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New email scam targeting accounts personnel at Fortune 500 companies

Criminals impersonate legitimate email accounts to initiate wire transfer fraud. Security researchers have uncovered an active Business Email Compromise (BEC) campaign targeting Accounts Payable personnel at Fortune 500.

Olympics Malware attack may have been part of larger cyber-espionage scheme

Researchers discovered new details in the "Olympic Destroyer" malware which targeted the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, shedding more light on the malware's intentions and background information on the attack.

Edward Snowden returns to US! Oops, nope, it's a phishing scam

A strange spam campaign that targets Apple customers has been found distributing phishing emails containing an Apple receipt that bills US$ 9.99 (£7) to an Edward Snowden residing at a US address.

Confucius cyber-gang spreads backdoor ridden chat apps in Romance scams

As Valentine's Day arrives, cyber-criminals have been looking to once again seize the opportunity to target lonely singles in romance schemes looking to persuade victims into downloading malware hidden in chat apps.

Drive-by cryptomining targeting millions of Android devices

Drive-by cryptomining campaigns were spotted targeting millions of Android devices via infected apps and malicious browser redirects.

2018 Winter Olympics hit with destroyer malware during opening ceremony

Warnings that the 2018 Winter Olympic Games would be the target for hackers came true almost immediately as the Pyeongchang computer system was hit with a "destroyer" cyber-attack knocking its website and other services offline.

ADB.Miner takes cryptominer mobile and beyond targeting Android devices

Malicious cryptominers are going mobile and beyond with a new botnet malware targeting Android-based devices that expose debug capabilities to the internet, for the purpose or mining Monero.

TopHat campaign targets Middle East with malware exploiting Google+, Pastebin, and bit.ly

A wave of attacks leveraging the popular third-party services Google+, Pastebin, and bit.ly is targeting individuals and organisations within the Palestinian Territories.

North Korea-linked trojan switches targets from banks to cryptocurrency enthusiasts

Originally used by reputed North Korean hackers to attack the global banking sector, the Ratankba downloader trojan has been repurposed into a PowerShell-based variant that appears to be targeting small, non-financial organisations.

KillDisk wiper malware sets sight on Latin American financial organisations

A new variant of the disk wiping malware KillDisk is targeting financial firms in Latin America to wreak havoc without leaving so much as a note.

Pawn Storm readied attacks against US political and Olympic targets

The cyber-espionage gang Pawn Storm, also known as Fancy Bear and affiliated with Russian intelligence, targeted US senators in a cyber-espionage reminiscent of the one launched against French President Emmanuel Macron.

Prilex and Cutlet Maker ATM malwares uniquely target users

Trend Micro researchers spotted two ATM malware families one of which, Prilex, uses highly targeted attacks to hijack banking applications and another, Cutlet Maker, which is a flexible standalone application for emptying the ATM's safe.

BEC scam lands Nigerian Man in jail for 41 months

A Nigerian man was sentenced to 41 months (3.4 years) in prison for his part in business compromises which targeted thousands of victims around the world and swindled more than £21 million.

National Grid CISO talks up security convergence

National Grid's chief information security officer and head of digital risk Graham Wright talked targeted attacks, critical infrastructure and the blurring of physical and digital security at a recent London conference.

Raising the barrier to entry for hackers

Make hacking more time consuming, difficult and uneconomic if you want to deter intruders, says Kevin Kennedy of Juniper Networks.

Proving the point of targeted attacks

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with Proofpoint CEO Gary Steele for the first time in a few years.

Targeted malware deemed to be a major threat for businesses in 2012

A survey of 1,000 IT and security professionals worldwide has found that 52 per cent believe targeted malware attacks are their top server security concern this year.

Security model is not good enough to protect against targeted attacks

The old security model is doing an 'okay job' when it comes to preventing targeted attacks and advanced persistent threats (APTs), according to an industry expert.

New York Times targeted attack shows lack of capability of anti-virus

The advanced persistent threat (APT) suffered by the New York Times demonstrates the need for more than anti-virus.

New York Times suffers APT at the hands of Chinese attackers

The New York Times has suffered a major cyber attack, with a large number of its user passwords stolen.