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5 Ways Web Attacks Will Change Post-COVID

COVID-19 has accelerated changes in the way attackers hit web applications. Based on behaviors we observed during our research, we developed five predictions on how web application security will change as we come out of the COVID-19 period – and what security pros can do about it. 1. More sophisticated account takeover (ATO) attacks. The…
Personal home router
Coronavirus, Data Breach, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Home routers largely unpatched, raising risk during Covid-19 WFH

Employers who have suddenly shifted a large percentage of their workforce to remote due to Covid-19 no doubt will shudder by the findings of a new Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics study that concluded no home router was without security vulnerabilities. The German tech think tank analyzed 127 home routers from seven…
Ransomware, Security News

‘Mirai’ botnet successors’ co-developer sentenced to 13 months

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to serve 13 months in federal prison for his role in creating the Satori DDoS botnet, which descended from Mirai IoT malware, announced U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder in Anchorage, Alaska. Kenneth Currin Schuchman, 22, of Vancouver, Wash., was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess, after…
Cybercrime, Ransomware, Security News

Evil Corp debuts WastedLocker ransomware and new TTPs, researchers say

Researchers have discovered a new ransomware, WastedLocker, that they are attributing with “high confidence” to the Evil Corp cybercriminal gang, two members of which the U.S. Justice Department charged last December with federal hacking and bank fraud crimes. Evil Corp is historically associated with the banking credentials-stealing Zeus trojan and Bugat (aka Dridex) malware, as well as Locky and…
Events, InfoSec World 2020, Malware, Network Security, Phishing, Security News

Sapphire Software’s Nicholas Takacs asks: Is self-aware malware possible yet?

“Two can play at this game…” Cybersecurity is a non-stop arms race between white hats and malicious hackers, and the three “A’s” — automation, analytics and artificial intelligence — are among the more powerful defensive tools that CISOs can implement to defend their organizations. But cybercriminals can also potentially employ them to magnify their attacks…
IoT, Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

CallStranger bug in billions of devices can enable data exfiltration, DoS attacks

Billions of Internet of Things and Local Area Network devices that rely on the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) protocol for discovery of and interaction with other devices are vulnerable to “CallStranger,” a bug that can be exploited to exfiltrate data, launch a denial of service attack or scan ports. The Windows 10 operating system,…
Cybercrime, Government, Health Care, Legal, Ransomware, Security News

Alleged Collection 1 hacker nabbed; ransomware campaign targeting hospitals disrupted

The Ukrainian Secret Service on Tuesday announced the arrest of a man who they say is the hacker who amassed hundreds of millions of stolen credentials and then used an internet message board to announce their availability as a data set known as Collection 1. And in another significant win for law enforcement officials, Romania…
Coronavirus

Remote workers’ lack of corporate firewalls blamed for rise in malicious device activity

Since the coronavirus pandemic forced companies to enact sweeping work-from-home policies, the number of organizations whose devices have been compromised and forced to engage in malicious activity have at least doubled, according to new research released today. The researchers behind the study – conducted jointly by Arctic Security and Team Cymru – believe many of the affected…
Samsung updates Smart TV privacy policy to clarify collection of user data
Malware, Security News

Smart TVs spoofed to deliver billions of fake ad impressions

A cybergang created a botnet that used SmartTVs to generate fake eyeballs for a massive ad fraud campaign that saw billions of ad requests being generated per week. The campaign, nicknamed Icebucket, was uncovered by a team of researchers at White Ops. At its peak in January 1.9 billion fake ad requests were being generated…
Executive Insight, Opinion

IoT proliferation and widespread 5G: A perfect botnet storm

By now, we’ve heard the many promises of the 5G era. Organizations across industries are poised to take advantage of the enhancements 5G will bring to boost their products and services in ways that were difficult or expensive to achieve using 4G networks. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a big part of this shift,…
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