Tag Archives: malware

How proactive protection can eclipse Shamoon

In recent days, Saudi Arabia has warned organizations in the kingdom to be on the alert for the Shamoon computer virus, a variant of which gained notoriety after being linked to attacks against Saudi Aramco in 2012 and reportedly damaged over 30,000 systems.

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Go Go PowerWare Rangers

In the tech world recently there have been discussions regarding a new type of ransomware, which has been dubbed “PowerWare”. It has been named this way due to the fact that instead of using an exploit to download malicious software to run on the users’ machine and encrypt their files, exploits are instead used to invoke PowerShell to do the damage.

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Application authentication needs a reboot

Last week marked an exciting new first – ransomware on a Mac disclosed by Palo Alto who had seen it with a client. What’s simultaneously encouraging and disappointing is that it could have been prevented without detection using highly recommended best practices – application whitelisting  (yes, it is possible to do whitelisting today – we do it with lots of our clients as do other providers).

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Patient Zero Day

Hospitals are used to dealing with viruses, from the common cold to a variety of tropical diseases there are procedures in place to diagnose, isolate and treat patients. What is more challenging to them is dealing with digital infections, which can wreak havoc and cause the digital realm to endanger people’s lives.

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File less fears

Last week I was talking to a customer about whitelisting policies. Having rolled out least privilege, application control and sandboxing to their estate they had gone from hundreds of security incidents per week to virtually none. This has caused the security team to become more proactive by shifting from constant firefighting and reacting to incidents to thinking strategically and planning ahead.

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