Twitter has around 300 million active users every month, 46% of which are on the platform on a daily basis and are exchanging 500 million tweets every day. That’s some statistics for you! Now let’s put it in context. How many of those 500 million daily messages do you think contain some form of malware? And how many of those 300 million users do you think might have malicious intentions aimed at you or other Twitter users? We are all in danger everywhere – even in cyberspace – so we must be careful who we communicate with and how. To that end, we give you 4 steps to secure your Twitter account and protect yourself.
A noticeable shift in the methodology for developing malware is taking place, and it can’t go unaddressed. A few years ago, attackers’ primary objective was to avoid detection – second only to making a profit. But recently, these criminals have realized a critical truth: the longer they hold an infected endpoint, the more their profit increases.
Companies are in a cybersecurity arms race. Attackers have easy access to more tools as the lines between state actors and criminal gangs fade. Malware and identity theft kits are easy to find and inexpensive to buy on dark web exchanges. AI-enabled attack kits are on the way, and we can expect that they will be readily available at commodity prices in the next few years.
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.
If you have decided to migrate your business to the cloud, you have to thoroughly scrutinize the security protocols of your chosen provider. No matter how much of your digital presence is in the cloud, you have to ensure your service provider has the best security measures in place to protect its infrastructure from cyber threats. What makes cloud computing so convenient is extensive connectivity, but that is also what is making systems like this vulnerable to cyber attacks – making the security issue one of the most critical components of its overall operations. Assuming all other boxes have been checked for your cloud computing needs, here are the cyber security questions you need to ask your cloud provider before completing the vetting process.
Given the Internet of Things’ perch atop the hype cycle, IoT trend-spotting has become a full-time business, not just an end-of-the-year pastime. It seems every major – and minor – IoT player is busy laying out its vision of where the technology is going. Most of them harp on the same themes, of course, from massive growth to security vulnerabilities to skills shortages. In addition to the IoT blurring the lines between IT, which runs the customers’ systems and email, and OT, which runs the technology behind the production systems, here is what will drive the IoT in the next year.
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.