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Andrew Avanessian
May 13th, 2017

WannaCry Ransomware goes global

On Friday, a cyber attack on an unprecedented scale struck a wide range of organizations in over 99 countries across the globe. The ransomware attack, known as WannaCry or WannaCrypt0r shut down IT systems in NHS hospitals and GP surgeries in the UK as well as many large global organizations including Telefonica, FedEx and Renault.

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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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Wonga adds its name to the roll call of breached companies in 2017

Another day, another data breach. This time, payday lender, Wonga has revealed it’s the latest victim in a long and seemingly endless line of companies to have had their customer data compromised. 

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Avecto partner focus: Crestan

 Sandra Salame, Operations Manager at Crestan, talks about the benefits of a partnership with Avecto and discusses our successful Middle East roadshow featuring award-winning speaker and Microsoft MVP Sami Laiho.

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The endpoint security paradox

One thing that troubles me when speaking to clients, from SMBs to truly global enterprises, is a number of times I see technology driving security strategies and not the business requirements. So many organizations work in silos and not co-ordinating their IT security strategy. It is important to understand WHY you are embarking on a particular security project and how this fits with the wider strategic goals of your company. This, of course, takes longer to start with but significantly shortens deployment life cycles and wasted effort.

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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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