Remember when Snowden revealed what was going on with the NSA in 2013? How we were all being spied upon? How, with the excuse of preventing terrorism, this agency was collecting data on everyone, in flagrant violation of any reasonable privacy expectation (let alone law), we were all outraged!!
There have been recent widespread reports concerning an emerging malware campaign known as WannaCry. So far, we’ve seen reported infections in 99 countries.
In this concluding post on the topic of Spear Phishing, allow me to share something which happened to one of our clients last week.
One of the dangerous issues we currently face with spam emails is that of spear phishing – a type of phishing spam email targeted at the recipient. While most spam deploy a shotgun approach (send billions of emails and see what sticks), spear phishing attacks are specifically aimed the recipient, requiring hackers to do homework on the targeted victim. It is by no means random.
If it hasn’t already been dubbed “The Year of Ransomware,” 2016 is well on its way to earning that title. Even though ransomware has been around since 1989 (starting with the AIDS Trojan), we’ve seen a spike in the number of incidents over the past couple years that has left us wondering: Why ransomware? Why now?
Cybersecurity experts from Network Box USA, Proficio and Securonix commented on news that a 2012 breach of LinkedIn member information was much larger than originally reported, and that the data is available for purchase online.
“If the hackers are stealthy and not cocky, a small, slow leak of data from a database may, on the surface, appear to be a simple query, and finding out the data is actually being stolen, will be hard,” [Pierluigi] Stella said.