Category Archives: Cyber Criminals

Global Hunt for Nigerian Cyber Criminal Spreading Malware

A Nigerian working alone around Abuja has stirred a global hunt as he orchestrated numerous malware infection campaigns targeting more than 4,000 organisations globally over the past four months, a cyber security company has claimed.

www.Securityweek.com quoting Check Point security researchers said the attacks targeted various companies and industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing, banking, and construction, in an attempt to steal data and commit fraud.

Many of the companies are leading international names and some have had their defences breached by the attacks, the security researchers reveal.

According to Check Point, at least a dozen companies confirmed

Read more at: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/08/17/global-hunt-for-nigerian-cyber-criminal-spreading-malware/

Employees Pose Bigger Threat to Cyber Security than Criminal Hackers

As the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology, the potential for data theft or system shutdown from a breach in cyber security looms large. IT professionals and law enforcement are scrambling to keep up with cyber criminals who are utilizing the latest sophisticated methodologies in their techniques. Over the past year, 32% of businesses have been victims of a major cyber attack. Each year, the corporate world loses $388 billion dealing with and recovering from breaches in cyber security. The amount spent on remediating computer viruses alone has reached about $55 billion per year. While cyber criminals receive a lot of attention and generate splashy headlines, the threat coming from within an organization – whether malicious or not – may be greater.

In a Harvey Nash/KPMG survey, 4,500 CIOs and technology leaders from around the world indicate that the insider threat is the fastest-growing security risk of all. Employees

Read more at: https://www.hrtechnologist.com/articles/core-hr-functions/employees-pose-bigger-threat-to-cyber-security-than-criminal-hackers/

Employees Pose Bigger Threat to Cyber Security than Criminal …

As the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology, the potential for data theft or system shutdown from a breach in cyber security looms large. IT professionals and law enforcement are scrambling to keep up with cyber criminals who are utilizing the latest sophisticated methodologies in their techniques. Over the past year, 32% of businesses have been victims of a major cyber attack. Each year, the corporate world loses $388 billion dealing with and recovering from breaches in cyber security. The amount spent on remediating computer viruses alone has reached about $55 billion per year. While cyber criminals receive a lot of attention and generate splashy headlines, the threat coming from within an organization – whether malicious or not – may be greater.

In a Harvey Nash/KPMG survey, 4,500 CIOs and technology leaders from around the world indicate that the insider threat is the fastest-growing security risk of all. Employees

Read more at: https://www.hrtechnologist.com/articles/core-hr-functions/employees-pose-bigger-threat-to-cyber-security-than-criminal-hackers/

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Imagine you’re in a coffee shop, idly scrolling down your news feed. The endless stream of baby pictures and #firstworldproblems offers a little light relief from the daily grind.

Out of the blue, some stranger walks up behind you and starts reading every status update. This same person then spends the whole day walking along behind you, making notes on every website you visit. Most of us would

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Exploit Packages Lead to Five Million Attacks in Q2

Exploit leaks from the likes of the Shadow Brokers dominated the threat landscape in the second quarter, according to new stats from Kaspersky Lab.

The Russian AV firm detected over 342 million attacks in 191 countries in the period April-June this year, a fairly significant reduction from the 479m attacks seen in Q1.

However, over five million such threats spotted by the vendor came from leaked exploits; that is, malware designed to utilize software vulnerabilities to infect victim machines.

Such attacks are particularly dangerous as they typically don’t require user interaction to deliver malicious code.

The Kremlin-linked Shadow Brokers leak was particularly damaging, making public exploits thought to have been developed by the NSA.

These led to the notable WannaCry and NotPetya outbreaks which caused chaos and destruction across the globe, even at big-name organizations including international law firm DLA Piper, Danish shipper Maersk, German drug company Merck, and

Read more at: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/exploit-packages-five-million/

Shadow Broker exploit dumps five million cyber attacks

More than five million cyber attacks originated from a series of exploit archives dumped onto the internet between April and June this year, according to Kaspersky Lab.

Its software blocked more than five million attacks based on hacking group Shadow Brokers’ exploit dumps, but the rate of attacks using these tools is growing; more than 80% were detected during the last 30 days of the quarter.


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Manhunt begins for ‘Nigerian’ cyber criminal attacking organisations globally

An unnamed Nigerian has allegedly orchestrated numerous malware infection campaigns targeting more than 4,000 organisations globally over the past four months.

This has stirred a global manhunt to apprehend the attacker, NAN reports.

Quoting Check Point, the report said the attacks targeted various companies in industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing, banking, and construction, in an attempt to steal data and commit fraud.

It was learnt that some of the companies who confirmed that they have been infected during the campaign, including a marine and energy solutions company in Croatia, a transportation company in Abu Dhabi, a mining company in Egypt, a construction company in Dubai, an oil and gas firm in Kuwait, and a construction organization in Germany.

The attacks which resulted in a total of 14 successful infections has earned thousands of dollars in the process to the Nigerian attacker, the report said.

it further says that despite showing a low level

Read more at: https://www.thecable.ng/manhunt-begins-nigerian-cyber-criminal-attacking-organisations-globally

Global hunt for Nigerian cyber criminal spreading malware

A Nigerian working alone around Abuja  has stirred a global hunt as he orchestrated numerous malware infection campaigns targeting more than 4,000 organisations globally over the past four months, a cyber security company claimed.

www.Securityweek.com quoting Check Point security researchers said the attacks targeted various companies in industries such as oil gas, manufacturing, banking, and construction, in an attempt to steal data and commit fraud.

Many of the companies are leading international names and some have had their defenses breached by the attacks, the security researchers reveal.

Global hunt for Nigerian cyber criminal spreading malware globally to steal money. Illustration by Cyber Crime Watch

According to Check Point, at least a dozen companies confirmed they have been infected during the campaign, including a marine and energy solutions company in Croatia, a transportation

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/08/global-hunt-nigerian-cyber-criminal-spreading-malware/

Global hunt for Nigerian cyber criminal spreading malware

Global hunt for Nigerian cyber criminal spreading malware globally to steal money. Illustration by Cyber Crime Watch

A Nigerian working alone around Abuja  has stirred a global hunt as he orchestrated numerous malware infection campaigns targeting more than 4,000 organisations globally over the past four months, a cyber security company claimed.

www.Securityweek.com quoting Check Point security researchers said the attacks targeted various companies in industries such as oil gas, manufacturing, banking, and construction, in an attempt to steal data and commit fraud.

Many of the companies are leading international names and some have had their defenses breached by the attacks, the security researchers reveal.

According to Check Point, at least a dozen companies confirmed they have been infected during the campaign, including a marine and energy solutions company in Croatia, a transportation company in Abu Dhabi, a mining company in Egypt, a construction company

Read more at: http://www.nan.ng/news/global-hunt-for-nigerian-cyber-criminal-spreading-malware/

Alleged Russian APT28 Used Spy Tools to Hack Hotels and Steal Info

Russian APT28
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An infamous cyber-espionage group was discovered by security analysts exploiting the same spy tools behind the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware attacks.

Cyber security researchers from FireEye divulged in a blog post that an alleged Russian group is targeting travelers and hotels across Europe and the Middle East to steal data. The post read:

“FireEye has moderate confidence that a campaign targeting the hospitality sector is attributed to Russian actor APT28. We believe this activity, which dates back to at least July 2017, was intended to target travelers to hotels throughout Europe and the Middle East.”

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APT28, also know as Sofacy, Sednit, Pawn Storm, and Fancy Bear, was found attempting

Read more at: https://edgylabs.com/spy-tools-used-by-hackers-to-pry-on-hotels-and-steal-information/