Colonial Pipeline Hacking and Vikings - A History Lesson

It was all over the news, with millions in the eastern US experiencing gas shortages not seen since the 1974 oil crisis. Colonial Pipeline reportedly paid a $5 million ransom to the hackers in an attempt to restore its services. It’s never an easy decision, to pay or to refuse; as paying may invite further attacks on similar services, however refusing means having to live with hardships and suffer serious losses. This ransom demand and hacking may seem like a recent phenomenon, but it is not.


Pipeline Ransomware. Could I Be Next?

If you have been following the news or trying to buy gas in Atlanta, you probably have already heard about the ransomware attack on one of the most important strategic pipelines in the US. 2020 saw ransomware attacks skyrocket and now 2021 seems to be following the trend. The current situation begs us to rethink how we think about our security practices and mindset. One area of security that you may have heard about is Zero Trust (ZT).


A Threat As Old As The Internet: Why We Still Care About Malware (And Why You Should Too)

Every career has defining moments. Most are spread out over years or even decades, but the cybersecurity world has had two career-defining moments just in the past year. It started with the global shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Overnight, many organizations were forced to support employees working remotely. CISOs, like me, were expected to keep both our company and its employees safe in a completely unpredictable world.

EPHEMERAL LOCKPICKER: Malware Leveraged for Novel Intrusion Lifecycle and LuckyDay Ransomware Delivery

In 2021, Kroll investigators have had multiple opportunities to respond to a series of interconnected network intrusions, ransomware events and cyber incidents which, upon investigation and review, possessed overlapping tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) and similar indicators of compromise (IOC) among them. The incidents affected organizations of various sizes across diverse industry sectors through what Kroll’s investigations confirmed was a range of separate intrusion vectors.


Why Your Brand Protection Relies on Threat Intelligence?

Your brand is the image your customers have of your business; this is precisely what makes your brand into such a valuable asset. It’s no surprise that brand presence is increasingly shifting into the digital realm. And while digital transformation brings with it a whole new world of possibilities, the digitization of the brand also introduces new risks.


Cloud and Threat Report: Cloudy with a Chance of Malware

Cybercriminals are increasingly abusing popular cloud apps to deliver malware to their victims. In 2020, more than half of all the malware downloads detected and blocked by the Netskope Security Cloud platform originated from cloud apps. Cloud apps are commonly abused to deliver Trojans, with attackers attempting to exploit the trust placed in the app used for delivery. Increasingly, cloud apps are also abused for next-stage downloads, with attackers attempting to blend in with benign traffic.


Flubot: The spyware being delivered by SMS

It has recently been reported that Flubot, spyware targeted at smartphones, has been spreading across the UK. The malware is being delivered via SMS, under the guise of a parcel delivery app, tricking users into downloading the malicious software. Network operators have said that millions of these malicious texts have already been sent across their networks, causing enough of a stir for the NCSC to issue remedial guidance.


FluBot: Malware as a Service Meets Mobile Phishing

Recently, Europeans were hit by an influx of SMS texts claiming to be package delivery notifications. It turns out these messages were orchestrated by threat actors seeking to distribute malicious apps laced with the banking trojan FluBot, also known as Cabassous. Once the victims download the malware, the app can intercept SMS messages, steal contact information and display screen overlays to trick users into handing over their credentials.