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For many of us in the Security Industry, the possibility of using Internet of Things (IoT) devices as a launchpad for an attack has been mostly theoretical. However, information obtained after the massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against the services offered by DYN.com appears to show that the threat is real and immediate. The definition of IoT is often a little vague. Generally speaking, I consider any device with an IP address associated with it to be some sort of an IoT device, though not all of them are problems. The ones... [Read More]
by RSS Ken McAlpine  |  Feb 09, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
We are proud to be a Gold Sponsor at this year’s RSA event. We are located at Booth# 3627 in the North Hall. This year we will have an in-booth theater featuring Fortinet experts presenting on such topics as enterprise FW, cloud security, FortiGuard, Advanced Threat Protection, and our Security Operations Center solution. The theater will also feature presentations from a number of our Fabric-Ready Partners showcasing the unique interoperability, scope, and flexibility of the Fortinet Security Fabric. [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  Feb 08, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Microsoft Ignite – Australia – Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition February 14-17th https://msftignite.com.au/ Is cloud the new normal for your enterprise? Are you moving more and more applications into the cloud? Have you asked yourself how you are securing your data in this new world of cloud? Scalability and flexibility are the key drivers of Cloud networking and computing. With more and more business transitioning to public cloud environments, the cloud is becoming an increasingly attractive target for hackers... [Read More]
by RSS Katrina Fox  |  Feb 07, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
I recently bought a new car with all the bells and whistles. It warns me if I stray out of my lane. It warns me if there is a car in my blind spot. It has adaptive cruise control that slows down if a car pulls in front of me. When I back up, it alerts me of cross traffic, even pedestrians and dogs. It monitors road conditions and automatically enables all-wheel drive if roads are wet or conditions are cold or icy. And that’s just the start. It has collision detection, and automatic braking, and a fully connected entertainment and communications... [Read More]
by RSS Anthony Giandomenico  |  Feb 06, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) secures the Domain Name System (DNS), right? Yes, but that’s not the whole story. DNSSEC can also introduce troubles into your DNS server. Recently, a BIND bug caused by a missing RRSIG record, which is a part of DNSSEC, was fixed by a patch from the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC). This bug affects all versions of BIND recursive servers, and can cause a denial of service (DoS.) This potential DoS vulnerability is caused by a RUNTIME CHECK error in Resolver.c when handling the DNS... [Read More]
by RSS Dehui Yin  |  Feb 06, 2017  |  Filed in: Security Research
Every year during holiday seasons, the number of phishing websites increases. This is particularly true for online gaming distribution platforms. In some cases, users not only have their login credentials stolen, but they also end up downloading and executing malicious executables. As expected, the more popular a platform is, the more targeted it will be, which is why this research blog focuses on two malware samples obtained from fake Origin and Steam websites. Figure 1. Fake Origin phishing website Origin Malware Sample In addition... [Read More]
by RSS Lilia Elena Gonzalez Medina  |  Feb 06, 2017  |  Filed in: Security Research
Fortinet recently sat down with Derek Manky, Global Security Strategist at Fortinet, to learn about the biggest cybersecurity threats to healthcare in 2017. [Read More]
by RSS Derek Manky  |  Feb 06, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
At a time when the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) faces increasing cyber threats, Fortinet has partnered with the new NHS Alliance to help raise awareness of these threats and better protect our health service moving forwards. Launched in 1948, the NHS has provided free health care, at the point of need, to residents of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales for more than 65 years. Over the years, the NHS has faced many challenges and adversities, with cyber crime being one of the latest and most topical. Like most healthcare... [Read More]
by RSS Viktoriya Cherneva  |  Feb 03, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
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Sage 2.0 is the new kid on an already crowded block of ransomware, demanding hefty ransom of 2.22188 bitcoins (roughly 2000 USD) per infection. We have recently begun seeing this malware being distributed by the same malicious spam campaigns that serve better-known ransomware families, such as Cerber and Locky. In this article we will take a closer look at some notable characteristics of this new threat, and provide some simple ways to mitigate it. Spam Campaign Sage ransomware has been seen spreading through the usual spam email channels... [Read More]
by RSS Floser Bacurio, Joie Salvio, Rommel Joven  |  Feb 02, 2017  |  Filed in: Security Research
Since its discovery in early 2016, we have tracked a number variations of Petya, a ransomware variant famous for multi-stage encryption that not only locks your computer, but also overwrites the Master Boot Record. Petya continues to persist, and in this blog we will take a deeper look at its more complex second stage of attack. Petya overwrites the Master Boot Record (MBR), along with its neighboring sectors using its boot code and a small kernel code. The MBR contains the master boot code, the partition table,... [Read More]
by RSS Raul Alvarez  |  Feb 01, 2017  |  Filed in: Security Research