Phishing emails are without a doubt one of the biggest security issues consumers and businesses face today. Cybercriminals no longer send out thousands of emails at random hoping to get a handful of hits, today they create highly targeted phishing emails which are tailored to suit their recipients.
Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has stepped in to have a database of civil registration records removed from the website IrishGenealogy.ie. The problem is that the database contains information on living persons which is often used for identity verification.
As attacks go, the second quarter of 2014 was quieter than the first. But when you compare the numbers to this time last year, that's of little comfort. According to Prolexic's newly-released attack report for Q2 2014, the rate of DDoS attacks rose 22 percent over the second quarter of 2013. The report is now available for download HERE.
Here are some of the trends we observed:
--Digital miscreants using server-side botnets targeted Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendors with server instances running software with known vulnerabilities, such as versions of the Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP (LAMP) stack and Microsoft Windows server operating systems. They also targeted vulnerable versions of common web Content Management Systems (CMS) such as WordPress and Joomla or their plugins.
On July 17, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the completion of a two-week cyber-defense exercise, involving more than 550 participants from the government, academia, military, law enforcement and commercial sector. The event, known as Cyber Guard 14-1, was designed to test operational and interagency coordination, as well as tactical-level operations to protect, prevent, mitigate …… Read More
Advertised since middle of june on Underground, CTB-Locker (Curve-Tor-Bitcoin Locker) is flagged Critroni.A by Microsoft. It seems at second half of june it was mainly used against russians, now it seems more widely used.
Text of the Advert : ------------------------------------------ CTB-Locker, Криптолокер нового поколения
International texting can be expensive, but sending SMS spam via iMessage is free. A recent iMessage spam campaign bombarded iPhone users with pitches for low-priced, high-end goods (actually cheap knock-offs).