Category: Security

Botnets mining cryptocurrency

Security vendor Forcepoint has identified a new mining botnet targeting the Monero cryptocurrency. Using bots to mine cryptocurrencies is nothing new and there have been several claims that botnets are targeting Monero over the last 15 months. This blog by Luke Somerville and Abel Toro goes further. It provides the evidence for an active botnet…

Blockchain is coming to telecoms

Japanese technology giant SoftBank is partnering with US telco Sprint and software company TBCASoft to develop a blockchain solution for telecommunication carriers. The three companies will collaborate on research and development. The results will see TBCASoft, a new start-up business, develop a cross-carrier blockchain platform. The press release is light on detail around the platform. This…

Mirai botnet panic is overstated

Kaspersky Labs has moved to calm the panic over the discovery of an advanced Windows botnet spreading the Mirai malware. It has issued both a press release and a more detailed blog on the subject. The language used in the press release and the blog are at odds with each other which doesn’t help. However,…

Centrify bring machine learning to identity services

Centrify has announced a new analytics based identity access service. The new service uses a risk based approach backed by machine learning. The service identifies the access pattern for an individual and classifies each access attempt as a low, medium or high risk attempt. It enables IT administrators to define which actions are tagged against which risk level.…

NEC delivers ASEAN cybersecurity training

NEC has been awarded a contract to train officials from six ASEAN nations in cyber-attack defence. The contract was awarded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The news comes two weeks after Cyberbit won a deal with Ni Cybersecurity. The focus of that deal was to train cybersecurity staff prior to the 2020 Olympics.…

RDPPatcher – a gateway cyberattack

PandaLabs is warning of the risks of malware using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Last year it highlighted an attack that used RDP and then installed the Crysis ransomware. This time it has detected hackers selling on access once they have finished gathering details about the machine. The attack starts with a brute force attack against user…

Bitdefender uncovers Xagent Mac malware

Security vendor Bitdefender has uncovered a new version of the Xagent malware targeting Mac OS X. This new version of Xagent is believed to be linked to the APT28/Sofacy/Sednet APT that Bitdefender investigated last year. Xagent is claimed to be stealing passwords, grab screens and exfiltrate iPhone backups stored on Apple Mac’s. The malware is…

Watson powers the cognitive SOC

IBM has announced Watson for Cyber Security aimed at Security Operations Centres (SOC). It claims to be delivering cognitive computing to the SOC. Having spent a year feeding Watson over 1 million security documents IBM is now putting it to work. This is about giving the Security Operations (SecOps) teams access to data that their…

Making encrypted data visible

Gigamon has announced an expansion to its GigaSECURE SSL/TLS Decryption solution. It has delivered new inline capabilities to enhance the ability to decrypt SSL/TLS traffic. This enables Security Operations (SecOps) teams to see what is moving in and out of the organisation. The ability to decrypt encrypted data has become a key part of the security…