Weekly Cyber Risk Roundup: Banks Threatened with DDoS Attacks and Researchers Investigate NotPetya

South Korean financial institutions dominated the week’s top trending targets due to a series of extortion demands that have threatened distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks unless those institutions pay between 10 and 15 bitcoins ($24,000 to $36,000) in ransom each. At least 27 financial institutions received the extortion demands from a group claiming to be the… Read More

Fake Extortion Demands and Empty Threats on the Rise

I’ve previously written about the rise of extortion as an emerging trend for 2017, but if you didn’t want to take my word for it, you should have listened to the numerous warnings shared at this year’s RSA 2017. Cyber-extortion has become one of the primary cybersecurity-related issues facing organizations — and it appears to be here… Read More

Weekly Cyber Risk Roundup: DDoS Attacks Disrupt Services and SEC Probes Yahoo

A series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against financial institutions led to customers of Lloyds Banking Group experiencing intermittent outages over a 48-hour period and was the top trending cybercrime event over the past week. The Guardian reported that the attacks hit Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland from January 11 to January 13. IBTimes… Read More

2017 Cyber Forecast: The IoT Problem is Going to Get Worse

The new year is underway, and one of the biggest causes of concern carrying over into 2017 is the threat posed by the growing number of compromised Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. As I stated in my previous cyber forecast blog on extortion, I prefer to base my “predictions” around actual intelligence and verifiable data. IoT-related security… Read More

Weekly Cyber Risk Roundup: Another Botnet and the Gamification of Cybercrime

Botnets were once again front-and-center this past week as new developments were announced by security researchers, malicious actors and government officials. To start, CloudFlare observed a ten-day long series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that have generated as much as 400 Gbps in traffic, sparking fears of yet another massive botnet that can disrupt organizations.… Read More

Weekly Cyber Risk Roundup: Shamoon is Back and Marai Problems Continue

The European Commission is the top trending cybercrime target over the past two weeks after experiencing a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) that brought down Internet access for several hours over two separate periods, making it difficult for employees to work, a staff member told Politico. However, the most impactful event from the period is the… Read More

Weekly Cyber Risk Roundup: Adult Friend Finder’s Massive Breach and Securing IoT Devices

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks were once again among the most discussed cybercrime events of the week as discussion around the Marai botnet continued and a handful of Russian banks were targeted with attacks powered by compromised Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. The week also saw one of the largest data breaches ever as the Adult Friend Network… Read More

Weekly Cyber Risk Roundup: Services Get Disrupted and Hacking Elections

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and other incidents leading to service interruption have been widely discussed in the cybersecurity community ever since the October attack against DNS provider Dyn. This past week saw Marai-driven attacks that reportedly knocked out Internet access for the entire county of Liberia; however, security researchers such as Brian Krebs noted that… Read More

Weekly Cyber Risk Roundup: Latest Breaches and Enhanced Security Standards

The massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that disrupted websites and services on October 21 was the focal point of a large portion of cybercrime discussion last week. As we noted in a previous post, the attack against DNS provider Dyn has led to widespread concern about insecure Internet-connected devices and calls for government agencies to… Read More

DDoS Attacks Dominate News, Spark Calls for Regulation

Last week’s massive distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks, which made popular websites and services inaccessible to users across the East Coast and elsewhere, has since led to widespread concern about insecure Internet-connected devices and calls for government agencies to get involved in order to ensure those devices are secured against future attacks. In fact, the attack against… Read More