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Massive Data Hack Becomes Personal for German Politicians
Eyal Aharoni, January 13, 2019
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  Targeting politicians with cyber-attacks is not new, cybercriminals, hacktivists and rival nations have been doing this for many years. In 2016, Russian hackers allegedly tried to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election. The British parliament was targeted in mid-2017 in an attempt to access the accounts of hundreds of MPs, Lords, aides and staff by the suspected Russia and North Korea. During July 2018, hackers stole 1.5 million accounts patient data in Singapore including those of.
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The Top Cybersecurity Trends from 2018 and Predictions for 2019
Eyal Wachsman, November 19, 2018
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As this year is coming to a close, we look back at the year in review. In 2018, cybercriminals succeeded to carry out a larger number of cyberattacks and data breaches than any previous year.   The 6 Big Cyber Trends of 2018: Trend #1 – Email Attacks Remain Popular Trend #2 – Cryptojacking and Crypto Hijacking Trend #3 – Zero-Day and Fileless Attacks Trend #4 – Ransomware Keeps Paying Off Trend #5 – Verticals and Industries Remain Prime Targets Trend #6 – Law, Crime, and Punishment   In this.
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Abusing Microsoft Office Online Video
Avihai Ben-Yossef, October 25, 2018
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  **Updated Note: As of November 12th, 2018, Trend Micro has discovered an in-the-wild sample of this logical bug seen in the TROJ_EXPLOIT.AOOCAI, using it  to deliver the URSNIF information stealer (TSPY_URSNIF.OIBEAO).** Cymulate’s research team has discovered a way to abuse the Online Video feature on Microsoft Word to execute malicious code (Read the press release here). Attackers could use this for malicious purposes such as phishing, as the document will show the embedded online video.
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Cybercrooks are Laughing All the Way from the Bank
Eyal Aharoni, October 19, 2018
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  Financial services firms are favorite targets for cyber criminals. The firms are a treasure trove of tradeable data varying from credit card credentials, customer information, and corporate data that can be abused or sold on the dark net. Compared to other industries, the financial sector still remains extremely vulnerable. Overall, the chance of a financial institution being breached is 300 times higher than that of other organizations. While US companies in general are attacked around 4.
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Cybercriminals are Industrious When Hacking Industries
Eyal Aharoni, October 10, 2018
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  In recent years, cyber-attacks on industrial control systems and critical infrastructure all together have been on the rise. A recent study by Bitkom shows that cyber-attacks cost the German industry almost $50 billion. Those attacks are not limited to Europe’s strong economy. Hackers are known to have manipulated critical industrial safety systems to cause physical damage. This poses a major question: Which sectors are the most critical and at risk? The United States Home Land Security (HLS).
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Cybercriminals Have an Unhealthy Appetite for Medical Data
Eyal Aharoni, September 26, 2018
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  Cybercriminals just love targeting healthcare organizations and have been doing it quite often for many years. As can be seen on the table below, during the past couple of months cybercriminals have been working hard on these types of targets. where they hit with ransomware attacks or breach to exfiltrate medical records which they can monetize. These medical records are a treasure trove of information that is easy to sell on the dark web. In contrast to e.g., financial institutions,.
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Academia Up for Grabs
Eyal Aharoni, September 4, 2018
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Academia is Still a Preferred Target for Cyberattacks. In our blog post of June 6 last year, we wrote that although the attacks in the academic sector had received much less media attention than those in other sectors, academic institutions have been favorite targets of cybercriminals for over 3 decades. We also mentioned that those attacks are not likely to go away. Sadly enough, this has proved to be true. Date Target Attack Result March 2018 140 American research universities.
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Cyberattack and the City
Eyal Aharoni, August 28, 2018
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Smart cities have become a lucrative target for cyber attackers due to the increasing number of connected systems embedded throughout the smart city’s infrastructure. The numbers talk volumes - global investment in smart cities will reach $80bn in 2018, and is expected to reach $135bn by 2021 (Source: IDC’s Smart cities spending guide) For smart threat actors, it’s quite easy to take control of the smart lighting system of Barcelona (which uses sensors to collect air quality data) or New York’s.
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Unpatched vulnerabilities provide an open door for Cybercrooks
Eyal Aharoni, June 12, 2018
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Knock knock, whose there? A Cybercrook is exploiting known vulnerabilities to penetrate the organization for an easy picking. The 2018 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis report released by Black Duck Software (a developer of auditing software for open-source security) shows, that the patching of vulnerabilities still leaves much to be desired. The research found that 78% of the codebases examined contained at least one unpatched vulnerability, and an average of 64 known exploits per.
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Leveraging Cyber Simulation for M&A
Eyal Aharoni, May 21, 2018
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Why Cybersecurity Is Critical for a Successful M&A In its “Cybersecurity Is Critical to the M&A Due Diligence Process” research note, Gartner points out that the M&A process is complicated by the inability to integrate and manage the cybersecurity practices of both companies. As part of the due diligence process, the acquiring company needs to examine the cybersecurity history and policies of the organization that it wants to acquire very carefully, as illustrated by the takeover of Yahoo by.
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