Cyber Attacks/Espionage

Cyber Attacks/Espionage news, information, and how-to advice

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Ransomware is a sneaky, dangerous cyber threat

Over the past few years, ransomware has been increasing at an alarming rate, and according to various sources it is estimated that cybercriminals made around $1 billion in 2016. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated in getting...

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Russian cyberspies blamed for US election hacks are now targeting Macs

Security researchers have discovered a macOS malware program that's likely part of the arsenal used by the Russian cyberespionage group blamed for hacking into the U.S. Democratic National Committee last year.

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IoT botnet bogs down college campus network

Senior members of the unnamed university’s help desk had been receiving an increasing number of complaints from students across campus about slow or inaccessible network connectivity. With Verizon's help, they tracked down the botnet...

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Heartbreaking hacks

Every year hackers take advantage of cupid’s sharp arrow to trip-up unsuspecting online users.

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CrowdStrike attempts to sue NSS Labs to prevent test release, court denies request

Last week, before the start of the RSA conference in San Francisco, CrowdStrike filed for a restraining order and injunction in a federal court, seeking to prevent NSS Labs from releasing the results of a recent NSS' Advanced Endpoint...

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Salted Hash: RSA Conference 2017 – Live Blog

All this week, Salted Hash will be on location at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. We'll be updating the blog multiple times a day (each day) with news and other content from the show – so check-back often and refresh this post.


Vendors respond to Cylance's new testing methods with AV-TEST

Earlier this morning, as part of a story on Cylance's claims that AV-Comparatives was using deceptive testing methodologies and pirated software, Salted Hash revealed details on a new test Cylance commissioned with AV-TEST. We reached...

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Cylance accuses AV-Comparatives and MRG Effitas of fraud and software piracy

Towards the end of 2016, Cylance, a feisty endpoint protection startup out of Irvine, California, published a series of blogs challenging the methods used by two certification labs to conduct endpoint protection tests. Cylance called...

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How San Diego fights off 500,000 cyberattacks a day

San Diego has a huge range of technologies to support and secure, from legacy apps to smart city devices. Learn how the city’s security team is eliminating blind spots, prioritizing threats, and reducing exposure and loss.

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Windows Trojan hacks into embedded devices to install Mirai

Attackers have started to use Windows and Android malware to hack into embedded devices, dispelling the widely held belief that if such devices are not directly exposed to the Internet they're less vulnerable.

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'Fileless malware' attacks, used on banks, have been around for years

Fileless malware attacks, which were recently discovered in the networks of at least 140 banks, telecoms and governments, account for about 15% of known attacks today and have been around for years.

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Counterterrorism analyst explains the dark web

Tips for the security news hoping to someday develop an intimate understanding of terrrorists and criminals

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Indiana distributor hit by W-2 scam twice in two years, more than 600 affected

Monarch Beverage, Indiana's largest distributor of beer and wine, said they were victimized by scammers targeting W-2 records this week, affecting more than 600 employees. However, the situation went from bad to worse after an...

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To pay, or not to pay, that is the ransomware question

The FBI says don’t pay. Should you heed their advice?

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Ransomware 2.0: Anatomy of an emerging multibillion business

What to expect from and how to resist the fastest growing sector of cybercrime in 2017?

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Polish banks on alert after mystery malware found on computers

Malware discovered on computers and servers of several Polish banks has put the country's financial sector in alert over potential compromises.

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Javelin, Visa offer different takes on whether card fraud is moving online

According to a report released last week by Javelin, card-not-present fraud went up 40 percent this year, but according to Visa, there has been no increase in the rate of online fraud.

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Criminals release fewer new types of malware last year, double down on ransomware

Cybercriminals have been producing fewer new kinds of malware last year -- but that's because they're so busy raking in the money from their ransomware attacks. The number of unique malware samples discovered last year was 60 million,...

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