North Korea Inflicts Financial Cyber Attack on Turkey

The Lazarus Group, a hacking organization with strongly alleged ties to North Korea’s totalitarian regime, is suspected to be behind a wave of malware cyber attacks on Turkey. According to security vendor McAfee, the cyber attacks targeted two government-controlled financial institutions handling trade and finance in Turkey. McAfee states that no money was stolen in […]

U.S. Officials: Russia Hacked Olympics, Tried to Frame North Korea

Over the weekend, anonymous sources in U.S. intelligence acknowledged what has long been suspected: Russia was responsible for the hack on the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. This revelation has not been publicly confirmed; U.S. intelligence bureaus have so far declined official comment on the matter. The February 9 Opening Ceremony suffered a disruption-oriented attack […]

3 Ways the North Korean Digital Crimewave Affects Your Enterprise

Just last month, the world was rocked by one of the largest cryptocurrency heists in history. Coincheck, Japan’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, reported that hackers stole the digital equivalent of $530 million. Even previously massive cryptocurrency thefts, like the one at NiceHash in December, pale in comparison to this one.   Adding a new and concerning […]

McAfee Uncovers Nation-State Cybercrime Campaign: Operation GhostSecret

McAfee Advanced Threat Research has uncovered evidence of a major international cybercrime campaign—labeled Operation GhostSecret by the endpoint security and SIEM solution provider—linked to nation-state hackers. According to the evidence, Operation GhostSecret aims to steal proprietary data from enterprises representing a range of industries including entertainment, telecommunications, healthcare, and finance. The campaign appears to have […]

This Week—February 16, 2018—In Ransomware and Nation-States

The concept of the nation-state hacker has fundamentally changed the conversation about ransomware, digital threat actors, and cybercrime in general. Where once the imagined spectre of the hacker was of a basement-dweller in a black hoodie stealing for their own benefit, now it is of a government funded and trained attacker specifically hacking their nation’s […]

Top 3 Findings from AlienVault’s Open Threat Exchange Platform Reports on Threat Actors

Over the past two weeks, we’ve examined the findings from SIEM vendor AlienVault’s Open Threat Exchange (OTX) platform report. AlienVault commissioned and designed these reports to put the anonymised security event information collected from their customers to use: they’re meant to help other security vendors and solution providers improve their comprehensiveness and adaptability. Part one […]

Key Findings from AlienVault’s Open Threat Exchange Platform Reports on Exploits

California-based SIEM vendor AlienVault records the anonymised security event information from their customers as well as the reports from other vendors in the field through their Open Threat Exchange (OTX) platform. The aim for this collaboration is to generate findings for mutual improvement in efficiency and comprehensiveness in their solutions. To help the layperson, AlienVault […]

Multi-Layered Attacks Require More Sophisticated IT Security

Contributed By Paul Mazzucco, TierPoint Chief Security Officer Cyber-criminals are after your corporate data and they’re going to great lengths to get it. With the help of sophisticated bot-nets, the Internet of Things and multi-layered attack strategies, the threat to sensitive customer data and intellectual property has grown stronger. Developing an effective security strategy starts […]

Nation-State Cyber Attacks: Russia Accused, Tech Firms Pledge Non-Support

Two interrelated headlines about nation-state cyber attacks have been circulating early this week that could represent changes on the ground in the pseudo-cyber war playing out on the world stage. The United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, via the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), […]