Top Dark Web Markets: HANSA, Piracy and Exit Scams

HANSA Market is the third most popular dark web market this year, according to data from SurfWatch Labs. It’s a new and growing market focused on the security of its users. Previously in this series we’ve talked about Alpha Bay and the problem of stolen credentials and Dream Market and the cybercrime-as-a-service model. As we turn… Read More

Podcast: Healthcare Leaks, POS Breaches, and Latest Malware and Legal News

A new episode of the SurfWatch Cyber Risk Roundup has been posted, Episode 75: Healthcare Leaks, POS Breaches, and Latest Malware and Legal News: Several large healthcare databases have been put up for sale on the dark web, and the actor behind the leaks is promising more. Point-of-sale breaches made headlines this week at Hard… Read More

Healthcare Databases for Sale on Dark Web, but What Else is Being Sold?

The recent theft and potential sale of various healthcare databases has once again put the sector at the forefront of cybercrime — and makes many wonder how their information is affected by criminal activity on the dark web. While healthcare-related data is not nearly as prevalent on the dark web as other sectors like financial… 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

How Threat Intelligence is Used in the Real World – Customer Interview

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Larry Larsen, Director of Cyber Security at Apple Federal Credit Union, to learn about the cybersecurity challenges they face and how threat intelligence fits into their overall approach to risk mitigation. Larry explained that his primary objective is two-fold: to protect member information and assets, and to protect… Read More

The “IT Middle Class” and the Growing Skills Gap

One of the cyber challenges that has long faced organizations is the IT skills gap, and as cybercriminals have widened their focus and moved down the food chain to target more small and medium-sized businesses, that problem has become more pronounced. This is particularly true for what Confer founder and VP of products Paul Morville describes… Read More

Podcast: Hackers Get Political, Massive Cryptocurrency Theft and Password Woes Continue

A new episode of the SurfWatch Cyber Risk Roundup has been posted, Episode 74: Hackers Get Political, Massive Cryptocurrency Theft and Password Woes Continue: Cybercrime and politics crossed paths yet again as a data breach at the Clinton Foundation was revealed as part of a wide-reaching campaign. A massive cryptocurrency theft led to tens of… 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

Organizations Overwhelmed, “Literally Lose Track” of Sensitive Data

Many businesses cannot keep up with the plethora of sensitive data that’s being created and shared by their organization, and as a result they may face increasingly stiffer fines as new regulations and laws are passed to protect that data. That’s according to John Wethington, VP of Americas for Ground Labs, a security company focused on helping organizations monitor their data. “Simply… Read More

Podcast: DNC Hacked, Espionage Makes Headlines, and Updates on CISA and Net Neutrality

A new episode of the SurfWatch Cyber Risk Roundup has been posted, Episode 73: DNC Hacked, Espionage Makes Headlines, and Updates on CISA and Net Neutrality: This week’s trending cybercrime events include Wendy’s announcing its point-of-sale breach is significantly larger than previously reported, a breach at the Democratic National Committee and theft of Donald Trump… Read More