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Cyber espionage
At least nine global organisations compromised by new active cyber-espionage campaign
A new active cyber-espionage campaign has compromised global organisations in the defence, education, energy, healthcare and technology sectors.
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Internet of Things
IoT devices more at risk of cyber attack than ever - report
Among the most disturbing discoveries: 98% of all IoT device traffic is unencrypted, exposing personal and confidential data on relevant networks.
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Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks and Europol sign MoU to expand collaboration
Palo Alto Networks participates in regular meetings with Europol investigators to discuss security challenges related to cybercrime trends and share insights on tackling them.
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Ransomware
Pseudo-ransomware Xbash targeting Linux and Windows discovered
Xbash is data-destructive; destroying Linux-based databases as part of its ransomware capabilities.
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Malware
A look at the evolution of the Nemucod malware
Unit 42 researchers have uncovered details about how the slippery Nemucod malware has been able to avoid detection.
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Palo Alto Networks
Kazuar trojan hijacks Microsoft .NET framework to conduct espionage attacks
Researchers have uncovered the ‘Kazuar’ backdoor trojan, which has been detected in espionage campaigns across the globe, Unit 42 reports.
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Android
Unit 42 researchers suspect Ewind adware Trojan is 100% Russian
The Android Ewind family has just become a little bigger, after Unit 42 researchers discovered multiple new samples of the family.
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Malware
Amnesia malware forms DVR botnet and wipes virtual machines
'Amnesia', the new IoT botnet variant of 'Tsunami' targets an unpatched remote code execution vulnerability in DVR devices made by TVT Digital.
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Ransomware
Unit 42 reports 'Blank Slate' malspam campaign pummels hosting providers in 'cycle of abuse'
Unit 42 has provided an inside look at how a malicious spam campaignis using double-zipped Word files to spread ransomware on Windows computers.