Typosquatting: Easy Attack Vector That Produces Results

Every week here at SurfWatch Labs our team of threat analysts write about new vulnerabilities, malware developments and cyber-attacks.  One attack vector that is not mentioned very frequently but can be a significant threat for organizations and consumers alike is a technique called typosquatting. Typosquatting is an attempt to trick users into thinking they have landed on their desired website,… Read More

Payment Transactions Face New Data Breaches and Exploits

The last few weeks have not been kind to businesses and customers concerning payment transactions and digital currency. Several point-of-sale systems and digital wallet services have come under fire for data breaches and potential financial theft — not to mention the recent theft of $68 million worth of bitcoin. The most wide-reaching event may be the breach at software… Read More

Hacking the Presidency: Will Data Breaches Help Decide the 2016 Presidential Election?

The 2016 presidential election hasn’t been without controversy. Both candidates have blemishes on their records that have left many Americans with a bitter pill to swallow when voting comes in November, and cybersecurity has been put front and center in a way never before seen in a U.S. election. Email hacks, data breaches, cybersecurity ineptitude — they’re… Read More

OurMine Hacking Group Trending, What Are They After?

As we mentioned in a previous post, hacktivism activity has been down in 2016 — with the exception of Anonymous. However, there is a new hacktivist group that has been showing up in SurfWatch Labs’ data — OurMine. Over the last two months, OurMine has been the top trending hacktivist group. OurMine made multiple headlines… Read More

Cyber Skills Shortage Continues To Be An Issue

It has been long documented that cybersecurity organizations are struggling to hire qualified personnel. A recent study on the cybersecurity professional gap has reaffirmed this dilemma. Intel Security and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released a global report that outlined the cybersecurity talent shortage crisis. The report, Hacking the Skills Shortage, outlined… Read More

Cyber-Insurance, Threat Intelligence and the Wendy’s Breach: Interview with Larry Bowman

Data breaches and other cyber threats have plagued business over the past decade often resulting in a long and expensive recovery process. Luckily for businesses, cyber-insurance can help alleviate some of the financial burden of these cyber-attacks. “If you were to Google top ten losses due to data breaches in 2015 you would start off… Read More

DDoS Attacks Trending Over the Last 30 Days

DDoS attacks are growing in size and sophistication, says a new report from Arbor Networks, and those attacks have continued to impact a variety of organizations over the past few weeks. According to Arbor networks, a current average-sized DDoS attack is capable of taking down almost any organization’s server at about 1 Gbps. The average… Read More

Startup Companies Claiming To Be “Non-Hackable”: Interview With Angel Investor Michael Barbera

While cyber-attacks continue to grow and evolve some companies are claiming to be “non-hackable” – and they’re often startups. The problem with this logic is that it is simply incorrect; all companies are potentially vulnerable to being hacked. “Every organization can be hacked by a clever person with patience. I personally avoid all companies who… Read More

What Sensitive Information is on Your Organization’s Old Drives?

I heard a story yesterday about a friend’s nephew that lost his SD card from his smartphone. The SD card contained data on his games, pictures, and pretty much everything else he used his phone for. He searched everywhere for this SD card until it finally dawned on him where it was. Turns out, the… Read More

BEC Scams Continue to Plague Businesses

In a year where ransomware is receiving massive amounts of attention, there is another threat that continues to grow – Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams. The FBI has issued two warnings about this threat in 2016. The first warning was bad enough, with the FBI estimating BEC scams have accounted for about $2.3 billion is… Read More