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DDoS attacks spike thanks to COVID-19 lockdowns, Kaspersky finds
Kaspersky experts believe the rise in malicious activity can be attributed to the impact of COVID-19, as both cybercriminals and their targets have had to reconsider their holiday plans.
DDoS attacks bigger & more prevalent in Q2 2020 - Cloudflare report
Cloudflare recorded the ‘biggest ever’ attacks – 88% of all large (100 Gbps) attacks this year were launched after the lockdown period in March.
Cyber attacks keeping business leaders up at night, new research finds
Data breaches and insider threats are keeping organisations up at night, according to new research from KnowBe4, the security awareness training and simulated phishing platform.
Top 10 riskiest IoT devices for enterprises, according to Forescout
IoT devices can become attack vectors for hackers to gain access to enterprise networks, and recent Forescout research shows businesses need to be aware of this and put adequate security measures in place.
Cyber attacks use LinkedIn to target companies and employees
The attacks, which ESET researchers have called Operation In(ter)ception, took place from September to December 2019 and are notable for using LinkedIn-based spearphishing.
Vulnerability discovered in DNS recursive resolvers that can be abused to launch DDoS attacks against any victim
Researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the implementation of DNS recursive resolvers that can be abused to launch disruptive DDoS attacks against any victim.
Rise in cyberattacks targeting the cloud as use of collaboration tools increase
“While we are seeing a tremendous amount of courage and global goodwill to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, we also are unfortunately seeing an increase in bad actors looking to exploit the sudden uptick in cloud adoption."
Report: Tech industry most attacked sector
"The current global crisis has shown us that cyber criminals will always take advantage of any situation and organisations must be ready for anything."
How DDoS protection is like a car’s airbags
Just as someone would never remove the airbags from their car simply because they have never had a serious accident, so they should not cut back on cyber defences just because they hadn’t had a major attack in a while.
DDoS attacks on the rise, with more hitting victims on Sunday
Kaspersky research has found that DDoS attacks have almost doubled in Q4 2019 with roughly 28% of attacks occurring on the weekend.
Study: Business has never been better for cybercriminals
“Cyber security is only as strong as the weakest link, but with the majority of organisations not understanding current password best practice, we’re not off to a great start."
Attacks on IoT devices booming, research finds
“As people become more and more surrounded by smart devices, we are witnessing how IoT attacks are intensifying."
Palo Alto Networks expands commitment to NZ market
Palo Alto Networks is expanding its New Zealand business operations in order to better prepare local businesses for growing cybersecurity concerns.
Delta launches NZ first: personal cyber insurance
“For the first time in New Zealand, families will really be able to significantly reduce their exposure to hackers and online criminals, but organisations will also benefit," says Delta CEO.
Enterprises struggling to secure critical network assets
“One of the most significant findings of this research is that nearly all organisations (96%) are operating on-premise and hybrid-cloud IT infrastructure, with very few operating primarily cloud-based infrastructure."
Cyber attacks on healthcare companies growing
“The potential, real-world effect cyberattacks can have on healthcare organisations and patients is substantial.”
Organisations spending more as cyberattacks increase
"Despite our remote location, Australia has not escaped the impact of some major global ransomware attacks in the last 12 months, with many businesses falling victim."
Businesses remain unprepared despite cybersecurity risk
"The quantification of cyber risk is not easy, but this is an area where financial professionals must take the lead given cyber attacks are a constant and success almost a given."
Attacks targeting Cisco Webex extension explode in popularity - WatchGuard
WatchGuard's Internet Security Report for Q4 2018 also finds growing use of a new sextortion phishing malware customised to individual victims.
State of the channel: A/NZ MSPs still grappling with ransomware
Issues range from SaaS infections to SMBs that don’t report ransomware attacks to the appropriate authorities, and much more.
The cyber kill chain: Moving laterally in Active Directory
Using different techniques, attackers move laterally through the network, gaining more and more privileged access until they gain entry to their target domain controllers.
Cybercrime tools and services becoming increasingly democratised
Findings from Check Point's new report reveal a concerning trend as cybercrime grows increasingly well-managed and accessible.
Should AI technology determine the necessity for cyber attack responses?
Fujitsu has developed an AI that supposedly automatically determines whether action needs to be taken in response to a cyber attack.
GCSB exposes Russia's involvement in malicious cyber attacks
“Such behaviour is unacceptable – it is counter to New Zealand’s vision for an open, safe and secure cyberspace," comments GCSB director-general Andrew Hampton.