Tags: malware

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,…

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…

Avast releases “Best defence against Cybercrime”

Software company Avast has launched the latest version of its security software calling it the “Best defence to date against Cybercrime.” This is the first update of the Avast desktop software since it acquired AVG in September 2016. Since then the two companies have been focused on integrating their detection engines. All new versions of the…

Carbon Black focuses on Streaming Prevention

Security vendor Carbon Black has unveiled its latest technology to protect endpoint devices, Streaming Prevention. It claims it will protect users against both malware and non-malware attacks. The technology is the foundation of Carbon Black’s Next Generation Anti-Virus (NGAV) product line. According to Patrick Morley, Carbon Black’s President and Chief Executive Officer: “‘Streaming Prevention’ marks…

Malvertising grows faster than advertising

RiskIQ has released its 2016 Malvertising Report (registration required). It shows a significant spike in malvertising across 2016 with growth more than twice that of 2015. This compares to growth in the legitimate online advertising market which was predicted to be less than 10% in 2016. That prediction came from eMarketer back in April 2016.…

Digital takedown becomes part of cybersecurity

Security vendor RiskIQ has acquired Maccabim, adding brand threat and digital takedown to its security portfolio. This is an interesting move. Digital takedown of copyrighted material can be complicated. The move sees Jonathon Matkowsky, the founder of Maccabim appointed as vice president of intellectual property and brand security. In a statement Matkowsky said: “The enormity…

Carbanak using Google to control malware

Forcepoint Security Labs (FSL) has revealed that the group behind the Carbanak malware is using Google services for its command and control (C&C). This is not the first time that cybercrime groups have used cloud services. Many now take advantage of cloud resources to crack large numbers of stolen passwords or to analyse large data…

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…