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Non-malware is a ticking time bomb

Eric O'Neill. National Security Strategist,
Carbon Black

Non-malware is a massive and growing cybersecurity issue. Recent research from Carbon Black has shown that the issue is akin to a ticking time bomb with nearly two thirds (64%) of security researchers reporting that they’ve seen an increase in non-malware attacks since the beginning of 2016. The vast majority (93%) of security researchers surveyed also said non-malware attacks pose ... Read More »

Hackers Attack Britain First Leaders’ Website and Twitter Accounts: ‘Stop Being Racist to Muslims’

Far-right group Britain First, which has been banned from London and entering any UK mosques, recently became a victim to angry hackers, who posted death threats on one of the organisation’s leader’s website, warning the group to ‘stop being racist to Muslims’. Unknown hackers reportedly hacked and defaced the Twitter account of Britain First leader Paul Golding and the personal website of the organisation’s deputy leader Jayda ... Read More »

Threat Hunting Still Maturing and Mostly Ad-hoc

Threat hunting is becoming an integral part of defensive activities in larger enterprises or those that have been heavily targeted in the past, according to a new SANS survey. Yet, findings also show that threat hunting is still an immature practice that relies mostly on human intuition to conduct the searches. SANS defines threat hunting as a focused and iterative ... Read More »

BankBot Android Banking Malware Targets Hundreds of Apps on Google Play

The BankBot trojan is targeting hundreds of apps on Google Play as part of a plot to steal Android users’ banking credentials and payment card details. Security information security consultant Niels Croese first came across the malware, whose source code went online earlier this year, in an app called Funny Videos 2017. The app appeared legitimate other than the fact that someone had ... Read More »

‘One in five’ British businesses hacked by cyber criminals

One in five British companies has been hacked by cyber criminals over the past year, a new survey has indicated. While data breaches at web giant Yahoo, telecoms firm TalkTalk and the dating website Ashley Madison have hit the headlines in recent years, the survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) shows how problem is worryingly widespread. Further, only ... Read More »

1.5 Million Health Records Breached in March, Report Says

More than 1.5 million patient health records were breached in March, a sharp rise from January and February, according to a report by the Protenus “Breach Barometer.” There were 39 data breaches in March — either reported to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or disclosed on social media or through other sources — up from 31 each month in ... Read More »

Almost 40 per cent of industrial computers faced a cyberattack in the 2nd half of 2016

On average two-in-five computers, related to the technological infrastructure of industrial enterprises, faced cyberattacks in the second half of 2016. This is a finding from Kaspersky Lab’s report “Threat Landscape for Industrial Automation Systems. The second half of 2016.” The percentage of industrial computers under attack grew from over 17 per cent in July 2016 to more than 24 per ... Read More »

Just another I.T. manic Monday? Automation can help

Brent Bluth,

Okay, it’s true. I’m a big fan of the song “Manic Monday” by The Bangles. Released in 1986 by Columbia Records, the song—written by Prince under the pseudonym “Christopher”—was the band’s first hit. It’s a sure bet Prince didn’t have the IT Service Management (ITSM) world in mind when he penned the lyrics. But after reading the research report “Anatomy ... Read More »

New research reveals that 30 percent of malware attacks are zero day exploits

Thirty percent of malware can be classified as new or zero-day because it cannot be caught by legacy antivirus solutions, according to research published today in WatchGuard’s first Quarterly Internet Security Report, which explores the latest computer and network security threats affecting SMBs and distributed enterprises. The results from Q4 2016, confirm that cyber criminals’ capability to automatically repack or ... Read More »

Wonga Data Breach – Be warned: data breaches provide a distribution hub for malware for years to come

Payday lender Wonga announced this week it had suffered a data breach which could affect 250,000 of its customers in the UK and a further 25,000 in Poland. Information reported to have been stolen includes names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and bank account details. This has left those affected with a host of potential problems. With valuable private data ... Read More »