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Cybercriminals Seek Specific Skills

There are common attributes of cybercrime networks that function and work together that end up causing an estimated $445-600 billion in damage globally per year, new research found. “It’s not the ‘Tony Soprano mob boss type’ who’s ordering cybercrime a …

Wildlife Thrives Near Fukushima Disaster Area

Almost nine years after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, researchers found wildlife populations are abundant in areas void of human life. The camera study reports over 267,000 wildlife photos recorded more than 20 species, including wild boar, …

APT Bypasses Two-Factor Authentication

An advanced persistent threat (APT) espionage campaign, able to bypass two-factor authentication (2FA), that has ties to the Chinese government has been spying on energy industry businesses among others and governments in 10 countries for two years, re …

APT Focuses on Asian Industrial Firms

An ongoing industrial cyberespionage campaign is targeting hundreds of manufacturing and other industrial firms primarily located in South Korea, new research found. The campaign steals passwords and documents. That information could then end up used t …

Ransomware Report II: Municipalities Targeted

This year has seen a significant spike of ransomware attacks on municipalities, researchers said. This comes after Kaspersky researchers observed at least 174 municipal institutions with more than 3,000 subset organizations have been targeted by ransom …

Ransomware Report: Stored Data Targeted

Ransomware has been around other industries for a long period of time, but it is now starting to penetrate the manufacturing automation sector with more vigor. Along those lines a new type of ransomware attack, Network Attached Storage (NAS), is active …

Microsoft Patches Windows Zero Day

Microsoft patched a Windows Zero Day vulnerability that could allow attackers to gain higher privileges and avoid protection mechanisms in the Google Chrome browser. The Windows vulnerability was found by Kaspersky researchers as a result of a separate …

Browser Notifications Attacks Triple: Report

Fraudulent browser push notifications as a means of phishing and advertising are gaining popularity, with the share of users hit by the problem growing month-on-month this year, new research showed. The monthly number of affected users has grown from 1 …

Working with Digital Amnesia

Digital Amnesia is becoming more common among people across the U.S. and Canada. Interestingly, this is seen in the ability to remember phone numbers, especially of those belonging to partners, siblings and friends. Think about it, the reliance on devi …

APT Group Focuses on Extreme Narrow Targeting

The threat group known as APT33 and targets the oil and aviation industries has been using a dozen live Command and Control (C&C) servers for extremely narrow targeting, new research showed. The group puts up multiple layers of obfuscation to run these …

Q3 DDoS Attacks on Rise

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks rose 30 percentage points in Q3 2019 as compared to the previous quarter, and also rose 32 percentage points when compared to the same quarter last year, a new report found. The rise in 2019 Q3 DDoS attacks …

Europol Report on Spear Phishing

In terms of cybersecurity, spear phishing has been around pretty much from the beginning as an attack. The reason it has had stamina to last as long as security attackers have been around is very simple: It works. Along those lines, Europol’s European …

Breaches: Patches Available, but Not Applied

A majority of breaches that occurred in the past year were linked to a vulnerability where a patch was available, but not applied, new research found. In addition, despite a 24 percent average increase in annual spending on prevention, detection and re …

Companies Fare Better When Sharing Security Efforts

When one company suffers a cybersecurity breach, other companies in the same field also become less attractive to investors, a new study shows. However, companies open about their cybersecurity risk management fare significantly better than peers that …

APTs Ratchet Up Sophistication: Report

Advanced persistent threat (APT) activity in the third quarter shows an increase in the usage and number of new and previously unknown malicious toolsets, researchers said. This research highlights a consistent trend showing attackers are further diver …

Inside Attack Fears on Rise: Report

It is one thing to suffer a cyber attack from a nation state or outside force, but more often than not, fears are growing about assaults coming from within, including rogue employees and vendors. The percentage of technology executives who said state-s …

Industrial Firms Don’t Report Security Incidents: Report

More than two thirds (67 percent) of industrial organizations do not report cybersecurity incidents to regulators, a new report found. While remaining compliant in modern industrial business is a necessity and a driver for business investments, there a …

Utilities Remain Vulnerable to Attacks: Report

By Gregory Hale Over half of utilities reported at least one shutdown or operational data loss a year, a new report found. It goes to show with utilities increasingly adopting business models that connect OT power generation, transmission, and distribu …

New Malware Goes After HTTPS

There is a new malware that hijacks victims’ interactions with HTTPS web pages by patching the pseudo random number generator used in establishing an encrypted connection, researchers said. The Redcutor malware gives actors the ability to spy on users’ …

Cost of Enterprise Data Breach Rises

Attacks continue to increase and, accordingly, the cost of enterprise data breaches rose to $1.41 million, up from $1.23 million in the previous year, according to new research. In addition, enterprises invested more in cybersecurity in 2019, with IT s …

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