Newsletter | December 14, 2020

12.14.20 -- COVID-19 And Cybersecurity: What Has Changed?

 
The Nastiest Malware Of 2020
 

While new examples of malware and cybercriminal tactics crop up each day, plenty of the same old players, such as ransomware, continue to get upgrades and dominate the scene. Today’s malicious actors have adopted a more modular malware methodology, in which they combine attack methods and mix-and-match tactics to ensure maximum damage and/or financial success. Here are a few of nastiest characters and a breakdown of how they can work together.

COVID-19 Clicks: How Phishing Capitalized On A Global Crisis
 

As a cybercriminal tactic, phishing is not new. In fact, one of the very first records of the term appeared in an early internet “cracking” application in January of 1996. Despite its age, phishing continues to be one of the most pervasive cyberthreats individuals and businesses face. So, why is such an old method of internet trickery still so common? 

Evasive Scripts: What They Are, And What We’re Doing About Them
 
As you can imagine, evasive tactics are pretty common throughout cybercriminal activities. But they’re especially prevalent in the context of scripts. Scripts are pieces of code that can automate processes on a computer system. They have tons of legitimate uses, but, when used maliciously, they can be extremely effective and difficult to detect or block.
11 Types Of Phishing Attacks You Need To Know To Stay Safe
 

Like Darwin's finches, phishing has evolved from a single technique into many highly specialized tactics, each adapted to specific types of targets and technologies. But knowing about the hugely diverse set of today's phishing tactics can help ordinary people, home and business internet users alike, to be more prepared for the inevitable instance when they become the target.

The Importance Of Mobile Security For Safe Browsing
 

Mobile devices have become an indispensable part of our lives. Because of the way we interact with our phones, it knows our likes, curiosities, and vulnerabilities, in addition to our passwords, financial data, and most closely held secrets. This seemingly infinite amount of data also makes our mobile devices highly attractive targets for malicious actors. That’s why it’s critical to protect phones from threats.

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COVID-19 And Cybersecurity: What Has Changed?
 

COVID-19 is affecting cybersecurity. The pandemic has forced organizations and individuals to take unprecedented steps and embrace new practices such as remote working. We’ve seen increased spikes in phishing attacks, malspams, and ransomware attacks as attackers are using COVID-19 scams to attack companies. Now business aren’t just the target, as end users who download COVID-19 related applications are also being fooled into downloading ransomware disguised as legitimate applications.

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