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March Cyberattacks Wrap-up
Eyal Aharoni, April 4, 2019
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March's Cyberattacks In our monthly wrap-up, we cover the latest cyberattacks highlighting the attack methods and payloads used by malicious hackers and cybercriminals. Cybercrooks were very active in March 2019 successfully attacking Asus, Toyota, Jackson County, Earl Enterprise restaurants (e.g., Planet Hollywood), and various other industries.   If we look at the Asus breach, attackers used the Asus’ software update system to distribute their malware to about 1 million Windows computers. It.
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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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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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Game of Ransomware
Eyal Aharoni, March 15, 2018
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The Four Horsemen of The Ransomware Apocalypse Keep Riding On Optimistic souls predicted last year that ransomware attacks had their heyday in 2017, so that we would see a decline in 2018. Bad news - this is not the case…The four horsemen of the ransomware apocalypse keep on riding, just changing their targets, tools, methods and tactics. The motive for ransomware remains the same: money. (A noted exception is the NotPetya ransomware attack which was aimed at paralyzing a nation’s economic.
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