Monero (XMR) mining malware attack claims 200,000 victims

Monero (XMR) has become the target for hackers over the past few days. Recently, BCFocus reported about a vulnerability in the Monero wallet that allowed hackers to loot XMR from crypto exchanges. This time, it is said that over 200,000 routers have been hacked using a malware in Brazil to secretly mine Monero (XMR). The online hackers are said to have targeted a particular brand of routers, named MicroTik. Simon Kenin, a researcher from TrustWave, found out about the secretive attack and was the first to report it.

Can you recover the power grid after a cyberattack? The Department of Energy finds out

The US Department of Energy (DoE) is planning a “hands-on” test of the real-world consequences associated with successful cyberattacks against core country services. Cyberattacks levied against critical infrastructure, smart grids, and utilities are not a future possibility; but rather, they are happening now. Ukraine’s power grid blackout in 2016 was one of the first real indicators that if there are bugs which can be exploited, critical services are just as vulnerable as the average consumer or business to cyberthreats. The malware responsible for the attack in Ukraine — which caused the city of Kiev to lose power for an hour — has been dubbed Industroyer by ESET researchers.

How New Technologies Could Transform Africa’s Health Care System

Executive Summary

Across industrial sectors, from healthcare to energy, from construction to retail, engineers are creating new technologies with potentially disruptive implications for the current architectural order of the global economy. One of the technologies, an “AI doctor”, shows great promise for the future of healthcare in Africa. The solution is called CareAi: an AI-powered computing system anchored on blockchain that can diagnose infectious diseases, such as malaria, typhoid fever, and tuberculosis, within seconds. The platform is engineered to serve the invisible demographic of migrants, ethnic minorities, and those unregistered within traditional healthcare systems. By bringing AI and blockchain together, CareAi uses an anonymous distributed healthcare architecture to deliver health services to patients anonymously.  This makes it possible for these invisible cohorts to get access to basic healthcare, and useful contextual information without compromising their identities. Banks have proven that technologies like ATM and mobile money could help reduce staff headcounts, even while improving service quality and profitability. AI and blockchain promises the same to Africa’s healthcare at scale.

Amazon sponsors R00tz at DEF CON 2018

It’s early August, and we’re quickly approaching Hacker summer camp (AKA DEF CON). The Black Hat Briefings start August 8, DEF CON starts August 9, and many people will be closely following the latest security presentations at both conferences. But there’s another, exclusive conference happening at DEF CON that Amazon is excited to be a part of: we’re sponsoring R00tz Asylum. R00tz is a conference dedicated to teaching kids ages 8-18 how to become white-hat hackers.

Clarksons Data Breach

Following the recent news regarding British shipping company, Clarksons, revealing that a data breach it suffered last year stemmed from a hack on a “single and isolated user account”, Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist at Thycotic offers the following comment.

Can Science Save Politics?

Suneel Gupta had his bags packed, ready to go to Washington. It was the night of Nov. 8, 2016, and Gupta, then a tech entrepreneur, was itching to leave the Bay Area and begin a new job in the Clinton White House.

IT threat evolution Q2 2018. Statistics

Q2 figures

According to KSN:

  • Kaspersky Lab solutions blocked 962,947,023 attacks launched from online resources located in 187 countries across the globe.
  • 351,913,075 unique URLs were recognized as malicious by Web Anti-Virus components.
  • Attempted infections by malware designed to steal money via online access to bank accounts were logged on the computers of 215,762 users.
  • Ransomware attacks were registered on the computers of 158,921 unique users.
  • Our File Anti-Virus logged 192,053,604 unique malicious and potentially unwanted objects.
  • Kaspersky Lab products for mobile devices detected:
    • 1,744,244 malicious installation packages
    • 61,045 installation packages for mobile banking Trojans
    • 14,119 installation packages for mobile ransomware Trojans.

    Mobile threats

    General statistics

    In Q2 2018, Kaspersky Lab detected 1,744,244 malicious installation packages, which is 421,666 packages more than in the previous quarter.

IT threat evolution Q2 2018

Targeted attacks and malware campaigns

Operation Parliament

In April, we reported the workings of Operation Parliament, a cyber-espionage campaign aimed at high-profile legislative, executive and judicial organizations around the world – with its main focus in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, especially Palestine. The attacks, which started early in 2017, target parliaments, senates, top state offices and officials, political science scholars, military and intelligence agencies, ministries, media outlets, research centers, election commissions, Olympic organizations, large trading companies and others.

TSTT rolls out blockchain technology

With the integration of a cloud storage support service platform designed to enable blockchain technology for digital information and data sharing, TSTT has added to the innovations available to its customers.