As a Canadian Threat Analyst, one challenge that I and others like me face is that there are very few threat reports that focus on or cover Canada. There are a few, but we generally have to rely on reports from the US (like Trend Micro’s report examining the North American Underground), and then extrapolate these into the Canadian context. After all, US and Canadian threats are the same, right?Read More
Our research into various cybercriminal underground communities has taken us to Japan. The Japanese Underground looks into this growing community, with a particular focus on the items they sell, such as passports, firearms, and child pornography.
Over the years we have tracked cybercrime activity and targeted attacks in Japan. Japan is no stranger to cyber attacks and malware-related incidents—from recent malvertising attacks in early October to EMDIVI malware targeting Japan companies, and even to banking malware centered in the region in 2014. Despite these incidents and more, our research on the cybercrime underground in Japan shows that the underground economy is still fairly younger and smaller compared with its foreign counterparts.Read More
Perpetrators behind ransomware have moved away from targeting consumers and tailored their attacks to extort small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).This business segment make potentially good targets for ransomware since small businesses are less likely to have the sophisticated solutions that enterprises have. And at the same time, the owners often have the capacity to pay….Read More
The Deep Web is back in the news. Agora, one of the biggest darknet marketplaces, announced two weeks ago that it will go offline to bolster its defenses against law enforcement agencies who want to take them down. Meanwhile, a Deep Web user was indicted on federal charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. These…Read More
We’re back to look inside the crystal ball of future technologies. This is the third post of the “FuTuRology” project, a blog series where the Trend Micro Forward-Looking Threat Research (FTR) team predicts the future of popular technologies. In the last two installments of this series, we introduced our future technology threat landscape project and started to…Read More