Cybercriminals are becoming more specialized as they try to extract the maximum value out of email account compromises, a new report by researchers at UC Berkeley and the security firm Barracuda Networks has found.
Episode 181: How Scammers weaponize COVID Anxiety
In this episode of the podcast (#181), we’re joined by Shashi Prakash, Chief Scientist at the firm Bolster.ai, to talk about the surge in COVID 19-themed scams and phishing attacks in recent weeks and what individuals and companies can do thwart COVID-themed scams and attacks.
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.
Criminals, Not State Actors, Target Russian Oil Company in 3-Year Cyber Attack
Security researchers have uncovered a three-year cyber attack on a Russian oil company that appeared at first glance to be state-sponsored, but later was found to be the work of cyber criminals seeking financial gain. The discovery is a cautionary tale for security experts not to be too rash when when drawing conclusions about high-profile cyber attacks.
Bank Attacks Put Password Insecurity Back in the Spotlight
Two separate attacks on banks in the United States and Pakistan revealed this week highlight once again the inherent weakness of a security practice that relies on passwords or knowledge-based credentials to protect critical information.