Microsoft has discovered a PSOA, a cyber mercenary organization with sophisticated hiring tools that can allow threat actors to exploit Windows and Adobe vulnerabilities for malicious activities. This article looks at KNOTWEED, the identified threat, what it is, how KNOTWEED works, and how you can identify and protect yourself from KNOTWEED. (more…)
Constantly working to save Google and its users from serious threats, the Threat Analysis Group (TAG) continues to publish analyses on various evolving threats like commercial surveillance vendors, serious criminal operators, and government-backed attackers. Continuing the legacy, they recently shared intelligence on a new segment of attackers called hack-for-hire. Such hackers focus on compromising victims’ accounts and extracting data as a service. Read on to know more about this group. (more…)
This article provides an overview of the joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) on the Maui ransomware, which has been used by North Korean state-sponsored cyber actors to attack Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Sector organizations. (more…)
The current situation of OT products has revealed a tough spot, highlighting 56 vulnerabilities. With over ten vendors, including the likes of Siemens, Emerson, Honeywell, and more, the latest vulnerabilities in various popular protocols and products have certainly provided a new perspective.
The Internet is a vast place. It is estimated that there are close to 2 billion websites online in 2022. Each of these websites has a unique hostname, or ‘domain’, that can be resolved into an IP address. (more…)
Microsoft recently discovered high-severity vulnerabilities in a mobile framework owned by mce Systems and used by several large mobile service providers. These vulnerabilities are likely to be attack vectors for attackers to access system configurations and sensitive information. (more…)
Today, the digital revolution has come to a stage where businesses without an online presence could get obliterated in no time. However, an inevitable consequence of cyber risk is that if your online data and communication are not secure, you better be prepared for a disaster. (more…)
Social engineering serves as an open back door for cybercriminals. Attackers don’t bother to create an elaborate plan of how to get into a company’s system. Phishing can guarantee their goal will be achieved. According to Verizon’s 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report, this attack is leading the top of breaches in 2020 with 38%. That explains the serious financial company losses due to phishing. Let’s find out what it is and how to identify it.
$5.3 billion – this is the FBI’s estimate of the total losses in the last three years suffered by businesses around the world to phishing attacks. Understandably, phishing is a severe crime in the cyber world. These cyber-attacks are successful because people fall prey to them very quickly, through spoofed emails. It’s not as easy as it sounds to protect from phishing since the attackers are nowadays using new and ingenious technologies.
Cybercrimes such as spear phishing, SMiShing, and phishing have been statistically proven to be increasing at a high pace. The rise in the sophistication and effectiveness of methods used by cybercriminals is leading to a very pressing need to improve on the cybersecurity and control mechanisms of organizations and adopting to anti-phishing solutions.
Ideal for users who work in a team, Dropbox is the place where all their team’s content comes together. It is the world’s smartest workplace, which helps team members cut through the clutter and bring to the surface, things which matter the most. Users can store their files in a safe place, and access them through a computer, phone, or tablet. They need to login to Dropbox, and all the changes they make will sync across all the accounts. Dropbox makes team management super simple. Team members can send an e-mail to Dropbox, and keep their projects moving forward.
Recognizing Online Identity Thefts And How Enterprises Can Ensure Identity Theft Protection For Their Employees
Enterprises encounter various online threats while thriving in the digital age. Online identity theft happens to be one of the prime threats that all businesses need to address. Identity theft refers to any instance of an unauthorized entity using an entity’s confidential identification data to impersonate them for malicious purposes. Such information includes addresses, names, email addresses, login credentials like username and password, passport numbers, driving license numbers, social security numbers, or bank details.
GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy in the European Union and the European Economic Area. It’s a law that gives control of people’s personal data back to the people. It includes the right to see all the data a company has on you, as well as the “right to be forgotten.” In other words, a company that is covered by the GDPR has to delete your personal data at your request.
The one thing you could always count on with a phishing page is that something would give it away as a phishing page. After all, it’s not the real page, so there must be something different about it. Protecting yourself from a phishing attack simply came down to being able to identify the clue that gave away the web page as a phishing page. But what if attackers could find a way to phish you with the legitimate page you actually intend to visit? There wouldn’t be any clues giving it away as a fake page because it isn’t. That would be a problem, and unfortunately that problem has become reality.
The first wave of pandemic-related phishing attacks targeted vulnerable employees and consumers. There were attacks that used home delivery services and attacks that used travel-related services. There were attacks on spoofed resumes and attacks on the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Now hackers have moved on to the gainfully employed by attacking the virtual private networks (VPN) that remote workers use to connect to the office while working remotely.
Let’s face it, hackers do whatever they can to get you to click on their link. And they have a lot of tools in their toolbox to get you to click. Everything from social engineering to display name spoofing to domain name spoofing. It’s all to get you to do one thing: click the link.
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) does the important work of supporting small businesses in the US. They provide a lot of resources, but none more important than small business loans. And with the onset of COVID-19, the organization has come up with unprecedented emergency financial relief options for small businesses. And of course, with that much money being made available, it was only a matter of time before hackers tried to get their hands on it.
The latest Threat Intelligence Report is out. Its findings are based on an analysis of 195 billion emails analyzed from January through June 2020. Of that large number, an astonishing 47% were flagged as malicious or spam.
It won’t come as a shock to learn that there were two main themes in the threatening emails this spring. According to HelpNetSecurity, “Two main trends ran throughout the analysis: the desire for attacker’s monetary gain and continued reliance on COVID-19-related campaigns, especially within certain vertical industries.” From the report, “One of the most significant observations of this research is that threat actors are launching opportunistic and malware-based campaigns across multiple verticals at volumes never seen before.”
It’s 2020, which means it’s time for another Presidential election in the U.S. The big question is, who will win? But an even bigger question is, will we be able to trust the outcome? There are evil forces out there who’d love nothing better than to manipulate the outcome of the election for their own purposes. And what way are they most likely to do that? Through phishing, of course.
If you take an email security awareness training class, you’ll learn a dozen ways to spot phishing email. There are a lot of clues. Maybe the email contains poor spelling or grammar. Or maybe it contains an offer that’s just too good to be true. All of those are giveaways. But there is one clue that’s a more reliable predictor of a phishing email than any other one: the “from” address. If you truly know who the email is from, you’ll know whether or not it’s legitimate.