drops

now browsing by tag

 
 

#deepweb | Malware volume drops, crytptojacking down 78%, stealthy attacks on web apps double

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Good news as volumes of attacks drop, but bad as attackers turn to stealthier attacks on softer targets

Global malware attacks fell for only the second time in five years, dropping six percent to 9.9 billion, down from 10.5 billion, according to a new report. 

This seeming good news is not all it seems however, with attackers eschewing large volume attacks in favour of more evasive and targeted attacks on soft targets. In other ‘good’ news, ransomware attacks also dropped nine  percent to almost 188 million, while the volume of cryptojacking incidents plummeted 78 percent in the second half of 2019. This last is probably due to the volatile crypto market directly impacting revenues for hackers, as well as the shuttering of browser-based Monero-mining service Coinhive in March 2019. 

However, the bad news is that hackers have turned their attention to more lucrative targets, with web apps such as Dropbox and Slack seeing a huge uptick in attacks, up 52 percent in the past year to 40.8 million. According to the 2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report the overall internet trend towards encrypting traffic has been reflected in hacking too, with a rise in encrypted threats of 27 percent, totalling up to almost four million.

In addition, fileless malware and a range of new techniques (including code obfuscation, sandbox detection and bypass) saw a rise in popularity, with new threats hiding in common and trusted file types such as Office (20.3 percent) and PDFs (17.4 percent). Indeed, these two file types represented 38 percent of new threats detected by SonicWall.

Terry Greer-King, VP EMEA at SonicWall told SC Media UK that cyber-criminals are becoming smarter and more ambitious than ever before: “They now spend more time honing their craft, targeting vulnerable IoT devices and aiming ransomware at the highest-value targets most likely to payout. With hackers doubling their attacks on popular web apps used for work and everyday needs, financial and personal information within those services is now more vulnerable than ever. Sold on the dark web for a profit, there’s no telling where these details will end up.”

Interestingly, another trend highlighted by the report is a rise in IoT attacks, which saw a moderate five percent increase, with a total volume of 34.3 million attacks in 2019. With IoT Devices widely tipped for an exponential rise (one industry study predicts the global IoT security market will to reach or exceed £27 billion by 2023, a spike of 33.7 percent), the stage is set for increased volumes of IoT attack traffic as device penetration and deployment increases. 

“Total end-to-end security is key, including a layered approach to security across wired, wireless, mobile and cloud networks. It will continue to be crucial to secure and manage IoT devices to prevent tampering and unauthorised access. As the report testifies, data will continue to be put under threat by malicious actors, often across changing vectors, and so it is hugely important that businesses and governments are proactive in protecting this.”, summarised Greer-King.

The report found that the most popular ransomware family of 2019 (making up 33 percent of all ransomware attacks), was Cerber, also boasting four of the top 10 ransomware signatures of the year, including the top two spots totaling more than 77 million hits. 

Source link
——————————————————————————————————

The post #deepweb | <p> Malware volume drops, crytptojacking down 78%, stealthy attacks on web apps double <p> appeared first on National Cyber Security.

View full post on National Cyber Security

Trump Drops His Call for a Joint Cyber Security Team With Russia after Much Criticism

Trump Drops His Call for a Joint Cyber Security Team With Russia after Much CriticismSource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday backtracked on his push for a cyber security unit with Russia, tweeting that he did not think it could happen, hours after his proposal was harshly criticized by Republicans who said Moscow could not be trusted. Trump said on Twitter […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?

Delaware school drops Redskins nickname – Education Week

View full post on Education Week: Bullying







#pso #htcs #b4inc

Read More

The post Delaware school drops Redskins nickname – Education Week appeared first on Parent Security Online.

View full post on Parent Security Online

Zoosk Drops 1/3 Of Its Staff

TECH CRUNCH – Jan 14 – Despite $61M in funding, Zoosk is laying off 1/3 of its staff. Read More….

The post Zoosk Drops 1/3 Of Its Staff appeared first on Dating Scams 101.

View full post on Dating Scams 101

Local teen pregnancy drops 50 percent in 4 years

The pregnancy rate among females aged 15 to 17 in Coffee County has dropped significantly since 2010, according to a new report from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability.

From 2004 to 2010, the teen pregnancy rate in the county remained consistent at around 33 pregnancies per 1,000 with a jump to 39.6 in 2008. Since 2010, the rate has dropped from 34 pregnancies per 1,000 to 15.5, a decrease of more than 50 percent over four years.

The report is based upon the most current data published by the Tennessee Department of Health.

The statewide teen pregnancy rate for 2013 was higher than Coffee County’s at 18.

Read More

The post Local teen pregnancy drops 50 percent in 4 years appeared first on Parent Security Online.

View full post on Parent Security Online

Judge drops child porn charge against former Springfield fire captain

A Superior Court judge has dismissed an indictment against a Springfield man who was accused of distributing child pornography.

Judge Joseph Donohue threw out the indictment against Frank Fiorelli, 64, saying prosecutors failed to disclose exculpatory information to the grand jury that handed up the charges.

Prosecutors from the state Attorney General’s office relied heavily on a statement Fiorelli gave police, but withheld his repeated statements about his ignorance of a file-sharing program, Donohue said in his decision.

Fiorelli served as fire captain for the Springfield Fire Department before retiring in 2012. When he was indicted in 2013, Springfield Fire Chief James Sanford said the town was aware of the charges and fully cooperated with law enforcement agencies.

Read More

The post Judge drops child porn charge against former Springfield fire captain appeared first on Parent Security Online.

View full post on Parent Security Online

Teen parent rate drops in Unified, but work remains

RACINE — Emilee Lockhart was voted the “most changed” person in Park High School’s class of 2013.

And it wasn’t only because she was seven months pregnant at graduation.

In that, she was among hundreds of students in the Racine Unified School District who face the prospect of becoming parents before senior prom.

While the reported number of pregnant or parenting Unified students has gone down in recent years, leaders of local organizations say teen pregnancy is a continuing issue with no simple solution.

Fewer pregnant students

The total number of Unified students who are parents has been dropping slowly, from 210 in 2010-11 to 177 in 2014-15.

Read More

The post Teen parent rate drops in Unified, but work remains appeared first on Parent Security Online.

View full post on Parent Security Online