Ad blockers: key tools in the fight against malware

A document sent to the US Congress published by Motherboard, the technology section of Vice, confirms that CIA personnel, the NSA and other members of the US Intelligence Community widely use ad blockers in their Internet browsers. This measure was adopted to remove the distraction of adverts on web pages for employees, but it provides additional protection against malware.


FBI warns of ransomware gang - What you need to know about the OnePercent group

The FBI recently published a warning stating that ransomware gang OnePercent Group has been attacking companies in the US since November 2020. This gang of cybercriminals targets individuals within an organization with social engineering tactics designed to fool them into opening a document from a ZIP file attached to an email. Ransomware is then downloaded and the breach is underway.


Analysis of 80 million ransomware samples reveals a world under attack

Google has released a report taking a close look at the more than 80 million ransomware samples uploaded to its VirusTotal service in the last year and a half. Each day, approximately 150,000 ransomware samples were analysed by the free VirusTotal service after being submitted by suspicious computer users, and shared with the security community to enhance their threat intelligence and improve anti-virus products.

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3 ways to steer clear of ransomware attacks

It can be hard to react to and remediate ransomware attacks; by the time you realize you're under attack, you're already in damage control mode. The sheer number of ransomware attacks that take place isn't surprising. Though organizations across the globe have long been plagued by ransomware, the recent increase in hybrid work environments has led to a subsequent increase in cyberattacks.

Contextualizing the Ransomware Threat Confronting OT Environments

Back in early June, the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published a fact sheet discussing the rising threat of ransomware to operational technology (OT) assets. This development raises several questions. Why is ransomware a threat to OT environments? And what can organizations do to protect their OT assets against ransomware?


Ransom disclosure law would give firms 48 hours to disclose ransomware payments

Organisations who find their networks hit by a ransomware attack may soon have to disclose within 48 hours any payments to their extortionists. That’s the intention of the Ransom Disclosure Act, a new bill proposed by US Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Deborah Ross.


SquirrelWaffle: New Malware Loader Delivering Cobalt Strike and QakBot

In September of 2021, a new malware family named SquirrelWaffle joined the threat landscape. It spread through infected Microsoft Office documents attached in spam emails. The infection flow starts with a ZIP file that contains the infected Office document. When the file is opened by the victim, the malicious VBA macros download SquirrelWaffle DLL, which eventually leads to deploying another threat, such as CobaltStrike or QakBot.