Ramnit Goes on a Holiday Shopping Spree, Targeting Retailers and Banks

article / Jan 15, 2018 (MODIFIED: Jan 19, 2018)

by Doron Voolf

Ramnit’s latest twist includes targeting the most widely used web services during the holidays: online retailers, entertainment, banking, food delivery, and shipping sites.

A Spectre of Meltdowns Could be in Store for 2018, Including Fileless Malware Attacks and More Costly Bots

blog / Jan 10, 2018 (MODIFIED: Jan 15, 2018)

by Lori MacVittie

Every week another bug, vulnerability, or exploit is released - we need a multi-layered security strategy (beyond our standard patch “spin cycles”) to deal with threats like Spectre and Meltdown.

Mirai is Attacking Again, So We’re Outing its Hilarious, Explicit C&C Hostnames

blog / Jan 04, 2018 (MODIFIED: Jan 18, 2018)

by David Holmes

With Mirai rearing its ugly head again, we’re revealing its C&C hostnames so organizations can update their blacklists and protect themselves.

New Python-Based Crypto-Miner Botnet Flying Under the Radar

article / Jan 03, 2018 (MODIFIED: Jan 16, 2018)

by Maxim Zavodchik, Liron Segal, Aaron Brailsford

A new Python-based botnet that mines Monero spreads via SSH and leverages Pastebin to publish new C&C server addresses.

BrickerBot: Do “Good Intentions” Justify the Means—or Deliver Meaningful Results?

blog / Dec 28, 2017 (MODIFIED: Jan 16, 2018)

by Justin Shattuck

Most security researchers have good intentions, but ethics must play a central role in the decisions they make.

Bleichenbacher Rears its Head Again with the ROBOT Attack

blog / Dec 27, 2017 (MODIFIED: Jan 15, 2018)

by David Holmes

Bleichenbacher attacks will likely continue to pop up until TLS 1.3 is fully adopted, which could take years.

Zealot: New Apache Struts Campaign Uses EternalBlue and EternalSynergy to Mine Monero on Internal Networks

article / Dec 15, 2017 (MODIFIED: Jan 18, 2018)

by Maxim Zavodchik, Liron Segal

New Apache Struts campaign, Zealot, targets vulnerabilities in Windows, Linux, and the DotNetNuke CMS, then leverages leaked NSA exploits to move laterally through internal networks and mine Monero.

The Credential Crisis: It’s Really Happening

blog / Dec 14, 2017 (MODIFIED: Jan 10, 2018)

by Lori MacVittie

With billions of data records compromised, it’s time to reconsider whether passwords are our best means for authenticating users.

Lessons Learned from a Decade of Data Breaches

report / Dec 07, 2017 (MODIFIED: Jan 18, 2018)

by Sara Boddy, Ray Pompon

F5 Labs researched 433 breach cases spanning 12 years, 37 industries, and 27 countries to discover patterns in the initial attacks that lead to the breach.

The Startup Security Challenge: Safe in the Cloud from Day One

blog / Nov 30, 2017 (MODIFIED: Jan 03, 2018)

by Ray Pompon

How this cloud startup met its goals for security and availability right out of the gate by setting goals, doing a risk analysis, and examining tradeoffs.

If Your Security Question List Looks like a Facebook Favorite List, Start Over Now

blog / Nov 21, 2017 (MODIFIED: Dec 27, 2017)

by Lori MacVittie

Seriously, how many colors are there? And how many of us share the same love of one of those limited choices?

Phishing: The Secret of its Success and What You Can Do to Stop It

report / Nov 16, 2017 (MODIFIED: Jan 04, 2018)

by Ray Pompon

Learn about the tricks attackers use to dupe unsuspecting users and how you can help protect them—and your organization.

What Happens to Encryption in a Post-Quantum Computing World?

blog / Nov 07, 2017 (MODIFIED: Dec 15, 2017)

by Debbie Walkowski

As the possibility of quantum computing draws nearer, changes to today’s TLS key exchange algorithms will be required.

Academic Research: A Survey of Email Attacks

article / Oct 31, 2017 (MODIFIED: Dec 14, 2017)

by David Hammerstrom, Sara McGarvey, Russel Parham, Kyle Uecker, Anthony Wade

Email has become such an ordinary part of our daily lives that we can forget how vulnerable it is.

Reaper: The Professional Bot Herder’s Thingbot

blog / Oct 26, 2017 (MODIFIED: Dec 18, 2017)

by David Holmes, Justin Shattuck

While Reaper might be considered an “object lesson” today, it should serve as a blistering warning that IoT security needs to be fixed now.

Help Guide the Future of Apps – Ultimately your Threat Landscape – by Responding to our SOAD Survey!

blog / Oct 24, 2017 (MODIFIED: Nov 02, 2017)

by Lori MacVittie

Assessing the State of Application Delivery depends on getting information from you about your applications!

Interview with the Experts: The Future of IoT Security through the Eyes of F5 Threat Researchers

blog / Oct 19, 2017 (MODIFIED: Nov 30, 2017)

by Debbie Walkowski

When it comes to IoT threats, we’re nowhere near being out of the woods yet; we’ve just barely entered the forest.

New Threat May Slip through the KRACK in BYOD Policies

blog / Oct 17, 2017 (MODIFIED: Nov 16, 2017)

by Lori MacVittie

Combating this vulnerability might mean you have to force updates on employees’ personal devices or deny them access altogether.

Joining Forces with Criminals, Deviants, and Spies to Defend Privacy

blog / Oct 12, 2017 (MODIFIED: Nov 07, 2017)

by Jennifer Chermoshnyuk, Matt Beland

Organizations need to provide clear and specific guidance to employees who travel across national borders when it comes to giving up passwords and surrendering devices.

Academic Research: Web Application Attacks

article / Oct 10, 2017 (MODIFIED: Nov 09, 2017)

by Andrew Cox, Daniel Freese, Matthew Martin, Daniel Massie

Personally identifiable information and user credentials are the primary nuggets attackers are after when they exploit known vulnerabilities in web applications.

The Good News about Breaches

blog / Oct 04, 2017 (MODIFIED: Oct 31, 2017)

by Lori MacVittie

Security breaches in the news serve as a good reminder to check and make sure you have a solid application protection strategy in place, starting with never trusting user input.

Phishing for Information, Part 5: How Attackers Pull It All Together, and How You Can Fight Back

blog / Sept 28, 2017 (MODIFIED: Oct 24, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

Stop feeding attackers every piece of the puzzle they need to pull off their scams.

TrickBot Rapidly Expands its Targets in August, Shifting Focus to US Banks and Credit Card Companies

article / Sept 14, 2017 (MODIFIED: Oct 17, 2017)

by Sara Boddy, Jesse Smith, Doron Voolf

TrickBot kicked into high gear coming into August with the most targeted URLs since its launch. It released a new worm module, shifted its focus towards the US, and soared past the one thousand target URL mark in a single configuration.

Phishing for Information, Part 4: Beware of Data Leaking Out of Your Equipment

blog / Sept 07, 2017 (MODIFIED: Dec 29, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

Organizations often overlook the many ways in which their own systems put useful information right into the hands of attackers building cyber scams.

WireX Android DDoS Malware Adds UDP Flood

blog / Sept 01, 2017 (MODIFIED: Oct 04, 2017)

by Julia Karpin, Liron Segal, Maxim Zavodchik

As quickly as attackers commandeer IoT devices to build more “thingbots,” they continue to evolve their attack types and functionality.

URL Obfuscation—Still a Phisher's Phriend

blog / Aug 29, 2017 (MODIFIED: Sept 28, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

Cyber crooks use several common URL disguising techniques to trick users into thinking their sham sites are legitimate.

Phishing for Information, Part 3: How Attackers Gather Data About Your Organization

blog / Aug 22, 2017 (MODIFIED: Sept 28, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

The Internet is full of information about your company that’s easily accessible to anyone and particularly useful to attackers.

"Cry 'Havoc' and Let Loose the Thingbots of War!"

blog / Aug 17, 2017 (MODIFIED: Sept 21, 2017)

by Lori MacVittie

Gray hats might have good intentions launching their “vigilante” botnets, but are they really helping us win the war against Death Star-sized thingbots?

The Hunt for IoT: The Rise of Thingbots

report / Aug 09, 2017 (MODIFIED: Dec 21, 2017)

by Sara Boddy, Justin Shattuck

With “thingbots” now launching Death Star-sized DDoS attacks, hosting banking trojans, and causing physical destruction, all signs point to them becoming the attacker infrastructure of the future.

RSA in a “Pre-Post-Quantum” Computing World

blog / Aug 01, 2017 (MODIFIED: Sept 07, 2017)

by David Holmes

Quantum computing is coming. What should your strategy be today to deal with what’s on the horizon?

TrickBot Focuses on Wealth Management Services from its Dyre Core

article / Jul 27, 2017 (MODIFIED: Sept 01, 2017)

by Sara Boddy, Jesse Smith, Doron Voolf

As TrickBot evolves, we examine version 24, which heavily targets Nordic financial institutions, and we take a close look at the Dyre–TrickBot connection.

Phishing for Information, Part 2: How Attackers Collect Data About Your Employees

blog / Jul 20, 2017 (MODIFIED: Sept 01, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

The personal and job-related information that employees often innocently post on various websites makes it easy for phishers to pull off their scams.

How Quantum Computing Will Change Browser Encryption

report / Jul 13, 2017 (MODIFIED: Nov 02, 2017)

by David Holmes

Safeguarding TLS against attack in the quantum computing age will require changes to today’s TLS key exchange algorithms.

Phishing for Information, Part 1: How Phishers Bait Their Hooks with Information You Volunteer

blog / Jul 06, 2017 (MODIFIED: Aug 17, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

In this five-part blog series, we look at how cyber scammers vacuum up information across the Internet to build profiles for phishing and other kinds of social engineering attacks.

NSA, CIA Leaks Provide a Roadmap to Stealthier, Faster, More Powerful Malware Like SambaCry and NotPetya

blog / Jun 27, 2017 (MODIFIED: Aug 09, 2017)

by Mike Convertino

Recent NSA and CIA leaks exposed advanced new techniques for building automated malware factories that churn out threats like SambaCry and Petya/NotPetya, which deploy over untraceable networks.

Russian Hackers, Face to Face

blog / Jun 21, 2017 (MODIFIED: Aug 01, 2017)

by Ray Pompon

An undercover interview of two infamous Russian hackers speak volumes about skills, passion, and motivation of some of the world’s most dangerous cybercriminals.

TrickBot Expands Global Targets Beyond Banks and Payment Processors to CRMs

blog / Jun 15, 2017 (MODIFIED: Aug 01, 2017)

by Sara Boddy, Jesse Smith, Doron Voolf

TrickBot shows no signs of slowing down as new targets are added and command and control servers hide within web hosting providers’ networks.

Default Passwords Are Not the Biggest Part of the IoT Botnet Problem

blog / Jun 06, 2017 (MODIFIED: Jul 20, 2017)

by Lori MacVittie

Providers and manufacturers could go a long way toward reducing the very real threat of IoT.

Fight Credential Stuffing by Taking a New Approach to Authorization

blog / May 31, 2017 (MODIFIED: Jul 06, 2017)

by Michael Koyfman

How a token-based authorization model can help organizations dramatically reduce credential stuffing attacks.

SambaCry: The Linux Sequel to WannaCry

blog / May 26, 2017 (MODIFIED: Jul 11, 2017)

by Malcolm Heath, Ray Pompon

With simple exploits plaguing Windows and Linux SMB week over week, do yourself a favor and patch for CVE-2017-7494 now to avoid having to do it in panic mode.

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