All posts by James.Maude

Backdoored CCleaner could compromise millions of users

The popular PC cleanup tool, CCleaner has been hijacked by hackers in the latest widespread malware attack. The hack, identified by security researchers at Cisco Talos, found that anyone who downloaded or updated the CCleaner app between mid-August to mid-September also potentially downloaded malware without realising.

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NotPetya ransomware: Attack analysis

On June 27, 2017 a number of organisations across Europe began reporting significant system outages caused by a ransomware strain referred to as Petya. The ransomware is very similar to older Petya ransomware attacks from previous years, but the infection and propagation method is new, leading to it being referred to as NotPetya. Due to the sudden and significant impact of the attack, it was immediately likened to the WannaCry outbreak causing concerns globally. 

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Why we should be harnessing young cyber talent not fighting it

The recent NCA report shows how easy it is for young people to slip down the path of cybercrime. The barrier to entry in the cyber crime market is at an all-time low with the tools needed to create new ransomware attacks available for free online. There are videos, tutorials, and blogs all detailing how to make money usually in the form of anonymous crypto currencies such as bitcoin.

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Zero days – The return of Dridex

The Dridex banking Trojan, once one of the most active and prolific malware strains, went quiet back in the summer of 2016. The large-scale spam operations distributing it dried up and the few samples that still appeared showed no significant changes. This appears to have represented a period where the attackers were retooling as Dridex has returned with fury and a spam campaign spearheaded by malicious Word documents exploiting a zero day vulnerability in Microsoft Office.

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WikiLeaks’ CIA documents offer us an important reminder

With news breaking on the CIA’s ability to listen in via Smart TVs, many will be alarmed by the breadth of the exploits WikiLeaks has uncovered. The security industry has been warning of the dangers of Internet of Things devices for a long time and just last week, a hack on internet-connected teddy bears was making the headlines.

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