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January 2016

On 19th January of this year, security researcher, Chris Vickery, posted a blog on MacKeeper, stating that Earbits users were having their account details leaked. Earbits is an advert-free, personalized music streaming site, which focuses on independents and charges no subscription fees or charges for use. The service is available to consumers as a website, but is also usable through devices such as iPhone, iPods and Android and boasts over 13 million subscribers.Read More

Malvertising is the latest scam in a growing trend of using professional advertising servers to deliver malware, through injecting legitimate advertising networks and servers with malicious advertisements. The latest big name to fall foul of this type of cybercrime is MSN, whose homepage has been compromised by malvertising ads, delivered by a third-party advertising network, AdSpirit. AdSpirit is used by publishers, online marketers, advertisers and agencies to manage both customer campaigns and advertising media. However, in this instance, they appear to have fallen foul of malvertisers and have unwittingly exposed MSN users to malware.Read More

Sean Cassidy, a security researcher and Chief Technology Officer at Praesidio, has revealed details of a phishing attack that can sidestep two-factor authentication, to acquire user credentials. LastPass, a ‘freemium password management service which stores encrypted passwords in the cloud’ has found itself the target of this next step in phishing’s evolution – which Cassidy has christened ‘LostPass’.Read More

A report by Radware suggests that, in 2016, cybercriminals are going to step up their game, focussing their attentions on service providers and utilising DDoS and SSL Flood attacks, if their demands are not met. However, there’s also predicted to be a surge in APDoS and a wider use of bot-generated attacks on the infrastructure of web apps. Because these bots are able to be left to run attacks for days or weeks at a time, it has given rise to a new term: ‘the Internet of Zombies’.Read More

With the latest technological wave breaking on the Internet Of Things (IOT), experts are predicting that it will also bring further opportunities for cybercriminals. According to a study from the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, Gartner, around 26 billion devices will be connected through the IOT, by the year 2020, compared to around 4.9 million, in 2015. While this will create exciting possibilities for virtually every industrial sector of the economy, it will also provide hackers with new avenues to exploit.Read More

While there is no absolute evidence as of yet, all the signs are pointing towards hackers as being the cause of December’s power outage, in western Ukraine. If so, this will be the first-known power blackout caused by a cyber-attack – one that shut down seven substations and left over 80,000 homes and businesses without electricity for over six hours. While initial suspicions were attributed to the Russian security services, the spotlight has since swung to focus on a group, known as the Sandworm Team.Read More

Screening for the Enemy

Fri 15 Jan 2016

The next major attack vector is forecast to strike through a piece of equipment that your business probably has in your conference room, your employee lounge and in a number of offices. With sales of Smart TVs predicted to soar by around 20% in the next three years, these items will soon become commonplace. However, due to a number of security flaws, they offer the perfect entry-point for hackers and cybercriminals.Read More

The Rise of CEO Fraud

Thu 14 Jan 2016

Over the last 10 years, a new type of scam has taken hold in France and is set to explode on a global scale. It’s fairly simple in its operation: cybercriminals impersonate a CEO and order employees to transfer sums of money to a third-party bank account. However, while it might appear very basic, many large corporations have fallen foul of this trick, including Michelin, Nestle and, Saint-Gobain. More recently, hackers have turned their attentions to medium-sized businesses – such as was the case with Etna Industrie.Read More