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Vital infrastructure: Threats target financial institutions, fintech, and cryptocurrencies

With news of a malware attack on accounting firm Wolters Kluwer causing a “quiet panic” in the accounting world this week, our assertion that financial institutions—from banks to brokers—are part of the vital infrastructure of society has been solidified. According to its website, Wolters Kluwer provides software and services to all of the top 100 accounting firms in the United … [Read more...]

What to do when you discover a data breach?

Your cell phone goes off in the middle of your well-deserved sleep and you try to find it before your partner wakes up as well. “What could be wrong? Why would they page me in the middle of the night?” More asleep than awake, you stumble down the stairs and call the number on the screen, which you already recognize as the one in use by the chief of the night shift. When you ask why you were … [Read more...]

Malware targeting industrial plants: a threat to physical security

We live in a world where more and more manufacturing processes are controlled by computers that send instructions to robots. This might sound like a safe and efficient way of work, as it rules out human error, but what happens when a threat actor decides to target production servers? Consider these other process-killing scenarios: Would ransomware bring a plant to a grinding halt? Could a botnet … [Read more...]

Who is managing the security of medical management apps?

One truth that is consistent across every sector—be it technology or education—is that software is vulnerable, which means that any device running software applications is also at risk. While virtually any application-running device could be compromised by an attacker, vulnerabilities in medical management apps pose a unique and more dangerous set of problems. Now add to vulnerabilities the issue … [Read more...]

Compromising vital infrastructure: water management

It’s probably unnecessary to explain why water management is considered part of our vital infrastructure, but it’s a wider field than you might expect—and almost every one of its components can be integral to our survival. We all need clean water to drink. As much as I like my coffee, I can’t make it with contaminated liquids. And the farmers that grow our coffee need water to irrigate … [Read more...]

Facebook’s history betrays its privacy pivot

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proposed a radical pivot for his company this month: it would start caring—really—about privacy, building out a new version of the platform that turns Facebook less into a public, open “town square” and more into a private, intimate “living room.” Zuckerberg promised end-to-end encryption across the company’s messaging platforms, interoperability, disappearing … [Read more...]

New research finds hospitals are easy targets for phishing attacks

New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston finds hospital employees are extremely vulnerable to phishing attacks. The study highlights just how effective phishing remains as a tactic—the need for defense against and awareness of email scams is more critical than ever. The research was a multi-center exercise that looked at results of phishing simulations at six anonymous healthcare … [Read more...]

Reputation management in the age of cyberattacks against businesses

Avid readers of the Malwarebytes Labs blog would know that we strive to prepare businesses of all sizes for the inevitability of cyberattacks. From effectively training employees about basic cybersecurity hygiene to guiding organizations in formulating an incident response (IR) program, a cybersecurity policy, and introducing an intentional culture of security, we aim to promote proactive … [Read more...]

Key considerations for building vs. buying identity access management solutions

Time and time again, organizations learn the hard way that no matter which security solutions they have in place, if they haven’t properly secured the end user, their efforts can be easily rendered moot. The classic slip-up most often associated with end-user-turned-insider-threat is falling for a phishing email that in turn infects the endpoint. Now imagine that end user is someone with access to … [Read more...]

What K–12 schools need to shore up cybersecurity

Crumbling infrastructure. Gaps in curriculum. Antiquated devices. Difficult COPPA laws. Lack of funding. Those are just a few of the obstacles facing K–12 schools looking to adopt technology into their 21st century learning initiatives. Now add security concerns to the list, and you can see why many schools struggle not only to keep up with consumer technology trends, but also protect against … [Read more...]