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Here’s a workable, five-point security plan for navigating the pandemic

Companies will feel the effects of the global pandemic for several years, and many businesses won’t survive the transformation tsunami that’s slowly, but surely coming. Organizations that survive won’t stay the same, and that also applies to their security practices. Security teams have to identify the cybersecurity obstacles the company faces and explain them to…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Security News

Hacker-for-hire groups profit by commoditizing APT tactics

In the span of just over three months, researchers have exposed three mercenary, “hacker-for-hire” groups engaging in industrial espionage and stealing corporate secrets for profit. Despite using tactics, techniques and procedures that are more typical of a nation-state ATP group, these threat actors –  Dark Basin, DeathStalker and an unnamed third entity group detailed late last month by Bitdefender –…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government/Defense, Malware, Security News

Geopolitical targets figuring in latest StrongPity attacks

StrongPity, aka Promethium, a potentially state-sponsored APT group active since 2012, isn’t letting exposed campaigns in recent years stop it from trying to install malware around the world, particularly in warzones such as Syria. Two separate reports this week from Cisco Talos and Bitdefender suggest the attackers are getting more aggressive in their geo-targeted malicious…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Ransomware, Security News

‘About Coronavirus’ app locks Android screens with repackaged malware

An existing version of the Android device screen-locking malware SLocker has apparently been copied and repackaged in the form of a mobile coronavirus app, in hopes of drawing in victims and encouraging downloads from third-party marketplace sites. Researchers at Bitdefender found the malicious app, which has been targeting users in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and…
Coronavirus

Reports of COVID-19 malware threats heavier in states with increased testing

Newly published telemetry data collected by the researchers at Bitdefender suggests that U.S. reports of coronavirus-themed malware threat activity have been heaviest in states where testing has increased and the total number of confirmed infections has grown. Among U.S. states, California reported the most threats in both March and April, followed by Texas. New York…
Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

TrickBot banking trojan introduces RDP brute forcing module

Malicious actors have created a new module for the TrickBot banking trojan that allows the malware to perform brute force attacks on Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol, specifically targeting U.S. and Hong Kong IP addresses. The module, called rdpScanDll, primarily focuses on the telecommunications, education, and financial services sectors, according to a new white paper from…
SC Corporate News, Security News

The winners of the 2020 SC Awards Honored in the U.S.

Trust AwardBest Authentication TechnologyForgeRockForgeRock Identity Platform All journeys have a beginning, middle and an end, and it’s the job of the ForgeRock Identity Platform to ensure that every authentication journey, from start to finish, remains safe for the client and easy for the user. The platform’s Intelligent Authentication feature delivers the unique ability to visually map user authentication journeys with a drag-and-drop interface…
Mobile Security, Security News

Bitdefender, Sophos uncover more dangerous apps in Google Play

Two new batches of malicious apps have been found on the Google Play store with one group possibly having been downloaded hundreds of millions of times and the other having the ability to dodge Google vetting system. Sophos and Bitdefender have each reported the apps they discovered used well-worn tricks, including actually working, in order…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, IoT, Malware, Security News

Attackers distill essence of Mirai IoT botnet into LiquorBot malware

Researchers recently uncovered another descendant of the Mirai Internet of Things botnet, this one featuring Monero cryptocurrency mining capabilities. Dubbed LiquorBot, the botnet malware is written in Go programming language and seems to use the same command-and-control infrastructure as Mirai. Sometimes, attack campaigns have even paired both LiquorBot and Mirai together in malicious dropper scripts,…
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2020 SC Awards Trust Awards Finalists

Best Authentication Technology Cisco Systems ForgeRock Jumio RSA SecureAuth Best Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery SolutionArcserve Deloitte & Touche and Dell Technologies Onspring Quest Software Semperis Best Cloud Computing Security SolutionBitglassCentrifyCipherCloudIllumioMimecast Best Computer Forensic Solution AccessData – AD EnterpriseAccessData – Forensic Toolkit (FTK)EndaceOpenTextVectra Best Database Security Solution Baffle comforte AG Imperva MarkLogicPenta Security Systems Best…