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A perspective blog with Derek Manky, Global Security Strategist, Fortinet. We asked Derek to put WannaCry into context. Is this just the eye of the storm? [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  May 18, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News, Security Research
For the 18th edition of the Association of Antivirus Asia Researchers conference, we flew to Da Nang in the beautiful country of Vietnam. Every major security vendor was present, not only those from Asia. After two full days of presentations, we would like to call out the briefings we enjoyed the most. I would say as usual that Mikko Hypponen from F-Secure gave a good talk about Securing Our Future, reaffirming that our job is to protect users globally and that the key for that is to work altogether. That means not... [Read More]
by RSS David Maciejak  |  Dec 09, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Overview Cryptowall is a popular ransomware which targets computers running Microsoft Windows, encrypts files, and extorts money to decrypt user files. With its predecessor’s first appearance way back September 2013, cryptowall has become a financial success to its authors. Following this success, the authors have now released what is believed to be the 4th generation of cryptowall with new alterations techniques. Ransom Note The most obvious change from the previous cryptowall is the dropped files and message instructions after the... [Read More]
by RSS Rommel Abraham D. Joven  |  Nov 13, 2015  |  Filed in: Security Research
It’s Friday night, tomorrow is Halloween, Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, and it’s the end of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This week has seen big breaches, teenagers arrested for hacking TalkTalk, escalating international cyber tensions, and what appears to be even more new vulnerabilities and zero-days announced than usual.    However, it isn’t all doom and gloom, shorter colder days, reduxes of Cold War rhetoric with some cyber buzzwords woven in, and kids running afoul of the law this week.... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Oct 30, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
There is a greater mission on the part of every security vendor to make the world safer and more secure for people to interact, do business, and communicate ideas.    Today is a big day for us. Today the Cyber Threat Alliance, founded May 30, 2014, published its first collaborative research project -- an analysis of the CryptoWall version 3 campaign (learn more about this project here). The CryptoWall research report represents the successful culmination of a big project, a 90-day proof of concept effort among the founding members... [Read More]
by RSS Derek Manky  |  Oct 29, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
CryptoWall and its variants are among the best-known types of ransomware, malware that encrypts files on end user hard drives and then prompts for payment of a ransom to decrypt the files. In many cases, if users don’t have recent backups, their only option to recover these files is to pay the ransom.    CryptoWall Version 3 (CW3) is the most recent major variant that uses sophisticated backend technical and financial infrastructure to extort payments from users, all while employing a variety of measures to slow detection and... [Read More]
by RSS Derek Manky  |  Oct 28, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Computer crime has long since gone pro. It’s been years since the computer hacker was a solo act, working out of their basement and defacing web sites for glory. These days it’s all about the money or an agenda, and adversary groups operate like businesses with division of labor and diversification. Criminals are buying up intellectual property, selling personal information and credit card numbers, and even selling their tech support to other hackers. The best way to combat organization is to become organized, and the security community... [Read More]
by RSS Jeannie Warner  |  Jul 16, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Trust is a tricky thing. It’s hard to gain, easy to lose, and exceptionally difficult to win back. Following the Edward Snowden disclosures and ongoing wrangling in Congress and the courts about privacy, monitoring, and data collection, trust between the public and private sectors, especially in the IT and security space, has been in short supply. It comes as no surprise then, that more than a few companies and individuals in the security industry have pushed back on government efforts to increase data sharing and collaboration around threat... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  May 19, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
The good, the bad, and the ugly of the last week It’s been quite a week for cybersecurity as Anthem worked through the fallout from their massive data breach the week before, the federal government upped the ante on cybercrime, and Facebook implemented new tools for sharing threat information. But, then again, what week isn’t marked by some serious security news lately? One message came through loud and clear amongst the security news: end users are often the weak link in the chain. Case in point: Jeb Bush. In the interest of transparency... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Feb 13, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
IDC is reporting again that Fortinet has the top market share in security appliances - This is great news for Fortinet researchers and customers alike. Here at Fortinet, we’ve been talking a lot about handoffs recently. Handoffs of data between modules in next gen firewalls, handoffs from advanced threat protection/detection tools like sandboxes to traditional firewalls, handoffs of threat intelligence between applications; you get the idea. When the parts of a security ecosystem can communicate intelligently, it’s no surprise that threats... [Read More]
by RSS Jonas Tichenor  |  Dec 29, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News