Don’t Be a Coinmining Zombie – Part 1: Getting Cryptojacked

When your computer or mobile device (and now, even your IoT device) is hijacked to secretly mine cryptocurrencies, it’s been cryptojacked and becomes a coinmining zombie. Its CPU, memory, disk, and power are enlisted in varying degrees in the service of the mining botnet, which labors on behalf of those who use it, with other zombies, to make money in the currency. Cryptojacking not only increases the wear and tear on your PC or Mac; if it’s a mobile device it can overheat and swell the battery, even destroy the device itself. Not a good payment for all that service!

A New Paradigm For Cyber Threat Hunting

It’s no secret that expecting security controls to block every infection vector is unrealistic. For most organizations, the chances are very high that threats have already penetrated their defenses and are lurking in their network.

Should You Still Prioritize Exploit Kit Vulnerabilities?

One of the greatest challenges that enterprises face is prioritizing vulnerabilities for remediation. Trying to determine which vulnerabilities pose a true imminent risk deserving of immediate attention can feel like a game of Whac-A-Mole due to the sheer volume of critical vulnerabilities.

IDG Contributor Network: Cyber games at the World Cup 2018

Woohoo! The World Cup is coming! That’s what I would say if I wasn’t a stereotypical American who knows almost nothing about football (soccer to us Americans). Or a stereotypical security geek who knows almost nothing about our own handegg sporting events. I’m not really interested in either form of football. However, I am interested in understanding an event that draws interest from around the Internet and what it means to the security of the event, the organizations supporting it, and all the properties that have nothing to do with the event, yet somehow draw an attacker’s ire anyway.

Bitcoin price plunges after news of a cyber attack on South Korean exchange Coinrail

Spooked crypto investors unloaded $46bn (£34.3bn) worth of cryptocurrencies after the South Korean exchange platform Coinrail announced that it had been hacked over the weekend, prompting bitcoin to drop to a two-month low. Bitcoin prices are currently at $6,757 according to Coindesk, down from around $7,200 earlier on Sunday, which brings this year’s bitcoin recession to more than 50 per cent after analysts have had hopes that bitcoin would more than double in value by the end of the year.

Bosses live in fear of ransomware

Corporate extortion and ransomware are the biggest security threats facing companies this year. A study of hundreds of chief information officers (CIOs) carried out by Logicalis, the Irish company, also identified application vulnerabilities as a significant worry. The survey, which polled 890 CIOs in 23 countries, including 34 from Ireland, found that just under three quarters of respondents pinpointed corporate extortion and ransomware as the most significant risks to businesses. Attacks targeting corporate systems and possible application weaknesses were the second-highest concern, cited by 60 per cent of CIOs.