Apps Used to Book Hotels Targeted by Skimming Attack

Vacationers using mobile apps to reserve their hotel rooms have recently been hit by a targeted skimming attack. Trend Micro found a series of security incidents that took place earlier this morning where the booking sites belonging to two popular hotel chains were hit by credit card skimming malware known as Magecart.


CookieMiner malware targets Macs, steals passwords and SMS messages, mines for cryptocurrency

Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks have discovered a new malware threat that targets Macs in what appears to be a sophisticated attempt to raid cryptocurrency wallets. The malware, which researchers have dubbed CookieMiner, has a variety of weapons in its armory that could make it particularly worrisome for cryptocurrency investors.


The Joker's in town. Time to secure your Android devices

Security experts from Google have discovered a new spyware in 24 Play Store apps that, combined, have more than 472,000 downloads. Researchers have stated that this spyware also has the capabilities of normal malware and appears to have infected certain apps in Google Play with more than 100,000 installations. Cybercriminals are deploying this spyware through the advertisement framework in those compromised apps.


10 of the Most Significant Ransomware Attacks of All Time

For years, ransomware actors have developed new families and attack campaigns in increasing frequency and numbers. Such activity peaked in 2017 but then fell in tandem with cryptocurrency miners’ rise. This development was short-lived, however. Between Q4 2018 and Q1 2019, Malwarebytes observed a 195 percent increase in ransomware detections involving business targets. The rate was even greater compared to Q1 2018 at 500 percent.


Ransomware experiences and why IT security professionals have a lot on their minds

Every year we survey visitors to our booth at Black Hat about trending topics. This year, we asked about ransomware and the ever-increasing complexity of our cybersecurity environment. The results are very interesting - things may be getting much better, or we may all be collectively in denial. Let's break it down.


First Day Back to School Delayed Due to Cybersecurity Threat

Students in the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District were expecting to head back to school today, but a ransomware attack forced officials to push back the first day of school. The district's superintendent, Elsie Rodriguez, was forced to send out an email to parents Tuesday night, claiming to have experienced a cyber security threat that impacted the district's operations.


Block newly-registered domains to reduce security threats in your organisation

It’s no secret that there are a lot of websites on the internet hosting malicious content whether they be phishing pages, scams or malware itself. Every day we hear of new attacks, there’s a common denominator of either a user having clicked on a link to a fraudulent website or a site having played host to code that pulled a malicious payload down from a third-party server.


Anatomy of a ransomware attack

Ransomware isn’t a new phenomenon, but it’s effects are starting to be felt more widely, and more deeply than ever before. Behemoths like Sony, Nissan, FedEx, Kraft Foods and Deutsche Bank have all been hit in recent years, and the list is growing. The ongoing saga of the ransomware attack in Baltimore, MD has left citizens unable to pay parking tickets or finalize property sales. American small businesses may bear the brunt of the impact of ransomware’s global spread.


Psychological Tricks of the Malware Trade

As a Professional Services Consultant, I have the pleasure of traveling all around the globe meeting clients and talking to a wide variety of IT security professionals who form the front line of defence against malware. One of my favorite topics is how people got their start in their careers in IT, but when I start discussing my own early years and touch upon my university studies, I’m often surprised by the number of people who do a double take when I share my chosen subject.