Podcast: Pokemon Go Tops Cybercrime Targets, GOP Unveils Cyber Platform and Other Risk Trends

A new episode of the SurfWatch Cyber Risk Roundup has been posted, Episode 76: Pokemon Go Tops Cybercrime Targets, GOP Unveils Cyber Platform and Other Risk Trends: The popular Pokemon Go was this week’s top trending cybercrime target following several incidents including DDoS attacks that disrupted service. DDoS attacks against the U.S. Congress, Philippines Government… 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

Cybercrime is Increasingly Interconnected, Says New SurfWatch Labs Report

The first half of 2016 is over, and SurfWatch Labs analysts have spent the past few weeks sifting through the huge amount of cybercrime data we collected — totaling tens of thousands of CyberFacts across more than 3,400 industry targets — in order to identify threat intelligence trends to include in our mid-year 2016 report. “If anything,” the report notes, “the stories behind these… Read More

Costs of Data Breaches Rising, But Its Not All Bad News

It should come as no surprise, but data breaches are costly for organizations. Each stolen record containing sensitive or confidential information costs an organization an average of $158, according to the 2016 Ponemon Cost of Data Breach Study released last month. That price more than doubles – to $355 – when looking at a highly… Read More

More Financial Institutions Fall Victim to SWIFT Attacks

In late June, reports surfaced of an unnamed Ukrainian bank having $10 million stolen, adding to the growing list of cyber-attacks leveraging SWIFT, the messaging system used by financial institutions around the world. “At the current moment, dozens of banks (mostly in Ukraine and Russia) have been compromised, from which has been stolen hundreds of millions of… 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

Cybersecurity Rant – Security Marketers Misusing Terms

Let me start off by saying that I am a marketer. I’ve been in the cybersecurity space for roughly 10 years with multiple companies focusing on different aspects that can be bucketed under the following segments of the market: endpoint security, network security and threat intelligence. In every segment there are buzzwords that seem to take… Read More

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