The ransomware-as-a-service operation known as Cerber is earning at least $200,000 per month via ransoms paid by victims, says Check Point Software Technologies' Gadi Naveh. In an audio interview, he explains that bitcoins and high levels of automation are key to the operation's success.
Microsoft says a zero-day flaw in Windows that was publicly revealed by Google - before a patch was ready - was being exploited by the Russian hacking group known as ATP28 and "Fancy Bear" via spear-phishing attacks.
As investigations into the distributed denial-of-service attack on Singaporean ISP StarHub continue, experts believe that the scale of IoT infections - needed to launch attacks of such severity - and the circumstances perpetuating it are the bigger problems.
This year, the annual Black Hat Europe conference decamps from Amsterdam to London. What's in store? Everything from mobile ransomware and quantum-resistant crypto to "ego markets" and how to turn Belkin IoT devices into launch pads for DDoS attacks.
In a sign that investigators are paying more attention to disrupting stresser/booter services, script-kiddie-friendly Hack Forums recently announced that it will be shutting down its related Server Stress Testing forum.
The latest ISMG Security Report kicks off with a bit of history: Comparing the similarities between remediating the year 2000 data problem, known as Y2K, that enterprises faced at the end of the 20th century with today's initiatives to drive IT security by modernizing information systems.
After 10 days of Microsoft not issuing an advisory or fix for a zero-day flaw found by Google that's being actively exploited in the wild, Google publicly revealed details of the flaw. But Microsoft says that puts its users at further risk.
The online advertising industry has a malware problem that, in part, has driven increased use of ad-blocking software. It's facing a complicated task: Clean up the security problems or face possible regulation.
We were promised flying cars. Instead, we get malware-infected CCTVs serving as remote launch pads for digital attacks that help criminals earn cryptocurrency by crashing large parts of the internet. But new defenses offer promise for blunting such attacks.
On the heels of the massive DDoS attack that disrupted DNS services provided by Dyn, Singaporean ISP StarHub's DNS services were likewise targeted. The ISP has blamed customer-owned IoT devices for the attack, but it has not named the malware involved.
The malware-infected IoT army that disrupted domain name server provider Dyn was composed of, at most, 100,000 devices, the company estimates in an after-action report. But claims that the attacks peaked at 1.2 Tbps remain unconfirmed.
Internet of things security takeaway: Save yourself, and by doing so, maybe help save the rest of us too. That's the obvious takeaway from the rise of low-tech, high-impact Mirai malware, which has been tied to the record-setting Oct. 21 DDoS attack against Dyn.
Chinese manufacturer Xiongmai has promised to replace or patch some IoT components that attackers are using to build massive internet of things Mirai botnets to wage DDoS attacks, such as the Oct. 21 disruption of DNS provider Dyn. But security experts question whether these moves will blunt future IoT attacks.