada Hit appeared first on IT SECURITY GURU. Source: http://www.itsecurityguru.org

September 22, 2017
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Vulnerabilities in mobile networks opens bitcoin wallets to hackers

Vulnerabilities in mobile networks opens bitcoin wallets to hackers Positive Technologies shows how hackers can gain access to bitcoin wallets using architecture flaws in SS7 Cryptocurrencies offer unprecedented transaction speeds and remittance security, but this is compromised by the weak security of digital wallets storing them. Positive Technologies has demonstrated an attack on a user account of Coinbase — one of the largest bitcoin exchanges in the world, which manages…

September 19, 2017
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An (un)documented Feature: Attackers Abuse Office Document Software to Profile Potential Victims for Targeted Attacks

Kaspersky Lab experts have discovered a feature in popular document-creation software that has been abused by attackers to launch successful targeted attacks. Using a malicious application that activates when the simple office document is opened, information about the software installed on the victim’s device is sent automatically to the attackers, with no user interaction required. This data allows attackers to understand what type of exploit they should use in order…

September 19, 2017
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