It appears that a spear phishing campaign was the genesis for the wiper malware infections that ultimately knocked several prominent South Korean banks and broadcasters offline last week, according to a malware analysis performed by researchers from the Finnish cybersecurity firm F-Secure.
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Nearly everyone agrees that passwords are the bane of Internet security. For years, industry thinkers have somewhat vaguely referenced the need for Internet fingerprints capable of reliably verifing identities online. Yet here we are, it’s 2013 and passwords remain the primary means of authenticating users onto networks and workstations.
As frequently targeted, high-value companies continue fortifying their defenses, FireEye researchers claim that attackers are increasingly setting their sights on the affiliated but not-as-well-protected third-party organizations that do business with them.
In a project that found more than 80 million unique IP addresses responding to Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) discovery requests, researchers at Rapid7 were shocked to find that somewhere between 40 and 50 million of those are vulnerable to at least one of three known attacks.
A family of remote access Trojans (RATs) known as FAKEM has been evading detection for more than three years by camouflaging themselves as legitimate network traffic.
By David Mortman
After a long 2.5 years Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford, the authors of the awesome Visible Ops series, have just launched their latest book, The Phoenix Project. I was fortunate enough to get to read some early drafts, so I am extra excited that it is finally shipping. When Gene first mentioned the book to me, I was rather surprised that it was a novel. I was a bit skeptical of the choice of genre but dove in anyway, and I am so glad I did.
In an analysis of Virut botnet samples, Symantec researchers observed the malware downloading Waledac variants, suggesting that the gangs responsible for each botnet may be cooperating with one another through some sort of affiliate program, or, at the very least, that the two threats coexist and function on single infected machines.
Working with forensics experts from the FBI, Ernst & Young’s Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services Practice developed a piece of linguistic, fraud-monitoring software that identified language commonly used among employees engaged in corporate malfeasance. The accounting giant plans to offer their newly developed fraud-detection capacity as a service to their clients.
California and U.S. authorities are investigating whether Kaiser Permanente violated some 300,000 patients’ privacy when dealing with a Mom and Pop document storage company that kept medical records in a shared warehouse and stored sensitive data on home computers.
In an alert issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Deputy Comptroller for Operational Risk Carolyn G. DuChene warned financial and other critical institutions about the wave of ongoing distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks targeting their networks. DuChene is urging the banks in particular to share data about the attacks with one another and reiterated the OCC’s expectation that banks have risk management plans designed to mitigate such attacks in place ahead of time.