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Emotet returns just in time for Christmas

Emotet is a threat we have been tracking very closely throughout the year thanks to its large email distribution campaigns. Once again, and for about two months the botnet stopped its malspam activity only to return days before Christmas. In typical Emotet fashion, the threat actors continue to alternate between different phishing lures whose goal is to social engineer users into enabling … [Read more...]

A week in security (December 14 – December 20)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs we kept you updated on the SolarWinds attack, we warned about the special dangers that come with the Christmas season, published a threat profile for the Egregor ransomware, warned how a lead generation scam was targeting potential Malwarebytes MSP partners, and talked about smart toy security. We also posted a follow-up about the many ways you can be scammed on … [Read more...]

A week in security (December 14 – December 20)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs we kept you updated on the SolarWinds attack, we warned about the special dangers that come with the Christmas season, published a threat profile for the Egregor ransomware, warned how a lead generation scam was targeting potential Malwarebytes MSP partners, and talked about smart toy security. We also posted a follow-up about the many ways you can be scammed on … [Read more...]

Smart toy security: How to keep your kids safe this Christmas

Christmas is coming, and so are the smart toys. The ever-present pandemic has meant a lot more staying at home this year. Videogame playing has increased considerably, because why not? Screentime for kids has gone up, because again, it’s bound to. It hasn’t brought about the end of civilisation and the kids are still alright. You’d expect a big surge in smart/IoT toys all over the place given … [Read more...]

NCSC: Be Cyber Aware, especially during the Christmas season

In early December, the National Cyber Security Centre, a UK-based cybersecurity body and a part of GCHQ, kicked off the next chapter of its Cyber Aware campaign initiative, focusing on online shopping threats during the Christmas season. Cyber Aware is the UK government’s “national campaign on cybersecurity” aimed at helping the public and businesses of all sizes … [Read more...]

Please don’t buy this: smart doorbells

Though Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, the two shopping holidays were just precursors to the larger Christmas season—a time of year when online packages pile high on doorsteps and front porches around the world. According to some companies, it’s only logical to want to protect these packages from theft, and wouldn’t it just so happen that these same companies have the perfect … [Read more...]

Ryuk ransomware attacks businesses over the holidays

While families gathered for food and merriment on Christmas Eve, most businesses slumbered. Nothing was stirring, not even a mouse—or so they thought. For those at Tribune Publishing and Data Resolution, however, a silent attack was slowly spreading through their networks, encrypting data and halting operations. And this attack was from a fairly new ransomware family called Ryuk. Ryuk, which made … [Read more...]

Smart speakers: Christmas treat or lump of coal?

Christmas is nearly upon us, and thoughts are perhaps turning to various digital presents of a “smart” nature. Home security, hubs, speakers, cameras, and mashups of all of those and more besides. With regards to speakers, the most immediate pieces of your home are theoretically at your beck and call. There’s lots of good advice out there in terms of what to do with your new devices. Untick boxes, … [Read more...]