Many attackers continue to camp out in networks for months, conducting reconnaissance and stealing sensitive data before unleashing ransomware. Experts say many recent efforts trace to gangs wielding the RobbinHood, Valet Loader, NetWalker, PonyFinal, Maze and Sodinokibi strains of crypto-locking malware.
It's not so much that the threats have changed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It's that the attack surface has broadened, and it's more challenging for defenders to coordinate intelligence, tooling and processes, says Jimmy Astle of VMware Carbon Black.
VictoryGate, a recently discovered botnet that infected about 35,000 devices with malware, has been disabled by researchers from security firm ESET. The botnet's main purpose was mining monero cryptocurrency.
The lines are rapidly blurring between traditional fraud and rising cybersecurity threats. Financial services leaders are challenged to find ways to rapidly increase visibility across their environments while accelerating responses to threats effectively and efficiently.
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To deal with the problem of "shadow IT" during the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations should put in place redefined compliance and governance policies, take a multilayered security approach and adopt a security framework to prioritize risks, a panel of three experts advises.
Two recently uncovered spear-phishing campaigns targeted oil and gas firms in the U.S., Asia and South Africa with AgentTesla, a notorious information stealer, according to Bitdefender. These campaigns appear tied to the global oil crisis.
About 25,000 email addresses and passwords that are apparently for staff at the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other organizations have been dumped online, according to the Washington Post.
For many cybercrime investigators, it's all about indicators of compromise - evidence that a crime has occurred. But what if you were to shift toward cataloging behaviors that could indicate an attack is ongoing or imminent? Sam Curry of Cybereason explains the IoB concept.
As phishing campaigns and hacker attacks spread during the COVID-19 global pandemic, it's more important than ever for organizations to promptly report fraud to authorities to help them crack down on cybercrime, says Dr. Karnika Seth cyberlaw expert and advocate at Supreme Court of India.
Singapore's open banking effort has expanded the attack surface, and the only effective defense is to enhance threat intelligence sharing among banks, retailers and third parties, says Tom Wills, a Singapore-based cybersecurity practitioner who is a consultant for financial institutions.
Cybercrime groups and nation-state hacking gangs are continuing to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to further their aims, U.K. and U.S. security agencies warn in a joint alert. While overall attack levels haven't increased, they say, "the frequency and severity of COVID-19-related cyberattacks" looks set to surge.
The operator of a newly discovered botnet dubbed "Dark Nexus" is offering cybercriminals access to an array of capabilities, include the ability to launch DDoS attacks on demand, according researchers at Bitdefender.