The Internet has no borders, countries do. And that’s what makes it so difficult for law enforcement to chase cybercriminals. Trend Micro works with these bodies for years and we see how painful and long these processes are, once the cybercriminal is somewhere else. We not only work close with local police but also with Europol and INTERPOL, which helps when it comes to international crime. They do a great job, but the bad guys clearly have an advantage as their flexibility and speed makes it easy for them to jump around in cyberspace and build up systems everywhere. And pretty often, they go to countries where cybercrime is not a crime or chasing them is low priority.Read More
This is the second part of our two-part blog series on Operation Black Atlas. The first blog entry is entitled, Operation Black Atlas Endangers In-Store Card Payments and SMBs Worldwide; Switches between BlackPOS and Other Tools. Operation Black Atlas has already spread to a multi-state healthcare provider, dental clinics, a machine manufacturer, a technology company…Read More
With the coming holidays also come news of various credit card breaches that endanger the data of many industries and their customers. High-profile breaches, such as that of the Hilton Hotel and other similar establishments, were accomplished using point-of-sale (PoS) malware, leading many to fear digital threats on brick-and-mortar retailers this Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rest of the holiday season. Researchers also found a broad campaign that uses the modular ModPOS malware to steal payment card data from retailers in the US.
However, from what we have seen, it is not only retailers in the US that are at risk of breaches. Our researchers recently found an early version of a potentially powerful, adaptable, and invisible botnet that seeks out PoS systems within networks. It has already extended its reach to small and medium sized business networks all over the world, including a healthcare organization in the US. We are calling this operation Black Atlas, in reference to BlackPOS, the malware primarily used in this operation.Read More
We discovered GamaPoS, a new breed of point-of-sale (PoS) threat currently spreading across the United States and Canada through the Andromeda botnet. GamaPoS is the latest in a long list of threats that scrape off credit card data from PoS systems. Compared to its predecessors, GamaPoS uses malware coded using the .NET framework—a first in PoS…Read More
The collaboration between Trend Micro, INTERPOL, Microsoft, Kaspersky Lab, and the Cyber Defense Institute resulted in a triumph for the security industry earlier this week: the takedown of the SIMDA botnet. Trend Micro provided information such as the IP addresses of the affiliated servers and statistical information about the malware used, which led to the disruption of…Read More