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
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
Data breaches are daily news items. Reports of data breaches affecting governments, hospitals, universities, financial institutions, retailers, and recently an extra-marital affairs site, dominate the news with increasing frequency. This is merely the tip of the data breach iceberg, with the vast majority of incidents remaining unreported and undisclosed. To better understand data breaches, it…Read More