Locky Volumes Plummet, One of the Worlds Largest Botnets Possibly Taken Down

Motherboard reports that researcher Kevin Beaumont and several security firms have seen the distribution of Dridex and Locky malware stop as of June 1st. These pieces of malware, and several others such as Neverquest2, are spread via Necurs — what is possibly the world’s largest botnet, as stated by Beaumont. Currently, the prevailing theory is […]

Milwaukee Bucks Fall Victim to W-2 Spear Phishing

Earlier this morning the Milwaukee Bucks announced that their organization had become the recent victim of a W-2 spear phishing attack. Crooks managed to extort the Buck’s 2015 tax records for every employee, including players. Similar to a number of incidents we’ve detailed in the past, attackers impersonated the organization’s CEO (or in this case […]

Cloudmark’s Security Threat Report, 2016 Q1

Cloudmark’s Security Threat Report for Q1 of 2016 is now live. This quarter we cover: Characteristics of and methods used in script-based Locky ransomware attacks The Locky family’s explosion onto ransomware scene in Q1 due to aggressive distribution A look at the regions most impacted by Locky Analysis of Locky attacks sent to Japan, the […]

The Top 5 CEO Email Wire Fraud Attacks: Rising in Frequency, Increasing in Financial Losses

As an attack, the CEO email wire fraud attack couldn’t be simpler. There’s no malware to write and no malicious code or links to implant. It’s a text only email, plain and simple – but it’s the social engineering that makes it work. Due to its simplicity, these spoofing attacks are one of the fastest […]

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