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#comptia | #ransomware | Check Point report highlights latest cyber-threats worldwide

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Check Point Research has published its 2020 Cyber Security Report.

The report highlights the main tactics cyber-criminals are using to attack organisations worldwide across all industries and gives cybersecurity professionals and C-Level executives the information they need to protect their organisations from today’s fifth-generation cyber-attacks and threats.

The 2020 Security Report reveals the key attack vectors and techniques observed by Check Point researchers during the past year.

Highlights include:

Cryptominers still dominate malware landscape – Even though cryptomining declined during 2019, linked to cryptocurrencies’ fall in value and the closure of the Coinhive operation in March, 38% of companies globally were impacted by crypto-miners in 2019, up from 37% in 2018.

This is because the use of cryptominers remains a low-risk, high-reward activity for criminals

Botnet armies surge in size – 28% of organisations globally were hit by botnet activity, an increase of over 50% compared with 2018.

Emotet was the most common bot malware used, primarily because of its versatility in enabling malware and spam distribution services.

Other botnet actions such as sextortion email activity and DDoS attacks also rose sharply in 2019.  

Targeted ransomware hits hard – While the number of impacted organisations is relatively low, the severity of the attack is much higher – as seen in 2019’s damaging attacks against US city administrations.

Criminals are choosing their ransomware targets carefully, with the aim of extorting the maximum revenue possible.

Mobile attacks decline – 27% of organisations worldwide were impacted by cyber-attacks that involved mobile devices in 2019, down from 33% in 2018.

While the mobile threat landscape is maturing, organisations are also increasingly aware of the threat, and are deploying more protection on mobiles.

The year Magecart attacks became an epidemic – These attacks which inject malicious code into e-commerce websites to steal customers’ payment data hit hundreds of sites in 2019, from hotel chains to from commerce giants to SMBs, across all platforms.

Rise in cloud attacks – Currently more than 90% of enterprises use cloud services and yet 67% of security teams complain about the lack of visibility into their cloud infrastructure, security, and compliance.

The magnitude of cloud attacks and breaches has continued to grow in 2019.

Misconfiguration of cloud resources is still the number one cause for cloud attacks, but now we also witness an increasing number of attacks aimed directly at cloud service providers. 

“2019 presented a complex threat landscape where nation states, cybercrime organisations and private contractors accelerated the cyber arms race, elevating each other’s capabilities at an alarming pace, and this will continue into 2020,” says Check Point Software Technologies major intelligence officer Lotem Finkelsteen.

“Even if an organisation is equipped with the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art security products, the risk of being breached cannot be completely eliminated. Beyond detection and remediation, organisations need to adopt a proactive plan to stay ahead of cybercriminals and prevent attacks.

“Detecting and automatically blocking the attack at an early stage can prevent damage. Check Point’s 2020 Security Report shares what organisations need to look out for, and how they can win the war against cyber-attacks through key best practices.”

Check Point’s 2020 Security Report is based on data from Check Point’s ThreatCloud intelligence, the largest collaborative network for fighting cybercrime which delivers threat data and attack trends from a global network of threat sensors; from Check Point’s research investigations over the last 12 months; and on a brand new survey of IT professionals and C-level executives that assesses their preparedness for today’s threats.

The report examines the latest emerging threats against various industry sectors, and gives a comprehensive overview of the trends observed in the malware landscape, in emerging data breach vectors, and in nation-state cyber-attacks.

It also includes analysis from Check Point’s thought leaders, to help organisations understand and prepare themselves for today’s and tomorrow’s complex threat landscape.

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#comptia | #ransomware | Ransomware attacks several major cities worldwide in 2019 | Science/technology

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This figure means an increase of at least 60 percent compared to last year. In 2019, ransomware aims at giant and influential organizations.

Although the demanded payment of each ransomware normally comes up to US$5 million, the real damage is much more than that. Therefore, these kinds of attacks are a thorny issue of businesses in all the world.

According to researchers, the infected organizations are usually not capable of paying a large sum of ransom, yet they tend to agree with other just as dangerous requests as temporarily blocking a certain service in a city.

This obviously create an adverse impact of social welfare of citizens there, further leading to even more negative effects on finance as well as other sensitive social matters.

By KIM THANH – Translated by Huong Vuong

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OneCoin crypto-scam lawyer found guilty of worldwide $400m fraud – Naked Security

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans A Florida lawyer who boasted of making “50 by 50” – as in, $50m by the age of 50 – is now facing a potential 50+ years behind bars for money laundering and lying to banks about funds flowing from OneCoin, a cryptocoin Ponzi scheme that […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

Hackers are winning the war as companies worldwide fail on cyber security

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A new security measurement index benchmark survey has shown that nearly a third of companies are blindly making cyber security investments Most companies worldwide are failing to measure cyber security effectiveness and performance, according to a cyber security report from Thycotic – a provider of privileged account management (PAM) and…

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Cyber Attacks Cripple Companies Worldwide

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A major global cyber attack on Tuesday disrupted computers at Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that last month infected more than 300,000 computers. The rapidly spreading cyber extortion campaign underscored growing concerns that businesses have failed to secure their…

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Everything to Know About The Worldwide Ransomware Attack

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Meet the sequel to WannaCry, the wide-ranging ransomware attack that crippled businesses around the globe last month. On Tuesday, another widespread ransomware attack began halting unprepared businesses in their tracks. The new attack uses the same method of propagation as WannaCry: A leaked hacking tool called Eternal Blue, which has…

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Angelina Jolie Resurfaces In Video Plea To End Child Abuse Worldwide

Angelina Jolie has resurfaced in a video plea to support the International Criminal Court’s efforts to protect the lives of children worldwide, after she’s largely avoided the spotlight during her ongoing custody battle with estranged husband Brad Pitt.

As a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jolie has advocated for the rights of children in conflict zones like Syria and Afghanistan for more than a decade. 

In a new video that was posted online on Friday, Jolie praised the ICC and its Read More

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Massive Delta Airlines computer failure creates worldwide havoc

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Massive Delta Airlines computer failure creates worldwide havoc

A computer outage led Delta Airlines, the second largest air carrier in the US, to cancel hundreds of flights internationally Monday. Although the problem appeared to be resolved by the afternoon, the impact of the problem continued to cascade through

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Teenager who hacked governments worldwide is spared jail

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Teenager who hacked governments worldwide is spared jail

Ateenage computer hacker who shutdown government networks across the world and sent bomb threats to US airlines from his bedroom, has walked free from court. The 16-year-old from Plympton in Devon, began hacking the sites of organisations and governments he disagreed with when he was just 14. Using a laptop computer in his bedroom, the […]

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Arab hactivist use remote access Trojan to hack 24,000 machines worldwide

Symantec threat lab researchers say Arab Hackers based in Middle East are targeting the computers world wide using remote access Trojan njRAT. There are 487 groups involved in certain hacking campaign. 

Symantec says, “Symantec has identified 487 groups of attackers mounting attacks using njRAT. These attacks appear to have different motivations, which can be broadly classed as hacktivism, information theft and botnet building,” njRAT is a fairly simple malware widely available in Black Markets. 

The malware grants hackers basic powers, such as the ability to download and execute additional malware on infected systems, execute shell commands, read and write registry keys, capture screenshots, log keystrokes and hijack control of webcams. 

Researchers say these attacks originate from Middle East and nearly 80% of CnC base located in Egypt, Palestine and Lebiya.

Source: http://whogothack.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/arab-hactivist-use-remote-access-trojan.html#.Vm8221V97IU

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