NIBS (credit image/Pixabay/ Ryan McGuire)The latest from Europol includes 44 arrests in Poland by the Polish Central Cybercrime Bureau after a raid of 82 locations that seized more than 15,000 files depicting the sexual abuse of children. Law enforcement and judicial authorities from Belgium, France and the UK, alongside Europol, arrested three individuals suspected of being involved in migrant smuggling using small boats across the English Channel. German and Dutch authorities seized 350 tonnes of dangerous fireworks and arrested 11 individuals as a two-year operation reached a critical stage.


Experian announced Sentinel, a suite of commercial entity fraud detection solutions to help lenders and insurers prevent fraud and protect small to large businesses. The suite has three solutions —

  • Multipoint Verification is the first in-market offering to blend commercial credit data with nontraditional data, such as professional social networks, phone numbers and web domains, to validate a business applicant.
  • Identity Velocity is the first entity fraud solution that provides trended data, as recent as 15 minutes from application, to help predict fraud risk.
  • Commercial First Party Fraud Score is unique because it blends consumer and commercial credit data to predict the risk of first-party fraud for businesses.

Hiq Lee, president of Experian’s Business Information Services, commented, “We’re committed to helping small businesses succeed, and a key piece of that is ensuring they have access to the capital they need. Our new Sentinel commercial entity fraud suite can help lenders and insurers prevent fraud so that funds can go to legitimate businesses that need it and stay out of the hands of fraudsters.”

Check Point Software

Check Point Software has revealed its predictions for 2023. It lists seven predictions within four categories: malware and phishing; hacktivism; emerging Government regulations, and security consolidation.

Check Point Software published its October Global Threat Intelligence report. October saw keylogger AgentTesla take first place as the most widespread malware, impacting 7% of organizations worldwide. There was a significant increase in attacks from the infostealer Lokibot, which reached the third spot for the first time in five months. Also, a new vulnerability, Text4Shell, affecting the Apache Commons Text library, was disclosed.


Dragos published a new whitepaper explaining the latest updates and requirements of the TSA, Security Directive Pipeline-2021-02C (Pipeline-2021-02C). The report is aimed at pipeline owners and operators and reviews the security directive, its challenges and the lessons Dragos learned from evaluating OT system architecture.


Ivanti launched a new fully enabled Partner Portal and Campaign Central. The Partner Portal is a personalized, role-based experience that provides automation of the partner life cycle and streamlines business processes. Campaign Central is a marketing platform that enhances partner marketing efforts by co-branding professionally packaged marketing campaigns at zero cost.


Mimecast has partnered with Okta to proactively mitigate the increasing risk and complexity of insider threat attacks. Mimecast will integrate its cloud-native email and collaboration security with Okta’s identity access management offerings.

Jules Martin, Mimecast vice president of ecosystems & alliances, commented, “Our integration partnership with Okta comes at a pivotal time as insider threats have emerged as a critical vulnerability for the modern hybrid enterprise. This integration is a microcosm of the Mimecast mission to extend our services beyond email and collaboration security alone. Joining forces with a fellow industry pioneer like Okta enables us to execute a vital ‘team sport’ approach to cybersecurity, building on the existing security investments, capabilities, and tools of our customers to ensure their organizations remain safe.”

John Grundy, Okta’s senior strategic alliance manager, added, “With the ever-evolving nature of the cyber threat landscape, it’s imperative that we amplify our identity access management services to address new and emerging attack vectors. This integration partnership with Mimecast enables us to do exactly that, creating a holistic automation framework that empowers enterprises to enhance the efficiency of their insider threat detection and response posture.”


VMware unveiled VMware Carbon Black XDR, which extends VMware’s network visibility and detection to VMware Carbon Black Enterprise EDR, significantly improving threat detection and prevention across endpoints and networks. This new solution greatly enhances lateral security by leveraging telemetry within VMware Contexa, a full-fidelity threat intelligence capability that observes the breadth of VMware’s network, endpoint, and user technologies.

At VMware Explore US, the company revealed how Project Northstar aims to accelerate the enterprise application and cloud journey by simplifying how networking and security services are consumed in a multi-cloud world. VMware unveiled VMware HCX+ and enhancements to the VMware NSX ALB PULSE Cloud Service to help enterprises embrace the cloud operating model with centralized management, orchestration, and observability across their cloud networking infrastructure.

Security news from the week beginning 31st October 2022



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