Anonymous Ops Trending, Where are the Other Hacktivists?

Not long ago, several hacktivist groups like the Syrian Electronic Army and Lizard Squad were making headlines on a weekly basis with new hacktivism campaigns and random attacks. While Anonymous has always been the primary source of hacktivism throughout the world, it is interesting to see how these other prominent hacktivist groups’ activity has essentially… Read More

Top Dark Web Markets: AlphaBay and Stolen Credentials

Dark web markets are constantly changing. The last major shakeup to occur was the disappearance of the Nucleus Market, which has been offline for nearly a month and a half. Since then, the site’s users have flocked to other markets in search of an alternative. Many of those users have transitioned to AlphaBay, the current king of… Read More

Credential Theft and the Problem of Non-Breach ‘Breaches’

Earlier this month, news outlets across the country reported on the latest mammoth list of stolen credentials — 272 million in total. “It is one of the biggest stashes of stolen credentials to be uncovered since cyber attacks hit major U.S. banks and retailers two years ago,” Reuters reported. Turns out, the total number of actual accounts affected… Read More

Ransomware Is Not the Top Cybersecurity Threat Facing the Healthcare Sector

Ransomware is making all the headlines so far in 2016. This threat has become so mainstream it has caused both the FBI and US-CERT to issue ransomware alerts, with the healthcare sector being mentioned in both. On March 31, 2016, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued a ransomware warning concerning the Locky… Read More

Nucleus Market Vanishes – Now What?

Over the past year, the number two Dark Web market in terms of activity was Nucleus. As of late 2015, this market had more than 25,000 vendor listings, but on April 13 of this year, Nucleus disappeared. While it’s not the first time Nucleus has been down and it’s not uncommon for Dark Web markets… Read More

PII Data Breaches Trending In Critical Infrastructure

Over the last couple weeks, several critical infrastructure cyber-events made headlines in the Industrials, Energy, and Utilities industries. Some of these targets include the German Gundremmingen nuclear reactor, the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL), and the Canadian gold mining firm Goldcorp. While none of these cyber-attacks resulted in chaos, they did demonstrate weaknesses within… Read More

Trade Secret Legislation Awaits Obama’s Signature

Organizations will soon have another avenue to seek relief from trade secret theft, as President Obama is expected to sign into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act. The bill, which gives companies the ability to pursue trade secret cases in federal courts rather than at the state level, is the latest in a string of headlines related to stolen intellectual property.… Read More

Cyber-Attacks Against Banks Making Huge Impact in 2016

Although the financials sector hasn’t been as widely discussed as others this past quarter, cyber-attacks in the sector are having a greater impact, according to SurfWatch Labs’ data. Since March 2016, the financials industry has made big headlines for high-profile cyber events involving the Central Bank of Bangladesh and most recently, Qatar National Bank. These two… Read More

W-2 Data Breaches Were Abundant During 2015 Tax Season

The 2015 tax season has ended, signaling a potential break in the number of tax-related data breaches we read about in the news. The list of companies suffering from these cyber-attacks seemed to grow weekly and nearly 100 companies have been publicly tied to W-2-related breaches in 2016. SurfWatch Labs collected a multitude of CyberFacts… Read More

Consumer Goods Sector Most Impacted By DDoS In 2016

The consumer goods sector has seen more chatter around DDoS than any other sector so far in 2016, according to data from SurfWatch Labs. The consumer goods sector has become a popular target for DDoS attacks, with new groups like DD4BC emerging on the scene and attempting to extort money from victims in exchange for… Read More