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Category: Cyber-crime


Cyber-crime, Malware

Recent ransomware attacks define the malware’s new age

February 20, 2020

Via: CSO Online

History of ransomware Ransomware, a type of malware that holds data for ransom, has been around for years. In 1991, a biologist spread PC Cyborg, the first ransomware, by sending floppy disks via surface mail to other AIDS researchers, for […]


Cyber-crime, Malware

Council returns to using pen and paper after cyberattack

February 18, 2020

Via: Naked Security

Ten days after a suspected ransomware attack, residents of the English borough of Redcar and Cleveland must be starting to wonder when their Council’s IT systems will return. The first public sign of trouble appeared on the morning of Saturday, […]


Cyber-crime, Malware

Banking Trojans and Ransomware — A Treacherous Matrimony Bound to Get Worse

February 18, 2020

Via: Security Intelligence

The financial malware arena became a mainstream issue a little over a decade ago with the rise of malware like the Zeus Trojan, which at the time was the first commercial banking Trojan available to the cybercrime world. We have […]


Cyber-crime, Identity theft, Mobile, Privacy protection

Senator calls for dedicated US data protection agency

February 17, 2020

Via: Naked Security

The US needs a data protection agency of its own, and Kirsten Gillibrand wants to be the one that makes it happen. Gillibrand, the US senator for New York, released the call to action last week. She announced draft legislation […]


Cyber-crime, Phishing

Official: Puerto Rico Govt Loses $2.6M in Phishing Scam

February 14, 2020

Via: Security Week

The finance director of the island’s Industrial Development Company, Rubén Rivera, said in a complaint filed to police Wednesday that the agency sent the money to a fraudulent account. Rivera said the government agency transferred the money on Jan. 17 […]


Cyber-crime, Malware, Mobile, Mobile security

Google Play Protect prevented 1.9 billion malware installs from Third-party stores in 2019

February 13, 2020

Via: Security Affairs

In May 2017, Google introduced a security defense system called Google Play Protect to protect the devices running its mobile OS. Google aims at monitoring the behavior of the apps and the detection of the malicious ones once they have […]


Cyber warfare, Cyber-crime

Crypto AG was spied for US, German intelligence agencies for decades

February 12, 2020

Via: Security Affairs

According to a joint report published by Germany’s ZDF public broadcaster and The Washington Post the Swiss-based firm Crypto AG was operating for CIA and the German Intelligence agency providing them with access to encrypted communications of more than 120 […]


Cyber-crime, Phishing

The 25 most impersonated brands in phishing attacks

February 11, 2020

Via: Help Net Security

PayPal remains the top brand impersonated in phishing attacks for the second quarter in a row, with Facebook taking the #2 spot and Microsoft coming in third, according to Vade Secure. Leveraging data from more than 600 million protected mailboxes […]


Cyber-crime, Malware

Echobot Malware Drives Significant Increase in OT Attacks

February 11, 2020

Via: Security Week

IBM’s 2020 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index summarizes the most prominent threats observed by the company’s researchers last year, including OT threats. Based on data derived from network event logs, IBM saw an increase of over 2000 percent in attacks targeting […]


Cyber-crime, Malware

More targeted, sophisticated and costly: Why ransomware might be your biggest threat

February 10, 2020

Via: CSO Online

Ransomware attacks have matured over the years, adopting more stealthy and sophisticated techniques, while at the same time fixing many of the implementation errors that earlier iterations had. Moreover, some attacks are now gaining a new data leak component, which […]