Cybercriminals are launching attacks against enterprises over social media

Social media is an important channel of communication between enterprises and their customers, and cybercriminals are taking advantage. A new report, published by digital risk protection solutions provider PhishLabs, claims the number of attacks conducted via social media rose by 47 percent through the first half of the year. Based on an analysis of hundreds of thousands of phishing and …

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Cybercriminals are making a killing selling access to business networks

Hackers are earning massive amounts of money selling access to compromised networks on the dark web, a new paper from cyber threat intelligence firm IntSights asserts. The company’s researchers sifted through both Russian and English-speaking dark web forums and found that attackers often sell access to compromised networks to other groups.  Sometimes they found they were not skilled enough to …

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Cybercriminals are sharing around their most effective hacking tools

A wide variety of effective hacking tools are now circulating on underground forums, lowering the barrier to entry for cybercrime, a new report from the HP threat research team suggests. Based on data collected via HP security products, the report shows there was a 65% rise in the use of hacking tools downloaded from forums and file sharing sites in …

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Cybercriminals launch targeted phishing attacks against Microsoft 365 users

Cybercriminals continue to abuse Microsoft branding to steal personal information, corporate data and account credentials, a new report suggests. According to email security company Vade, Microsoft is the cloud brand most frequently impersonated in phishing attacks. It’s also the company to feature in the greatest number of phishing emails since 2018. In total, more than 12,000 Microsoft-related phishing attacks were …

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Could cybercriminals capitalize on renewed interest in the Internet of Behavior (IoB)?

Professor Göte Nyman coined the phrase the ‘Internet of behaviors’ (IoB) in 2012. Nyman’s premise was that technology could be used to track individuals’ behavior and used to build a picture to determine what is driving that behavior. Garter has reignited interest in IoB, citing it as one of 2021’s top strategic technology trends. However, when any technical capability starts …

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Cybercriminals are more concerned about gaining ‘high-value access’ than ever

Almost all cybersecurity executives will tell you that attackers are increasingly intent on stealing login credentials from their company. This is according to a new report from identity security firm CyberArk, which says that the trend of moving assets to the cloud has triggered a race among criminals to steal as many credentials as possible. Based on a poll of …

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Cybercriminals are finding it much easier to identify vulnerable organizations

Covid-19 has forced many businesses to digitize their operations virtually overnight and adopt new security habits in a very short timeframe. In turn, cybercriminals have adapted to this new environment and have even become more efficient at finding and targeting vulnerable organizations. This is according to a new report from BlackBerry, which details the cybersecurity landscape in the age of …

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SolarWinds hack the work of thousands of cybercriminals

When many people think about a cyberattack, they probably imagine a lone hacker furiously typing out code in his basement. The recent SolarWinds hack, however, appears to have been the work of at least 1,000 cybercriminals. This is according to Microsoft President Brad Smith, who described the attack as “the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen” …

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Web shell attacks becoming increasingly popular among cybercriminals

The volume of web shell attacks worldwide is on an upwards trend and gathered significant pace in 2020. This is according to a new report from Microsoft, based on data drawn down from its Microsoft 365 Defender antivirus suite. “A web shell is typically a small piece of malicious code written in typical web development programming languages (e.g., ASP, PHP, …

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Cybercriminals are using security tools to facilitate attacks

Some of the world’s most popular penetration testing tools have been compromised and used to host malware, as well as command and control (C&C) servers, experts are saying. A new report from threat intelligence firm Recorded Future claims that two tools used to simulate an attacker’s action, Cobalt Strike and Metasploit, have been used for hosting malware C&C servers, the …

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