The blog page of one of the leading media sites in the United Kingdom, “The Independent” has been compromised, which may put its millions of readers at risk of getting infected with ransomware. We have already informed The Independent about this security incident and are working with them to contain the situation. For their part, the news website staff was quick to respond and take action to mitigate the risk this event posed to the website itself and its user base.Read More
In our exploration of the different cybercriminal underground markets, we often note that these black markets are often hard to infiltrate, or even find in the first place. It takes a specific set of skills and knowledge to be able to get inside these underground economies. But not the North American underground. Unlike its counterparts…Read More
A male and a female, both aged 22 and hailing from Colchester, Essex in the United Kingdom, were arrested on suspicion of operating two services featured in many malware business models – the popular counter antivirus (CAV) service Refud.me and the crypting service Cryptex Reborn. Both services have been taken down thanks to the partnership of Trend Micro’s…Read More
On October 13, American and British law enforcement took action against the notorious DRIDEX botnet with the goal of stopping the activities of the notorious online banking threat. U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton of the Western District of Pennsylvania called the operation a “technical disruption and a blow to one of the most pernicious malware threats in…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