Category Archives: Botnets

Cooperation vital to securing internet of things, says Europol

Cooperation across different sectors and among different stakeholders is key to securing the internet of things (IoT) a meeting of stakeholders has concluded.

This is one of eight conclusions drawn from a conference of

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WannaCry, NotPetya and the New Age of Cyber Warfare

WannaCry, NotPetya and the New Age of Cyber Warfare

WannaCry and NotPetya marked a turning point in cyber warfare — one that demands a different response from conventional malware threats.

Here we see old-school worm outbreaks, the type that plagued networks in the late 1990s and early 2000s, combined with modern payloads designed to steal money and disrupt government systems.

We don’t know exactly what drives the re-emergence of worms outbreaks, but I believe we’re witnessing the testing of early prototypes for cyber warfare development programs. It’s similar to detecting underground nuke tests, like those we see in North Korea.

If that is indeed what’s going on, every industrial sector and global economy must take notice and start adapting.

Lessons of Code Red and Nimda

I started my tour at DARPA in 2002, not long after the Code Red and Nimda worms were unleashed on the world,

Read more at: https://www.scmagazine.com/wannacry-notpetya-and-the-new-age-of-cyber-warfare/article/701209/

Can you tell a bug from a bot? Know your malware here

Malware, literally, is a software that’s bad. It sneaks into your system, steals your personal data, deletes files and can even disable your system. A malicious automated code, it replicates itself from one computer to another.

As more and more people take to internet transactions after the government’s push for a ‘Digital India’, the dangers of a connected world also intensify. Malware is not easy to detect and can keep hiding in your computer for a long time. Hence, it is crucial to know ‘aapke computer mein kaun rehta hai’. It comes in several types. Below are the most common ones:

Adware
This malware is so much in your face that it’s difficult to ignore it. As the name suggests, this is an advertising malware which presents unwanted advertisement-like those irritating indefinite pop-ups-using intrusive and dangerous methods.

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/can-you-tell-a-bug-from-a-bot-know-your-malware-here/articleshow/61083572.cms

cyber security: Can you tell a bug from a bot? Know your malware here

Malware, literally, is a software that’s bad. It sneaks into your system, steals your personal data, deletes files and can even disable your system. A malicious automated code, it replicates itself from one computer to another.

As more and more people take to internet transactions after the government’s push for a ‘Digital India’, the dangers of a connected world also intensify. Malware is not easy to detect and can keep hiding in your computer for a long time. Hence, it is crucial to know ‘aapke computer mein kaun rehta hai’. It comes in several types. Below are the most common ones:

Adware
This malware is so much in your face that it’s difficult to ignore it. As the name suggests, this is an advertising malware which presents unwanted advertisement-like those irritating indefinite pop-ups-using intrusive and dangerous methods.

Read more at: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/can-you-tell-a-bug-from-a-bot-know-your-malware-here/articleshow/61083572.cms

London issues call to arms to cyber security community

Free membership scheme

John Unsworth, chief executive of the LDSC, detailed the progress made in the past year in the centre’s key objectives of setting up a free membership scheme, introducing a programme of activities in the community, and developing a marketplace of trusted, relevant and affordable security products and services.

Through the membership scheme, the LDSC has conducted security assessments on more than 400 small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has partnered with more than 50 market-leading organisations to provide products and services, and has engaged directly with businesses by going door-to-door in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police.

“We have instigated academic research with Oxford University to independently assess our work and establish evidence of what works and what does not work in supporting businesses to improve their digital security,” said Unsworth.

Through these “high street” engagements and events in partnership with financial institutes

Read more at: http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450428190/London-issues-call-to-arms-to-cyber-security-community

Kaspersky Lab signs threat intelligence sharing agreement with INTERPOL

INTERPOL

In a fight against cyber crime, Kaspersky Lab signed a threat intelligence sharing agreement with INTERPOL.

Kaspersky’s experts have regularly cooperated with INTERPOL to share fresh cyber threat discoveries with police in its member countries.

The antivirus and internet security software company participated in a groundbreaking INTERPOL-led cybercrime operation that identified nearly 9,000 botnet command and control (C2) servers and hundreds of compromised websites, including government portals, across the ASEAN region.

Kaspersky Lab has also previously assisted in a global operation coordinated by the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore to disrupt the Simda criminal botnet – a network of over 770,000 infected PCs around the world.

INTERPOL has helped Kaspersky Lab experts to test and improve a free open-source tool that enables quicker and easier cyber threat research.

Anton Shingarev, vice-president for public affairs of Kaspersky Lab, said: “Sharing intelligence is vital in tackling today’s ever-growing threat landscape

Read more at: http://www.softwaretestingnews.co.uk/kaspersky-lab-signs-threat-intelligence-sharing-agreement-interpol/

Cyber security ministry was long overdue

Herbert Marufu Correspondent
President Mugabe reassigned 10 ministers and made eight new appointments in a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday. Former Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa was assigned to head the Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation. The new ministry is mandated to deal with the growing abuse of the Internet.

Cyber threats are increasing at an alarming rate every year and the ability for organisations and countries to defend themselves against full-scale distributed attacks quickly and effectively is becoming more and more difficult. In order to be safe and secure on today’s Internet, organisations must learn to become more automated. This means being capable of characterising attacks across hundreds or even thousands of IP sessions and improving their ability to recognise attack commonalities.

With intrusion detection systems and trained network security auditors in place, organisations and nations have a reliable means to prioritise, and isolate only the most critical threats in real

Read more at: http://www.herald.co.zw/cyber-security-ministry-was-long-overdue/

Cyber security is no trivial matter

Minister Chinamasa

Minister Chinamasa

Christopher Farai Charamba Political Writer
The reshuffled Cabinet ushered in a new portfolio called the Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation. President Mugabe assigned former Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa to head this new ministry. Minister Chinamasa has also previously held the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs portfolio before.

The rationale behind the creation of this ministry, according to the Government, is to develop laws to deal with cyber crime and set up new structures in that area. This is why Minister Chinamasa was deployed to this ministry as a legal fundi. Soon after the appointment was made, social media was awash with jokes on the minister’s new role, with some suggesting that it was insignificant. On the contrary, the issue of cyber security is a pertinent one and Zimbabwe would do well to focus on particularly where traditionally there have been

Read more at: http://www.herald.co.zw/cyber-security-is-no-trivial-matter/

Your smart TV, fridge could be hacked a lot more easily than you may think

Akash came home from work to find his home had been ransacked. There was no sign of a break-in or any other struggle. It looked as if the thieves had just walked in through the front door. On closer investigation, Akash learnt that he wasn’t robbed by run-of-the-mill crooks.

These were intelligent hackers, who got access to his Smart TV and used that to access his home security system and completely disable it.

Even though Akash knew about the risks smart gadgets pose, he never thought he would be a victim, or that his TV could be used for such a crime.

Every day there is a new connected home gadget claiming to make your life easier and better. From our phones being able to play our favorite tunes on demand, to the lights and air-conditioners automatically turning on when we

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/your-smart-tv-fridge-could-be-hacked-a-lot-more-easily-than-you-may-think/articleshow/61037784.cms

Cyber Security: Your smart TV, fridge could be hacked a lot more …

Akash came home from work to find his home had been ransacked. There was no sign of a break-in or any other struggle. It looked as if the thieves had just walked in through the front door. On closer investigation, Akash learnt that he wasn’t robbed by run-of-the-mill crooks.

These were intelligent hackers, who got access to his Smart TV and used that to access his home security system and completely disable it.

Even though Akash knew about the risks smart gadgets pose, he never thought he would be a victim, or that his TV could be used for such a crime.

Every day there is a new connected home gadget claiming to make your life easier and better. From our phones being able to play our favorite tunes on demand, to the lights and air-conditioners automatically turning on when we

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/your-smart-tv-fridge-could-be-hacked-a-lot-more-easily-than-you-may-think/articleshow/61037784.cms