Security researchers observed a noticeable spurt in the activities of advanced persistent threat (APT) groups based in certain parts of Asia and in the Middle East during the first three months of the year.
Cyber-espionage campaign targets government agencies, legislative bodies, and large corporates
The MuddyWater campaign appears to be rising to the surface again with researchers finding similarities between this older cyber-espionage attack and a new one targeting Turkey, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Slingshot malware targeted almost 100 victims in the Middle East and Africa since at least 2012
WannaCry ransomware was seen in an advertisement on the Middle Eastern and North African Arabic-speaking underground forums for £40 just two days after the malware's outbreak caused nearly £3 billion in damage.
Over the weekend of 25-26th August, users across the GCC were targets of an attempted 'Fake Extortion' email campaign that passed through security filters and reached its intended victims' corporate inboxes.
Researchers at Palo Alto speculate an APT launched a two-stage process which led to the infection of the network at a single organisation in Saudi Arabia with the Disttrack malware.
The onus on forward-thinking businesses shouldn't be on stamping out shadow IT, says Ed Macnair, but rather encouraging employees to adopt and get the most out of their tools of choice in a secure and productive fashion.