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Malware
Nozomi Networks Labs identifies impacts on 2022 threat landscape
August 2022
Nozomi Networks’ latest research finds that wiper malware, IoT botnet activity, and the Russia/Ukraine war have had the biggest impact on the threat landscape in 2022 so far.
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Malware
New vulnerabilities found in Nuspire’s Q1 2022 Threat Report
May 2022
“Threat actors are quickly adjusting their tactics and these exploits tend to get industry attention, but the threat posed by older and attacks still persists."
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Malware
Use of malware, botnets and exploits expands in Q1 2022
May 2022
"As zero-day attacks and other vulnerabilities among companies like Google and Microsoft come to light, threat actors are quickly adjusting their tactics."
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Check Point Software
Check Point Research reveals botnets on the rise, software vendors hit hard by cyber attacks
January 2022
Software vendors saw the largest year-on-year growth in 2021 at 146%, according to the 2022 Security Report from Check Point Research (CPR), the threat intelligence arm of the organisation.
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Malware
Trickbot overtakes Formbook as most prevalent malware
January 2022
In December, Trickbot claimed the top spot as most prevalent malware, overtaking Formbook which was in first place in November 2021.
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DDoS
Ransom DDoS attacks surged in final quarter of 2021 - report
January 2022
Ransom DDoS attacks increased by 29% YoY and 175% QoQ in the last quarter 2021, according to new research from Cloudfare.
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Ransomware
New threat intelligence from Sophos following the Apache Log4Shell vulnerability
December 2021
Sophos has provided new threat intelligence following the reporting of the Apache Log4Shell vulnerability.
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Malware
Flubot malware, botnets, phishing round out top security issues plaguing Kiwis in Q3
December 2021
Malware and scams continue to plague thousands of New Zealanders, laying $3.3 million to waste in just three months.
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DDoS
Quantity, size and complexity of DDoS attacks on the rise - report
November 2021
"DDoS attacks are rampant, and the frequency doesn't seem to be slowing down."
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FortiGuard
Ransomware has increased tenfold in one year, FortiGuard Labs finds
September 2021
“We are seeing an increase in effective and destructive cyber attacks affecting thousands of organisations in a single incident creating an important inflection point for the war on cyber crime."
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Malware
IoT botnets: Perspectives from a residential router
March 2021
Surprisingly, a vast volume of malicious traffic can reach a residential device, writes Radware head of research Daniel Smith.
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Malware
Cybercriminals leverage remote desktop protocol to brute force attacks
February 2021
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) attacks surged during 2020, and their severity should not be underestimated.
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Cybersecurity
A brief history of cyber-threats — from 2000 to 2020
January 2021
Many significant cybersecurity events have occurred since the year 2000 — not every one of them ‘firsts’, but all of them correlating with a change in security behaviour or protection.
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Ransomware
2020's nastiest malware revealed
October 2020
"Cybercriminals are relying on same old tricks to secure their financial treats, because they continue to be successful."
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DDoS
Revealed: Imperva publishes research on decade old botnet, responsible for millions of attacks
October 2020
Imperva Research Labs has revealed findings of a six-month intensive investigation into a botnet that has been exploiting CMS vulnerabilities.
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Ransomware
Microsoft takes legal action to disrupt botnet and combat ransomware
October 2020
Microsoft has announced it took action to disrupt a botnet, Trickbot, one of the world's most infamous botnets and prolific distributors of malware and ransomware.
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Cybersecurity
2020 saw a surge in malware, ransomware and botnets - report
August 2020
“There has never been a clearer picture than now, of why organisations need to adjust their defence strategies going forward to fully take into account the network perimeter extending into the home."
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Malware
Bitdefender reveals new botnet which 'puts others to shame'
April 2020
The botnet, which Bitdefender has dubbed ‘dark_nexus’ based on a string it puts in its banner, boasts new features and capabilities that ‘put to shame’ most other IoT botnets and malware that the cybersecurity has seen.
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Cybersecurity
Microsoft takes down malicious botnet after years of tracking
March 2020
The botnet, called Necurs, gained control of the computers using malware and used them to commit crimes remotely.
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Cloud Security
Check Point report highlights latest cyber-threats worldwide
January 2020
28% of all organisations worldwide were impacted by malicious multi-purpose botnets, while the rise of 20% of incident response cases were targeted ransomware attack.
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Commerce Systems
Black Friday alert: Financial botnets targeting eCommerce apparel sites
November 2019
Black Friday is arguably the most anticipated retail sales period in the world, when brands offer consumers the largest discounts and promotional offers.
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Malware
September’s top malware, Emotet botnet strikes again – Check Point
October 2019
Check Point’s researchers report that the notorious botnet has been reactivated and is spreading active campaigns again.
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Cybersecurity
Australia, NZ and Singapore in cybercriminal firing line
July 2019
"Cybercriminals continue to develop new, more sophisticated attack methods, and they are carrying them out with astonishing frequency."
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Botnet
2018 sees 1,500% increase in coinmining malware - report
December 2018
This issue will only continue to grow as IoT forms the foundation of connected devices and smart city grids.