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  • Avoid Ransomware Attacks by Removing Attack Vectors

    by Rook Security on April 29, 2016

    To date, there are around about 54 different versions of ransomware, and each one has multiple variants. Every day there is a new ransomware victim, and unlike other malware that has come before, ransomware isn’t looking to steal your information or gain unauthorized access. It just wants your money. Should I pay? Can my files be decrypted? How did this happen? These questions get asked a lot…

  • Hacking for Dummies: Fifth Edition

    by Ben Rothke on April 26, 2016

    I’ve enjoyed Kevin Beaver’s Hacking for Dummies series for over a decade. The first edition came out in 2004 and I reviewed the four th edition here. Now in its fif th edition, the books 22 chapters progress from the basics of security to the hardening of an operating system, to the hacking of Web applications and more. The new edition covers Windows 10 and Linux, and includes a number of more…

  • Ransomware Goes Corporate in 2016

    by RSAC Contributor on March 15, 2016

    This post comes from Liviu Arsene, security analyst at Bitdefender. The ransomware threat is growing. More than 13.1 million U.S. users—4.1 percent of the total population—have encountered ransomware, and half of them paid the ransom to recover their personal data. Another 40 percent would actually consider paying, according to a recent study we commissioned. In our security predictions for 2016, …

  • Vulnerabilities for OS X and iOS Take the Spotlight in 2015

    by RSAC Contributor on December 29, 2015

    This post comes from Liviu Arsene, security analyst at Bitdefender. The common belief that Apple’s OS X and iOS are not as prone to vulnerabilities and attacks as other popular operating systems has been put to the test in 2015. As OS X and iOS adoption increases in the enterprise segment—partly due to a new generation of “millennial” managers—attackers will likely target the two platforms more. …

  • Weekend Reading: Malware Campaigns and Bitcoin Copycats

    by Jennifer Lawinski on December 11, 2015

    Work days are so busy that many of the week's best infosec stories often get lost in the shuffle. That's where Weekend Reading comes in. Each week we bring you the best news and analysis from the information security world, chosen by the field's best writers and editors. This week we've got two stories for you that shed light on cybercrime. Paul Wagenseil, Senior Editor, Security at Tom's…

  • Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

    by Ben Rothke on December 2, 2015

    President George Bush attended a grocer’s convention in 1992 and the New York Times erroneously wrote that Bush was amazed at the scanning technology. While this was clearly not the case, the inaccurate article led to criticism that Bush was out of touch with the average American. In the just released Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath, (Crown 055341996X)…

  • How Much Will That Phishing Trip Cost You?

    by Tony Bradley on September 29, 2015

    Organizations spend a significant amount of money on security tools. All of the firewalls and antimalware solutions in the world, though, offer little protection against a phishing attack that tricks an authorized user into downloading malicious software or compromising credentials. Phishing attacks are becoming more effective and more costly as time goes on. The Ponemon Institute recently…

  • Forget IoT. Your Antivirus is under Heavy Fire

    by RSAC Contributor on September 1, 2015

    This post comes from Bogdan Botezatu, a security researcher with BitDefender. While the general public awaits the IoT apocalypse, the rest of us know the real threat actually runs much deeper. Highly skilled and extremely well financed computer experts are targeting the apex link in the security ecosystem: the anti-malware vendor itself. Recent revelations have shown the National Security Agency…

  • How We Foiled Ransomware and Got the Files Back

    by RSAC Contributor on June 5, 2015

    Derek Soeder is a senior threat researcher at Cylance. In this post, Soeder discusses how he and his team reverse engineered ransomware to recover the password used to encrypt client files. In the interest of length, some of the technical steps the team took have been omitted from this story, but the original is now available on the Cylance website. Read on to find out just what Soeder had to do to…

  • Social Media Security: Leveraging Social Networking While Mitigating Risk

    by Ben Rothke on February 3, 2015

    A firm can spend decades building a brand into one that inspires trust. Unfortunately, social media can quickly destroy that trust in an instant. In Social Media Security: Leveraging Social Networking While Mitigating Risk, author Michael Cross provides a comprehensive overview of the security and privacy risks around social media. The book lives up to its title and effectively shows the reader…

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