Russia is an endlessly fascinating subject both in and around infosec. Recent years have shifted attention away from pure malware capabilities, to psyops, social engineering, and an endless slew of mind games designed to destabilize and keep nations ever-so-slightly off balance. Security firms in some countries claim Russia would “win” in a so-called cyber war; elsewhere, whole nations seemingly throw up their hands and admit defeat, while…helpfully?…suggesting potential targ
A new ransomware named Petya hit high-profile targets in multiple countries, including the United States, on Tuesday. While Petya has not infiltrated as many machines as ransomware WannaCry did in May, it is more dangerous and has the power to create more damage. Here’s how to protect yourself and your small business from attacks like Petya. Download patches Like WannaCry, Petya is targeting a vulnerability in older Windows systems called EternalBlue. One of the best things y
Contrary to what Ars and the rest of the world reported Friday, none of the published exploits stolen from the National Security Agency work against currently supported Microsoft products. This is according to a Microsoft blog post published late Friday night. NSA-leaking Shadow Brokers just dumped its most damaging release yet
That's because the critical vulnerabilities for four exploits previously believed to be zero-days were patched in March, exactly one month before a g
The widespread disruption experienced across the internet on Friday was likely caused by hackers who launched a massive attack with web cameras and other smart devices, experts said. Hackers blocked or slowed access to sites like Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Airbnb and Spotify by targeting a company that manages a large flow of internet traffic. The company, Dyn, fell victim to a wave of distributed-denial-of-service attacks, or DDoS, that disrupted service beginning around 7 a.
A U.S.-led international operation disrupted a crime ring that infected hundreds of thousands of PCs around the globe with malicious software used for stealing banking credentials and extorting computer owners, the Justice Department said on Monday. Authorities in nearly a dozen countries worked with private security companies to wrest control of the network of infected machines, known by the name of its master software, Gameover Zeus. Read more. #virus #justicedepartment