Malicious Insiders Remain a Difficult and Growing Problem

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice unsealed a criminal complaint against a contractor for the National Security Agency, alleging the theft of highly classified information. Like Edward Snowden in 2013, Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, worked for Booz Allen Hamilton and is accused of exploiting his insider access in order… Read More

Weekly Cyber Risk Roundup: More POS Breaches and the Rise of Destructive Attacks

Massive distributed denial-of-service attacks and data breaches remained front and center in SurfWatch Labs’ cybercrime data this week as old attacks against Brian Krebs, OVH, Yahoo and others continued to be heavily discussed. But looking beyond those headline-grabbing stories, the data also reflects a surge in reports of stolen payment card information. On Tuesday, University… Read More

Fraudsters Exploit Hurricane Matthew to Create More Victims

Hurricane Matthew is over — having been officially downgraded on Sunday — and a clearer picture of the aftermath has begun to emerge. More than 1,000 people were killed by the hurricane, including at least 35 in the United States. Although the storm has moved out to sea, flooding continues here in the U.S., and in Haiti, which was hit… Read More

WADA, Presidential Election Highlight Threat of Data Being Altered

Last week the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released an update about its investigation into the recent hack and subsequent leaks of Olympic Athletes’ confidential information, and one of the more interesting revelations was that some of the stolen data may have been manipulated prior to being leaked. “WADA has determined that not all data released… Read More

Weekly Cyber Risk Roundup: Internet of Things Sparks Security Concerns

There has been growing concern around distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks this week as the source code for the Internet-of-Things (IoT) driven botnet “Mirai” has been publicly released by a user on Hackforums. The Mirai botnet has been tied to the recent massive DDoS attack against Brian Krebs website and is made up of a growing… Read More

Stolen Data, Extortion and the Media: A Look at TheDarkOverlord

After making headlines by targeting a number of healthcare organizations over the summer, the cybercriminal actor known as TheDarkOverlord re-emerged last week with a new victim: California investment bank WestPark Capital. As we noted in last week’s cyber risk roundup, the leak of documents from WestPark Capital is the first time SurfWatch threat analysts have observed TheDarkOverlord targeting… Read More

Weekly Cyber Risk Roundup: Executives Scrutinized Over Cyber-Issues

What’s Everyone Talking About? Trending Cybercrime Events Yahoo was the week’s top trending cybercrime target as the fallout of a breach affecting more than 500 million accounts continues to play out. CEO Marissa Mayer has faced intense scrutiny from lawmakers and others over the handling of the company’s cybersecurity. A Wednesday New York Times article… Read More

Hacktivists Use Automated Tools, Growing Reach to Target Government Organizations

Despite recent media attention surrounding nation-state hackers infiltrating government organizations and attempting to influence elections, the bulk of government-related cybercrime tends to be driven by less sophisticated and more ideologically-motivated campaigns carried out by hacktivist actors, according to a new report from SurfWatch Labs. Government is the third most active sector when it comes to cybercrime, behind only information… Read More

Learning from Cybercriminals: Using Public Tools for Threat Intelligence

Effective cyber threat intelligence is largely about gaining proper context around the risks facing your organization. As SurfWatch Labs chief security strategist Adam Meyer recently wrote, there are three pillars when it comes to evaluating those cyber threats: capability, intent and opportunity. The first two, the capability and intent of threat actors, are mostly external aspects that you… Read More

Weekly Cyber Risk Roundup: Yahoo One of Many New Data Breaches

The past week has been full of various data breach announcements that have flown mostly under the radar. One exception is the breach at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). New batches of information on Olympic athletes continue to be leaked, and the Entertainment sector’s cyber risk score has steadily risen to reflect those leaks. Another… Read More