Year: 2019

Criminals Claimed at Least 4.3% of All Monero Crypto Coins

Researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, as well as the King’s College London, have analyzed a large set of data including over 4.4 million malware samples collected from 2007 to 2018. The researchers quantified the amount of Monero cryptocurrency (XMR) coins that criminals using crypto-mining malware have been able to acquire. OSINT data and static/dynamic analyses were grouped to efficiently extract data from these malware samples. This includes mining pools and wallet identifiers. The remaining information extracted has allowed researchers to estimate the rough sum of profits secured […]

The Unintentional Insider Threat

The insiders of a company, while normally very trusted, are and always will be a high security risk. Whether this is an executive with access to a lot of sensitive data or an administrator of human resources, a doctor, or even a custodian, does not matter. The Ponemon Institute has released a study stating that 56% of security practitioners surveyed said that company insiders are the primary cause for security breaches. 72% Of these practitioners said that they were not confident that they could control employee access to sensitive information. […]

Alert: Cyber Criminals Most Likely to Attack These Companies

Cyber criminals are determined now more than ever to attack our most vulnerable companies. Organizations of all sizes are sitting in the crosshairs of cyber criminals, just waiting to be attacked. New research has come to light regarding which industries in general are most vulnerable, as well as which jobs are primarily targeted. A new study from security company Proofpoint shows that there are a few specific industries that are sitting in the spotlight. Proofpoint performs research studies like this quarterly. This time it said: 99 percent of the most heavily targeted […]

Ryuk Ransomware Haunts Newspaper Industry

A ransomware attack being identified by the name of Ryuk ransomware has caused disruption over the weekend and into the end of 2018 in printing and delivery of major US newspapers. This includes Tribune Publishing and the Los Angeles Times. Those affected by the attack include the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Post-Tribute, Lake County News-Sun, Hartford Courant, Carroll County Times, and the Capital Gazette. This strain of ransomware initially came to fruition and gained international notoriety in August of 2018, when […]