Tags: malware

Ransomware masquerades as CV

Researchers at security vendor Check Point have warned of a ransomware attack targeting HR departments. This attack is currently targeted at German speaking companies and pretends to be a job application. Researchers say that the email comes with two attachments. A covering letter which is a standard PDF and an Excel file containing the GoldenEye variant…

Was US power grid hacked?

The news stories surrounding the alleged hack of Burlington Electric Department’s by Russian hacking group Grizzly Steppes has created interesting headlines. The story came to light over the last few days of 2016 and is covered in a series of press releases from the company. It demonstrates is how dealing with one attack can often expose another. It also shows…

KillDisk ransomware wants $210,000

The threat intelligence team at CyberX has revealed a new version of the KillDisk malware. The malware was responsible for taking out the Ukraine power grid earlier this year. Now it has added ransomware to its arsenal and wants 222 Bitcoins or around $210,000 for the unlock key. The details were unveiled by Phil Neray…

Bitcoin wallets under phishing attacks

OpenDNS Labs has been tracking attacks on Bitcoin wallets over the last few weeks. The details of the attacks were released in a blog on the OpenDNS Labs website. Attacks on Bitcoin wallets are not new. OpenDNS Labs say they saw a similar surge in attacks during the June spike in price for Bitcoin. As…

SecureWorks sees 2017 held to ransom

Managed Security Provider (MSP) SecureWorks has said it expects ransomware threats to keep growing in 2017. This should come as no surprise despite some ransomware owners giving up in 2016. The number of ransomware families released in 2016 more than trebled from the previous year. Ransomware has been so successful in 2016 that the owners of…

Ransomware offers holiday discount

In a blog from Roland Dela Paz, Forcepoint has revealed Cryptxxx Ransomware is offering victims a holiday discount. Hackers were asking for a payment of 1.2 Bitcoin to unlock machines. They have now announced that they will accept, only until New Year’s Eve, a reduced payment of 0.5 Bitcoin per machine. Bitcoin is currently undergoing a surge…

Improving threat detection on the network

Infoblox is to integrate its DDI Technology into the Qualys Cloud Platform. The goal is to improve the ability to detect new devices on the network and malicious events. This is the first DDI (DNS, DHCP and IP Address) Management solution integrated into the Qualys Cloud Platform. It is expected to deliver a single set…

Protecting visitors at IT security shows

Protecting your computer at IT shows used to be difficult. From the mid-1990’s onwards it was commonplace to find people attempting to hack into other delegates computers. It was so common that there was often a slot at shows where the network team would present what they had detected on the network. Despite this, even today, the…