ransomware


The healthcare sector has undergone dramatic changes in the past several years, primarily spurred by the adoption of new medical technology. Beginning with the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and continuing on into the increased use of medical applications, online patient portals, connected devices, and wearables, the healthcare sector has been capitalizing on digital advancements to improve overall patient experiences and outcomes. This effort has been well received by patients and physicians alike, as it simplifies communication... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Cybercriminals have increasingly taken notice of schools and universities as profitable targets for cyberattacks. A key reason for this is the types of information schools keep on students, parents, and staff. Typically, upon infiltrating an institution’s network, cybercriminals will probe for, find, and exfiltrate valuable user data. This could be anything from health records, financial information, or any other personally identifiable information, such as social security numbers. Cybercriminals typically then take this data and sell it... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Oct 06, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
If the news about ransomware in recent weeks hasn’t gotten your attention, then maybe the fact that its threat magnitude has grown 35X over the past year will jolt you into a state of awareness. Further, ransomware isn’t a threat confined to just a few industries or geographical regions; it is a global problem facing organizations—and even individuals—of all shapes and sizes. The Magnitude of the Threat Upwards of 4,000 ransomware attacks happen daily, infecting between 30,000 and 50,000 devices each month. The financial... [Read More]
by RSS Jeannette Jarvis  |  Oct 05, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
When people think of cybercrime, they tend to think of geeks in dark rooms staring into computer monitors trying to figure out some new way to infiltrate a network. And historically, that was a pretty accurate assessment. Today, however, cybercrime is a business. Cybercriminals tend to keep business hours (attack surges very often follow standard work hours), attacks are designed to generate revenue, and cost/benefit ratios are often considered when deciding who and how to attack a target. Hacker tools and malware can be custom built and... [Read More]
by RSS Anthony Giandomenico  |  Sep 20, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Fortinet recently identified five factors that are driving these changes in the cyberthreat landscape. Each of them makes it increasingly difficult for organizations to protect their networks, data, and communications from malicious actors. [Read More]
by RSS John Maddison  |  Sep 20, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Security researchers have identified more and more Mac OS malware attacks over the past two years. In June 2017, Rommel Joven and Wayne Chin Yick Low from Fortinet’s Fortiguard Labs found and analyzed a new ransomware targeted at Mac OS.  Most malware for Mac OS was developed in the Objective-C programming language. A good introduction to reverse engineering Cocoa applications can be found here. In that blog post, the researcher released an IDAPython script named objc2_xrefs_helper.py  that can only be executed in IDA Pro. As you... [Read More]
by RSS Kai Lu  |  Sep 19, 2017  |  Filed in: Security Research
Ransomware attacks are becoming more prolific in the healthcare sector to great cost. Learn how much ransomware really costs healthcare, as well as the best defense strategies. [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Aug 24, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Fortinet just released its Global Threat Landscape Report for Q2. Much of the data it provides is just what you’d expect. For example, FortiGuard Labs detected 184 billion total exploit attempts in Q2 from 6,300 unique and active exploits. Not only is this is an increase of 30% over Q1, with the growth of IoT and Shadownet resources we expect these numbers to continue to rise dramatically. In addition, 7 in 10 organizations experienced high or critical exploits during the quarter. By any measure, these are alarming numbers.  [Read More]
by RSS Derek Manky  |  Aug 23, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends, Security Research
Today we released our Q2 Global Threat Landscape report for 2017. The data in our quarterly threat analysis is drawn from over 3 million network devices and sensors deployed within live production environments around the world. [Read More]
by RSS Neil Matz  |  Aug 21, 2017  |  Filed in: Security Research
A few days ago, while scouring through Fortinet’s Kadena Threat Intelligence System (KTIS), we found an emerging spam campaign. Initially, it was the scale that caught our attention, and then it got a lot more interesting when the payload was found out to be a new variant of the infamous Locky. [Read More]
by RSS Floser Bacurio, Joie Salvio, Rommel Joven  |  Aug 14, 2017  |  Filed in: Security Research