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Research: Sextortion Scams more frequent, sophisticated

So-called “sextortion” attacks are a growing threat, replacing other e-mail borne threats like spam, ransomware and business e-mail compromise attacks as they increase in sophistication and scope, a new report finds.

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Iranians Indicted in SamSam Ransomware Scheme

The federal government charged two Iranian men for orchestrating a nearly three-year-long international hacking and extortion scheme that deployed ransomware which to date has caused more than $30 million in losses to its victims, which include hospitals, municipalities and public institutions.

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Spotlight Podcast: Flashpoint’s Allison Nixon on SIM Swapping and the Looming Online Identity Crisis

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:08 — 21.9MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSYour smart phone does double and triple duty: letting you do banking, buy a cup of coffee, board a plane or access a sensitive online account. But that doesn’t mean that your phone number is equally as trustworthy. In this Spotlight Podcast, we speak with Flashpoint* head of research Allison Nixon about how a recent rash of SIM swapping attacks highlights a looming crisis in online identity. 

Episode 102: Is Blockchain the Foundation for a Secure Internet of Things?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 25:24 — 29.1MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this episode of the Security Ledger Podcast (#102): we think of blockchain as the immutable and distributed ledger that vouches for crypto currency transactions. But is its real potential as a foundation for a secure Internet of Things? We speak with Vaughan Emery, the CEO of the start-up Atonomi, which markets itself as a secure ledger for Things. 

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Spotlight Podcast: Why North Korean Summit won’t End Hacking Threat

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 25:54 — 29.6MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this Spotlight Podcast, Jon Condra, the Director of Asia Pacific Research at Flashpoint talks about why U.S. President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un won’t put an end to North Korea’s online predation. That is just one conclusion in Flashpoint’s semi yearly Business Risk Intelligence Report.