In 2016, 91 percent of the U.S. population had health insurance coverage which means at a given time, any person will be effected in the event of a healthcare data breach. How it affects individuals may differ case by case perspective, but its impact to affected people and healthcare institutions are far from mild. In our latest research paper titled Cybercrime and other Threats faced by Healthcare industry, we look at the other side of a healthcare data breach and trace back what happens to electronic health records (EHR) after they are stolen.Read More
Back in July 2015, a new ransomware as a service named “Encryptor RaaS” (detected by Trend Micro as RANSOM_CRYPRAAS.SM) entered the threat scene, rivaling or at least expecting to succeed the likes of similar get-rich-quick schemes from Tox and ORX Locker. The newcomer appeared to be a dark horse: it was multiplatform, had an appealing price, and empowered budding malefactors an easier entry point to cybercrime. It posed a considerable threat to users and businesses, as Encryptor RaaS attacks can vary based on the customizations applied by the affiliate.
In July 2016, however, the service abruptly closed up shop. The good: one less ransomware to be worried about. The bad: the developer decided to wipe the master key. The ugly: victims can no longer recover their encrypted files. What made Encryptor RaaS suddenly crash and burn?Read More
We now know that most of the murky dealings that French cybercriminals engage in happen in the dark recesses of the Deep Web, specifically in the Dark Web. Every now and then though, cybercriminals would make their presence felt on the Surface Web. A popular cybercriminal marketplace now gone, French Dark Net, for one, was seen recently promoting its offerings on YouTube. We’ve seen similarities between the French as well as the Brazilian and North American underground markets in that they use social media as a platform to promote their illegal business. What sets the French underground apart?Read More
Ecrivez-vous français parfaitement?
Can you read and write in French? Do you have a keen eye for detail to spot mistakes and correct French spelling and grammar? You may just have a promising career as a cybercriminal; that is if you don’t mind getting paid with stolen goods.
Following our recent discoveries in the French underground, we stumbled across another interesting development—the underground marketplace was looking for a “cleaner” and posted the role with a job description on their forum to find a suitable candidate. Based on the job description, a “cleaner” is a person tasked to clean up content by checking for misspellings and overall readability.Read More
The Trend Micro Forward Looking Threat Research team recently obtained samples of a new rootkit family from one of our trusted partners. This rootkit family called Umbreon (sharing the same name as the Pokémon) targets Linux systems, including systems running both Intel and ARM processors, expanding the scope of this threat to include embedded devices as well. We detect Umbreon under the ELF_UMBREON family.Read More