Open Source software is always trustworthy, right? Last year, Bertus broke a story about a malicious Python package called “Colourama”. When used, it secretly installs a VBscript that watches the system clipboard for a Bitcoin address and replaces that address with a hardcoded one. Essentially this plugin attempts to redirects Bitcoin payments to whoever wrote the “colourama” library.
It’s no surprise that spending on security technology continues to soar. Nevertheless, data breaches and cyber attacks make headlines at an incredible rate, with no relief in sight. The Online Trust Alliance reported that attacks in 2017 came from a myriad of vectors, such as phishing and ransomware, and that the number of attacks doubled to nearly 160,000 incidents per year over 2016. What’s worse, estimates for the number of unreported attacks exceed 350,000 annually.
Employees conducting attacks on their own employees – known as insider threats – are becoming increasingly common and costly. According to a CA report, over 50% of organizations suffered an insider threat-based attack in the previous 12 months, while 25% say they are suffering attacks more frequently than in the previous year. 90% of those organizations claimed to feel vulnerable to insider threats.
It seems that the numerous benefits of cloud computing make the disruption of digital transformation worthwhile. However, a recent torrent of automated attacks on cloud infrastructure’s vulnerabilities has precipitated a somewhat gloomy outlook.
Every year, cybercrime gets worse. And it totally makes sense, because it is a lucrative line of work, so to speak. It’s estimated to be a $1.5 trillion industry, with some countries now basing their economy around cybercrime. As a result, cybercriminals’ activities are now facilitated by new technology that makes data breach attacks easier and more accessible. Therefore, the chances of your business suffering a cyber attack are getting bigger by the minute. Here is what you can expect in 2019.
Mobile devices aren’t immune to malware – just to let you know in case you had any doubts about that. In the past year, business professionals saw a 75% increase in banking Trojans, which allow cybercriminals to obtain financial credentials off mobile devices. Since employees increasingly use their mobile devices to complete work tasks, it’s easy to jeopardize their organizations that way. Here are the 5 ways to avoid mobile malware threats.
If you own a company, no matter how small a company it may be, you are in constant danger of becoming a victim of a cyber attack. It is important to install effective cyber security measures, but in order to do that, you need to know which cyber security threats to prepare for. Here are the 8 most common ones.
Internet of Things is increasingly infiltrating our lives not only at work, but also in our homes with people continuing to buy and install all kinds of smart devices in their houses. Yes, it is handy to have a device open you the front door because it has somehow recognized that your hands are full, and more importantly – that it is in fact you coming up. However, as per usual, the less money, skill and preparation you invest in the devices and building your IoT network, the more problems you can expect down the line.
The concept of the Internet of Things – and its main advantage – is at the same time the biggest potential security risk for all those who have accepted it and have joined the circus, so to speak. Yes, people like having all the information all the time on all of their devices – neatly segmented and contextualized to fit their needs and situation. And yes, most of them haven’t given a second thought to providing access to their personal data to all kinds of services and systems in order to have everything they could ever want at the tips of their fingers – from comprehensive weather reports and traffic warnings to their own houses recognizing them as owners and turning the lights on upon entering. It is an interesting world we live in, with technology constantly at our beck and call, but are we also slowly starting to realize just how much we are allowing it to rule our lives? One could argue that every time the tech misbehaves or someone else takes advantage of it – and by proxy, us – it has failed us on some level. In that sense, let’s see the 4 times it did just that in 2018.
Cyber security risks have become a constant for big and small businesses, individuals and companies, the private and government sector alike. And let’s face it – the risks are high. The more you are involved in the scary world on online connecting and doing business, the more exposed you are to the threats that reside within the dark world that can sometimes be the World Wide Web. Moreover, we are often not even aware of the danger and how close we came to be a victim of all kinds of malware, let alone the damage malware can cause and how to defend from it. In that sense, we have prepared a short list of security risks that pack quite a punch, but were overlooked in 2018.