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What is malvertising? And how to protect against it

Malvertising, the practice of sprinkling malicious code to legitimate-looking ads, affects both small and large websites. Protecting against it is harder than it seems.

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6 new ways threat actors will attack in 2021

Cyber criminals will leverage improved capabilities and vulnerabilities introduced during the COVID crisis to improve the efficiency of their attacks.

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8 types of phishing attacks and how to identify them

Phishing comes in many forms, from spear phishing, whaling and business-email compromise to clone phishing, vishing and snowshoeing. Here's how to recognize each type of phishing attack.

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What is the dark web? How to access it and what you'll find

The dark web is part of the internet that isn't visible to search engines and requires the use of an anonymizing browser called Tor to be accessed.

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From pranks to APTs: How remote access Trojans became a major security threat

A remote access Trojans (RAT) is malicious software that allows an attacker to gain unauthorized access to a victim’s computer over the internet. RATs are typically installed without user consent and remain hidden to avoid detection.

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How to buy Bitcoin for ransomware payment (if you must)

Avoid paying ransom demands if at all possible. When you have no choice, follow this advice for acquiring cryptocurrencies and executing the transaction.

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Financial crime group FIN11 pivots to ransomware and stolen data extortion

FIN11, believed to be Russia-based, follows a trend of cybercriminal groups expanding their operations beyond financial crime.

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Elusive hacker-for-hire group Bahamut linked to historical attack campaigns

The Bahamut group targets high-value victims and takes meticulous care with its own operational security.

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Identity theft explained: Why businesses make tempting targets

Identity theft is the use of someone else's personal information without permission, typically to conduct financial transactions. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself and your organization.

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Preventing insider threats: What to watch (and watch out) for

Understanding human behaviors that precede malicious actions from an insider is the best way to avoid data loss or disruption, experts say.

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WastedLocker explained: How this targeted ransomware extorts millions from victims

WastedLocker is sophisticated ransomware created by Evil Corp, a notorious cyber criminal group.

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15 signs you've been hacked—and how to fight back

Redirected internet searches, unexpected installs, rogue mouse pointers: Here's what to do when you've been hacked.

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Credit card fraud: What you need to know now

Credit and payment card thieves are getting more sophisticated as chipped cards drive them to account takeover and card-not-present schemes.

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What is cryptojacking? How to prevent, detect, and recover from it

Criminals are using ransomware-like tactics and poisoned websites to get your employees’ computers to mine cryptocurrencies. Here’s what you can do to stop it.

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Zero Trust: Protecting your company inside and out

The traditional castle-and-moat security model where users, once inside the firewall, were automatically trusted has long been outdated. What if you can't trust anyone in or outside your network?

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Brute-force attacks explained, and why they are on the rise

The surge in remote work has rekindled interest in brute-force attacks, but a few simple steps can make your organization less of a target for them.

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Cybercrime in a recession: 10 things every CISO needs to know

Economic downturns force cybercriminals to change focus and creates conditions for new criminals to join their ranks. Here's how to prepare.

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How much does it cost to launch a cyberattack?

Just like in regular business, cyber criminals have a cost of operation and a return on investment to worry about. Unfortunately, a new report from Deloitte has found the cost of committing cyber crime is incredibly low.

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