Whaling Attacks Target ‘Big Fish’ Executives

Phishing attacks typically cast a wide net to try and snag a few targets through the mass distribution of fraudulent emails. Even as these attacks become increasingly common, some malicious actors are looking to get their hooks into even bigger fish.

Law enforcement officials and information security experts have noted a steady increase in “whaling” attacks aimed at senior executives, managers and other key individuals in IT, accounting and finance.

Don’t Celebrate Emotet Takedown Just Yet

The recent takedown of one of the world’s most prolific botnets should make the cyberworld much safer, but analysts warn that organizations must remain vigilant. Given Emotet’s remarkable resilience over the years, we may not have seen the last of the notorious malware and botnet.

Network Attacks Up 90 Percent, at Their Highest Levels in Two Years

There has been a lot of focus on the security threats associated with remote workers — and rightfully so. In the Acronis Cyberthreats Report 2020, 31 percent of organizations reported daily cyberattacks, primarily targeting remote workers. The rapid shift to remote work greatly expanded the attack surface, with employees’ devices connecting to corporate resources from outside the network perimeter.

4 Cyber Threats to Prepare for in 2021

Cybersecurity threats skyrocketed in 2020. Hackers took advantage of the fear and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to lure in victims with phishing campaigns. The rapid transition to work-from-home strategies left organizations vulnerable to attacks on remote workers with inadequate security controls.

Ransomware Payments Bring Risk of Sanctions, Fines

A new study finds that the majority of companies hit with ransomware attacks choose to pay the ransom in hopes of quickly regaining access to their data. However, federal officials warn that those who negotiate with ransomware extortionists may expose themselves to millions of dollars in fines and penalties.

New Password Guidelines Balance Security and Ease of Use

In October, a Dutch security researcher claimed he was able to access President Trump’s Twitter account by guessing the password — “maga2020!” — after only six tries. Victor Gevers said that after he alerted U.S. cybersecurity officials, the password was changed, and two-factor authentication was added.