Cyber Crime

Pierluigi Paganini May 15, 2016
Week in Ransomware – Week of May 13th, 2016

Just in a week several new ransomware variants, services, and updates have been discovered in-the-wild, disclosed publicly, and thoroughly analyzed. Statistical Summary This week, in a span of just five (5) days (Monday, May 9th, 2016 – Friday, May 13th, 2016), through the collaborative efforts of several organizations and individual analysts around the globe, several […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 15, 2016
Malware used in the recent banking cyberheists is linked to Sony Pictures hack

Experts at the BAE security firms collected evidence that demonstrates the malware used in the recent cyberheists is linked to 2014 Sony Pictures hack. A second bank was a victim of a malware-based attack, the news was recently confirmed by the SWIFT. The investigation conducted by the security researchers at BAE Systems are making the situation very intriguing because […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 13, 2016
SWIFT announced that a second bank was a victim of cyber heist

The SWIFT announced that a second commercial bank was a victim of a cyber heist, the crime appears to be part of a broad online attack on global banking. A second malware-based attack hit the SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) system. The news was spread by the SWIFT on Thursday, the attack has many similarities with […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 13, 2016
Talking with Azeem Aleem about the evolution of cyber threats

Azeem Aleem,  Director for the Advanced Cyber Defense Services Practice – EMEA at RSA, shares its vision on the evolution of threats in the next future. The last 14 months have highlighted that attacks domains are expanding. We have seen the trends with OPM data breach, to sensitive PII information leak at Anthem breach and […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 13, 2016
Pawn Storm hackers hit the German Christian Democratic Union party

Researchers at Trend Micro discovered that Pawn Storm threat actor targeted the political party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Christian Democratic Union. Security experts follow a long time the operations of the Russian-linked Pawn Storm cyber spies, aka APT 28, Sednit, Sofacy, Fancy Bear and Tsar Team. In October 2014, security experts at Trend Micro spotted a cyber […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 12, 2016
Bad actors used a Windows zero-day in financial attacks

In March 2016 experts from FireEye spotted a malicious campaign conducted by a financially motivated threat actor that leveraged on a zero-day exploit. According to security experts at FireEye, a sophisticated criminal organization targeted more than 100 organizations in North America. Most of the victims are in the retail, hospitality and restaurant sectors. Threat actor […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 10, 2016
Euro 2016 – Experts already detected football-themed spam

The Euro 2016 will be held in June in France and online fraudsters already started launching football-themed spam campaigns on the event. <img height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=”” style=”display:none” src=”[value]=0.00&cd[currency]=RUB&noscript=1″ /> Major events such as the Euro 2016 represent a great opportunity for criminal organizations. In conjunction with international football tournaments such as the World Cup and […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 10, 2016
Researcher arrested and charged for hacking elections websites

The security expert David Levin was arrested and charged after discovering  serious security flaws on a couple of election websites in Florida. The security researcher David Levin, the owner of Vanguard Cybersecurity, was arrested and charged after discovering  serious security flaws on a couple of elections websites in Florida. In December Levin discovered that the elections website […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 08, 2016
Liberty Reserve founder sentenced 20 years in jail

Arthur Budovsky, the co-founder of the online underworld bank Liberty Reserve, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for committing money laundering. Arthur Budovsky, the co-founder of the online underworld bank , was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The man had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit money laundering. He was condemned […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 07, 2016
STUPID LOCKY! Hackers disrupted a Locky ransomware Campaing

Hackers have disrupted a Locky campaign after they compromised one of the cybercriminal servers used by the threat actors. According to the security expert Sven Carlsen from Avira, hackers have dismantled a Locky campaign by hacking the command and control server. Carlsen explained that threat actors behind the Locky campaign spread the threat via spam […]