New Bills on Capitol Hill After the Colonial Pipeline Attack

The recent ransomware attack against the Colonial Pipeline illustrates the need for a plan to protect the economy in the event of a major cyberattack, according to members of the House’s Homeland Security Committee (HSC). The Colonial Pipeline shut down operations last week as a result of the attack, leaving 45 percent of the U.S. East Coast without its normal …

A History of Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware in which the perpetrator threatens to commit a malicious act unless the victim pays a ransom. The simplest type of ransomware appears to lock the target system, although a person with reasonable knowledge of computers can usually resolve the problem without paying the ransom.

The U.S. Government’s Plan to Deter Cyberattacks

The total number of malware infections that occur in a given year has been on the rise for the last decade. Flash forward to 2018 and that number had climbed to an impressive 812.67 million.

The Security Risks Associated with Cookies

Cookies are a common target for hackers because they represent a major vulnerability in web applications. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a traditional approach to solving this problem, but it’s becoming less effective as attackers devise ways of defeating it. Web developers are using new methods like Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to defend against modern attacks in the current cloud and …

Mobile Devices are Increasingly Infected with Malware and No One Seems to Notice

Mobile devices are increasingly likely to be infected with malware, especially in developing markets. The economic and technological gap that already exists between the social classes is being further widened by the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2021 report from Upstream shows that 16 percent of devices in markets like Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa and Thailand have processed fraudulent transactions from malware. …

Business Email Scams in the Year of the Pandemic

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted not only businesses but also the cybercriminals who stole from them. Find out how business closings, working from home, and other pandemic-induced trends affected business email compromise (BEC) scams.

Microsoft Exchange Server Continues to be Hacked at an Alarming Rate

Microsoft has identified multiple 0-day attacks against on-premises versions of Microsoft Exchange Server. These attacks exploit vulnerabilities that allow attackers to access email accounts. They’re then able to install additional malware that provides them with additional capabilities through these accounts. The attackers include multiple state-sponsored groups that have targeted tens of thousands of Exchange servers throughout the world.