Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days.
Below you’ll find a quick recap of topics followed by links to news articles and/or our blog posts providing additional insight. Be sure to check back each Friday for highlights of the goings-on each week!
This week our threat researchers from our Forward-Looking Threat Research Team (FTR) discovered a new family of ATM malware called Alice. Unlike other ATM malware families, Alice’s main focus is to empty the safe of ATMs.
In September, Nintendo announced the release of Super Mario Run on iOS and Android. The iOS version of this game was launched on December 15, 2016, with an Android release scheduled next year. In advance of any official release, cybercriminals have already released their own Mario-related apps.
On December 9, security researchers at Carnegie Mellon University warned about a major vulnerability discovered in several popular Netgear routers that could leave thousands of home networking devices exposed to arbitrary command injection.
Adobe and Apple will overtake Microsoft in terms of Software vulnerabilities. Both companies have seen a sharp rise in security threats this year. The Zero Day Initiative saw a total of 135 vulnerabilities in Adobe products compared to 76 in Microsoft’s product.
In a 2016 report, Europol attributed the continued growth of “crime-as-a-service” activities to the strengthened connections between cybergangs and specialized developers or cybertools. Witness the Carbanak gang that targeted 100 banks in 30 countries starting in late 2013.
The self-described white hat security group OurMine is claiming responsibility for taking over the verified accounts of Marvel, The Avengers, Ant-Man, Captain America, Tony Stark and an unverified account for the Incredible Hulk.
59% of security leaders believe their current ransomware defenses are above average or superior. And yet 53% also say they have been victim of ransomware attacks in the past year. This is but one of the results of the recently-concluded Ransomware Response Study.
A Russian cyberforgery ring has created more than half a million fake internet users and 250,000 fake websites to trick advertisers into collectively paying as much as $5 million a day for video ads that are never watched.
Ukraine is investigating a suspected cyberattack on Kiev’s power grid at the weekend, the latest in a series of strikes on its energy and financial infrastructure, the head of the state-run power distributor said on Tuesday.
A cybersecurity company claims that vulnerabilities in in-flight entertainment systems could provide a gateway for the actual controls of an aircraft to be accessed, as well as allowing hackers to spoof flight information, control lighting and steal credit card information.
As more and more people are shopping online, ever more thieves are active in cyberspace. That means you must pay even more attention to cybersecurity. Not only do you have to be careful with online purchases, you must be aware of how you’re buying.
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