The FBI reports it has seen a rise of malware over the past few months targeting small and medium businesses and municipal government entities and school districts. Once a malicious attachment or link is opened, keylogging tactics obtain bank account info where criminals then initiate wire transfers or Automated Clearinghouse Transfers (ACH). The report also cites that in some cases individuals have been recruited to unknowingly help criminals with “work at home” jobs that tell them they will be working on sending these fraudulent funds transfers by Western Union or Moneygram. FBI has links to US CERT for help. Read the statement. [FBI]
FBI Director James B. Comey said during his RSA Conference keynote that public-private sector information sharing is crucial to deterring cybercrime.
US-CERT issued an alert warning of the recent rash of network time protocol (NTP) amplification attacks. NTP attacks have been blamed for recent DDoS attacks against popular online gaming sites.
CryptoLocker ransomware infections are gaining traction and victims are at risk of losing important business or personal files to the malware which seeks out documents on a number of network resources and encrypts them.